Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot T33 is a stylish and thin camera which is fast and has lots of scene modes but has no manual controls. Photo quality on the T33 is overall below average. While the T33 is pocketable and is great for everyday outdoor shots, indoor photo shooting leaves some things to be decided.
Pros: New stylish design, Large and clear 2.5 inch LCD, Many of scene modes, Excellent movie mode, USB 2.0
Cons: No manual controls, Weak flash, Flimsy battery/Memory Stick slot door, Lots of red-eye, Soft photos and blown out highlights, Barrel distortion, Not so good indoor shooting performance
Excerpt: Physical Views Compare Cyber-shot T33 and Cyber-shot T7. Compare the Cyber-shot T33 and the Canon SD-550 Go to Features & Controls Sony DSC-T33 Specifications Image Device: 1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD Still Image Sizes: 5M 2592x1944 5M(3.2) 2592x1728 3M 2048x1536 1M 1280x960 VGA 640x480 Recording Media: 32MB internal memory Memory Stick Duo Media or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media up to 2GB Zoom: Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar "folded" (internal) 3X...
Excerpt: The Sony DSC-T33 continues the Sony Cybershot T line of popular thin styled Point and Shoot digital cameras. The Sony T33 sports a 5.1 MegaPixel image capture, 3x optical zoom and 2x digital (for 6x digital zoom overall), a gorgeous 2.5-inch Clear Photo LCD screen for easy outdoor viewing, Sony Real Imaging Processor for fast shutter speeds and 640 x 480 resolution 30 frame per second video capture all crammed into a 17.3 millimeter thin body that's smaller and lighter...
Excerpt: The Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-T33 ($450) is the follow-up to
the Cyber-shot DSC-T1, which was one of the most
popular cameras of 2004. (Okay, there was a DSC-T3
too, but it was never sold here in the U.S.) The
T33 doesn't change very much from the T1, aside from
its refined body design and new "hybrid" LCD.
The features from the old T1 that have carried over
to the T33 include a 3X optical zoom lens, 5.1 Megapixel
CCD, 2.5" LCD, and point-and-shoot operation.
Pros: Good photo quality (though see issue below), Ultra-thin, stylish metal body, Huge 2.5" LCD is very usable in bright outdoor light (though see issues below), Robust performance, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, First-rate movie mode, Live histogram in record mode, USB 2.0 High Speed supported
Cons: Images are on the soft and fuzzy side, Weak flash, Redeye, USB, video out ports, as well as tripod mount only found on the camera dock, LCD hard to see in low light, No optical viewfinder, Flimsy plastic door over MS/battery compartment, Watch your fingers, as the lens/flash/mic are easy to block, Expensive memory card format
Conclusion: The DSC T33 is marginally the most expensive five megapixel, ultra compact digital camera available at the time of writing. I must confess though to being a little disappointed by the results. In terms of features and style it is up there with the best of them, but to my mind the picture quality means that other models offer better value. Take a look at the Canon IXUS 50 and the cheaper Konica Minolta Dimage X50 .
Pros: Slim design makes it easy to carry around, Good build quality, Short shutter lag and recycle times
Cons: Difficult to use the camera with a tripod, Redeye is a problem with indoor portrait shots
Summary: From a design standpoint the T33’s elegance might have you captivated. But once you recompose yourself and examine the range of features, it looks less compelling. Since the recently discontinued Cyber-shot T3 can still be picked up for much less and is basically the same camera, why pay more on aesthetic grounds? This camera is awarded 4 stars and compared unfavourably with the T3 yet the T3 is awarded only 3 stars.
Conclusion: Pros Ultra compact size Aesthetics Construction quality Easy to use and setup Good image quality Large, easy to read screen and menus Included Li-Ion battery, pouch and charger/external PSU Video quality and compression is very good Useful Info-Lithium battery monitoring Cons Very limiting flash performance Lack of manual control over the exposure No built-in tripod mount - you have to use the Cybershot station No built-in USB port - you have to use the Cybershot station...
Pros: Ultra compact size, Aesthetics, Construction quality, Easy to use and setup, Good image quality, Large, easy to read screen and menus, Included Li-Ion battery, pouch and charger/external PSU, Video quality and compression is very good, Useful Info-Lithium battery monitoring
Cons: Very limiting flash performance, Lack of manual control over the exposure, No built-in tripod mount - you have to use the Cybershot station, No built-in USB port - you have to use the Cybershot station or a card reader, Auto White Balance is poor indoors, Lack of Manual WB preset, Battery life could be better, Not easy to hand-hold for people with big hands, Relatively high pricing
Summary: Available in blue, gold or white Sony's DSC-T33 Cyber-shot is an update to the T3 model and is slightly larger, but lighter than its predecessor. The front panel of the brushed aluminium shell is flat, with no grips or protrusions. The lens sits in the top right corner, where it may be obscured by the fingers of the left hand when the camera is in use. . .