Sony DSC-T900

Started Apr 2, 2009 | Discussions
Wmatthies New Member • Posts: 2
T-900 Screen in Sun

Just curious if you or others have had the problem I described with other LCD camera screens. Again, I think it may now be solved given what I've seen in the latest generation of smart phones but I wanted to be sure before buying a new one.

OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Sony DSC-T900

In case anyone is curious, here are a few ISO 1600 shots with no flash (Faces blurred intentionally)

R2D2 Forum Pro • Posts: 19,061
Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

AustinTed wrote:

I just bought one of the new T900s.

I may need to trade in my (beloved old) T9 now!

One favor...would you be able to post a 100% crop (or full-size image) taken outdoors @ ISO100 of some vegetation (trees, shrubbery, leaves, grass, etc at a distance) so that we could evaluate the amount of "Clear RAW" noise reduction that is applied by this camera at low ISO.

Or perhaps an indoor non-flash photo @ ISO 400-800 of a person (with lots of hair showing). Hair detail can be really helpful when evaluating for any "smearing."

Boy I would love for Sony to be headed back in the direction of retaining as much image detail as possible (especially at low ISO's). My T9 (6 MP) is pretty clean at low ISO, and I can usually print some pretty large images from it (good enough for gallery display/sale). The T-Series are still the funnest camera(s) I've ever owned.

Have fun with your new toy!

Many thanks,
R2

ps. As an example, here is a shot from the T9 at max ISO (640) and max Aperture...

A full size version can be found here...

http://www.pbase.com/jekyll_and_hyde/image/110794016/original

And the unedited original straight from the camera here...

http://www.pbase.com/jekyll_and_hyde/image/55961141/original

Cheers,
R2

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OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

OK. Here are some samples out of the shots I have so far. I agree... I would like it if Sony cut the resolution in half to achieve a cleanest image possible. My sense is that the T900 does better than my T100 - The T100 was a lot worse indoors with flash.

ISO 80 f4.5 6.2mm 1/500s

100% Crop

ISO 160 f3.5 6.2mm 1/320s

100% Crop

ISO 200 f3.5 6.2mm 1/40s

100% Crop

ISO 1600 f3.5 6.2mm 1/40s

100% Crop

R2D2 wrote:

AustinTed wrote:

I just bought one of the new T900s.

I may need to trade in my (beloved old) T9 now!

One favor...would you be able to post a 100% crop (or full-size
image) taken outdoors @ ISO100 of some vegetation (trees, shrubbery,
leaves, grass, etc at a distance) so that we could evaluate the
amount of "Clear RAW" noise reduction that is applied by this camera
at low ISO.

Or perhaps an indoor non-flash photo @ ISO 400-800 of a person (with
lots of hair showing). Hair detail can be really helpful when
evaluating for any "smearing."

Boy I would love for Sony to be headed back in the direction of
retaining as much image detail as possible (especially at low ISO's).
My T9 (6 MP) is pretty clean at low ISO, and I can usually print some
pretty large images from it (good enough for gallery display/sale).
The T-Series are still the funnest camera(s) I've ever owned.

Have fun with your new toy!

Many thanks,
R2

Cheers,
R2

saidiadude Forum Member • Posts: 52
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

Thanks for posting the pictures and taking the time to answer everyone's questions. My non-techie parents want a P&S camera that takes good indoor pics of the granddaughter. Ideally, they would be able to leave the camera on "Auto" setting most of the time. I have a T100 and it's not that great indoors in Auto mode. On your T900, how good are the indoor pics in a dimly lit room using Auto mode? Any chance you could post a few, especially with people in the foreground? The T100 really struggles in indoor Party scenes, Bars, etc. Hopefully they've fixed that in the T900.

OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

Posted below is an example shot that I took with room lights out...total blackness lit only with the flash.

ISO400

100% Crop

As decent as those results may be I would still recommend you explore other options. Unless ultra compact size, the particular packaging, or the video capabilities are critical, you can probably find better choices. The ultra compact size is going to come at the expense of other things; one of those other things is going to be flash output. You are not going to light up a bar room with this...the range is still only 10 feet or so. However, it does fit nicely in your shirt pocket.

saidiadude wrote:

Thanks for posting the pictures and taking the time to answer
everyone's questions. My non-techie parents want a P&S camera that
takes good indoor pics of the granddaughter. Ideally, they would be
able to leave the camera on "Auto" setting most of the time. I have
a T100 and it's not that great indoors in Auto mode. On your T900,
how good are the indoor pics in a dimly lit room using Auto mode? Any
chance you could post a few, especially with people in the
foreground? The T100 really struggles in indoor Party scenes, Bars,
etc. Hopefully they've fixed that in the T900.

B Gavin Veteran Member • Posts: 3,588
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

AustinTed wrote:

Posted below is an example shot that I took with room lights
out...total blackness lit only with the flash.

ISO400

100% Crop

As decent as those results may be I would still recommend you explore
other options. Unless ultra compact size, the particular packaging,
or the video capabilities are critical, you can probably find better
choices. The ultra compact size is going to come at the expense of
other things; one of those other things is going to be flash output.
You are not going to light up a bar room with this...the range is
still only 10 feet or so. However, it does fit nicely in your shirt
pocket.

Well actually thats pretty amazing flash coverage for any P&S!!! No possibility of bounce, but the coverage was so broad that you got walll and ceiling bounce anyway and the photo is pretty much free of shadows and the foreground isn't overexposed!!

I'm impressed!!

BG

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OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

Good points. You're right...considering the pitch black room it did an amazing job. Focusing under those conditions was no problem either. The focus light came on for a second and that was it.

Ted

B Gavin wrote:

Well actually thats pretty amazing flash coverage for any P&S!!! No
possibility of bounce, but the coverage was so broad that you got
walll and ceiling bounce anyway and the photo is pretty much free of
shadows and the foreground isn't overexposed!!

I'm impressed!!

BG

R2D2 Forum Pro • Posts: 19,061
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

AustinTed wrote:

OK. Here are some samples out of the shots I have so far.

Thanks very much for all the samples Ted. Those crops really help give us a good sense of what the camera is doing, and what it's capable of.

Much appreciated,
R2

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clarkt Contributing Member • Posts: 725
Re: Sony DSC-T900/vid clip limit

Limitation of 10 minutes is correct but a 43 minutes of
videorecording and 10 photo's with 1 charge i would not call garbage.

Is that a 'yes'? You are saying that the T900 has a video clip limit of 10 minutes? Or is it 29 minutes?

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OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Sony DSC-T900/vid clip limit

I just tested it myself. It recorded for 29 minutes, 50 seconds before stopping.

-Ted

clarkt wrote:

Limitation of 10 minutes is correct but a 43 minutes of
videorecording and 10 photo's with 1 charge i would not call garbage.

Is that a 'yes'? You are saying that the T900 has a video clip limit
of 10 minutes? Or is it 29 minutes?

yuri982 Forum Member • Posts: 74
Re: Sony DSC-T900/vid clip limit

clarkt wrote:

Limitation of 10 minutes is correct but a 43 minutes of
videorecording and 10 photo's with 1 charge i would not call garbage.

Is that a 'yes'? You are saying that the T900 has a video clip limit
of 10 minutes? Or is it 29 minutes?

I think limitation of 10 minutes is only for europe model.

vigoureux New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Sony DSC-T900

Hey, here's one question you might not have too much difficulty to answer. It may be a little dumb, but I need to ask it! I have bought a t900 for my girlfriend's birthday, I have not opened the box yet, but I simply wonder if the battery is shipped completely drained or not. Do you remember how loaded it was ? Thanks a lot!

OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Sony DSC-T900

It had some charge in it - maybe around 25%

-Ted

vigoureux wrote:

Hey, here's one question you might not have too much difficulty to
answer. It may be a little dumb, but I need to ask it! I have bought
a t900 for my girlfriend's birthday, I have not opened the box yet,
but I simply wonder if the battery is shipped completely drained or
not. Do you remember how loaded it was ? Thanks a lot!

vigoureux New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Sony DSC-T900

Thanks a lot!
With at least 25% of battery, the surprise will be total!

saidiadude Forum Member • Posts: 52
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

Thanks for posting the images. These were shot in "Auto" mode? They're actually pretty good. BTW, I wasn't worried about lighting up the whole bar with the flash, but rather that the camera would pick the right settings for a reasonable picture (on Auto mode). The Canon Powershots are pretty good at doing that but I also need the compact form factor and non-protruding lens of the T-series.

BTW, have you taken any more indoor pics with people in the foreground shot in Auto mode? Please share a few when you get a chance (block out part of the faces, etc). Thanks!

ebisoba New Member • Posts: 3
Re: Sony DSC-T900

Thanks for the impression, just a few questions. Can you zoom while recording a HD video? I was only able to test out SD video at a store. Do you lose sound while zooming? Lastly how's the battery life? Thanks.

clarkt Contributing Member • Posts: 725
Re: Sony DSC-T900/vid clip limit

Very good. Thank you for your report. - Clark

OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

Yes... the camera can zoom while shooting video - it's one of the few that can. Audio recording continues uninterrupted. Battery life has been fine for me so far. When I shot the 30 minute video I didn't start with a full charge and was still at 50% when it finished.

OP AustinTed Contributing Member • Posts: 618
Re: Hey, thanks for the great info A'Ted

Yes...everything was in full auto mode.

No other indoor people pics yet.

-Ted

saidiadude wrote:

Thanks for posting the images. These were shot in "Auto" mode?
They're actually pretty good. BTW, I wasn't worried about lighting
up the whole bar with the flash, but rather that the camera would
pick the right settings for a reasonable picture (on Auto mode). The
Canon Powershots are pretty good at doing that but I also need the
compact form factor and non-protruding lens of the T-series.

BTW, have you taken any more indoor pics with people in the
foreground shot in Auto mode? Please share a few when you get a
chance (block out part of the faces, etc). Thanks!

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