Sony Cybershot T300 Concise Review
The Cybershot DSC-T300 is the second generation of touch-screen ultra compacts from electronics colossus Sony. Because it is built around a very small 1/2.3" sensor, Sony has been able to cram a 5x zoom into the slimline body without it ever having occasion to protrude. It's also packed full of the latest special modes and functions, including 'smile shutter,' that only takes a photo once your subject is smiling. The real stand-out feature of this camera is the huge, 16:9 aspect ratio touch screen that covers the entire reverse of the body. So is this beginning of the revolution that will free us from the the hegemony of the four-way controller, or is there a good reason that most cameras are covered in buttons?
Before getting on to that question, let's start with the headline features:
- 10.1 Megapixels and 5x zoom
- Super Steady Shot image stabilization
- Dynamic range optimization
- 3.5" touch-screen control system
Key differences compared to T200
In a shocking sequence of events, the biggest difference between the T300 and its predecessor is that the new model is built around a more pixel-dense sensor. The lens range also changes, with the wide end getting a tiny bit wider (though we're not about to hold a street party for a 33mm wide angle camera). This is a side-effect of adding a larger, 1/2.3" sensor in the same position as the old 1/2.5" one.
Cybershot DSC-T300 specifications
|Street price|| US: $380
• 1/2.3" Type CCD
• 3648 x 2736
• 640 x 480 (@ either 30 or 16.6fps)
|File formats||• JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
• MPEG1 (MPEG Movie VX)
• 5.8 mm – 29.0 mm
|Image stabilization||Yes (CCD shift-type)|
|Conversion lenses||Wide: VCL-DE07TB|
|Digital zoom||up to 2x|
|Focus||TTL Contrast Detection AF|
|AF area mode||• Face detection
• 9-point AF
• Center Weighted AF
• Spot area AF
• Flexible Spot AF (Touch Panel)
• Semi Manual (1.0M, 3.0M,7.0M, Infinity)
|AF assist lamp||Yes, auto or off|
|Focus distance||• Auto/Macro: 8cm - ∞ (w), 80cm - ∞ (t)
• Close Focus enabled: 1cm - 20cm
|Exposure compensation||± 2EV in 1/3 EV steps|
|Exposure bracketing||+/- 0.3, 0.7, 1.0 EV|
|Shutter speed||• Auto: 1/4 - 1/1,000 sec
• Program Auto: 1 sec- 1/1,000 sec
|Modes||• Auto Adjustment
• Easy Shooting
• Program Auto
|Scene modes||• High Sensitivity
• Twilight Portrait
• Soft Snap
• Hi-speed Shutter
• Smile Shutter
|Self timer||2 or 10 sec|
|Continuous shooting||Approx 1.6 fps, 10 shots|
• Flash On
• Slow Syncro
• Flash Off
• Red-Eye Reduction
|Flash range||• 10cm - 3.5m (w), 80cm - 2.7m (t) (ISO Auto)
• Up to 7.2m (w), 5.5m (t) (ISO 3200)
|LCD monitor||• 3.5“ Touch-sensitive Hybrid TFT LCD
• 16:9 aspect ratio
• Approx.230,000 pixels
• Approx. 100% coverage
|Connectivity||• AV out (Composite, 1080i component with optional cable)
• USB 2.0 High Speed
• DC input
• All in/out via Multi Use Terminal
|Print compliance||• Pictbridge
• PIM III
• EXIF Print
|Storage||• Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo card
• Approx 15MB internal memory
|Power||• NF-FD1 Li-ion battery
• Charger included
|Weight (No batt)||149 g (5.3 oz)|
|Dimensions||94 x 59.3 x 21.4 mm (3.7 x 2.3 x 0.8 in)|
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