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The ultra-slim and stylish Soy Cybershot DSC-T50 model is the new top-of-the-line camera in the T-series. It is equipped with a seven Megapixel CCD im...

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published 25/12/2006 | James.Egginton
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Pro Very stylish camera that can produce good quality prints
Cons The intuitive touch screen interface can lead to problems
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This camera is heavily based on Sonys' previous camera the T10 and shares most of the same features.

The big feature that you first notice on this camera is a lack of buttons present. This is because those buttons have been incorporated into a touch screen display to give to camera a less cluttered look. The touch screen buttons are nice and large so you can easily see what you want to use. The one main draw back is that certain feature you may want to use are a couple of 'layers' down in the menu meaning you have to use mutliple button pushes and navigate the menu which can be annoying whereas, with a more conventional camera it would just take one button push.
The touch screen deffinitely is a 'love it or hate it' system and pretty much comes down to user preferance, if you are comfortable using touch screen then this will be a big bonus for you.

The LCD screen of the camera nearly fills the rear of the camera which is a big bonus for this camera as it means you can easily see what it is you are trying to take a photo of without having and also allows you to review the pictures you have taken properly and displays the colour very vibrantely. The screen also incorporates a technology called "transflective" which means that the screen can still be easily viewed even in direct sunlight which is a very useful feature.
The one draw-back with the hugh LCD screen is that is prone to fingerprints and obviously with the touch screen you cant help but get fingerprint marks but that said it easy easy to clean with a quick wipe of a shirt.

The camera is large in size than the previous T10 model but this is due to a need to have a bigger battery, which is required to cope with the extra power drain of the large LCD screen. However, the camera still feel neat and compact and does easilt fit into your pocket which is a main thing you want from a modern digital camera. The camera also feels robust and the lens cover does a very good job a protecting the lens from any possible damage occuring while in your pocket.

The lens itself is Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar which is the standard for sony cameras and produces a very clear and rich image. It produces images that are sharp acros the entire picture with very minor saturation on some picture which could alway be rectified at a later date with a decent piece of software.

The camera has nearly every kind of shooting mode you could want. One of the most impressive is the super-macro mode. This acts like a magnifying glass and can produce some stunning, intimate photos. The hardest part of using this feature is ensuring there is enough light on your subject.
The camera also has the superb feature of image stabilisation and makes a dramatic difference to picture quality, especially when taking indoor photos and you are using the shutter at less than 1/4 speed. The difference in picutre quality with the feature on and off is very noticeable and very welcome if your lilke me and struggle with a steady hand.

Overall I feel this is a cracking camera, full of features and also looks very stylish and fashionable, which could be a big bonus if you like you gadgets to look fashionable.

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  • Malcp83 published 28/12/2006
    I found this very informative and explained all the main features of the camera in detail. Thanks
  • bluenosesquonk published 25/12/2006
    Nice review, I'm interested in that Super Macro mode
  • greatmum1 published 25/12/2006
    Sounds like a good one. Cheers.
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Product Information : Sony Cybershot DSC-T50

Manufacturer's product description

The ultra-slim and stylish Soy Cybershot DSC-T50 model is the new top-of-the-line camera in the T-series. It is equipped with a seven Megapixel CCD imager, a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, and 56MB of internal memory. The Sony T50 camera shines with its performance and looks, shipping in bold red, black and silver. With pictures stored on an optional four-gigabyte Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards, the camera can play back more than 1,100 high-resolution images in slide show mode.

Product Details

Product type: Digital camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 7.2

Flash Memory / Form Factor: Memory Stick Pro

Optical Zoom (Ratio): 3 x

Digital Zoom (Ratio): With digital zoom

LCD Display Size: 3

Autofocus: With autofocus

Lens System / Type: Zoom lens

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.00380

Camera Flash / Type: Built-in Flash

Built-in Flash: With built-in Flash

Manufacturer: Sony

Image Stabiliser: Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.5 cm x 2.3 cm x 5.7 cm

Product Description: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50B - digital camera

Digital Zoom: 2 x, 6 x

AV Interfaces: Composite video, Composite video/audio

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Weight: 130 g

Colour: Black

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1220 mAh ( included )

Display: LCD display - 3"

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Lens System: Carl Zeiss 3 x zoom lens - 6.33 - 19 mm - f/3.5-4.3

Sensor Resolution: 7.2 Megapixel

Internal Storage: 56 MB flash

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


Enclosure Colour: Black

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Optical Zoom: 3 x


AV Interfaces: Composite video, Composite video/audio

Digital Zoom: 2 x, 6 x

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.5"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 7,201,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 7,410,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: Super HAD CCD

Sensor Resolution: 7.2 Megapixel

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: MPEG VX

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 5

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Exposure & White Balance

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 3 steps

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 1 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, cloudy, Flash, daylight

White Balance: Automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Neutral, Vivid

Shooting Programs: Landscape, hi-speed shutter, twilight portrait, fireworks, soft snap, twilight mode, beach, snow, high sensitivity

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1000, ISO auto

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 130 g

Height: 5.7 cm

Depth: 2.3 cm

Width: 9.5 cm

Memory / Storage

Video Capture: MPEG - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG - 640 x 480 - 16.6 fps ¦ MPEG - 160 x 112 - 8.3 fps

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card

Internal Storage: 56 MB flash

Supported Memory Cards: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo


Included Accessories: Battery charger, stylus, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Body Material: Metal


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1220 mAh ( included )

Battery Type: Sony NP-FR1

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows ME, Apple MacOS X 10.1 or later


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Sony Picture Package, Sony Picture Motion Browser


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo card


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, touch-screen control, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, sharpness control, digital image rotation, PictBridge support, cropping an image, resizing an image, contrast control

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Continuous Shooting Speed: 1.3 frames per second, 1.1 frames per second

Lens System

Features: Aspherical lens

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 1-50cm

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 38 - 114mm

Lens Construction: 9 groups / 11 elements

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Type: Carl Zeiss 3 x zoom lens - 6.33 - 19 mm - f/3.5-4.3

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.1 m - 6 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation


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