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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.
- Elegant pouch conceived in top quality handcrafted leather - Practical thanks to its ... more
magnetic closure - Protects the device in an optimal manner - Two Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo card slots - Soft, tastefully designed interior - Metal hook - Ideal for attaching to belt loop, handbag or purse etc.