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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 432 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the image quality and portability. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the viewfinder and manual image adjustments. Comments about the flash and low light performance are different.

design, usability, screen, portability, image quality

value for money, battery, energy, manual adjust., viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300

 

Sony's 10-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-T300 is one of the few point-and-shoot cameras on the market that features two of today's hottest consumer electronics buzzwords: widescreen and touch screen. Its sprawling 3.5-inch LCD offers an unmatched viewing...

Solid image quality. Sleek design. Large 3.5-inch widescreen LCD. Touch-screen controls. Descriptive menus.

Expensive. Short battery life.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 produces high-quality images and sports a luxuriously large widescreen LCD, but this slick camera's battery life is bad news.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300

 

It has a head-turning touchscreen and a big 5X optical zoom, but Sony needs to do better with the basics.

Slim design ; Large display ; Very fast overall performance

Poor image quality ; Confusing touchscreen navigation ; Very noisy images at high ISOs ; Uneven results with iSCN mode

Althought the Sony Cyber-shot T300 has a snazzy, slim design and an innovative 3.5-inch touchscreen, the camera’s designers might want to go back to the drawing board and improve image quality and overall ease of use. For a camera with as many...

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Sony DSC

 

This camera refuses to go unnoticed. The Sony DSC-T300 offers excellent performance and an elegant, sophisticated design. It includes Smile Shutter technology to help capture smiles automatically as they happen, as well as Face Detection technology to...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300

 

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...

Small, smart design ; Long zoom for such a slim camera ; Touch-screen interface generally pleasant to use ; Largest possible screen for a camera of its size ; Feature-packed (including DRO and image stabilization) ; Clever focus point selection ; Post...

Noise reduction that reduces image quality at all settings ; Terrible battery life ; Poor use of screen in playback mode ; Over-enthusiastic reds ; Higher ISO settings of very limited use ; Lack of manual white balance (combined with average presets...

Our initial impressions of the T300 were not positive - with the function guide adding delays (but no useful information), and a 'plink' sound effect that screamed 'lifestyle accessory,' rather than 'camera,' every time it was touched (which does...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 gets reviewed

 

We briefly got our hands on Sony's DSC-T300 digital camera (along with a bevy of other Cyber-shots) back at PMA earlier this year, but the folks at Digital Photography Review have now come through with a thorough review of the camera which, among ...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 (Black)

 

With its T series, Sony has an unfortunate habit of taking at least one step back for every two steps forward. In early 2007, it released the Cyber-shot DSC-T100 , a great little camera with fast performance, a broad feature set, and solid photo...

Fast performance; tons of handy image editing and playback features; zoom rocker is in a much more comfortable position.

Soft, noisy photos.

A great design, fast shooting, and lots of features can't overcome the fact that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 simply doesn't take very good pictures.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T300 First Impressions Review

 

Take a look at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T300 Sony premiered the Cyber-shot DSC-T300 at PMA 2008 in Las Vegas. As the successor to the ultra-compact T200 point-and-shoot, the T300 maintains touch screen abilities and sleek design. The 10.1-megapixel Sony...

-Attractive, ultra-thin design -3.5-inch touch screen LCD -Easy-to-read icon and text based menu system -Plenty of fun Retouch editing tools -Movie zoom possible -Face detection really improved -Easy all-in-one connection cable -HD Output support

-Poor lens placement -Difficult zoom control -Complicated navigation -Little handling support -Need for additional HD dock or cable for high definition support

As the replacement to the T200, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 brings with it improvements on existing technologies. This evolutionary camera follows the T200 and the T100, which won the DigitalCameraInfo.com 2007 Select Award for Best Ultra-Thin Camera....

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Review

 

With a half press the Sony T300 is commendably quick to determine focus and exposure, signaling this has been achieved with an affirmative 'bleep', and follow through with taking the shot at a full press. The screen blanks out momentarily while a shot...

Given that 95% of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300's functions are accessed via its screen, having a larger than average display proves both a boon initially, and, in the final analysis, a necessity. You either love or hate touch screen devices, and, if...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Digital Camera - Express Review - The Imaging Resource!

 

The Sony Cyber-shot T-series of digital cameras is all about good looks and ease of use. Typically slim and stylish with minimal external controls, the T-series is sleek and user-friendly, and most importantly, pocketable. The Cyber-shot DSC-T300...

Small, compact size ; Smile Shutter and Face Detection for good, in-focus pictures of kids ; Good selection of useful preset shooting modes ; Touchscreen works well ; Good overall color ; Steady Shot reduces blur ; Manual AF point selection ; Large...

High lens distortion at full wide angle and full telephoto ; Image noise and noise suppression high at ISO 400 and up ; Slightly pinkish Caucasian skin tone, plus some oversaturation of strong blues and reds ; Some blurring in corners at both zoom...

Automatic exposure control, plus a range of preset Scene modes and a handful of creative shooting tools give the Sony T300 enough capabilities without being too complicated. Novices will appreciate the ability to let the camera do all the work, and...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 Review at Imaging Resource

 

Thanks to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300′s ease of use, intuitive design, and capable performance, I had a pleasant experience with the camera. The camera handles most normal shooting conditions well, and options like Smile Shutter, Face Detection, and...

Product Specifications

There are cameras that just take great pictures. And then there's the new Cyber-shot T300 from Sony. Available in a choice of couture silver, black and red finishes, the T300 stands apart from other cameras with its svelte lines and audacious vertical-format styling. Looks apart, it's a powerhouse of advanced Sony technology that makes it easy to shoot and share breathtaking images. Picture quality and responsiveness is assured by the high-speed Sony BIONZ image processing engine that improves the speed and accuracy of autofocus, exposure control, white balance, color adjustment and other functions. It also boosts sensitivity to a maximum ISO 3200 for successful low-noise shots without flash indoors or in dim lighting conditions. Teamed with Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization, this Double Anti-Blur solution ensures clearer handheld pictures, especially in low light or at higher zoom settings. The BIONZ processor also powers the D-Range Optimiser, adjusting exposure and contrast for natural-looking results, especially in strongly backlit scenes where there's a risk of losing high- and lowlight detail. A new DRO Plus mode processes each image region separately for even more lifelike, balanced exposures with the trickiest scenes. Improved Face Detection technology can now distinguish automatically between children and adults, adjusting exposure, skin tone and red-eye reduction for great portraits with super-quick subject tracking. For even more fun when you're shooting, Smile Shutter waits until the subject smiles before automatically firing the shutter. It's great for capturing relaxed portraits and special moments with young children who won't always smile on demand. Used in conjunction with Face Detection, it can be primed to fire the shutter when either a child or adult smiles. In a Cyber-shot first, the T300 now features Intelligent Scene Recognition that takes the guesswork out of selecting the right camera settings in a range of common shooting situations. In Advanced mode, the camera takes two shots - one with standard automatic settings and the other with optimized settings - allowing you to pick your favorite. Other standout features include the large, widescreen 3.5-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus touchscreen. With an extremely high resolution of 230k dots, it's ideal for viewing your photos and showing them off to friends. There's also a high quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with a powerful 5x zoom range that brings distant subjects closer with superb clarity. After shooting, the T300 makes it easy to keep track of your shots. New 'Date View' mode displays your shots as thumbnail images on an on-screen calendar, while 'Favorites' mode only displays shots that you've selected. In addition, 'Filter by Faces' automatically sorts pictures containing children, babies and smiles - great if you've got loads of portraits to sift through. Your memories will look even better in super-size as Slideshows with Music on your television set. Connecting the T300 to any PhotoTV HD compatible BRAVIA television or HD Ready display (via optional output adaptor cable) delivers even more incredible Full HD picture quality, with extraordinary detail and realism. Shooting in 16:9 high-resolution mode also makes it easy to create beautiful prints with the same widescreen aspect ratio as HD television.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BD1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo/Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.8in
Height:2.3in
Weight:5.3oz
Width:3.7in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Hi-speed shutter / High sensitivity / Landscape / Smile shutter / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait / Underwater/Landscape / Hi-speed shutter / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Soft snap / Underwater / Twilight mode / Beach / Snow / High sensitivity / Smile shutter

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSC-T300/DSC-T300/B/DSC-T300/R/DSC-T300/S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.4
Max Focal Length:29mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Red/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"/1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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