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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33

alaTest has collected and analyzed 299 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and performance are on the whole positive. The design and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the features and viewfinder, while opinions about the low light performance and lens are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-T33


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33


A barely-there profile and big screen can't compensate for the T33's mediocre image quality.

Stylish design Impressive 2.5-inch LCD• Improved red-eye reduction• Smart battery life meter

Excessive noise in dark areas Moving subjects out of focus• Easy to accidentally get finger in shot

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Sony Cybershot DSC-T33 Camera


Sony's 5.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-T33 is cleverly designed and compact. This $450 unit, roughly the size of a deck of cards, looks like a fancy silver-plated cigarette box; the front and back are smooth, with no bulky bits sticking out. Its slimness...

Sony's bundled Picture Package software accompanies the DSC-T33, as well as other Cyber-shot models. It provides slide-show options, CD-R burning, and video CD burning along with the image-download tool, but that's about it


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 First Impressions Review


Another lean Cyber-shot T-model made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The DSC-T33 will go on sale in March for $450 (USD)-fifty bucks cheaper than its vanished predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot T3. The T3 was announced last...

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Digital Cameras - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


The DSC-T33 continues a Sony tradition of high quality in the subcompact category, packing more features into a smaller space than pretty much anything else out there, but with a new spin: the T33 is affordable. Most impressive is how few tradeoffs...

Ultra-slim form factor, literally shirt-pocket sized, Rich feature set for a subcompact, Excellent shutter response, much faster than average autofocus performance, Good continuous shooting speed, very good buffer depth (9 large/fine frames), Very good...

A good lens, but both barrel and pincushion distortion are higher than average, Significant blur on the right side of images at near-wide angle zoom, Aggressive noise suppression reduces detail at high ISO, Poor low-light performance due to short...

A fair question for those familiar with the very similarly-featured but $150 more expensive Sony T7 might be "what's the difference?" The answer is precious little, other than the very noticeable difference in body thickness between the two. In fact,...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33


How does the ultra-thin DSC-T33 perform in our tests? Find out now in our review

Good photo quality (though see issue below) ; Ultra-thin, stylish metal body ; Huge 2.5" LCD is very usable in bright outdoor light (though see issues below) ; Robust performance ; AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing ; First-rate movie mode ; Live...

Images are on the soft and fuzzy side ; Weak flash ; Redeye ; USB, video out ports, as well as tripod mount only found on the camera dock ; LCD hard to see in low light ; No optical viewfinder ; Flimsy plastic door over MS/battery compartment ; Watch...

If you want a "go anywhere" camera that will be used mostly outdoors, I definitely recommend the DSC-T33. If you'll be taking a lot of flash or low light shots, you'll do better with another camera.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T33


Shortly after the CyberShot T3's introduction, Sony decided to widen its ultra-compact digital camera range with yet another 5.1 MP model. The CyberShot DSC - T33 features a slim metal body which reassembles but still improves aesthetically the...

Last but not least, this camera's price is high compared to the competition, but this is justified to some extent by it's image and quality. Yet it remains more expensive than equally well-built cameras with more photographic potential.

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Sony Cyber-Shot T33


The sliding cover found on the T1 is now gone on the Sony Cyber-shot T33, which also adds a few improvements such as a higher resolution Hybrid 2.5 inch LCD. Some great features carried over from the T1 include good battery life, unlimited VGA movies...

New stylish design ; Large and clear 2.5 inch LCD ; Many of scene modes ; Excellent movie mode ; USB 2.0

No manual controls ; Weak flash ; Flimsy battery/Memory Stick slot door ; Lots of red-eye ; Soft photos and blown out highlights ; Barrel distortion ; Not so good indoor shooting performance

The Sony Cyber-shot T33 is a stylish and thin camera which is fast and has lots of scene modes but has no manual controls. Photo quality on the T33 is overall below average. While the T33 is pocketable and is great for everyday outdoor shots, indoor...

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Sony DSC T33 Digital Camera Review (pics, specs)


The Sony DSC-T33 continues the Sony Cybershot T line of popular thin styled point and shoot digital cameras.

Fantastic light weight, slim design make this a cinch to carry and very stylish ; 2.5" bright LCD is great for viewing in outside light even, easy to frame shots with ; 5.1 MegaPixels in such a small device is a big plus ; No moving lens and quick...

You could get a 5.0 MegaPixel camera from Canon for $150 less ; No viewfinder ; Docking cradle is lightweight and cheap feeling ; Sony only includes 32MB memory card, unless you have Memory Stick Duo cards already (smaller than regular Memory Stick and...

A small folktale is in due order here -- in 1994 Sony manager Shizuo Takashino was told by his staff that Sony's new videocamera couldn't get any smaller because there was no more space inside to eliminate, he challenged them to dunk it in a bucket of...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33


I loved carrying this camera around in my pocket. Always made great daylight photos. Excellent macro also for taking pictures of documents or pages at the library. A real handy camera. Flash was weak. I could only reliably use this camera in good light...

Over 6 months ago I started having problems with the CCD. The images were blurry with a slight rose tint. Finally, the camera became unuseable...I thought, sadly, that this was now a throw away. Checking about repair on the Sony site I found that Sony...

Product Specifications

You can be sure of a perfect picture with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 series. Though amazingly slim (about the size of a pack of cards) it's packed with features to make life easier for both basic and advanced users. With a 5.1 effective Megapixel CCD and the special Sony Real Imaging Processor providing the quality control, your colors will be richer, the detail finer and your resulting prints larger than ever. It's easier to shoot photos as well. The monitor on the back is comprised of a very substantial 2.5-inch Hybrid LCD with Clear Photo technology, which means that you can view your subject, frame your shot or review your pictures on a clear, bright screen - even in strong the sunlight.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FT1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick Duo
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.4
Max Focal Length:20.1mm
Min Focal Length:6.7mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.6 mm ( 1/2.4 ) / 10.6 mm ( 1/2.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:5.1Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:6
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Saturation / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None