Sony Cyber Shot DSC P10

The DSC-P10’s shape and compact size ranks among the smaller Sony Cyber-shots in the market, which makes it perfect for traveling and leisurely outings. The camera definitely passes the “shirt pocket” test, and would even fit into a small handbag. The P10’s compact shape isn’t all the camera has to offer though.

A 5.0-megapixel CCD and an all-glass, 3x zoom lens deliver sharp, clear pictures, suitable for printing as large as 8×10 inches. There’s also an email size option that creates smaller-resolution files for sending over the Internet. Plus, the handful of preset Scene modes handles a wide range of common exposure situations, from beach scenes to night shots.

Intermediate users will be right at home with the P10, and advanced users will enjoy its amazing portability. Although the P10 is technically a high-end point-and-shoot digicam, it has a lot of creative options and enough image adjustments to handle a wide variety of shooting situations. So, while it’s designed so you don’t have to make a lot of complicated exposure decisions, advanced amateurs and business users will appreciate it for its quality, portability, and varied shooting options.

The Sony DSC-P10 is stylish, compact, and ready to go anywhere, with a body style nearly identical to most of the other compact Cyber-shots, including the P9 and P8. Its streamlined, silvery metal body is only slightly longer than a typical business card, and nearly the same height. Measuring just 4 1/4″ x 2″ x 1 7/16″ (108 x 51.5 x 35.8mm) and weighing only 6.9 ounces (197 grams) with the battery and memory card installed, the P10 fits easily into small pockets or purses. When not in use, the telescoping zoom lens retracts inside the body, and a small metal leaf shutter automatically closes over the lens to protect it. Outfitted with the accompanying wrist strap, it’s quick on the draw and very easy to hold.

Operating the P10 is very straightforward, as it is under automatic exposure control all the time. The Mode dial on top of the camera controls the main operating modes, with options for Scene, Program, Automatic, Playback, Movie, and Setup. In all image capture modes, the P10 provides an onscreen LCD menu (activated by the Menu button), with a variety of options for adjusting image quality or adding special effects. The four arrows of the four way arrow pad are used to scroll through menu options, while the button in the center of the pad functions as the OK button to confirm selections.

With its small size, the Sony DSC-P10 is an excellent ultra compact point-and-shoot digicam. Packed in a very small package is a 5.0-megapixel CCD, a sharp 3x optical zoom lens, seven preset Scene modes, and a host of other creative options. I’d be happier with it if its default tone curve was a good bit less contrast, and likewise feel that it gets a little carried away with itself with bright greens. Apart from these, the P10 is a very nice compact digicam in the 5 megapixel class.

Like the rest of Sony’s ultra compact Cyber-Shots, it makes a nearly ideal “take anywhere” camera for people not willing to sacrifice image quality for camera size.

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