Sony Dsc T70

Sony and its CyberShot brand have become a name synonymous with digital cameras. The Sony DSC T70 was released in the market in February 2008. At this time its specifications were top of the line and the introduction of smile detection, image stabilization and a large touch screen were some of its most attractive features.

Sony Dsc T70

The Sony DSC T70 is an 8.1 megapixel camera with a CCD imaging sensor and 3x optical zoo with a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens that also features image stabilization. The dimensions of the Sony DSC T70 are 9cm x 5.6cm x 2cm making it slim and portable. The weight too is only about 130gms making the Sony DSC T70 extremely light given its robust features. One of the outstanding features of the Sony DSC T70 is its crisp and clear LCD touch screen that despites its great looks, is one of the shortcomings of this camera. A number of issues plague the touch screen, selections are too small to be easy to pick, requiring the use of the attached stylus. However, even with the stylus, the screen feels unresponsive and you may sometimes have to press hard and repeatedly to make a selection. This also slows down navigating the menus especially because you’re frequently asked to confirm your selections.

Sony Dsc T70

Other features such as the image stabilization work well, especially when zoomed, although the smile detection mode does have its quirks. The camera automatically detects faces and will take a snap automatically when the person smiles in the Smile Shutter mode. However, to retake a photograph you must first stop smiling then smile again in order for the camera to recognize it. There are also a number of preset programs available such as snow, beach, twilight, high sensitivity etc.

Sony Dsc T70

The Sony DSC T70 takes about 1.5 seconds to start-up and another 1.3 seconds between shots without flash and 3 seconds with flash. Shutter lag is 0.4 seconds at high contrast and 1.2 at low contrast. From a performance point of view, the Sony DSC T70 performs admirably. Colours are almost perfectly represented and the white balance does a good job of counteracting colour in overly bright conditions. The Sony DSC T70 performs well both indoors and outdoors and at all optical zoom levels. Lowlight conditions without flash aren’t too great but the flash performs well without being too harsh.

The Sony DSC T70 has both USB connectivity and a Composite AV output. There is 31mb of inbuilt memory but it can be increased with any of Sony’s Memory Stick Duo cards. The Sony DSC T70 features a Lithium ion battery that will last you about 270 shots or so.

Sony Dsc T70

The Sony DSC T70 is available in India at any of the various Sony showrooms across the country as also in electronics shops such as Croma, Next, Vijay Sales, JP Electronics etc. The price of the Sony DSC T70 is in the region of Rs. 11000-13000 with many showrooms offering memory cards or free battery packs.

Sony Dsc T70

Overall the Sony DSC T70 is a stylish camera and a solid performer that is unfortunately let down by one of its star features- its touch screen.

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