Sony have just announced their new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7 - a super slim digital camera with a 2.5inch LCD screen, 5.1 effective meagpixels and a 3x Optical Zoom lens. It has 30 frames per second movie shooting and USB 2.0.
The DSC-T7 weighs just 134 grams and is just 14.8mm thick (or thin) including its sliding lens cover. It will go on sale this coming May for around $500 (US).
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InfoSync World reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7 and writes - 'An elegant slide-up cover protects the lens of the camera when not in use, and as one would expect a flash also graces the front of the unit along with the lens. The navigational array on the back of the camera has been slightly reworked, however the user interface remains the mostly the same as does the majority of the camera's features. Among these are ten scene selection modes, a macro mode, multiple auto focus settings and the ability to record video at 30 FPS and a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels; performance, as far as I could tell, was as good as previous models. '
Pocket Lint reviews the Sony DSC-T7 and writes - 'I think the word is disappointment really. The slim body and large screen will appeal because the size and design certainly has that wow factor, but poor images and issues over battery life means that you�ll only going to be upset that you didn�t capture that magic moment either because your battery had died or the photograph taken was flat. It seems that perhaps style has won over on function this time and that is a great shame. If you�re looking for compact and great photos then its still a Casio or Pentax that you want.'
CNET Reviews has a review on the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T7 and writes - 'Thinner and lighter than any other camera in Sony's T series, the 5.1-megapixel Cyber Shot DSC-T7 will appeal largely to the fashion-conscious snapshot photographer. Beyond its ultraslim design, other strong points include a large LCD, speedy performance, and easy operation. Unfortunately, its image quality doesn't match the T7's more attractive attributes.'
Imaging Resource reviews the 5.1 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7 and rates it pretty highly writing - 'With its thin, compact case and very attractive looks, the DSC-T7 is an exciting new addition to Sony's Cyber-shot line of digicams. Carrying forward the winning styling of the original DSC-T1, the new T7 takes the concept of ultra-slim digital cameras a few steps further, with one of the thinnest packages we've seen to date. Sleek, elegant, and well-constructed, this is a �fashion accessory� camera in which the camera part actually performs quite well. Although it's small, the Sony T7 offers excellent features like a Carl Zeiss zoom lens, large 2.5-inch LCD monitor, and 5.1-megapixel CCD. It offers the convenience of point-and-shoot simplicity, but with a surprising array of advanced features. Its main limitation is that its low light capabilities are a bit limited due to a relatively short maximum exposure time and a rather weak flash. Low light shooting aside though, the T7 is a great choice for anyone wanting a capable, portable camera that takes good photos in a variety of circumstances and is thin enough to take everywhere. '
Steves Digicams reviews the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T7 and writes - 'If you're in need of a super-compact digicam that captures high resolution images, the SONY CyberShot T7 or its T5 and T33 siblings could be just the ticket. With 5-megapixel imagers, terrific image quality, small size, light weight and good-looks, Sony produced a trio of high-quality go anywhere cameras for recording your vacation travels and outdoor activities. They are less successful at capturing indoor family events because of their limited flash range. Because they so equal in quality, performance and features, it seems that Sony is conducting market research with real products, an expensive proposition for them and somewhat of a dilemma for you; how do you choose?'
Megapixel reviews the 5.1MP Sony DSC-T7 in which they give it a rating of 8 for functionality and 8.4 for photographic qualities. They comment on the DSC-T7 by writing - 'The salient features of the Sony DSC-T7 are its remarkably thin shape, its extremely compact size, its 5-megapixel resolution, and the fact that it is equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD monitor. All of which make for an interesting product.'
Sony's new, incredibly thin Cyber-shot DSC-T7 digital camera makes you the center of attention wherever you go.
Thanks to a highly efficient design, the Cyber-shot T7 is just over a third-of-an inch, making it Sony's thinnest, fully-featured model yet. Though small in stature, the camera packs a powerful punch. It has a 2.5-inch 'hybrid' LCD screen, covering about two-thirds of the back of the camera, which is perfectly sized for framing, displaying and sharing pictures.
Through Sony's distinctive miniaturization and high-density packaging technology, the camera incorporates virtually all the benefits of other T series models despite its amazing thinness. It features 5.1 effective megapixel resolution and an enhanced power management system for extended shooting time. Folded within the sleek body also lies a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x Optical Zoom.
One of the camera's most distinctive features is an anti-reflection Clear Photo LCD , which enhances viewing quality by preventing reflected light from interfering with the displayed image. The LCD offers a number of improvements, including higher contrast, brightness and resolution. Whether you're entertaining at home or out snowboarding, the LCD allows you to spot your subject easily, whatever the lighting conditions.
'This ultra-compact camera represents a milestone in ingenious design,' said Hiro Takahashi, vice president for digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. 'Thin is the theme, but this camera is absolutely bursting with great picture quality and style. The Cyber-shot T7 is a must-have camera for the fashion-forward crowd.'
Slide the front lens cover down and in just under one second, the camera is ready to capture images.
The ten Scene Selection modes mean you don't have to worry about capturing the perfect shot, because the camera will help you do it. Simply select a mode, such as twilight, fireworks, beach or snow, and the camera will make all the necessary adjustments. A magnifying glass mode allows macro shooting up to 1cm from the object. A high-speed burst mode with great response is also available for quick shooting.
Speed and Battery Life
Sony's Real Imaging Processor circuitry in the Cyber-shot T7 is lighting fast, so it can shoot full-resolution images at approximately one-second intervals. Even with its diminutive size and huge LCD on, the camera's InfoLithium battery gets about 180 shots per charge so you can snap away to your heart's content without fear of running down the power.
With optional Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards, the camera can also capture and play back high-resolution motion video on a removable, transferable card. The MPEG-VX fine mode helps to record MPEG video with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory card being used. And when connected to a PictBridge-compatible printer, such as Sony's PictureStation DPP-FP50 digital photo printer, printing a specific image is a breeze.
The Cyber-shot DSC-T7 camera is supplied with a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo media card, a NP-FE1 InfoLithium battery, connector block and external battery charger. It will be available in May for about $500.
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