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Sony CyberShot DSC-T1
Sony CyberShot DSC-T1

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T1

Editor's Review

The Sony CyberShot T1 sports a tiny body, a huge 2.5-inch LCD screen, 5-megapixel resolution, and consistently poor reviews! Though the Sony T1 is a marvel of engineering -- its optical zoom is made possible by a lens that travels vertically within the camera's slim body -- consistent complaints about poor image quality have led us to the conclusion that this is a camera to avoid. The T1 comes standard with a docking station, which is a handy accessory for this pint-sized camera.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound. Includes docking station
  • Release Date: Nov 04, 2003

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T1 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-T1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera! (Dr. CAL — 04/22/2008)

I owned this camera for 5 years. It took great pics in all lighting conditions that everyone always complimented.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good 1st digital (Alex — 01/25/2008)

It was my first digital that I owned. It lasted 5 great years and went down with a splash! Yes It unfortunately got soaked by a the splash of a wave while I was taking a picture on the beach and died. The only problems I had was that even with red eye on red eye appeard and low light conditions too dark with a flash too dark with out.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't waste your money! (Meg — 01/05/2008)

This camera is bascially AWFUL! It takes okay pictures of, say, ladybugs on flowers, but every human being, regardless of eye color, has red eye. Never seen anything like it, but this camera just brings out the worst of everyone's qualities in pictures (deep wrinkles, circles under eyes, excruciatingly red zits). I received a previous version of the CyberShot in Christmas of 2004, and I loved it dearly. It took really great pictures. When I accidentally slammed it in my car door last April, I instantly just upgraded to this CyberShot since my other one served me well. BAD CHOICE! I feel like I just threw $300+ in the trash.

  • 4.0 out of 5
small size perfect to take anyhwere (Mav — 12/11/2007)

Was one of the smallest camera I could find at the time with the features I needed. Great excellent quality pictures. In low light conditions its not so good, and I do get the odd red eye but generally not an issue. I also have the under water kit and its great for taking pictures in the water at the beach or pool.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Image Quality and LCD Suck (John — 09/05/2007)

Snapping a good clear picture is often difficult. The LCD went bad after only a handful of uses over three years. Extremely poor quality for an expensive camera from Sony.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Would not recommend (Zoe Babb — 05/30/2007)

I bought this camera because it would be automatic and easy to use. I am spending double the money in developing because I am still taking each picture with my 35mm and my digital because I don't trust the digital. I have called for service once and did a reset over the phone and I have sent it in twice for repair.

All indoor pictures are yellow and red-eye. I have to edit each picture when developing. This is very time consuming and they are not that great even with the extra effort.

Outdoor pictures are pretty good.

  • 2.0 out of 5
How stupid is that (Jim Sheahan — 05/08/2007)

I bought this camera for my wife for Christmas, and from the beginning we had problems with charging. The battery never lasted more that 5 shots before the camera shut off. I repaired an intermittent short in the power supply twice, but still had the problem of no battery power after the unit sat in its cradle for an extended period of time. When you purchase a product that includes a cradle, you expect to be able to store the camera there and have it fully charged when you need it, well this is not the case; how stupid is that? What a bad design for a battery charger. You would think a company as big a Sony would have figured a way to keep the unit charged while stored in its cradle.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Horrible Indoor Pics (Tommy O — 01/02/2007)

I bought this cam thinking it would be great, ive owned quite a few. Indoor shots especially at night are horrible though, even at 7.2PM they come out blurry and dark. Outside shots are OK but for the price of this cam I am disappointed. The stylish design sold me. The video quality in FINE mode however is execellent, best ive seen on any camera to date. But then again, most of my shots I take at night so its basically useless to me. Bummer...

  • 1.0 out of 5
no red eye reduction (Tonya Baird — 12/14/2006)

The size of this camera is great. The picture clarity is great. However, unless you like red-eye pictures do not purchase this camera. This camera is the biggest disappointment. I purchased a Sony cybershot three years ago and it was great, never had any issues but unfortunately my son broke it so I had to purchase a new one. I did lots of research, read lots of reviews and finally decided to purchase the new DSC-T10, "one of the best ones out there". Well I do not agree. I have called Sony at least three times to receive help on how to remove the red-eye from my pictures and their only suggestions is to use the red-eye reduction feature, which does not work! I use it every time and I still get red-eye. Their other suggestion is to tell the people to look away from the camera...well it still happens. I am so disappointed in this camera. I can't believe I spent $350+ for this camera and it is the quality it is. I'm ready to give it away I'm so frustrated. One other thing if you like to use the date stamp then you'll need to purchase either a docking station for your computer or purchase their additional software because if you take your memory stick to a store to print out your pictures then the date stamp will not print on them. Neither will it do it if you use an internet site like snapfish.com or kodakgallery.com. The biggest disappointment!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Small but poor quality photos (Kelly Kozar — 11/28/2006)

The slim camera and large screen sold me on the camera. However, as stated in several reviews - indoor pictures are often dark, sometimes pictures are incredibly blurry. Night picutres turn out black - where friends of mine have a cannon camera and their's turned out beautiful. There is a night shot setting - but it turns out a blurred mess unless you use a tripod. Defeats the convience of a quick shot. True bummer for a $500 camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
Must always take 3 to 5 pictures (Bjorn Jensen — 11/25/2006)

I was so excited when I purchased this high end camera in 2003. (I have several really good digital cameras.) After using the DSC-T1 for a few weeks I thought that I was loosing it as I had so many bad flash-pictures. I read the manual several times because I thought I had wrong settings etc. No help. I called SONY US and they where not able to help (read had no idea). I am so frustrated with the many "lost" pictures. You can actually fix the position of the camera and take 5 flash pictures of the same object under the same conditions and all 5 pictures will be very different and most of them useles. Very poor results.
I have now taken more than 7000 pictures with this camera and and I would say that for idoor pictures it is completely useless but for outdoor clear day pictures it is great.
Problem ... so may times when I take outdoor, daytime / plenty of light, pictures I get the warning "hand" in the middle of the viewer. I still take the picture and it is a brilliant picture. So what is the hand for? ... and I do not seem to be able to get rid of this hand even under optimal conditions. Anyone know?

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very inconsistent photos (Wade Ballance — 10/30/2006)

My best friend recommended this camera to me and we both purchased it early on. We share the same review.

Bottom line: I have missed so many great photo ops and have had so many blurry pictures, I am ready to throw it away.

Several posed pictures with people, taken by my wife who is a photographer still didn't come out after multiple attempts. Usually I get one chance - a celeb at a film festival, back stage concert, etc. Nothing but motion blur.

I have tweaked the settings manually and used automatic. Horrible.

What everyone is saying about use in low light is correct. Don't even bother.

I hate to blast a product, but this is truly a case of form over function. I love the size and look of the camera, but it does not take good pictures. Any review you read that gives this more that 3 stars AT THE MOST could not be using this camera consistently.

  • 1.0 out of 5
WORST CAMERA EVER (shoaib — 10/03/2006)

AVOID THIS CAMERA...It takes horrible pictures...extremely bad in poor light conditions...at iso 400 it produces enormous image noise. Flash only works if you are 2 feet away otherwise using the flash will actually make images come out darker in low light settings...No matter what settings I put this camera on I could not get a decent picture. After my last family outing, i got soo fed up with this thing i sold it....I have taken much better pics on a 35mm disposable camera. This experience has turned me away from sony!! SHAME ON YOU SONY FOR RELEASING THIS CAMERA!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Best camera (surbhs — 09/07/2006)

even though it is the first digital cam i have owned, i belivie it is the best ever the many features are great and the pictures come out amazingly clear

  • 3.0 out of 5
fairly good (sandeep — 08/28/2006)

fairly good outdoor but indoor pictures are not that great

  • 2.0 out of 5
terrible indoor & night shot-DvD Abiodun (Abiodun David — 08/18/2006)

This camera is not good at all for both indoor and night shots. However it takes very good pictures in day time especially where there is enough light.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Takes great pics but battery lacks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i've owned this camera for 2 weeks now, and have to say that the picture quality is great, but the battery is what really takes away from this camera, i am, for one, a shutterbug as some people may say, i take pictures of anything and everything, i take anywhere from 200-300 shots on a single night out with friends and family, camera is great and all, but i always find myself concerned with when my camera will die and less time on thinking about my shots...

  • 1.0 out of 5
cybershot (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been a lifelong Sony user of all products and this is by far the worst camera. Pictures are blurry, flash is insufficient, so you get one good picture out of ten taken.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes wonderful pictures but........ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the T1 2 years ago. The dealer was quite right in saying that it was the perfect camera to buy having a 5 megapixel in such a tiny device. The only regret I have is that the T1 is very difficult to use in a low light condition. Pictures in the dark are most of the time taken blindly. Another thing is the red eye problem. It could be that I am expecting too much from such a small sized camera.
Good thing of this camera is the option of sepia. The pictures come really nice. Also the timer option and the fireworks setting is good. Well all in all I would rate the T1 as 4 star.

  • 5.0 out of 5
my favorite toy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is fun to use and always elicits comments from onlookers. I'm rough on all my gear and the Cybershot has held up well. I use it for shooting concerts, skateboarding, the city and everyday weirdness. Highly recommended!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
not good in dark or outside (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

if you switch the mode from auto to night time, the quality of picture is good but it has no anti shark. you need to take at least 10 times for one picture. If you want to take a picture in the restaurant, it's also suck. Most of the restaurant do not provide a bright area for you. The flash is not strong enough. all of the picture is so red. you can switch to night mode, but it's hard to take the picture without a little bit handshape. you can bring a stand with you to take the picture to solve this problem

  • 2.0 out of 5
red eye disaster (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the red eye remover is awful.when it comes to taking pictures of people it never fails.All the snaps i take of people are ruined.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Takes sharp pictures outdoors (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good only for taking outdoor pictures. Flash is only half effective within 5 feet. But I am still keeping it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Even Drunk Pictures Are Excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My girlfriends and I tend to party from time to time and take our little Sony DSC-T1 everywhere with us! We even named her "Lolita" because of all the attention she receives. Whether one of us is intoxicated or not, we have not had the misfortune of having many "blurry" photos. The camera is sleek and chic and I couldn't imagine having a "Night Out" or going on one of our many adventures without her! Excellent camera!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's really intersting... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's really interesting to read the published reviews on Sony DSC-T1. One says one star only, second says it's great... Here's something I'd like to say to this: I've bought the T1 in July 2004 and the only thing got broken since then was the LCD - but this was actually my fault! I heard about people having "crazy spots" on pictures taken by this camera. It happened to me sometimes too, but only on close-ups with flash (which are generally not recommended). There are also blurry picture results when I lend this camera to someone. Please note that your hand must be really calm to make clear shots with this device (due to the size and thin shaping). But one gets used to it. The only aspect not to give all the five points to this model is the flash and low-light-condition photography at all. It's sometimes complicated to get nice faces indoors when these are 3m distant or so (red-eye is often the case). But again: consider the camera's size please. I'm sure there had many defect pieces left the factory (extended warranty speaks for itself) but I say: If you have a functional one, don't give it ever away! Four Stars+ is my final statement.

  • 1.0 out of 5
bad indoor pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Its been a disappointment. Indoor pictures are terrible. Tend to come out yellowish, dark and with red eye. I got tired of trying to understand the manual...it is very difficult to understand. i don't really like it.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad Blurry Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I agree with the others that say that this camera takes blurry pictures. I thought it was just me but realized that everyone else who has different cameras do not take similar pictures. I am very disappointed...feel like I really wasted my $500.

  • 1.0 out of 5
crap (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera Feb 2004, when it was a new product at #400 quid, plus extra memory and luckilly an extended warranty. I liked its pocket size, but found it quite heavy for my pockets, also, bright daylight tended to wash the view in the 2 1/2" LED screen away so you have to use qguesswork on the picture you want to take. Luckilly I took out an extended warranty. LED packed up July 2004 and 2 1/2 months later the Sony repairer managed to fix it and return it to me. July 2005 (doesnt like summer) it packed up again, this time the PSB unit, so under the extended warranty (Sony only give 12 months gty)it went back to Sony repairers, 1 month ago, I am still waiting for it to be returned with no eta, so I bought an Olympus (2 year gty) to tide me over. Quite frankly, my new Olympus 4.0 pixel is easier to use, 1/2 the weight, as small, its pocket sized, and cost me #80 quid plus extra memory, I wont bother with extending the warranty at that price. I suggest Sony should stick to making hi-fi's.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very tiny, takes excellent pictures, though they can be blury.....if you aren't good at holding it steady. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have read a lot of reviews saying it takes blury pics. It doesn't take blury pics, its tiny and weighs nothing which is why even the tiniest movement makes the pictures blury, if you use it with a tri-pod or set it on a desk or something you will never see any bluring, all you have to do is breath controlled breaths and focus on the camera and your pictures will come out clear, have already taken 15 pics with it and only first 2 were blury. Very easy to use and I got it for a real bargain, 298 at radio shack with labor day savings! :D I am very happy with it, I also got a 256MB memory stick and I have a 512MB one for my PSP which I can use in a pinch so I have really no reservations about this camera, if you can get it cheap go for it, the 500+ dollar ones are a bit overpriced in my opinion though I could have gotten it from newegg.com for about 500 shipped and with tax and with the 256MB memory stick so that was also a pretty nice deal as newegg usually ships out the same day and they always deliver things earlier than they say, definitely get this camera, 5/5

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent and Easy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Best small camera I have every bought, quality of picture after I have printed them is excellent. I carry it everywhere, the camera has been to Alaska and to Hawaii, my pictures are phenomenal, camera offers a lot of nice features. The best thing is it fits in my purse!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera and at first I was a little skeptical it has a little bit of a weak battery and the flash is not so great but once you get the hang of it and play with the settings this is an excellent camera I went to my niece's wedding and it excellent pictures and I have a lot of quality indoor photos its just a matter of again playing with the settings and its not that hard. great camera how many people can say lets go!! and put the camera in your shirt pocket with no heavy duty bag or anything.An extra battery would take care of low battery weakness if your going on along trip. this camera is highly recommended

  • 5.0 out of 5
LOVE IT! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

its a great camera with 6 minutes of video time (w/ 32MB memory), excellent photo quality, adjustment of flash, easy image uploads w/ a handy stand for the camera to rest on while uploading, very compact-excellent size to fit in a pocket and an option to adjust pixel size,i got mine from a wal*mart in Pennsylvania, USA for $190.00!!!!!! AN ABSOLUTE STEAL FOR A 5.0 MEGAPIXEL!!! i was originally going to purchase the T33 but the woman at the counter gave me the wrong camera, but it does exactly what the T33 does & for almost $200.00 less!!!!! i would suggest purchasing a carrying case for it b/c it has a large LCD screen & id be pissed if it got damaged! its really a top notch camera. :) i just wish the case to take pictures under the water wasn't $200! but the camera is well worth it!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera took some blurry shots at first until we learned to adjust certain things in the camera to take a great pic. You must read the manual & play with the settings! We are very pleased with it. We don't even bother with using the red eye stuff on the camera. We take care of it when touching up the pics before printing anyway. It's small with a big LCD screen, which is great! The flash is also weak, but for our needs it was a great investment! Again read the manual & play with the settings!

  • 1.0 out of 5
blurry pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had olympus 2 Meg Pixel for years, it always come out sharp and clean, but this new 5 Meg sony DSC-T1, really blurry pictures, I tried Hold my breath when I taking pictures, hold the bottom half way so the lens will focus, but still doesn't help much, it is good for video recording, but the memory use up really fast.....sigh. When I bought the camera because of the Carl Zeiss lens, now I know why sony specially memtioned the Zeiss lens, that is because that is the best parts in the camera, rest of it are junk.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera and it is a good little camera. It is very sleek, compact and easy to use. I carry it everywhere. The only fault is the battery life. My camera will not last more that 3 hours of constant shooting.

  • 1.0 out of 5
worst camera ever bought (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do Not Buy this camera!!!!!!!! Takes the worst indoor pictures and 95% of pictures come out blurry even when I hold it steady. worst $500 dollar investment ever made. Very dissapointed at Sony

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own the camera for 1 year. i think it is a great tool in the right hands.many people complan that images are bad, as with any camera you need to keep it steady while you shoot,also you have to let autofocus do its work half a second it all that takes, i've shoot thousands of pic with it,of course some of them are out of focus,may be 5 percent, but don't blame camera KEEP IT STEADY.Also people complain about poor night time images, yes the flash is tiny,4-5 feet that all it's good for, another thing redeye yes the redeye reduction is weak,but i always fix it on computer, consider the fact that redeye makes you lose the moment it takes 3-4 flashes before the shot to get rid of redeyes, by that time the moment is gone i personally never use it on any camera, let fotoshop fix it .There also is a night time mode, works very good, as long as the camera steady.The features that this little guy has are awesome: magnifying glass for example,you could see things that are invisible with a naked eye, also a movie mode, fireworks,etc. It,s true that good things come in small pacages.There is no camera that does everything for you. not yet.The greatest thing about it is the size, the screen, and ease of use. keep up the good work sony.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terrible Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I went on a long vacation overseas. Once in a lifetime trip and almost all of my pictures came out blurry. Terrible camera and would not recommend a Sony camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
SONY DSC-T1 SONY Digital Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The screen did not crack but got a distortion and smear internally.
Was not damaged, dropped sat upon, swung at telephone pole... nothing!
Just took out of protective case to take a picture and screen non-functional no matter what was pushed , adjusted, etc.
SONY REALLY DISAPPOINTED ME! NO MORE SONY PRODUCTS

  • 4.0 out of 5
It is what it is! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have a Nikon Coolpix and a Canon Powrrshot G5, and many film cameras.
However, they do me no good if they are at home. This is the camera that will be with me wherever I go.
Picture quality cannot compare to the 5 MPx Canon, with its vibration-damping brick-like mass and huge pieces of glass and many times the control options, as well a RAW format, etc.
Now, if I can skip some coffee, and shake less, I get very good pictures, but never expect the performance of the comparable 5 MPx Canon, of course.
The processing algorythm for the jpg format seems to use spatial filtering that fuzzes up individual pixels, but I can see 11X14 print from this camera being perfectly reasonable.
This is a unique item for a specialty market. It is an ultra-portable little thing, and in any design there are tradeoffs. I doubt it is intended to be a person's primary camera.
Just remember if those big cameras are at home, and you need to document an auto accident, etc., this little thing will save the day, because it will BE THERE.
I would not shoot a wedding with it-That would be "The wrong tool for the job". Likewise, complaints about inddor picture quality ignores the fact that most such pictures are opportunistic snapshots, mailed to relatives, and forgotten. They are not going to be published in a gallery.
It Is What It Is: A handy, portable Instamatic, not a studio Hasselbladt.

  • 1.0 out of 5
don't do my mistake (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

when i saw this camera fist in sony's catalogue,i was so eager to buy it.it wasn't even on display when i bought it.after few shots at night,i realized the worst pictures ever taken.i'm a professional photographer and i've worked with many cameras including hasselblad and nikon f4s.if you own it,just use it at day time.i'm keeping the sony t1 as the worst camera i've ever owned,and buying the new nikon coolpix s1.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bitterly Disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera because I liked the look of it and thought the Sony name meant it would take great shots. I don't know much about photography, but compared to my previous Canon (which I lost) it is hopeless. I went to Las Vegas and got little orbs on some of my indoor pictures. I have found the manual hard to understand, and frankly wish I had gone for another Canon, much better quality pictures and brighter colors.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Convenient, sleek, and incomparable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i am a semi professional photographer and own 4 cameras. everything has its faults, but this camera's advantages are far more superior than its disadvantages. as far as red eye is concerned, once i activated the red eye reduction option i no longer had any complaints. if your screen cracked within four days, consider investing in a $30 case. i have no complaints. if quality is what u seek above all else consider a more professional (and bulkier) camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It's a pretty good camera, the pictures are great, the size is fantastic, no problem taking it from place to place, unluckily the person who sold it to me screwed me and the battery life is minimal, when turned off it the battery gets "expired" and it doesn't turn on, I have to re charge it, but apart from my inconvinience every aspect of the T1 is perfect, compact, what more can you ask!???!!??!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

people who normally complain because of the same problem, red-eye, and lack of focus in zoom. well to back up sony, im pretty positive over half didnt even bother to look at the instruction booklet and read throughly through it to use this camera to its maximum potential. please take your time to read and understand how to use this camera thoroughly.
and camera works great for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
amazing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this camera has been through it all: backpacking trips, football games, pool parties...anything a high school student does, and has survived it all. not only has it survived my carelessness, but it has taken crystal clear pictures for my photography portfolio...i highly recommend this camera for its durability, how simple it is to get a good picture, and its size...fits in my back pocket, purse, coat...etc

  • 2.0 out of 5
Indoor picture quality terrible (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own 2 DSC-T1 Sony digital cameras and was dumb enough to purchase the new T-7. I thought maybe Sony had fixed the focus problem on the new T-7. Indoor pictures are so bad on bith models that I have now lost most of my daughters graduaion and my neices wedding photos. This camera is a waste of money for indoor photography. I have several earlier generation Sony digital cameras which take excellent photos. Sony missed the boat on this design.

  • 5.0 out of 5
this camera rocks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think this camera was worth it. It takes pictures beautifully. As for the comments that gave a bad review I think if you learn the features it will make the camera a better gadget for you. Just read the manual and I think you will feel differently. All in all I can't complain.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing quality and convenience (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Movies from this little camera are absolutely wonderful quality. An upgrade of memory makes this a perfect camera to take to any event, on any trip....snap shots and movies, indoors or out have been great quality. Im highly impressed by every function of this camera, a real user friendly take it along anywhere camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Can not use Tripod with Sony CyberShot DSC-T1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can put Sony Cybershot DSC-T1 on a surface, use time mode to capture a landscape at night and I always took a lot of beautiful photos, but I really need a something to hold DSC-T1 and put on tripod mount ... I don't want to buy T3 ...

  • 4.0 out of 5
compact, powerful, great pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

great compact size; super lens; great features... the perfect point and shoot, but with quality.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best camera yet (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have never had luck with past cameras. This one is great! I take it everywhere. It has many settings depending on the situation so expect to read the manual or you will get crappy pics, especially indoors or dark places. I've gotten loads of great concert pics and those places are dark! A hard case is highly recommended (found a custom made one to fit it on ebay for under 20 bucks) or expect to ruin the screen. Best investment we made on a digital.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I Love this little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am a Flight Attendant and I take this camera everywhere... I bought it in May 2004, so I have had it a year.....Pictures have been very very sharp...I have never had a red eye problem (turn on the red eye reduction button). Some indoor pics. have been off color, but I found if you set the flash indicator with the circle around it and leave the camera on auto, this seems to help..Zoom can be fuzzy, you need a very steady hand...I have close-ups of flowers that are beautiful, colors are bright, and people photos have always been very clear...When my photos have been bad it has been my mistake, not the camera...I can not say enough good things about this camera...Also, my friends bought this camera too and they love it as much as I do....Thanks Sony...

  • 5.0 out of 5
Top Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really do not understand all the complaints. The Sony T1 is a sexy "little" camera with some very innovative design features which takes great pictures. I have used it in low light and the images are excellent. So what if they don't look brilliant on the screen at the time and there is red-eye. That is what editing software is for. I have used it on mountainbiking trips when I've fallen hard and the camera is still perfect. This is a camera that is compact in the extreme. You cannot expect to have power flash, 20 times optical zoom, 16 megapixel sensor and battery life to support it all in a package this size. There are obviously going to be constraints but in my humble opinion they do not limit the cameras ability to do the job. It is probably the best camera available in the niche and if anything happened to mine I would buy another...

  • 4.0 out of 5
You gotta learn the settings! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this is a great compact camera and takes great pictures if you know how to work the settings! The basic auto setting doesn't work well every time, and the indoor pictures are not as good as the outdoor pictures, and the flash is kinda weak, but overall it's great. It has a lot of picture settings that you have to get to know well in order to get good pictures all the time.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have several digital cameras ranging from 3.2 mg to 12 mg. and I am far from a professional. However, I take photos every day at my work, and am pleased with the size and features of this camera. I am able to take shots of people who don't realize they are having their picture taken, and of homes during home visits. The quality of the photos taken are great for my purpose. Lots of pictures daily. I bought my camera as a display model, and except for a model label that is coming loose, I have never had a minutes trouble with the camera. I like the way it shuts off by sliding the lens cover in place.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Its my first camera. Its good. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Sony T1 is excellent. The screen is humongous, causing envious expressions from others at times. Controls are clear and obvious although some amount of time is spent browsing through the menu to change a simple setting. Occasional shutter lag exists but only under certain shooting conditions. One last issue is that the flash on this model is somewhat distance-impaired and lures out the demon in subjects' eyes often (red-eye). Aside from the problems listed above, the Sony T1 is an exceptional camera. I recommend this camera to people who like to shoot and print clear, colourful images and have fun with digital photography.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Camera Ever (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After reading all the bad reviews here, I felt compelled to write and let you all know this is the best camera I have even had. Exceptional quality, fantastic 2.5inch screen, no focus issues at all, really quick start up (which is a huge plus), very stylish. My boyfriend is a photographer and he was constantly amazed at the quality of pics and range of menu options.
I got pick pocketed while traveling in China and lost it...and very much want to buy another (though interestingly there are none to buy on ebay - is it because people don't want to part with it??) A really amazing camera.
Though a point to the side...you do need to have a steady hand to get good photos. When I first got it, images were blurry - but found out soon enough it wasn't the camera - but me!
A really really brilliant camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Takes Fuzzy Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was an expensive mistake!
I liked the size, one you could carry in your purse. To bad that is the only good quality. The pictures are not clear and it is hard to hold the button half way down to get a focus.
Would not advise anyone to buy this one!!!

Brenda

  • 4.0 out of 5
THIS CAMERA IS HAVE NEAT FACTORS TO IT (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I notice a lot of people are having complains about this camera and a few people are loving it. Well first of all in my opinion, this is an awesome camera for it SIZE. Can anyone compare something with a matching size that can out perform this camera by far? The reason why everyone is giving this camera a bad rating is because they are comparing it to camera such as the Sony P00 (THAT IS A 7.2 MP!! COMPARING WITH 5.1). Not only that, but I notice most ultra compact camera doesn't even have this kind of Megapixel except for the exilim but that one get bulkier as the MP get higher. The Canon SD is a good comparison and i have to admit the Canon is great but again, I just want to remind most viewer that this camera is one of the first world most compact camera so please if you are into quality, i would recommend a bigger camera. Don't attempt to search for a small camera with super quality pictures. But if you are looking for a FUN, COMPACT, SHOWY camera, this one is the right one for you. For a small size it's awesome with all the great features that cam be compare to most advance digital camera out there. YET it's simple to use and very flashy in front of people. So I hope the viewers satisfy with the choice they make for a good camera of their own taste.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible Image Quality - Especially Indoors (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My old Nikon 3 Megapixel camera produces picture twice as good!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Suboptimal Quality Images (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is absolutely not worth the investment. It takes suboptimal, underexposed indoor images. Red-eye prevails. Worse yet, the images aren't crisp; even in decent light, 90 percent of photographs I've taken have been grainy. I've gotten better clarity out of a disposable camera with a plastic lens. I did a "live chat" with a Sony analyst, who gave me completely obvious and unhelpful advice; i.e. "Hold the camera steady. Set to autofocus mode. Change the exposure." I'm sick about this purchase.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't ever buy Sony T1 & T3 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I and my brother bought 2 Sony camera T1 and T3. They have ruined my vacation! All the pictures that we took in Thailand, and Vietnam turn out to be YELLOW!

  • 1.0 out of 5
DSCT1 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The quality of indoor pictures is almost always disgusting. Waste of money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One of the Best Camera I had (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes good pictures. I captures many special moment pictures of my son when he is 4 months old until now. So I travel every where with it now. It is always in my purse. I had two other digital cameras but this one is the best.

  • 5.0 out of 5
No red eye! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just got this camera and I can't stop taking pictures. I read the directions, turned on the red eye reduction option and have had no problem with the red eye, like so many others have stated. It takes beautiful indoor pictures whether close up or far away. So glad I bought this!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Who else wants a camera that can endure a year in the desert? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My brother just got back from Afghanistan - he worked on a helicopter for the army. He took thousand of pictures and hours of video - which he edited using the included software, and he knows nothing about video editing.

He told me the reason he was able to get so many great shots was because he could grab and turn on the camera so quickly. It literally is ready to go in a second - it's amazing. There are no moving parts, so it's instant. My pentax digital camera takes forever to prepare for a shot, and by the time it's ready, the moment is gone.

I noticed some of the pictures were a little blurry - but that could be because it spent a year in the desert - and those pictures were taken hanging out of the door of a helicopter. The temperatures ranged from below 0 in the winter to 130 in the summer.

All in all, pretty impressive.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Practice makes perfect (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has specific uses. I have been impressed with the outdoor pictures, whether near or far. When you take indoor pictures, it takes practice.....watching back lighting, glare etc. I have had good results indoors.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor durability (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I purchased this camera, it was considered top of the line. However, on two different occasions the screen cracked. I noticed on the newer-generation cameras there is a toughened plastic coating over the screen, this camera would be a lot better if it had that.

Also, other things I did not like about it, it is difficult for a left-hander as the lens is on the left side (had to get used to holding it with the other hand). Also, there is no real view-finder, just the screen. Finally, the thing has only a cradle and it does not appear to be able to just connect to a PC, making it a hassle to use on other people's computers (it a lot easier to carry a small, standardized cable than a bulky cradle).

  • 4.0 out of 5
Excellent snapshot camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I don't understand the people who complain about this little camera. Yes it's expensive. Yes, there is red eye when you use flash on people at 4 feet away. They make software for that! This isn't a DSLR. It's the sort of camera you can put in your pocket and carry it with you where ever you go. I've carried it in my pocket for about 6 months and the size and speed is perfect for it. Right now I have 3 other cameras and this one isn't designed to replace them all. Hence the lack of things like manual focus capability, shutter priority, aperture or whatever. I'd say that it's designed as an ideal second camera, to fit in your pocket, so can get photos you wouldn't otherwise have gotten because you don't want to carry your DSLR everywhere you go. SNAPSHOTS people!!! The LCD screen is big. i.e., it'll break easily, so don't drop it or put it in your pocket with your keys. If I were Sony, I'd have put an LCD protector on it, especially on a pocket camera like this. But I'm not Sony, so I'm careful with how I carry it. For snapshots, the ideal setting is auto everything, but the camera does do other stuff in the way of presets. The magnifying glass setting is amazing for ultra close up macros. The color is near perfect to my eyes, especially in outdoor shots - the main reason I purchased it. It has it's limitations, but don't let that scare you away. If you're looking for a pocket camera to carry with you everywhere you go, this one is very capable.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It has be nothing less than superb! I don't know what everybody is talking about when they say it breaks easily. I take mine with me wherever I go...everyday! Yes, there is red-eye, but iPhoto takes care of that for me. Only drawback...I need a bigger memory stick.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not Worth The Money!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned digital cameras for the past six years and 3 of them have been Sony cameras. I was completely disappointed with this camera mainly because of the higher quality of my other Sony cameras. The size is great and looks cool, but the picture quality lacks something. The indoor pictures are almost useless. I understand that this camera is an ultra compact camera and its ability is not like a digital slr, but for the price of the camera I expected more. When I first got the camera I thought that it had problems so I returned it and got a new one and had the same problems, even the people at the camera store thought it was not focusing correctly so they had it sent off to be fixed. When the camera came back it still was blurry and soft when taking pictures of people. Many of the pictures I take are of people so this was a big concern to me. I have taken many pictures with many different cameras and this camera even compared to my old Sony 3.3 megapixel is just not quite up to par. Maybe I just got unlucky with not one but two bad cameras but I don't think so.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great Out... Lousy In (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is one great looking camera; you've gotta give it to Sony for their wonderful design teams. It looks great and the BIG LCD screen on the back gets "Wow!" all the time.
I have generally been happy with the pictures I've taken outside, in daylight. But I don't think I've had one single indoor picture come out anything but awful. The flash is pathetic... it's good for 5 or 6 feet, max. And a normal bright room comes out terrible. I'm so sorry I gave away my little Fuji camera.... that was super. I'm selling the Sony T1 on eBay and buying the new Nikon Coolpix S1. Nikon knows how to build cameras.

  • 2.0 out of 5
A real disappointment (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Not user friendly and the battery life is short. Totally not happy with this purchase...Look around before you buy!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Sony is riding on its rep-not engineering (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Since my purchase of this camera, I have missed the pictures of one Christmas and 3 grandchildren's birthday parties. Quality of interior photography is so very poor, the Sony is in the drawer & my Kodak is back in the line-up. I am so pleased with the Sony home theater system...one would think the company could carry over the thought process to include cameras.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Vacation Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had excellent results with my Sony Camera. I will say that outdoor shots are not quite as clear, but overall the camera takes excellent pictures. I would highly recommend this camera for your vacation shots.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best digital camera I ever owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

All I would like to say is that the DSC-T1 camera is the most easy camera to use and I love the quality of the pictures that it takes. whoever is giving it these bad reviews does not know what the heck they are talking about. even a cave man could use it, {just kidding} I love it thanks

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The Sony camera is very small and convenient, however, it take poor indoor pictures. The flash is not strong enough and only projects about 5 feet. Any distance greater and you get yellowing shots to dark shots. The camera does take nice pictures outdoors only not requiring any flash....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Brilliant little camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is the best thing since sliced bread, excellent image quality without having to play around with it, just point and shoot and this little genius does the rest for you. Plenty of scope for the seasoned photographer to really get the best from it, inc multiple flash settings to combat red-eye, only two negs come to mind, no web cam capability and lack of travel case as standard as you would expect from a camera in this price range.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Its all about what you look for in a camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have read many reviews of the Sony DSC-T1. If you discount the angry people who have experienced quality issues due to manufacturing (all cameras have issues like that and it is frustrating, can't blame the camera!)... in addition to those who simply are unhappy because they purchased the wrong camera for themselves .... I believe you would be left with very satisfied camera owners! I love mine! If you compare this camera, component and feature to component and feature to those similar you will find that it is a bit more expensive, however, it is slim, sleek and sexy... you got to pay for that! I purchased it because it was small with a nice sized screen... and because it was easy to whip out and use without fumbling around (just as the commercial suggests). Picture quality is great as far as I'm concerned.. I really do not care to fiddle with my own adjustments of color, light, contrast etc... What I wanted was a cool looking camera that enabled me to take crisp shots without having to adjust all the little features that professionals deal with! I do believe that the camera is capable of being adjusted, manipulated, etc, if you choose, but can also be set on automatic if you choose to be less interested in the details which truly do not come into play for what I believe this camera was intended. Additionally, people should remember that in this digital age, it is not only the camera that will dictate the user happiness; the peripherals are quite important. I have an iMAC G5 computer which has great software for importing, maintaining, retouching, etc. my photos/movie clips. The Sony comes with a docking station which I have hooked up on my desk and within minutes of taking a photo or returning home with a camera filled with pix, I can have them fixed (red eye reduced, cropped, rotated, etc.), emailed, printed or published to my website for family and friends to enjoy! Truly amazing! For the photo enthusiast who wants a sexy camera that is perfect for capturing the everyday moments.. this is a great camera! I am quite sure that I will never even use the majority of features with which this camera came.. however, its nice to know they are there if I feel like taking it to the next level... Hope this helps in your decision.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Too long to focus (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Was sort of OK although focus left a lot to be desired however the main problem is that the digital screen has already stopped working. So it is now unusable. I expected more from Sony!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Take terrible indoor pictures. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Indoor pictures are dark and discoloured. This camera gives amazing outdoor picture but bad, bad indoor pictures....Save your money and buy other camera instead.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I Love IT! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It takes great photos and it can fit in your pocket!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Save your money! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Only nice thing is the size. Every indoor picture has extreme redeye and dark exposure. Screen broke very easily and manufacturer wouldn't cover it. Replacement more expensive than buying new.
  • 2.0 out of 5
Intuitive design, great size, but always red eye (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I work for a graphic design firm. My boss got this for her trip to Japan. I've never seen scenery pictures so amazing. I've used the camera a lot on the road. The whole interface makes sense and is easy to use without even a manual. The LCD panel is gigantic. However, you should only consider getting this camera if you don't plan on taking pictures of people. Every single picture had amazing scenery but the people always had red-eye. I was sick to my stomach when I saw all of our amazing shots, but red-eye, red-eye, red-eye. If Sony can fix the red-eye problem, I would buy this camera for myself and recommend to my boss to get the next version too.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Takes very bad picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Since I bought this camera I have never been able to take a good picture. There was a manufacturer fault with the camera. I took it to sony repair shop for repair. After fixing, it even got worse. I have returned back to the shop and waiting to see if they can replace my camera. It is waste of money to buy this camera.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Save your money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
The only nice thing about this camera is the size. Picture quality is very poor for a 5.0 megapixel camera. Indoor pictures are poor. If you take a picture indoors with an animal the eyes glow yellow. When I contacted Sony Cust. Service I was told that all cameras have this problem. Not so as I have other digital cameras - Sony brand and have never had this problem.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Its small size mean you always have it with you (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This is a great camera. I have previously used Nikon SLR's and a Minox 35mm and since getting the DSC-T1 I have not used them once. The 35mm cameras are better quality and have greater creative possibilities but the ease of use of the Sony and its small size mean you always have it with you. Also, the Pictbridge feature means you can make photographs [and I mean proper photographs] direct from camera to printer without needing a computer. You can crop the photos in the camera using the 'Trim' function and then print the cropped shot direct to printer. I use the Canon CP-330 printer which uses 6x4 paper and the results are excellent. Also, the Sony allows you to choose whether you want Sepia or colour - you'd need 2 SLR bodies for that. The video feature is also good - high quality and a good little mike - playback is with sound on the camera. What's the downside 1]quality is not the same as 35mm but until you get to about A3 you won't see it so practically the quality is as good 2]no tripod bush but there is a case made by Sony which has a bush in it so that problem can be solved 3]it's expensive compared to others but it's the best thing around 4]weak flash - you can get round this by using a slave unit which augments the flash but it's ok on its own for parties 5]battery life is about 1 1/2 hours which isn't much so you need to be careful or get a spare
  • 5.0 out of 5
quality small camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
i have 3 digital cameras 2 fuji 1 kyocera all pretty good ,sony very good compact pop in shirt pocket ideal when motorbiking, picture quality very good easy to use.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to Use, Pocket-sized, Convenient Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I recently took this on a 16 day trip to Italy and was extremely pleased with it. The size is perfect for slipping into a jeans or shirt pocket, it isn't bulky or heavy, and for the most part, my pics came out very well. The only problems I experienced were when I accidentally pressed a setting when placing the camera in my pocket. This occasionally would cause the mode button to move to video. This caused me to get a few short videos of my shoes or the inside of my pocket, but was not a problem overall. The large screen was an advantage to me, as it helped me decide on my shot angles. I take lots and lots of shots, and the camera was able to keep up with me. The user's guide gives you tips on saving battery power, too. I ended up taking an extra battery, so I could click to my heart's content each day. I was able to click a shot of every art work, ruin, or scenic place using a 256 card, but carried an extra 128 card which I sometimes used. The reason I needed both is that I'd decided to take every pic with the highest quality 5 megapixel setting. I was pleased with my pics and my travel companions liked the results.
  • 1.0 out of 5
I should have bought a Canon Elf (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
My Sony digital camera lasted about four days before the screen cracked. Repair costs exceeded the cameras value. I should have bought a Canon Elf
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