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Sony CyberShot DSC-T33
Sony CyberShot DSC-T33
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Sony CyberShot DSC-T33

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We've given the DSC-T33 a grade of D.

Editor's Review

The ultra thin, all-metal Sony DSC-T33 offers a great design but a dubious ancestry. As the follow-up to the Sony DSC-T1, the T33 doesn't have very big shoes to fill: Digital Camera HQ receives more consistent user complaints about the T1 than any other digital camera. Nonetheless, the slim design of the Sony T33 is excellent, making it a perfect camera to take out on the town. We'd like to love this camera - when there are an adequate number of reviews, we will pass judgment.

Specifications

  • 5.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 2x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound. Includes docking station
  • Part Number: DSC-T33
  • UPC: 100000479323
  • Release Date: Mar 14, 2005

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T33 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-T33 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
DSC-T33 Camera (Tim — 12/19/2010)
I have owned the T33 for 4 years or so now and it has been a good camera overall. The screen just started getting grainy looking a month ago. The camera appears to be dying. My problem is with Sony in general. I have a 46 inch Bravia TV that I purchased in 2008. It was just out of warranty and went bad. I paid over $2,000 for it. Sony will do nothing about it. I also have a Sony PS3. It hit me with the red blinking light of death a year ago after only having it 1 1/2 years. Sony charged me $150 to get a refurbished replacement. Sony is ripping people off. Their customer service is terrible. Once you own one of their products that's it. There's no help. Please... Buy another brand!!!!!!!!
  • 1.0 out of 5
Flashed popped after 18 months (Connie — 06/15/2007)

We are very disappointed.... the flashed popped in the middle of taking a picture. We called Sony and the warranty was 1 yr (of course) and they wanted $181.00 to fix it! We are going to buy another brand as I see a lot of folks have had issues with this camera. Very disappointed.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Flash Went Out (nicole — 02/07/2007)

Love this camera, have had no problems... but the other day the flash "popped" and died. Don't know if it's a defect, will need to have it repaired.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony does it AGAIN with the T-33!!! --- BUT... (j. darnton — 02/01/2007)

I usually wait for Sony's second generation attempt at a product… The T-33 works well because it was just enough more than the T-1 and not all the junque bells and frills of the latest models. Fran uses her’s as a primary camera and my T-33 is a pocket backup to my Oly E’s. We depend on our small Sony laptops for our imaging, but they are becoming too proprietary and difficult to find parts for since they seem to change the specs as often as the recording artists on their CD’s!!! Right now, I’m looking to Olympus for digital photography and Fujitsu for quality laptops…

  • 3.0 out of 5
Flash quit (William D. Crumes — 01/11/2007)

Great pictures until flash quit working. Will try to have repaired overall satisfied.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great size, Great pictures, Great price! (Heather — 11/15/2006)

I love this camera. I received it as a graduation present and have been very pleased ever since. It's totally lightweight and takes very clear, sharp images. The screen size is awesome! My one complaint about the screen is that it turns black when taking a photo outside tunred upwards. I don't know why. It will still take the picture but you have to turn in back to its original side. Other than that, it has been a durable and efficient camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Inside photo es (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love the pictures I take outside but all my inside pictures turn our yellow and not clear at all.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not as it SOUNDS (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera with the intention to have the greatest pictures without any problems. Well the battery is very weak and can not keep up with the demand. The automatic settings does not do there job and you will totally miss any special moment trying to find the right command. It is the worst camera for ANY dim areas because it will come back dark. Overall do not get one because it is my loss and their gain because it come out the store nobody cares and absolutely no help. Does anyone out there is happy with if they are they are fools. Feel free to reply to me at any time for comments or solutions.
Thank you!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera only if you buy it in USA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am in colombia, and this camera is perfect, I travel along my country and it works perfect it doesnt matter weather or humidity conditons, but part of the success is because I bought it in New York, I have heard that latinamerican dealers dont receive the best products from Sony
thx

  • 4.0 out of 5
Generally a good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

What I like about it: In a nutshell, the T33 is a very good entry level camera. Good for people who just want to whip out their camera and capture their shot - without having to read through an inch thick manual to do it. It looks great and travels well because its incredibly sleek and compact. I've taken this camera with me all around Asia, and there's always someone complimenting it and telling me how cool the camera looks. And it does take good shots, particularly outdoors. Turn off the digital zoom because the standard 3x optical already does a decent job. The overall image/picture quality is very good. It even takes good video and audio. Its a really fast camera (start up, focus and shot to shot speed are excellent and there's no shutter lag!) for its price and the battery life is surprisingly good. The big LCD is pretty sweet too.
What I'm not too crazy about: The flash is probably my biggest disappointment since it isnt all that powerful so your low light shots may not be the greatest - but the T33 isnt an SLR, right? The red-eye can get pretty bad sometimes. And I'm not crazy about lugging that docking station around when I travel but its not that big a deal. And the so-so software that comes bundled (Picture Package) isnt worth the CD it was written on.

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

camera says to "keep turning off and back on again". According to booklet that means trouble with lens. So guess I'll buy another brand.

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

had the camera for a year, took it to europe and asia no problems at all

  • 5.0 out of 5
very user friendly (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my second digital camera and so far I'm very impressed. I took lots of photos as I went through the manual. It was easy to change the settings and the pictures were all fantastic. I agree that the accessories are expensive (just bought a 1G memory Pro Duo and extra battery) and would like to charge the battery off the camera but the good features far outweigh that. Interesting that the bad reviews were for cameras bought out of the USA.

  • 1.0 out of 5
went bad in less than a month (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a synopsis of the events: In less than a month, this camera, bought from Nice Electronics malfunctioned: the lens would not open and if you try to turn it on it would you give you a message that says: please turn your camera off and on..."
Sony's response: Sorry!!! its just one camera in a million - was their answer when I requested a replacement due to the short time it lasted! I tried to negotiate that if I sent the camera for repair and it came back and malfunction again that they will send me a new one. Sony's Answer: Sorry again!
They made me feel like they do not care about individuals. They care about millions...And all these happening prior to the holidays!!!! Guess I'm going to have to postpone my holidays....

Oh I forgot, I did not contact Nice Electronics because the warranty says that I had to go directly to the manufacturers....
I'm I being too unreasonable? Or is it just bad luck?
Thx.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE THIS CAMERA ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this camera is really great. i just love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Believe me its value for money you get most of the high end features with picture quality being amazing, am very satisfied with the overall performance of this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor Quality Control Plus Sony Refuses to Honor Warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the DSC-TI in Singapore 11 months ago(essentially the same camera as the DSC-T33). The LCD screen only worked intermittently from the start. I took it back to the dealer that I purchased it from, and they refused to exchange it for a fully functioning camera saying that it worked to design specs.

After repeated calls to Sony Service and speaking to various tech reps, they finally told me to send it to Precision Camera Repair who said that the camera was not wotrth repairing due to a corroded main board. I called Sony Customer Service and they refused to honor their warranty despite the record of repeated attempts to resolve this issue from day one.

I complained further and Sony just today offered to sell me a DSC-T33 at what they said was a discount price of $340.00 plus tax if I would return the damaged unit first. I just checked the web and this camera sells retail for around $289.00 at a variety of dealers and locations—such a deal! In short, anyone that would purchase this camera would fall under the old addage "that a fool and his money are soon parted......"

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

Slim, light, Zeiss lens, huge screen, 1cm macro - perfect! If the camera has produced dark images for you - increase the ISO to 400, this also allows a faster shutter speed and reduces the blur reported by some reviewers (which is in fact camera shake). I also found the "Auto" setting forces a higher ISO than "Program" and thus faster shutter speeds. PC software a bit poor though - very basic.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Not Excellent, But Definately Not Bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera a little over 9 months and it's been such a JOY to take pictures! The pictures I've taken have pretty much been very clear (heck, even the videos I've taken have been clear as well). The only complaint I have is that those "water spots," but those blemishes are far and few. Overall, a great camera for the price!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes awesome pics and you can take it anywhere (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love this camera beacause: you can take it any where (either 40m underwater (scuba diving) or to the top of Zutspitz (highest mountain in germany)I've taken mine to both extreames) i ve taken mine everywhere and it has never let me down... Compared to most underwater cameras it has the best pictures which really has alot to say...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good value for money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I received this camera for christmas 2004, the whole design is well developed. It's easy to work with and produces quality images. My only concerns are the battery capacity and I also reccomend built in memory. Besides that, this camera is perfect for its value.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very good for such a little thing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I own this cam fpr about a month and must say, that fpr such a little cam,its makes very good pics. It is normal, that you can't compare this thing with a digi-slr or similar bigger cam. I don't understand people, who think you can have same picture-quality as a digi-slr. It is technically not possible to produce such little cams with slr-qualities. That's how it is. I must admit that I own 4 digicams till now. And the T33 is the tiniest one. You can carry it with you everytime and shot good pics. Picture-quality is good and also the battery-time. And I didn't experience any probs till now. I can recommend it

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

I've had the camera for about 90 days now and it goes everywhere with me. Took a motorcycle trip across this great land, America, and took hundreds of pictures and they all came out wonderfully. Just point and shoot from a neck strap at 75 MPH! GREAT CAMERA! I'd buy it again in a heartbeat!

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

i don't know all the techniques yet but all pictures i have taken by this camera are all great, i love all of it and the menus and controls are user friendly except for one, the power button is so close to the shutter sometimes it can be accidentally turned off,

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Pictures - Poor Interface (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera as an upgrade to an older Canon digital camera. Picture quality is great, and I liked the fact that camera was slim and easy to carry around. The "slim" factor comes with disadvantages though:
1. You cannot show pictures directly from your camera to a computer or a TV (something I can do with my Canon PowerShot by plugging in the USB port directly to the camera) without using the docking station that comes separately with the camera. So if you want to show-off pictures in a big screen always remember to bring the docking station!
2. Battery Charger - does not come with external/separate battery charger. Battery must be in the camera and on the docking station for you to charge the battery. So, can't use camera while charging or can't charge battery while using the camera. So be ready with extra batteries and/or buy an external battery charger.
3. Memory Stick Computer Interface - it's yet a different size memory stick (which is sooo expensive) and although it comes with an adapter, so you can use it with older card adapters - most older card adapters I've tried could not read it. So, yet again, I have to rely on the docking station so I can download pictures using the USB port, OR, buy a new card reader/adapter!

So although the camera itself is slim, to be able to use the full functionality, be ready to carry all the accessorries along with you.

Finally, the camera itself is not cheap, and the accessories are not cheap either.

  • 5.0 out of 5
A class act (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It beats me how any one can say this is a bad camera? give an idiot a $1000 high end camera and he will take poor photos, its as simple as that.
This camera is top notch and is money well spent.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Keeps saying turn on/off power-won't take pictures. Don't trust it. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera on my travels in Thailand in December 2004. It was really expensive but I thought worth it for my round the world trip. I got to Sydney and the camera keeps saying turn on/off power. I wrote to Sony only to be told my warranty was useless in Australia and I need to back to Thailand if I want it repaired. I will have to pay for repairs myself now. I was so angry and will never buy from Sony again ever! The only way I can work the camera is to manually open the lens. This happened to 2 of my friends who have the same camera. Don't trust Sony!

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

This camera is awesome. The best part is it is very very thin and slim, so it fits in any of your pocket. Also it is very light so you don't have that "heavy feelings" in you pockets, so very easy to carry around. Moreover the camera is purely digital, all the picture options are menu based so you can try n number of combinations and so you finally get-rid off that ugly rotator on top of most digital camera's.

The picture quality is very good, very clear. I don't know why people complain of dark pictures? But I had that issue initially because of some odd settings I did. But then I restored the factory setting read the manual and the very good presentation CD with it and bingo ! I learned the settings and can now take clear pictures in the darkest of places.
I would recommend this as a "must have" camera, just try experimenting some settings and you will get more then you expect of this tiny camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I LOVE THIS CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my second digicam first is the DSC-F55V. When I have this DSC-T33 its great large LCD and very easy to use, very clear shots I LOVE IT.

  • 2.0 out of 5
pictures quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

pictures are blur and not sharp, completely not satisfied. Colors are dull, not vivid and fresh

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

hi.. i m a graphic designer. and i checked a lot of digital cameras here in Dubai. finally i found the best one is sony cs dsc-t33. now i love to use pictures for my client products for print media and also for website....
its great professional camera.. i simply love it.

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

Great camera easy to handle, go for it

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

The images are not sharp enough and the settings are too complicated for easy use( it is my first digital though). For that kind of money I expected a better product.

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

This camera is amazing, easy to use, camera picture quality is great. Of course there are better camera's out there, this is definitely worth the money. Its compact size and huge lcd screen is very attractive and battery life is very good.
Many people who writes reviews of this camera being bad, they don't know what they are talking about or maybe they are comparing to other very high quality camera's, but for this camera, it is worth it.
Its shape is very attracting and besides, If you are not planning on going professional, this is a great point and shoot camera for you to own.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Nice big viewing screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera. Spent lots of $$ on it, and wonder if I would have been better off with the Canon 4.0 Elph for less money. I am a bit disappointed with some of my shots, but that's right out of the packaging. I still need to read the manual and figure out the Scene Settings so I get the best shot for the lighting. I love the big viewing screen, though. That was a big seller for me. It makes showing pictures easier and the quality is great. Isn't that the fun of having a digital camera? To take lots of pictures and then immediately show them off? This does great in that aspect!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Spots happen on any camera where the flash is close to the lens (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Just to clarify, any camera (film or digital) will show "water spots" if the flash is used and the flash is positioned close to the lens. The flash is illuminating dust particles in the air in front of the lens. Having the flash even a few inches away from the lens helps a lot, not that you have a choice with a built-in flash. The only other way to avoid this is to have more light and not use the flash. The effect is even worse in dusty shops, the desert, etc. But again, it will only happen when using the flash on a camera that has the flash very close to the lens. Usually companies try to keep the flash as far from the lens as possible, but hard on these ultra compact cameras.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A product that ruins Sony's reputation (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had trusted SONY for many years until I purchased this camera. Sony disappointed me this time so hard that it may not earn my trust anymore.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Water Spots All Over (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the DSC-T1 (older model - same camera) and about 1/3 of my shots had what looked like water spots on them. After sending in for repairs twice, I exchanged for DSC-T33. After two days of shooting, the dreaded spots came back! BAD! BAD! BAD! Don't buy T1 or T33!

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

I bought my camera in Tokyo-took a lot of photos (even from the window of a jet plane!)---all photos were great !!! The 512MB memory stick indeed captured all sweet memories of Tokyo, cherry blossoms and new friends!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sucks. Dark Images. Fuzzy Images (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think my title says it all. Sony disappointed me. I spent so much on this camera too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Amazing camera,,, have to try it (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I really like this camera, beside its size, this camera take pro shots, fast, macro, and 5.1 mp high quality photos.. it's really amazing!!!
in this camera you can take amazing pictures, that because it's size which allow you to wave the camera easily to the target and have a great angle for it... truly I have had one of my greatest experience with this Sony T33,,, till now I hadn't faced any problem with it,,, and because of the T33,,, I think Sony have came out of the greatest product in the market,,

do you know what the benefit I had from this large screen in the camera? it's not only about the size,,, when I want to take any shots this screen allow me to see any details that I will capture,, butter than the small screens that you cannot clearly see the small details,,, amazing amazing amazing SONY,,,

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

I have only owned this camera for a couple weeks, but I think its great. Its not a camera for the professional at all, so reviews you read about people who hate are asking to much out of it... it works great for getting good pictures of friends.. its also small enough to carry in your pocket everywhere--- no bulge.... I recommend it for the point-and-shoot enthusiast...

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