Sony Cybershot DSC-T30

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ ePhotozine (added on 30 March’07)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 is a point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 05.04.06), featuring a 7.2 megapixels (CCD sensor) with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens (38-116mm equivalent), built-in image stabilisation, and a huge 3.0″ LCD screen. The camera is measuring Approx 3 9/16″ x 2 3/16″ x 13/16″ (90 x 54.8 x 20.2 mm), weighing 4.73 oz (134g) Body; 5.6 oz (159 g) Body with Battery, and it’s running on InfoLithium® NP-FR1 Batteries. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 will be available in stores from May 2006 at $500 USD.

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ePhotozine reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 (rating: 7/10) and concludes;
“As the Optio T30 is fairly automated – there are no aperture and shutter priority modes, but there is exposure compensation – it is selling itself as as a pain-free, gadget or beginners camera. To that end, as long as the results are within acceptable limits, then it’s the design, build quality, value for money and ease of use that will sell the camera, not the overall performance. In aiming at this market, Pentax have done a very good job, as with the 3in LCD, it’s very easy to see what is being changed. Admittedly, the use of three different menu areas is slightly confusing initially, but the camera is so easy to use that even this will be mastered by a beginner without too much trouble. Aside from the interface, the other standout feature of the T30 is the ISO range which runs from 64 to an astonishing 3200. While the top mode is all but unusable except for black and white photos, it’s impressive to see such a wide range on a compact. However, the selling point of the camera is the touch screen interface and the 3in LCD and these work well, making the camera a very solid purchase for the first time buyer.”

Megapixel reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
“In most respects the ergonomic design of the DSC-T30 is quite good. Buttons and controls are easily accessed, the screen is sharp and detailed and, with a boost to its brightness, remains visible outdoors in sunlight, and the camera is quick to respond to controls, including the shutter release. …With a high-resolution image, a good stabilization system that reduces the risk that images will be ruined by camera shake, and a clean and compact design, the DSC-T30 offers yet another interesting alternative for compact camera purchasers.”

Digital Camera Info reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
“The 7.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30 offers consumers a lot of style, some imaging capabilities, and little overall value. The camera is nicely packaged in a metal body that is skinny enough to slide into a pocket, but also has a few features that make it easier to handle than most ultra-compact digital cameras. The Sony T30 has some positive points to its components too: the image stabilization is effective in keeping shakes out of the 3x optical zoom, the 3-inch LCD screen is large and has good resolution, and the ISO extends to a sensitive 1000 rating for low light shots. There are drawbacks too: the burst mode is slow, the LCD is fragile, and the movie mode requires a separate Memory Stick Pro Duo card to function at full speed. The pictures from the Sony T30 look good and the movies garnered from the Pro card look good, but the quality still doesn’t justify the enormous price tag.”

CNET reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30. They rated the camera 7.6/10 (very good) and wrote;
“Colors were fairly neutral and skin tones generally pleasing. A weekend outing with an inordinate number of blue-eyed friends highlighted the DSC-T30’s penchant toward red-eye. Even with the red-eye reduction enabled, the gaggle of light-colored eyes turned demonically crimson. Noise was relatively under control for a pocket camera. At ISO 100, it barely registered; at ISO 200 and 400, it became more apparent but was still under control. By ISO 800 and ISO 1,000, it was very visible, though pictures were usable, especially if you’re printing at only 4×6 inches…”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
“Image quality was great for a 7-megapixel consumer camera. Outdoors it produced pleasing images that were well exposed and showed good color saturation. Images were also nice and sharp, thanks in part to the Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom. This lens offers a typical range of 38 – 114mm (in 35mm equivalence.) At 38mm, you’ll be able to capture group portraits and landscape shots, while the 114mm telephoto end will help bring your subjects closer. I noticed moderate amounts of barrel distortion at wide angle, but very little chromatic aberration (purple fringing) around brightly lit subjects. Noise levels are very low when using an ISO speed of 200 or lower, becoming more noticeable at 400 and above. At ISO 1000, noise can be seen even when viewing an image at 27% (average view on a 19-inch monitor set at 1024×768.) While image quality does suffer, I found images are still quite usable; the ability to capture blur free images in marginal lighting greatly outweighs this negative effect. Couple this with Sony’s Steady Shot technology, and the T30 is the perfect choice when shooting ambient light shots.”

CamerasUK reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
“Like other Sony digital cameras the DSC T30 is very easy to use. There is a pleasant, uncomplicated feel to the camera. Both the layout of the key button controls and the menu system itself is straightforward. The menu system used is a standard one that appears across the Sony range. It is one of the simplest ones you are likely to find.”

DPInterface reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
“Barrel and pincushion distortion are not noticeable. There is little chromatic aberration (color fringing) and the T30 had very slight problems differentiating the two purples. The image quality of the Sony Cyber-shot T30 is very good and deserves my acknowledgment….In case you haven’t gotten the point yet, I like the Sony Cyber-shot T30 (very much!). While it’s not the perfect ultra-compact, it is perfect for most shooting conditions. It’s a great overall camera and I highly recommend it to those who want pocketable performance.”

DCRP reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
Photo quality was very good in most situations. The T30 typically took well-exposed photos with accurate color and low noise levels. Speaking of noise, you’ll be able to make large prints through ISO 200, and maybe at ISO 400 as well (noise reduction software will certainly help here). The ISO 800 and 1000 settings weren’t very impressive, with lots of noise and noticeably worse color saturation. Purple fringing levels were above average, and redeye was a big problem as well. The T30 probably isn’t the best choice if you shoot under unusual lighting, as my macro test shot hopefully showed. If you do a lot of that then you’ll probably want to find a camera with a custom white balance feature.”. “

CNET Australia reviewed the Sony Cybershot DSC-T30 and wrote;
“There’s nothing much to complain about the image quality on this Cyber-shot. Skin tones were reproduced correctly and colours were vivid. The auto white balance worked fine most of the time, and if it didn’t, then tough luck because there are no custom white balance settings on this unit. You can only select Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent and Flash in the menus. One thing to note, though — not all options are available in various settings. For example, in Program mode, you get only two choices: Auto and Flash. In addition, we foresee colour cast to be an issue when shooting in unusual lighting conditions.”

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Sony Cybershot T30 SteadyShot Test Video

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Slim DSC-T30 Model with Double Anti-Blur Protection Makes Fuzzy Images a Thing of the Past

SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2006 — Sony is building up its arsenal of anti-blur, digital still cameras to help people who are out on the town win the fight against blur with the introduction of the new 7.2-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-T30 model. “When people are out having a good time, they don’t want to spend it learning how to avoid taking blurry pictures,” said James Neal, director of marketing for digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “We’ve engineered our flagship T-series camera with intelligent, automatic features so people can spend more time having fun and less time understanding technology.”

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