Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 is a very slim 6 megapixel (CCD) point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 01.11.06) with 3x optical zoom, lens-shift optical stabilizer and 2.5″ LCD screen. The camera is available from January 2006 with the retail price of around US$450
>> REVIEWS (last updated: 02.08.06)
CNET reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 and wrote:
“Colors are on the neutral side, sometimes becoming flat in heavy backlighting; both characteristics can be easily reversed in photo-editing software. Flesh tones are pleasing except when using flash, which washes out darker skin and turns lighter skin ruddy. Red-eye is also a problem with this camera, showing up even in moderate light with the reduction preflashes enabled. The camera’s exposure choices are generally very good, though, even in tricky lighting. .”
Imaging Resource reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 and wrote:
“… the Cybershot T9 delivers good picture quality and a great feature set in a rugged, super-compact all-metal body. The 6.0-megapixel CCD is an nice feature in a camera this small, and the large LCD monitor is quite impressive as well. The T9 showed good image quality, with good color, and high resolution. Its image sharpness and noise levels aren’t quite up to the level of the best full-sized 6.0-megapixel cameras out there, but they’re very good for a subcompact model. Relative to competing full-sized digicams, the Sony T9 does have rather limited low-light capability and marginal flash power, but that’s to be expected in a camera of this size. The T9’s flexible exposure modes and features give the camera the versatility to handle most common shooting situations with aplomb. Overall, the Sony Cybershot T9 is an excellent option for busy consumers looking for a tiny digital camera that performs very well as a point-and-shoot.”
DesignTechnica reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 and wrote:
I really liked the looks of the DSC-T9 and it takes solid but not D-SLR level photos yet that’s an unreasonable expectation for a $400 point-and-shoot camera. Only a few competitors like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 and the Konica Minolta DiMage X1 have image stabilization which really make this camera stand apart from the pack. Alas as readers of the site know KM is leaving the camera business so there are even fewer competitors. Although a bit expensive this point-and-shoot camera is definitely an Editor’s Choice.
Pros: compact & attractive, optical image stabilisation, very high-quality LCD, Fast response
Cons: now viewfinder, few manual adjustments, supplied picture package software is pathetic”
DigitalCameraReview reviewed the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T9 and wrote:
“With good lighting, this camera takes very pleasing photos that are nice and sharp and well-exposed. The camera is small and light enough to fit in a shirt pocket, and is very portable and fun. In tricky lighting situations, however, the camera’s faults really start to interfere with usefulness of the camera. This is a shame, because you would expect a small and light camera to be used to take pictures at parties, bars, or other situations, all taking place indoors. Because this camera has many problems dealing with tricky lighting, and also due to the “dust problem” I experienced, I would be hard pressed to recommend this camera to beginning photographers or individuals who expect to be able to pick up a camera and “point and shoot” at a subject and get good results.”
>> PRESS RELEASE
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1, 2005 — Sony is stepping up the picture quality of ultra-slim digital still cameras with the introduction of its new Cyber-shot ® DSC-T9 model, the first in this category to offer both Super Steady Shot ® optical image stabilization and high light sensitivity.
With these Sony technologies, the new six-megapixel DSC-T9 delivers more detailed images with significantly less blur and graininess than typical point-and-shoot cameras. Optical image stabilization reduces image blur from hand movement, while high light sensitivity helps to lessen blurriness resulting from low-light conditions. The end effect is better-focused, expressive images that look more like the way you see them, imitating the human eye.
“Our T Series set the standard for slim, stylish, point-and-shoot cameras with fine image quality,” said James Neal, director of digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “Now the use of this category of cameras is pervasive. With the DSC-T9, we are taking this category a step further by incorporating advanced imaging technologies that ensure that you get the shot, even in unfavorable light conditions, like nightclubs and restaurants.”
Get a Clear Shot
Sony is the first manufacturer to incorporate an advanced lens-shift optical image stabilizer into a camera with a folded-path lens system. This is what allows for a compact form; the lens does not have to extend from the body of the camera.
The model is equipped with a newly-developed lens-shift system with two gyro-sensors that detects hand movement, and automatically calculates the compensation needed to provide a clear, crisp image.
The new model’s high light sensitivity (up to IS0 640) allows you to capture clearer pictures in available light, giving you the option to not use a flash, which sometimes creates unwanted glare or harsh highlights. As a result, images have greater atmosphere and more detail, even when reflective surfaces like glass and mirrors are in the pictures.
Enhanced Photo Sharing Brings Your Photos to Life
With a slim body less than one-inch wide, this compact powerhouse not only takes great pictures but also brings them to life with Sony’s new Clear Photo Plus ® LCD screen and slide show function. The 2.5-inch LCD features astonishing vividness and greatly improved color reproduction compared to previous models. It is the perfect screen to show off your pictures as a slide show, which the camera creates for you — without having to use a PC.
You can select up to four themes, such as “Stylish” or “Active,” to play back your images, complete with dynamic transitions choreographed to your choice of music clips. Depending on your PC configuration, you can also upload your own music with the supplied software.
Big Features, Small Body
The DSC-T9 camera offers mega resolution at six megapixels for high-quality images, a 3x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar ® optical zoom lens, MPEG movie recording, and 58 MB of internal memory for storage and easy transfer to an optional Memory Stick ® Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media card, now available in capacities up to two gigabytes.
As with other T-series cameras, you simply slide the lens cover down and the camera is ready to capture images in seconds. Despite the power consumption of the optical image stabilizer, Sony’s Real Imaging Processor ® power management system helps this model to achieve exceptional battery life, up to 240 shots per charge.
More For Your Memories
With the DSC-T9’s slide show feature, sharing your photos right on the camera’s LCD is more enjoyable. You can even connect directly to your television with supplied cables. However, if prints are what you want, then you can connect the model to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital photo printer and print from the convenience of your own home. Don’t think that you’re limited to basic prints with this camera; you can even create postcards or calendars using the printer’s supplied software.
Perhaps you need to print tens or even hundreds of pictures, or want to share funny video clips, then there is the option of using Sony’s online photo service. At www.imagestation.com, you can createyour own online photo and video albums, order prints, or make customized gifts from coffee mugs and photo books to calendars and T-shirts.
The Cyber-shot DSC-T9 camera will be available in January for about $450 online at SonyStyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores ( www.sonystyle.com/retail) and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Nov. 1 at www.sony.com/T9
The camera is supplied with an InfoLithium™ battery, battery charger, multi-connector cable, wrist strap and software CD-ROM. Optional accessories include the Cyber-shot Station™ cradle for about $80, a sports pack for about $100, and leather carrying case for about $40.