Sony CyberShot DSC-T90

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 is 12.1MP ultra-slim Digital Camera features 4x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 35-140mm) with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization, ISO 80-3200, BIONZ™ image processor, HD Movie with HDTV Compatibility, Anti-blink Function, Smille Shutter, Dynamic Range Optimizer, and a 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD Plus touch screen. The camera measures 3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ x 19/32″ (93.6mm x 57.2mm x 15.0mm) and weighs Approx. 5.3oz. (151g).
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Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 Reviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“Overall image quality is a hit and miss prospect with the Cyber-shot DSC-T90. When the camera’s automatic shooting function is able to determine the correct settings to use, the image quality is outstanding. However, that doesn’t always happen, primarily in low-light situations.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“If you must have a touchscreen camera, the T90 should definitely be on your shortlist. It delivers decent images for such a small shooter, and despite a few quirks with the screen itself, performs well in terms of intuitiveness and ease of use. Plus, for the style-conscious photographer out there, it’s a pretty sleek looking camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“Overall, this is one good-looking, compact camera you can carry anywhere. Just do that hands-on test if you’re seriously thinking of buying this one.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“The flash required ISO 800 to illuminate an average-sized room but tended to over-expose with close-ups at high ISO settings. Image noise became visible in flash shots at ISO 800, although you would still be able to print shots taken at this setting at snapshot size. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“it will only do its best work below ISO 800. Images at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 are especially poor with very little fine image detail visible. At ISO 400 and below the Sony DSC-T90 shines, taking consistently good quality images. We especially liked the vibrant colours, which were the most accurate and precise that we’ve seen from an ultra-slim camera in a while. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPinterface reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“Performance is arguably the ‘best’ part of the Sony Cyber-shot T90 since the camera is speedy in all areas except continuous shooting… T90 is a fancy, ultra-slim camera with a touchscreen, but with crummy ergonomics, user interface and just tolerable image quality.”
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 is definitely one of the most innovative cameras on offer. If you can find it for less than the quoted price, then you’ll have found a true bargain”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“All told, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 is a well-rounded choice. It’s a good performer in terms of image quality, speed, ease of use, and build—and its 16:9 LCD provides well-above-par experience in both shooting and playback modes. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“We were pleasantly surprised by the image quality of the Sony DSC-T90 digital camera, with its thin body hiding a competent lens and sensor. It has a few novelty features, like a touch screen and high-definition movie recording, and the design makes it pleasant to use.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“Sony’s latest “Tiny” Cyber-Shot model, the DSC-T90 offers amazing performance, loads of user-friendly exposure options and technologies as well as good overall image quality. The high-end features of this camera (3.0-inch touch panel display, 720p HD movie mode, durable metal construction, etc.), along with its compact size help justify the lofty price”
Rating: N/A

Pocket-Lint reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“The good: Solid feel build, small form factor, large-ish LCD, HD movies. The bad: Video isn’t full HD, no HDMI out, screen can get confusingly packed out with info at times. Verdict: Though priced at a premium, for those who value both style and substance the T90 makes for a happy compromise, if no great advancement from previous Cyber-shots.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“There is a lot to like about the Sony Cybershot DSC T90. It looks great and is incredibly slim and streamlined. Picture quality is good and the touch controlled LCD screen may be the clincher for many people.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

InfoSync reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 and writes;
“Image Quality – Mediocre: Facebook and MySpace junkies will not give a hoot, but anyone beyond point-and-shoot internet fame status will want to look for a camera with a lot more horsepower under the hood rather than a dainty pink dress on the outside. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Excellent Pocket Digicam by Dipak | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Excellent pocket digital cam. As I have already used Sony T10, i know how to handle this series of digicams. Very slim and Fit perfectly in pocket like a cellphone. Image clarity is excellent. 4x zoom is enough for such slim cam. Zoom in video recording is excellent. Auto mode is excellent as it detects sunlight, dark, macro mode, faces, smile detection. Overall worth to buy. Cons:No digital zoom, Need to use stylus for touch screen, oherwise if you use fingers, you can see fingerprints on the screen.”

Amazing! by Pammy | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This camera is amazing!! It’s so small and thing, so easy to use as well. it’s not complicated with all these buttons and what makes it easier is that this camera has automatic shooting…where if u went outside, it’d automatically go to “landscape” mode or to where ur taking a picture of one person only, it’d change to “portrait”. I love it! It’s easy to also switch to several megapixel sizes so you can load pictures easier on computer and the quality is the same no matter what the size is! Beautiful pictures and works beautifully without flash for video and pictures at night time. Colors are captured amazingly. Best camera Ive ever gotten. You wont be disappointed.”

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 Samples

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T90 User Manual/Instruction (PDF – 23.9MB)


Weights and Measurements

* Dimensions (Approx.) : 3 3/4″ x 2 3/8″ x 19/32″ (93.6mm x 57.2mm x 15.0mm)

* Weight (Approx.) : Approx. 5.3oz. (151g) – With battery and Memory Stick media.


* LCD : 3.0″1 Clear Photo LCD Plus touch screen 230,400 pixels

* Lens Construction : 12 elements in 10 groups(including 4 aspheric elements,1 prism)

* Lens Type : Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®

* Microphone/Speaker : Mono / Mono

* Viewfinder : No


* Imaging Device : 1/2.3 type(7.79mm) Super HAD CCD

* Megapixel : 12.1 Megapixels

* Recording Media : 11MB internal Flash Memory, optional Memory Stick Duo™ Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media


* Battery Capacity : Approx. 110 minutes / Approx. 220 images

* Battery Type : LITHIUM ION / InfoLITHIUM D type 3.6V

Operating Conditions

* Flash Effective Range : ISO Auto: Approx.0.08-Approx.2.9m (Approx.0.26′ – Approx.9.51′) (W) / Approx.0.5 – Approx.2.3m (Approx.1.64′ – Approx.7.55′) (T), ISO3200: up to Approx.5.9m (Approx.19.4′) (W) / Approx.4.5m (Approx.14.8′)(T)

* Flash Mode(s) : Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off

Service and Warranty Information

* Limited Warranty Term : Limited 1 Year Parts & Labor


* Burst Mode : Max 100 shots at approx. 1.8 fps

* Color Mode(s) : Normal / Vivid / Sepia / B&W

* Date/Time Stamp : Available in the included PMB software.

* Dynamic Range Optimizer : Standard / Off / Plus

* Image Stabilization : Optical

* Media/Battery Indicator : Yes/Yes

* Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility : Tested to support up to 16GB Memory Stick DUO PRO™ media capacity1; does not support Access Control security function.

* Red-Eye Reduction : Auto / On / Off

* Scene Mode(s) : Intelligent Auto / Easy Shooting / Program Auto / Movie (Auto Adjustment / High Sensitivity / Underwater) / Scenes (High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Soft Snap / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Hi-speed Shutter / Underwater / Gourmet)

* Self Timer : Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)

* Still Image Mode(s) : Normal (JPEG) / Burst (JPEG) / Bracketing (JPEG) – AE(Plus / Minus 0.3EV / 0.7EV / 1.0EV)

* White Balance : Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / Underwater White Balance Mode (Auto, Underwater 1, Underwater 2)

Convenience Features

* AF Illuminator Light : Auto / Off

* Clear RAW NR : Yes

* Histogram Display : Yes

* In-Camera Editing : Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Soft Focus / Partial Color / Fisheye Lens / Cross Filter / Retro / Radial Blur / Unsharp Masking / Happy Faces

* Movie Mode(s) : 1280 x 720(Fine) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 1280 x 720(Standard) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 640(Fine) (VX Fine, 640 x 480, Approx.30fps)

* Multi-Pattern Measuring : Yes

* NightFraming System : No

* NightShot® Infrared System : No

* PictBridge Compatible : Yes

* Power Save Mode : Yes (after approx. 3 min. of inactivity)

* Real Imaging Processor™ Technology : BIONZ™


* 35mm Equivalent : Still shots: 35-140mm / Movie 16:9: 38-152mm / Movie 4:3 :46-184mm

* Aperture Range : Auto(F3.5-F10) / Program Auto(F3.5-F10)

* Digital Zoom : Smart Zoom / Precision Digital Zoom / Off

* Exposure Compensation : Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step

* Face Detection : 8 face(flash, focus, exposure, white balance, child/adult priority, blink, face motion detection)

* Focal Length : 6.18-24.7mm

* Focus : 9 points / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF (touch) / Semi Manual (.5m / 1.0m / 3.0m / 7.0m / unlimited distance)

* Macro Mode : Auto Macro / Macro On / Close Focus Enabled

* Optical Zoom : 4x

* Shutter Speed : Auto(2″ – 1/1,000) / Program Auto(1″ – 1/1,000)

* Smart Zoom® Technology : 8M:Approx.4.9x(Total), 5M:Approx.6.2x(Total), 3M:Approx.7.8x(Total), VGA:Approx.25x(Total), 16:9(2M):Approx.8.3x(Total)

* Total Zoom : Approximately 8x


* BIONZ™ Engine : Yes

Inputs and Outputs

* Accessory Terminal : Multi connector

* Audio/Video Output(s) : Yes via Mutli-Use Connector

* HD Output : Yes (1080i)

* USB Port(s) : Yes – USB2.0 Hi-Speed


* Operating System Compatibility : Microsoft® 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.1-10.5)

* Supplied Software : Picture Motion Browser Vers 4.2.02 + USB Driver (Not supported by Macintosh® Operating Systems)


* ISO : Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200

6 Responses to “Sony CyberShot DSC-T90”

  1. Erica says:

    This camera is very unique; like no other. When I first purchased it, it was a tad bit confusing because of the touch screen but eventually I got the hang of it. I’m still fairly new to the Sony Cybershot DSC-T90. I can’t seem to find how to make photos black and white. But other than that, I’m very pleased. Certainly worth your money.

  2. Joanna says:

    I am having the same difficulty. The instructional manual is clearly deceiving. I can’t seem to find the color mode option anywhere in my T-90. Although I enjoy taking pictures in regular color, I would like to have the option of shooting B&W/sepia pictures. can anyone help?

  3. Bay says:

    I’m suspecting yr mode is the intelligent auto adjustment or easy shooting mode etc… you need to change yr mode settings. Above the menu button, is the mode screen. Press that and press the pgm icon which is next to the auto icon. once yr there, go to menu and u will see more options include the colour mode option. U have vivid, sepia and black and white. Good luck. 😀

  4. Christopher says:

    Thanks alot for that quick guide, I’ve only just bourt the camera and was pritty pissed when I thort I couldn’t set it to black and white mode.


  5. krish says:

    thanks a lot mate.

  6. Thais says:

    Well thanks a lot for that!!! I’ve missed many opportunities to get great B&W or Sepia pics. But it definitely should be mentioned on the manual!


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