Sony CyberShot DSC-T300

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The Sony CyberShot T300 is a 10.1 Megapixels digital camera features 5X Optical Zoom Lens (35mm equivalent: 33 – 165 mm) with Optical Image Stabilization, ISO 80-3200, Intelligent Scene Recognition; HDTV compatibility, In-Camera Editing, and a 3.5″ Widescreen LCD screen. The camera measures 8 x 10 x 6 inches and powered with Lithium-Ion NP-BD1 battery.

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆ | Latest Price Info

Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 Reviews

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
Though acceptable – and colourful – results can be achieve, its results are not quite as consistent as we may have hoped. Still, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 boasts a rock solid build quality and attractive brushed metal casing that goes some way towards justifying that price tag if style does truly matter as much as substance.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“T300 is well-designed and easy to use. It captures good pictures under a variety of conditions, and has helpful tools such as Face Detection and D-Range Optimization…The Sony T300 is well worth a look, and quite deserving of a Dave’s Pick.”
Rating: N/A

DPInterface reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“While the Cyber-shot T300 is a good performer in terms of speed and image quality, there are some issues between those lines; which include some redeye and vignetting as well as the lack of a more capable burst more.”
Rating: N/A

LetsGoDigital reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“the Sony T300 produces an excellent and consistent colour reproduction with an accurate white balance. It’s a bit of a pity that only part of the image quality stands out in a positive way. Other than that, the Sony Cybershot T300 does prove itself.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“The Sony DSC T300 takes a good picture and in my opinion has a stunning design. Picture quality does not quite match up to the very best, but if your main consideration is design, as long as the camera can still take a decent snap, then the DSC T300 is well worth considering. “
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

LaptopMag reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“..the camera’s designers might want to go back to the drawing board and improve image quality and overall ease of use. For a camera with as many sophisticated features as the T300 has, it’s a shame that it takes such subpar pictures.”
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“An attractive package for those looking for a stylish and fairly simple compact. It can be slow at times and there are some image quality issues, but the pictures are fine for small print sizes and many will appreciate the aesthetics and futuristic menu system.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“The bottom line: A great design, fast shooting, and lots of features can’t overcome the fact that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T300 simply doesn’t take very good pictures.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI has a preview of the Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 and writes;
“The camera improves autofocus, including face detection and post-capture editing. The camera looks beyond just the shooting process; the T300 makes advancements in what you do after you take the pictures with editing and sharing.”
Rating: N/A

Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 Samples

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
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Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23, 2008 – Sony is taking the wraps off a new 10.1-megapixel Cyber-shot® DSC-T300 digital camera, featuring a stylish, ultra-compact design and intelligent functionality to help reduce the risk of taking a bad photo.

The new model incorporates Sony’s new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN), a technology that allows the camera to analyze shooting conditions and automatically select the optimal settings for the best photo results. In iSCN mode, the camera can automatically detect up to five scenes, and choose the best setting for the situation.

In advanced iSCN mode, the camera will shoot using the user’s settings and then will automatically step in and take a second shot with optimized settings. If the camera determines that the user’s settings are best, then a second photo is not taken.

“We’re aiming to make cameras smarter,” said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. “The T300 camera shows goes beyond face detection to other functions that help customers capture their best photos automatically.”

The unit integrates a wide (16:9), 3.5-inch touch screen Clear Photo LCD PlusTM LCD screen for easy navigation and framing; a Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lens; Super SteadyShot® image stabilization and high sensitivity settings up to ISO3200 to help combat blurry photos; and a powerful Bionz™ processing engine.

More Intelligent Features

The camera’s updated face detection technology can differentiate between the faces of children and adults. Simply select “child priority” or “adult priority,” and the camera will automatically detect up to eight faces in the camera frame, adjusting focus, exposure, white balance and flash for the subjects that matter most.

Lubell said Sony has applied a similar advancement to its “smile shutter” technology, an intelligent camera function that captures smiles automatically by searching for facial movements related to smiles and laughs. Capable of detecting multiple smiles instead of only one, users can apply “child priority” or “adult priority” in smile shutter mode to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.

New controls on this model include: semi-manual focus, which lets the user set the focus range; improved auto focusing system to cover macro ranges in auto mode; and the addition of Sony’s D-Range Optimizer Plus mode that uses a higher image correction algorithm to retrieve more picture detail in bright highlights and dark shadows caused by high-contrast shooting.

Organize and Playback Images in Style

As storage capacities on Memory StickDuo™ and Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards increase, Lubell said, options for easily organizing, accessing and playing back photos is more of a priority. The new camera’s internal database allows for advanced filtering to later search for photos by date and smile. Images can be viewed in chronological order or displayed in a helpful calendar view, and organized in the camera’s “favorites” folder.

To view your images in stunning 1080 HD resolution slide shows, just connect the DSC-T300 camera to a compatible HDTV set. Slide show includes your choice of background music, including up to eight tracks (a total of five minutes in length) you can upload via USB, and use multiple tracks to create longer slideshows set to music.

The DSC-T300 camera replaces the DSC-T200 model. It will be available in red, black and silver in March for about $400.

3 Responses to “Sony CyberShot DSC-T300”

  1. Michael Johannsen says:

    While the Sony DSC-T300 is undoubtedly bettered by many, often cheaper cameras in the same league, as a point-and-shoot camera – which is essentially what it is – the results will be more than acceptable for it’s target market, and I feel most users will be more than happy with the results it produces in the vast majority of situations. Where I feel a lot of the expert reviewers miss the point is that this is obviously designed for those buyers who want a camera that does a good enough job of taking pictures contained in a package that has a design to die for! As a lifestyle product it looks just wonderful, and if that is important to you then you will find that you can easily live with the results it produces. You will certainly turn heads! Outdoor pictures are particularly sharp and vibrant at all zoom levels, and I suspect that is what most users will use it for. Don’t be caught up in the technical hype; while it may not be the very best this is not a bad camera by any stretch of the imagination, although you will struggle to see the point of the ISO3600 setting which is practically unusable. Just be prepared to shell out for an extra battery, but with a touchscreen LCD of this size that is to be expected – but again, battery life is not that bad either all things considered. Overall I can thoroughly recommend this camera for the point-and-shoot buyer.

  2. Anphase says:

    Nice one Michael, I’m getting this camera as I…speak. Was looking for an excuse to buy this beauty, and you just gave it to me. Cheers mate!

  3. whyDidIBuyIt says:

    I bought this camera on initial reviews… MISTAKE number one! I can’t believe that so many reviews have not picked up on the terrible focusing abilities of this camera – what is the point of having 10MP if you can’t focus on distant or small objects? Sony have really let us down with this and I don’t think I’ll be back in the SonyStore very soon.

    Another point – if like me you thought that it would be a good buy for its Marine Pack… THINK AGAIN! The terrible user interface means that if you select the correct menu icon from different places – you get access to different parts of that menu (well done Sony!!!). Then once you’ve been on 3 different trips and take mediocre underwater shots, you find out where you were going wrong. If you have the casing on, all button presses need to be pressed twice if, unless of course you’re pressing it quickly (again – great work Sony…) AND the single shot/video button is actually a change mode button, once you add this all together you’ve missed all the shots you bought the camera for!

    I think mine will be on e-bay very soon together with a Marine Pack!

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