Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

Last updated (10 April’09):
- Review by ComputerActive

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 is a 10.1 effective megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 33-165mm), HD snap movie mode , Enhanced Face Detection, Double Anti-blur with Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, and a 3.5-inch (230K dot) Clear Photo wide LCD Plus touchscreen. The camera measures 97(mm)x59.3(mm)x21.4(mm) and weighs 155g.

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


Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Reviews

ComputerActive reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“Verdict: The 720p video recording is great, but this is an expensive camera that produced only average photos. Good points 720p video recording; stylish design; large screen. Bad points Only average photos; touch-screen was frustrating; expensive”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500′s image quality is perfectly adequate if not quite awe-inspiring, with inevitably the best results achievable when there is plenty of light around. But if what your camera looks like matters to you as much – or probably more – than how its images look, then the Sony T500 represents a fair compromise between output and form factor.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET.UK reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
We like: Good video quality; attractive design; stereo mic; 5x optical zoom with image stabilisation for photos and video; includes multioutput dock. We don’t like: Mediocre photo quality; poor battery life; comparatively expensive”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“The good: Good video quality; attractive design; stereo mic; 5x optical zoom with image stabilization for photos and video; includes multi-output dock. The bad: Mediocre photo quality; poor battery life; comparatively expensive.The bottom line: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500 is a great pocket video camera despite being merely passable at snapshots”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

DPInterface reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“Image quality was just decent with some issues. Unless you’re one of those people in the “huge touchscreens are in” and/or “bigger is always better” crowd, you’d best take a look at other compact cameras instead.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“T500 is that it’s a solid camera, with quick performance and a high fun factor. Its size is hard to beat, and its movies look great and even sound alright to boot. Even considering its high price point, the T500 delivers an awful lot”
Rating: N/A

Pocket-Lint reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“The lens is generally pretty good, with some barrel distortion at the widest angle.. Overall a nice compact camera, but with limitations that need to be considered.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“it is an extremely well-made and attractively styled ultra-compact snapshot camera with good handling, superior performance and some useful features. The HD video mode with stereo sound is superb, and the touch screen interface is one of the best on the market. Image quality is good under most normal situations..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
“T500 is that it’s a solid camera, with quick performance and a high fun factor. Its size is hard to beat, and its movies look great and even sound alright to boot. Even considering its high price point, the T500 delivers an awful lot”
Rating: N/A

PCMag reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 and writes;
” Overall, the T500 delivers a sharp image in most areas of the frame, though there is a bit of distortion at each end, which is a common occurrence in many cameras…I found that the amount of noise that turned up at ISO 800 or below was acceptable.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Samples

- Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
- Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Sample Photos @ DCWatch
- Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Sample Photos @ DCR

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 Press Release

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28, 2008 – Sony is adding high-definition movie recording to its digital camera line with the introduction of the Cyber-shot® DSC-T500 model. This 10-megapixel camera features wide and full-screen 720p movie recording at 30 frames per second in fine, standard and VGA recording modes. This resolution is three times higher than standard-definition movies. The movie function is based on the MPEG4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression and stereo audio. Benefits of the format include high-quality video as well as small file sizes that are easy to download, upload and share.

“Our research revealed that people like to shoot video with their point-and-shoot cameras, but were very dissatisfied with the video quality and the resulting large files,” said Phil Lubell, director of digital camera marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our new T500 fulfills this customer need for a digital camera that delivers high-quality movies in a small form factor.”

Movie capture on this model is further enhanced to include zoom while in recording mode and high-sensitivity shooting for natural- or low-light environments. The camera can continuously record a video clip up to 10 minutes in length. It can hold hours of clips by expanding the camera’s capacity with a Memory Stick® media card (media sold separately), which now has capacities up to 16 GB. It also features a dual photo and video capture mode. Simply press the photo button while in movie mode and capture up to three photos with no recording interruption.

Powerful Features for Exceptional Images

The T500 camera integrates a wide (16:9), 3.5-inch (measured diagonally), transflective, touch panel LCD screen for easy navigation, framing and viewing in strong light conditions. It has a Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lens with a wide field of view (33 – 165 mm, 35 mm equivalency). It incorporates Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and high sensitivity settings up to ISO3200 helps combat blur and facilitate flash-free shooting for natural-exposed photos. The model also incorporates face detection technology, an intelligent function that automatically detects up to eight faces in the camera frame and adjusts focus, exposure and flash.

High Definition Living
The T500 camera connects to a compatible HD television via an HDMI™ cable (sold separately). Photos and videos can be enjoyed as slide shows in high definition for a cinematic experience. Subjects can take center stage as slideshows move through sophisticated pans, fades and wipes. Slide shows are given a boost with background music, including use of up to four pre-recorded music tracks of up to five minutes in length. You can even add your own tunes, using the bundled software.


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2 Comments »

Comment by M.Dhayalanathan Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-06 10:06:31

I want to know whether this model camera has a infra red nightshot option?

 
Comment by -byline-
2009-02-24 04:05:35

The PhotographyBLOG article you have linked is about the T700, not the T500.

 

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