Sony Ultra-Compact: DSC-T11in Reviews: Digital Cameras
By cgl88/Chris (2,403)
on November 29, 2006 11:41:28 AM CST
Ultracompacts are about trade-offs
Big cameras that do everything are great to have, but carrying them can be a pain in the back. As such I would like to review the Sony DSC compact camera. The focus of the article is to review the pros and cons of this camera in a brief yet meaningful way.
- 5MP - 3x optical zoom - quick features: portrait mode, multi-shot, slow-sync flash
SummaryI strongly thought I would dislike point and shoot cameras because I nearly refused to accept the notion that trade-offs are required in terms of quality. When I traveled to Italy with both a heavy film SLR and this camera, I was surprisingly pleased. The easily accesible features were put to full use, and the video capture (something SLRs don't have) proved memorable.
Compact cameras are even greater than regular point and shoots to carry around with. On a side note, with the advent of camera-phones, campact cameras may have competition. However, camera-phones will never take good quality photos compared to these point-and-shoot cameras. On that note the pros for tiny cameras with large LCD screens are: 1. Lightweight and fits in pocket 2. Takes great photos outdoor 3. Fill-in flash works very well 4. Large LCD screen makes framing very easy and convenient 5. Macro photography is excellent 6. Slow-sync flash works extremely well, provided you have a 'man-made' tripod Tip: Improvise! Find a table, rock, etc. Set your camera on 'timer' once you've framed your shot. That way, pressing the button does not shake the camera. 7. Video capture is excellent: sound quality is sharp and video image @ 640x480 is clear
You need to ask yourself if the convenience of a small camera is worth these limitations: 1. Flash is extremely limited. Taking an indoor shot is 90% of the time challenging 2. Finger always gets in the way for newbies (the lens is too close to the side of the camera 3. Red-eye reduction rarely works properly
Cameras are about trade-off. You must ask yourself if you wish to have the convenience of having a camera fit in your pocket, versus having a camera that does everything (including taking great indoor shots). This camera is rather dated, but end-users will find this review useful because the "last generation" cameras are the cheaper ones. The camera models that replace this one now has higher ISO and IS - image stabilization. In addition, the flash has better range. All of this will cost more until a newer model with more MP, more zoom, more of everything comes out making IS a standard.
Compact cameras are worth considering, even for travel. They are convenient, and easy to use. The 'advanced' features are easily accessible if you know when and how to use it. Thankfully, I managed to learn about the features and to improvise where required. Sure it is nice to have a camera that lets you connect it to a tri-pod, but then accidentally 'decent' creative pictures don't get created! Samples (not 3TU but the average person will love them):
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