Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 12.1MP Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 12.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom and Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization – Product Description:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 12.1MP Digital Camera12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor. 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization . 720p high-definition movie capture with stereo sound; HDMI compatible. 3.0-inch LCD (230k) touch-screen display. 11MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)

Product Features :

  • 12.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • 4x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 720p high-definition movie capture; HDMI compatible
  • 3.0-inch LCD (230k) touch-screen display
  • 11MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo Media (not included)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 12.1MP Digital Camera – Review:


Before I conducted this side by side comparison, I purchased and returned the Olympus Tough 6000, Casio EX FC-100 and Casio Exilim EX-S10. The Olympus took awful pictures. The S10 was just blah – no real feature improvements of the Exilim 5MP I have now. The FC-100 was just too big.

So yes, I am picky! I wanted a small, sexy, functioning, easy to use, superior camera. I was torn between the Canon Powershot 780IS and Sony Cyber-Shot T90. I visited with both at a retail store and was still undecided – besides Amazon prices were much cheaper. I ordered both and did a side by side comparison in my home. The Canon went back – sorry Powershot.

Here’s the scoop. Just for base leveling – I just like to take good pictures of my dogs and garden and husband and just life. I’m not a professional. I mostly post my pictures facebook or email – very rarely do I print.

Both cameras were sexy and small. Both were hefty and felt solid. Both require you remove the battery to charge it. That’s about where the similarities end.

The Canon menu interface was clunky and not intuitive. I have not used either brand of camera in the past – so I have no bias from previous experience. Simple things like changing the picture setting took a couple minutes to figure out. The Sony has a touch screen – which at first I thought was just hype. I mean really, Ashton is cute and all – but I don’t need a touch screen. Then I used it!! It rocks!! Very easy to navigate. Quick to learn and very functional.

The T90 is almost completely automatic. The only feature missing is the “make me look skinny” setting. Plus in auto mode – the camera tells you which setting is selected (portrait, landscape, gourmet food- seriously). So you don’t have to worry if your mountains will look like sushi or vice versa. The smile detection comes on automatically when you take a picture of a face. It’s doesn’t work on dogs – but it did recognize a Barbie doll face. There are tons of features – like touching the screen to focus on a person or object for the auto focus. Smile settings – little smile, medium, and big. The screen is a nice size for viewing and sharing on the spot. And seriously, it has a gourmet food setting. I have no idea why- but it’s cool. There is also a beach setting, snow setting and underwater setting (camera is not waterproof).

The big deal breaker was the picture quality. I took at picture of the same scenes with both cameras at the same time. Both camera set to auto setting and then set to landscape. I uploaded all pictures to my laptop and viewed them in the format and size directly from the camera. The Sony pictures were more vibrant, had more detail and were crisp. I asked my husband to look at a side by side of the pictures – he picked the Sony pictures, as well. I also tested the image stabilization on both cameras. The Sony again was superior. Neither camera did well when I jumped up a down while taking a shot. But, the Sony outperformed on hand wobbling. So, done!! The Sony won.

The Sony also has less shutter lag and shorter “boot up time”. I love the touch screen. The camera is small, easy to use and fun. The picture quality is great.



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