The T3 has sophisticated auto-focus and auto-exposure options to help get the picture right. It allows you to choose from nine settings to match the scene whether it's twilight, portrait, landscape, snow, beach or even fireworks so it is easy to shoot high-quality images even in challenging lighting conditions. And due to Sony's Real Imaging Processor circuit, the T3 is lightning fast. It shoots bursts of up to four full-resolution images at three frames per second.
The camera is equipped with a Transflective Clear Photo LCD that improves the quality of image display by preventing reflected light from interfering with it. Moreover, the new LCD's higher contrast, brightness and resolution ensure more accurate color reproduction.
To keep a slim profile, the T3 camera's Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens operates internally rather than extending beyond the camera's body and its 3X optical zoom ensures great image quality. Equipped with a 0-4X SmartZoom (at VGA resolution), the camera allows you to focus in on the area of interest of your subject by cropping the image size and thus avoiding image degradation. It also has a Magnifying Glass mode in which subjects appearing on the LCD screen can be magnified up to 3.3 times. This mode allows you to see and capture details that would otherwise be difficult to confirm with the naked eye.
With optional Memory Stick PRO Duo cards, the camera captures and plays back high resolution moving images. MPEG-VX Fine mode allows you to record MPEG video with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory media card being used. The InfoLithium battery will last approximately 180 shots per charge, so you can snap away without fear of running down the charge.
Whether placed next to a TV or PC, there's now a better place to put your digital camera other than a desk or table drawer. The supplied Cyber-shot Station USB cradle accommodates the DSC-T3 camera for playing back slideshows on a TV or transferring images to your PC while charging the camera's batteries. And when connected to a PictBridgecompatible printer, printing a specific image is easy.
Points to note are:
- it's surprisingly heavy for such a small camera (which to me indicates quality of build) but I've got used to this now;
- it's very fast (a reason for my purchase of the camera as I refuse to buy slow cameras as you just end up missing the shot you wanted to take) and the burst mode is great;
- it is really very small, being about the same form factor as my Casio Exilim S2 but a little thicker;
- zoom mechanism is completely silent;
- shutter over lens protects it when not on and in record mode (a nice touch is that when the camera is in playback mode it also shuts)
- the flash, as can be seen in the picture, isn't massively big (or powerful) but it makes up for this by being quite even (having tested it).
All in all, aside from very minor niggles, this is a very good camera. There is a lot of scope for professional looking shots with the amount of customisation available when taking photos. Will also be useful when I'm skiing as a video camera as it can record direct to memory stick for as long as you need (!) and the burst shot mode works well.
I've ordered a 512Mb Memory Stick Duo Pro so that I can store more than the measly amount allowed by the 32Mb Duo card supplied. No doubt this will improve the experience and I recommend budgeting £75 for this in addition to the camera.
I bought this for work - getting pictures of X-Rays I can zoom in on, and this is up to the task. A great picture, easy to use, tiny package (Budget another £25 for an 'Active Jacket' case, to protect this delicate package. The usual Sony quality. Buy one! I looked at all the others - this is the slimmest, sexiest camera out there, and it can do the job - just watch out for the weak flash - its only downside - good for around 5', but no more. No complaints for such a small package, though.
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