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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 review




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Like mobile phones, music players, PDAs and other modern high-tech gadgets, compact digital cameras tend to get slimmer and lighter with every passing year. Today I’m taking a look at the slimmest camera I’ve seen so far, the new Cyber-shot DSC-T77. At just 15mm thick and with a shooting weight of 151g it sets a new benchmark for ultra-compact cameras.

Launched in August this year, the T77 is a 10.1 megapixel, 4x zoom ultra-compact that features optical image stabilisation and a 3.0-inch touch-screen monitor. Like all of the models in Sony’s style-conscious T-series it has a sliding front panel that serves as both a lens cover and the main power switch. It shares a lot of its features and functions with the earlier Cyber-shot T70 an 8.1-megapixel, 3x zoom model, launched late last year and currently selling for around £150.

Any high-spec luxury ultra-compact will inevitably be compared with something from Canon’s IXUS range. Perhaps the closest match would be the 10MP, 5x zoom IXUS 970 IS (£210), but that camera is much larger and heavier. A better fit is the new Nikon CoolPix S60. The S60 has a 10MP sensor, a touch-screen interface and optical image stabilisation, but has a 5x zoom lens. It also sells for around £250, which actually makes the Sony look reasonably priced at £210

There’s no denying that the T77 is a very cool looking gadget. Everyone to whom I showed it was impressed by its slim body, elegant styling and solid build quality. It is available in a wide range of colours including silver, black (shown here), pink, brown or bright green. Despite its low weight the camera’s body is made of steel and is exceptionally well built. The sliding front cover is solidly mounted and feels very secure, and when closed it provides good protection for the lens and flash.


September 15, 2008, 10:01 pm


I'm pretty interested in the T700, but will wait for a few more reviews as it yet to be released...are you planning to review that any time soon?

Cliff Smith

September 16, 2008, 4:49 pm

Hi Sunil, I've got the T700 in for review at the moment, however you may have to wait until after Photokina to read about it.

And Beowulff, Sony has around 20 different models in its range, and caters to every sector of the market. What you're describing sounds like one of its W-series compacts, which are aimed at more demanding photographers. Also, Sony already has a huge share of the global digital camera market, and in fact has at various times been the world's best-selling camera brand.


October 23, 2008, 5:21 pm

I just love it.....and I assure you that you would fall in love with this tiny little Sony as soon as you touch and feel it for the very first time.

The first thing that i liked was its size, no one can beat the Sony T77. On top of that it has a 4x zoom that does not pop out. I was scared about the touch screen but just a few minutes with the camera and all my feares were proved wrong.

The other worry was how would it work at night. Well i just switched off all the lights of my living room dead in the night and took a few snaps. The very first result, and i could not stop smiling.

As far as the various settings are concerned, i would like to tell you that i am happy with the T77s auto settings. The camera is intelligent enough to let its happy owners enjoy the moment instead of wasting time in fiddling with diffrent settings for a great picture.

I bet my life on the T77 guys, just go and get it and fall in love.

PS When it comes to battery, i would like to tell that i always carry a stand by and recommend you the same.


November 21, 2008, 8:36 am

Does this camera have any different settings like black and white.. ect?


December 10, 2008, 2:45 am

I purchased the T77 today and am delighted. The camera in auto mode is a delight and does a great job. I am a complete amateur and confirmed non photographer, but this camera actually makes me want to get out there and start "shooting". I would highly recommenmd this great priced camera.


January 3, 2009, 8:55 am

I have had the T77 for about three weeks now. All photos taken seemed of good quality until now. I have noticed white spots or circles in some of the photos taken indoors w/ the use of flash and appear randomly, and red eye seem to be a bit of a problem as well. Disappointing for a pricey gadget. I have had a sony cybershot before and never had problems like this.

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