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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

By Cliff Smith

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Summary

Our Score:

7

The large touch-screen interface replaces most of the camera’s external controls, leaving only the shutter button, the playback mode button, a slightly redundant power button and the tiny and rather fiddly zoom control, which is a miniature rocker switch on the top panel. Despite its small size the zoom control is exceptionally smooth. It doesn’t appear to be a stepped zoom, so it is possible to frame shots accurately, but the tiny control does make this a bit tricky.

The touch-screen interface works well, but as usual the touch areas are quite small, and anyone with large fingers is going to find it a bit fiddly. However with practice and a long sharpened fingernail it is possible to operate the T77 quickly and smoothly, although the focus point selection proved to be unresponsive and awkward to use. If I have one complaint it is that in program mode the screen is very cluttered, with buttons obscuring the bottom edge of the frame. It is possible to turn the icons off, but this does rather defeat the point of a touch-screen interface.

The T77 is a fairly simple camera. It has three main shooting modes; a program mode in which all menu functions are available and functions such as metering, focusing, ISO and EV compensation available via on-screen buttons. In Auto mode these disappear and the camera handles scene mode selection, macro focusing, exposure metering and pretty much everything else automatically. As well as this there is an even simpler Easy mode, in which everything except number of shots remaining and focus confirmation are hidden from the user.

The camera also has a number of scene programs, six fairly standard ones in the Scene mode, plus landscape, night portrait, soft snap and twilight modes. There are several other shooting mode features, including face detection, a smile detection mode with adjustable sensitivity, and Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimiser, which helps to preserve shadow and highlight detail.

What it lacks in shooting features, the T77 makes up for with its huge list of playback features. It has multiple image editing options, including useful tools like automatic red-eye removal, as well as a fun effects using the touch screen, such as radial blur, starburst effects, vignetting effects around a selected point, and even a face-detecting warp feature that can make any glum-looking people in your shots appear to be smiling. There are also several slideshow features such as automatic subject detection, colours and transition effects and a selection of fairly cheesy music tracks.

Sunny

September 15, 2008, 10:01 pm

Hi,





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.

SANTANU BURAGOHAIN

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.

Cassie

November 21, 2008, 8:36 am

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

BigStu

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.

crunchtime

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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