Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10 - Sony DSC-T10

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Inside the T10 has a 7.2-megapixel CCD that will record images with a resolution of 3,072 x 2,304. There’s no option to record in an uncompressed RAW format, and the lowest compression setting gives you a file size of 2.8MB, which indicates that there’s still a hefty amount of compression going on.


You can shoot movies at a resolution of 640 x 480 at 30fps. Once again the excellent LCD screen makes it easy to frame and track your subject while filming video. The zoom was particularly impressive when shooting video, providing very smooth movement. Video is recorded in MPEG1 format and you can choose between Standard and Fine modes, depending on the frame rate you require – Fine gives you the full 30fps, while standard drops that down to 16fps. You can also shoot at 160 x 112 at 8fps, in case you really want to keep the file size down. I did find the microphone to be slightly weak though, and unless someone was right in front of me when filming them, I couldn’t hear what they were saying – somewhat negating the zoom feature.


The T10 takes under two seconds to start up, and the fact that sliding the lens cover down turns it on means that you don’t need to fumble for a power button either. You should therefore be able to catch some of those classic moments that might otherwise be missed with another camera. But it’s not all great on the point and shoot front. I found that when I did grab the T10, flip the lens cover down and shoot, I ended up taking a photo of my finger! With the lens positioned in the far left corner of the body, I found that one of my fingers often strayed into the frame. I eventually had to modify my grip to avoid this problem, but I would have still preferred the lens to be more central.


The T10 features one of the most powerful flashes that I’ve seen in a compact camera, so much so that you risk washing out anything that’s too close to you, but in very low light it excels. Sony has also enabled the T10 to focus in pretty much total darkness with a superb AF illuminator allowing you to get pin sharp focusing no matter what the lighting conditions.


When in shooting mode the four-way pad becomes a series of shortcuts – pressing up toggles through the flash settings, pressing left lets you review your last shot, pressing down activates the self timer (with 10 and two second options), while pressing right gives you the macro option. Talking of the macro setting, you get a standard macro option and then a magnifying glass setting which will focus as close as 1cm.