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Sony Cyber-shot T500 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual test shot of the west window of Exeter cathedral to compare detail and sharpness with other cameras. See below for a full-res crop. Also note the pincushion distortion in this zoomed-in shot.


The sharp Carl Zeiss lens provides a level of fine detail that is as good as any 10MP compacts on the market.


There is some barrel distortion at the wide-angle end of the zoom range.


Corner sharpness is good, although there is some chromatic aberration visible.



January 8, 2009, 2:20 pm

I read some comments that battery life of the Sony T500 is rather poor, especially sthooting video is said to drain the battery in about 15 minutes. I'm wondering why this isn't mentioned here.


March 22, 2014, 4:02 pm

I'll confirm, as someone has suggested below, that the battery life is poor. In fact, it sucks. I went to an airshow, and didn't even capture 1/3 of what I would have liked to. I'm considering getting multiple batteries, but that in itself is kind of a pain in the butt.

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