Also in evidence at the rear is a button for toggling the on-screen info on and off – this includes the remaining battery life, the number of megapixels currently employed, the amount of shots left on the MemoryStick and the folder in which the shots are being recorded. Another press of this button will bring up a live histogram – this is a bit of an odd feature if you ask me, considering that there is very little in the way of manual control on offer.
There’s also a Menu button and two shortcut buttons. The first shortcut will delete images when in playback mode and change the camera resolution when in shooting mode. The second shortcut button will activate the slideshow in playback mode and access the exposure compensation settings in shooting mode. Talking of exposure compensation, you get +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps, which is pretty standard these days. Less standard is the fact that this is the only exposure control at your disposal, with no hint of shutter or aperture priority. This is a shame considering that Canon has been offering shutter speeds up to 15 seconds on its Ixus range for a couple of years now.
On the very top edge of the camera you’ll find a power button – in case you just want to view images and don’t want to expose the lens. Next to this is the shutter release button and finally there’s a button that toggles the Super Steady Shot feature – basically image stabilisation.
The Super Steady Shot is on by default, and it seems to work pretty well. Obviously the upshot is that you can take photos in low light without having to worry about camera shake, but it’s worth remembering that camera shake is only half the problem. If you’re subject is moving, then you’re still going to end up with a blurry image as the camera increases the shutter time.
On the side of the body is a sliding hatch that houses the battery and MemoryStick Duo card. The battery is one of Sony’s excellent InfoLithium cells, that tells you how many minutes of battery life you have left. Sony quotes the battery life as 125 minutes, with 250 shots, although there’s no word on how often the flash was used for that number. There is no memory card supplied with the camera, but the T10 does have 56MB of internal memory to get going with. Although that’s not much memory by today’s standards, having run out of the office with my memory card still in my desktop card reader, I can appreciate the benefit of having even a modest amount of integrated storage.