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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T110 Overview

Posted: 01/05/2011

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T110 digital camera is based around a 1/2.3"-type, 16.1 effective megapixel, Sony Super HAD CCD image sensor with RGB color filter array, coupled to a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar-branded 4x optical zoom lens. For 4:3 aspect still image shooting, the Sony T110's lens offers a 35mm-equivalent range from a useful 25mm wide angle to a moderate 100mm telephoto. In 16:9 aspect still image or movie shooting, the increased sensor crop raises this to 27 - 108mm, while 4:3 aspect movies have the highest crop, for an effective 33 - 132mm. The aperture varies from F3.5 to F6.3 at wide angle; at telephoto the maximum aperture is F4.6, and the minimum aperture isn't stated. Autofocusing is possible to just one centimeter at wide angle, or 50 centimeters at telephoto. The camera can capture 4:3 aspect ratio images at up to 4,608 x 3,456 pixel resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio images at up to 4,608 x 2,592 pixels, or 30 frames-per-second video at 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) resolution or below with AAC-LC mono audio, using MPEG-4 compression.

On the rear panel of the Sony Cyber-shot T110 is a 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus panel with a resolution of 230,400 dots. This display serves as the only method of framing and reviewing images, given that the Sony T110 doesn't feature an optical viewfinder. The Sony DSC-T110 has a 9-point autofocus system, and includes a face detection system, capable of detecting up to eight faces in a scene and differentiating between children and adults. The face detection function is also used to provide a Smile Shutter function that automatically triggers the shutter when your subject is smiling, as well as a blink detection feature.

The T110 offers three methods for determining exposures - multi-pattern, center-weighted or spot metering. Shutter speeds from 2 to 1/1,600 second are possible under automatic control, and sensitivities ranging from ISO 80 to 3,200 equivalents are on offer. 2.0EV of exposure compensation is available, in 1/3 EV steps. The DSC-T110 also offers Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, useful for combatting blur caused by camera shake without adversely affecting image quality.

As well as Intelligent Auto and Program modes, the T110 offers a selection of 13 scene modes -- High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Hi-Speed Shutter, Underwater, Gourmet, Pet, and Soft Skin -- which together offer a modicum of control over the look of images. The Soft Skin mode works in concert with the face detection feature to soften only facial skin tones. Using the T110's Sweep Panorama and Underwater Speed Panorama functions, a series of photographs are captured and stitched automatically by sweeping the lens across the scene, but unlike the newer Intelligent Sweep Panorama, the T110 doesn't analyze frame content when capturing and stitching images, making it more prone to chopping up larger moving subjects. The function allows automatic creation of 248-, 170-, or 119-degree panoramas in-camera.

The Sony T110 includes a four-mode flash strobe with red-eye reduction capability. Flash range is stated as 0.08 to 2.8 meters at wide angle, or 0.5 to 2.3 meters at telephoto, when using automatic ISO sensitivity. A two- or ten-second self timer allows the photographer to get in the picture themselves, or to avoid camera shake caused by pressing the shutter button when shooting on a tripod. Images and movies can be recorded on Secure Digital, SDHC or the latest SDXC types. The T110 is also compatible with Sony's own proprietary Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. Information on internal memory, if any, wasn't available at press time. The Sony T110 includes composite standard definition and type-3 component high definition video output connectivity, as well as USB data connectivity. Power comes courtesy of a proprietary NP-BN1 Infolithium battery pack, rated for 230 shots on a charge to CIPA testing standards.

The Sony T110 digital camera ships in the US market from March 2011, priced at around US$230. Available body colors include silver, black, red, violet, and pink.