Review posted for Sony DSC-T1|
(Monday, March 15, 2004 - 10:16 EST)
Ultra-compact digicams almost always involve significant tradeoffs in image or lens quality, features, or all three.
Sony's DSC-T1 is notable then, for how few tradeoffs the Sony engineers had to make to produce it. The T1 is a very full-functioned digicam, in a case that's about the size of a fat stack of credit cards.
Not to say that there aren't tradeoffs - there are, namely less sharpness and more (largely hidden) image noise than in full-sized 5-megapixel models, as well as the short battery life and underpowered flash that are unavoidable in ultracompact digicams with current technology. But for the rest of it, the T1 snaps great-looking photos with tons of resolution and good-looking color. It also sports an impressive range of features, a reasonable complement of scene modes, and a lens that doesn't fuzz out in the corners, a particular weakness of most ultra compact cameras.
All in all, a surprisingly capable camera in a surprisingly small package. Check it out!