Review posted for Sony DSC-T10|
(Saturday, September 23, 2006 - 06:33 EDT)
The Sony T10 continues a tradition of high quality in the subcompact category, packing more features into a smaller space than most anything else out there, but this time with the added bonus of optical image stabilization and high ISO settings.
Like those of other recent T-series models, we found the lens on the Sony T10 to be of higher than average quality for a subcompact camera, and image quality was quite good as a result. The 7.2-megapixel CCD delivers plenty of resolution for large prints, and the smattering of Scene modes makes it easy to bring back good-looking photos from what would otherwise be difficult shooting conditions.
The biggest news of course, is the T10's Super SteadyShot image stabilization, which we found to be very effective. This will let you get crisp shots even when faced with hand-holding the camera under surprisingly dim lighting (assuming of course, that your subject is stationary as well). Of course, a tripod is always recommended when things get really dark, but we were very pleasantly surprised to see just how dark it could get, while we were still snapping sharp photos. As always, we did have a few complaints about the Sony T10 though, including high image noise at its higher ISO settings, poor white balance under incandescent lighting, and the anemic flash that's unfortunately typical of subcompact digital cameras.
All in all though, we found the Sony DSC-T10 a delight to use, and its Super SteadyShot image stabilization made a huge difference in our ability to hand-hold long exposures. Bottom line, this would be a great camera to take along on a vacation. Super compact, able to handle a wide range of conditions, and able to save a lot of shots from what would otherwise be fatal camera-shake blur. An easy Dave's Pick as one of the more worthy digital cameras on the market, but we'd really like to see lower high-ISO image noise after dark.
Read our Sony T10 review for all the details!