Hands-on preview posted for Sony DSC-T50|
(Monday, October 2, 2006 - 06:47 EDT)
We had this model for only a short time, so couldn't conduct our full set of tests on it.
It uses the same lens and imager as the Sony T10 though, so you can refer to that review for specific performance details. The main thing that's different with the Sony T50 is that it uses a touch-screen interface, borrowed from Sony's N-series cameras. (We'll be doing a full review of the Sony N2 very shortly.)
The slightly larger body of the Sony T50 does permit a larger battery with better run times, and a larger flash capacitor for longer flash range. As to the camera itself, this is another well-built subcompact design with a 7.2 megapixel imager and an image-stabilized 3x zoom lens, with better than average optical quality. We personally found the touch-screen to be more of a hassle than a blessing, but it bears noting that touch-screen interfaces are wildly popular with consumers, so don't let our bias against them turn you away from the T50.
This is a camera you should probably pick up and hold yourself, to decide how you feel about touch screens, but if you like that sort of interface, you'll probably love this very worthy little camera. On the strength of the T10's performance, we've made the T50 a Dave's Pick in the subcompact category, subject to further evaluation if/as/when we can get a sample back here to test and review in greater detail. Read our Sony DSC-T50 hands-on preview for all the details!