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Old Jun 23, 2005, 3:00 AM   #1
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I just got done comparing the image quality of the T7 to my previous camera, an Olympus Stylus 410, and I'm very impressed. In addition to the greater resolution, I do not feel the noise or "softness" is any worse than the Olympus. The Sony seems to have more accurate color rendition, more well defined and better autoexposed pictures, and is significantly faster and smaller.

True, it is not a digital SLR, but for a pocket camera that's under 1cm thick and just disappears in my jeans I'm very pleased with it.

I also really like the movie mode, it's very high quality, great looking video.

True, the controls are on the "wrong" side, but my left hand doesn't end in a pirate's hook so I can operate controls with it too... and it moving the controls makes the camera thinner I'm all for it.

Yes, there are some sacrifices involved in making the camera as small as it is but overall I think it's a great camera and I know I'm going to get a lot of good pictures I couldn't previously because the camera's size allows me to take it anywhere, and the camera with you always takes better pictures than the one sitting at home

Enjoying the T7,

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 5:43 AM   #2
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Here are some pictures.








And here are some 2.3MB raw images (easy on my bandwidth please!), totally unpostprocessed... the ones with the map are in program mode on a tripod, indoors, no flash. One is zoomed in 3x, the others are at 1x.

http://www.talinia.net/img/DSC-T7/DSC00007.JPG
http://www.talinia.net/img/DSC-T7/DSC00008.JPG
http://www.talinia.net/img/DSC-T7/DSC00009.JPG

The other is of my father, indoors, no flash, bad back lighting, full auto mode. Random restaurant shot. I think this is the type of indoor picture people would most likely be taking with the camera.

http://www.talinia.net/img/DSC-T7/DSC00001.JPG

Again all the sample shots are 2.3MB straight from the camera.

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 10:30 AM   #3
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Ah.. a minidisc user!

Have you seen the new Sony Minidisc Memory card reader?

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...yers_MDDevices

The only problem is that it only works with the new Hi-MD units and I only have a Net-MD (at the moment) but it certainly looks interesting. Portable storage onto MD.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 10:58 AM   #4
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That does look cool-- unfortunately like yourself I'm still using NetMD though.
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 3:11 PM   #5
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But they are getting cheaper. The Hi-MD RH910 is only US$200 and has Microphone input (which is something I would want too!)

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...sc_HiMDWalkman
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So you are recommending the DSC T7? Do you think it was a good value for $500, or do you think the price to quality ratio is not good. Do the pictures produced by this show some vengetting(dark corners) or blurry corners. How about the flash? Is it as bad as people say along with high noise levels?
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Old Jun 23, 2005, 8:14 PM   #7
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Personally I have no problem recommending it for a pocket cam, but I don't think it can replace a good "big" camera like a digital SLR or a 12x image stabilized zoom camera, either.

It's very high quality, top notch construction, made in Japan. Feels very good in the hand. I got the black version (not normally sold in the US) for $420 new, the silver version goes for a little less if you shop around. I would have preferred it cost less but I feel it is worth the price.

I have not noticed vengetting or blurry corners but I have seen some barrel distortion with 1x zoom.

The flash, like the rest of the camera, is small, and is indeed weaker than almost every other camera out there. I don't have a huge problem with it but some people might.

In terms of noise it has about the same as my last camera.

If you'd like any more example shots let me know.

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Old Jun 23, 2005, 8:23 PM   #8
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I took some outdoor shots today. All of them turned out fine and unremarkable except this one (NOTE: 2.3mb in size):

http://www.talinia.net/img/DSC-T7/DSC00010.JPG

I have no idea why but there seems to be excess softness in this picture. I'm not sure if it was due to the camera moving or overly aggressive noise removal by the camera's processor or not.

It's ISO64, 1/400th sec exposure time.
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 12:39 PM   #9
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In dark lighting are the pictures blurry? What is the default shutter speed with the flash?
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Old Jun 24, 2005, 12:59 PM   #10
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Indoors the pictures are not blurry if you use the flash, or rest the camera while taking the picture (without the flash). However that's just in my house.

The shutter speed with the flash was 1/40th of a second.

In small rooms (houses, restaurant tables, etc) with the flash ISO64 is fine, in bigger rooms (public buildings etc) you'll need to use a higher ISO to get some of the detail beyond the flash's range.

However I think that's true of all flashes and not just the T7s.

The only bluriness issues I've had were in taking pictures indoors without the flash at a low ISO.

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