Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 Review

Today’s review of a digital camera goes a little more upscale than usual as we take a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77. I recently had a chance to test drive this compact touchscreen camera and here’s what I discovered about it.

Review Continued Below…

A quick look at the specs for the Sony DSC-T77 tells us that this sleek camera is a cut above the cheaper camera’s I’ve recently reviewed. The metallic case is attractive and sturdy, always a good combination, and the case serves as a lens shield, something often missing on less expensive models. The generous 3 inch LCD touchscreen is responsive and easy to read. It has all the standard digital photography features you would expect from a digital camera in this price range such as scene modes, white balancing and on-board retouching and special effects as well as standard video. The built in memory is a stingy 15MB though. The camera is powered by a NF-FD1 Li-ion battery.

The photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 are excellent and well worth the price. With a little practice you can take some excellent point-and-shoot photos and apply an array of special effects without having to load the photos onto your PC and futz around with Photoshop. The quality of the photos isn’t quite as good as what you’ll see from digital SLR cameras but for point-and-shoot this is about the best that it will get today. One caveat I do have is that the video quality wasn’t quite as good as I would have expected. I didn’t think it was any better than the much less expensive Casio Exilim I also reviewed recently.

The DSC-T77’s user interface is also better than most, certainly better than the Kodak EasyShare. I found it quite easy to navigate and found it quite intuitive. Key functions like on/off and zoom do have physical controls rather than touch screen ones which makes sense. As a software developer myself I always appreciate well done interface designs.

The downside of the DSC-T77’s touchscreen interface is that it sucks the battery dry very quickly. I was surprised at just how quickly this would happen. It just goes to show that there’s always a downside to nifty features and that’s usually powering them. If you decide on this camera, you’ll want to buy an extra power pack to go with it.

The bottom line on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 is that it’s an excellent, mid-priced, point and shoot digital camera with some unique, user-friendly, features. I felt that the video mode could have been better though and the battery life was somewhat disappointing. You will need to also purchase a Sony Memory Stick and extra battery to get the full use of this camera so make sure that you include this in your budget.

 


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Comment by Travel Over 30s
2009-02-14 07:06:26

Oh too many choices here! I am still thinking about a reasonably priced point and shoot camera - something like the Sony DSC-T77 - I don’t know what to choose for my next camera now! Maybe the Sony DSC-T77?

 
Comment by Earn Passive Income
2009-02-14 07:09:18

I think the user interface is very important for point and shoot cameras and I think the DSC-T77’s user interface will probably stand out from the crowd. I may consider buying the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 but the Sony memory sticks really annoy -they are over prices compared to other memory cards

 
Comment by Australia News
2009-02-14 07:11:37

Australia is giving A$900 as part of the economic stimulus - so maybe I should do the right thing and spend it on a new camera like the ony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 ? I like the idea of a touchscreen interface - but I guess that would mean a 2nd battery - touch screens on point and shoot cameras tend to be power intensive

 
Comment by Typhoon
2009-02-15 06:42:04

I am still looking for nice camera at good price and quality with free shipping to my country..

 
2009-02-15 14:59:15

The problem I have wit hsony cameras is that every one of them that I’ve tried has always had very artificial coloring. They’re great pictures, just don’t look real.

 
Comment by Web Marketing
2009-02-19 10:12:41

I’ve always had a soft spot for Sony’s Cybershot range of cameras (maybe it was the Carl Zeiss lenses…) and this offering seems worthy of a soft spot too. The only gripe is the lack of real onboard storage, and the fact that the Sony memory sticks are much pricier than more generic formats with a similar storage capacity.

 
Comment by The Blogger Source
2009-02-19 11:07:40

Like any Sony product you over pay for the name. I would never recommend a Sony product.

 
2009-02-20 08:08:07

Sony products are not terrible… but they do over-emphasize their coloring (artificial), and having to buy a Sony memory stick is just plain awful. The touch screen feature is cool, and like you said, the camera is better than the Kodak Easyshares!

 
Comment by Typhoon
2009-02-22 05:47:32

Look good with those prices :)

 
Comment by v
2009-02-24 19:50:10

the battery is extremely sucks… I just got sony T700 and I cant believe how battery die so quickly. It really bothers me that I have to buy extra battery with the full price I paid for sony camera.

Sucks~ no recommended sony camera

 
Comment by Logo Designer
2009-03-01 21:53:55

Sony products are good as I am using Sony DSC H-7.
A friend of mine is going to buy this camera DSC-T77
I will also check its results and share my opinion with you.

 
Comment by MBA Projects
2009-03-14 09:27:35

I also rate sony as the best brand of all time in comparison to other products of other brands. I currently have DSC W150, but hope to get DSC T77 next month. Reviews are good, i hope for the best.

 
Comment by Meeting rooms
2009-03-16 06:57:55

Great camera, The only issue I have with hsony cameras is that every one of them that I’ve tried has always had very artificial coloring. They’re great pictures, just don’t look real. Otherwise it stands out.

 
Comment by Buy Pandora Battery
2009-03-16 10:07:28

Are the prices of the camera’s mentioned above the same when we’ll buy? They seem very low. I’m confused.

Comment by jfc
2009-03-16 11:08:42

Hi Pandora,

The prices shown are the current prices on eBay auctions so they’re subject to change in the bidding process. The great thing about buying on eBay is that you can often get great deals.

While there can be quite a bidding war sometimes for rare items, such as antique collectibles, newer closeout consumer electronics are often less competitive at auction for the buyer (profit margins are low for sellers though). With a little patience and a little strategy you can often score some really good prices on stuff like digital cameras and digital music players. I find it quite addictive trying to score the best deals this way.

Of course, don’t rely just on eBay, also check sites that aggregate ‘deal of the day’ sales. Once again, though, it’s a matter of timing to get the best deal online.

 
 
Comment by bluetooth gps
2009-03-21 03:56:13

Digital camera’s on a roll with Sony leading from the front. Cyber-shot DSC-T77 rocks!!

 
Comment by web design miami
2009-04-01 07:47:03

It’d be a great camera if it only had an automatic metal cover for the screen. It’d be awesome to touch off button and make the lens and the touch screen “close” (by that I mean get covered with a piece of metal) so that it’d turn into urable metal box instead of delicate piece of electronics.

 
Comment by Meeting rooms
2009-04-03 09:51:58

I also rate Sony as the best brand of all time in comparison to other products of other brands. I currently have DSC W150, but hope to get DSC T77 next month. Reviews are good, I hope for the best.It rocks!!

 
Comment by acnezine
2009-04-04 05:41:46

i would say sony is a good brand name which can give good features in very less rate …if the above mentioned features are true with regard to this product then i will definitely buy it..

 
Comment by huisfi
2009-04-08 13:12:10

I bought this camera about a month ago and fall in love with it again every day. I love taking pictures and I think all the features this one has is simply amazing. The only thing I do not like about the camera is the zoom…wish it was higher than 4. Overall I LOVE my new Sony DSC-T77!

 
2009-04-11 12:31:56

For some reason I hate all Sony cameras, Canon just suites me much better for some reason.

 
Comment by Interview Questions
2009-04-16 09:47:22

From the Sony’s I’ve bought, I can’t say they were too bad, but I do have a Canon as well…I guess everyone is different.

 
Comment by consumer reviews
2009-04-22 19:30:49

cant believe how much the price on this has dropped…. it used to cost $400+

 
2009-04-24 02:23:48

I like sony products. One of my friend has Sony Cyber shot he told me it is fantastic.

 
Comment by Destiny
2009-05-19 21:18:26

I love this camera - I actually just got it a month a go and it is definitely a step up for us. the range is excellent as well as all of the neat features while taking photos.

 
Comment by melayublog
2009-05-20 07:28:06

Sony was really expensive mainly because of it brand. But I still want to own it because it was so stylish.

 
Comment by Keyword Service
2009-05-26 12:31:01

This is the camera that I bought for my girlfriend earlier this year. Overall it is a great little camera. I do agree with the downside about the video quality and the battery life.

 
Comment by consumer reviews
2009-05-29 14:21:04

i have this camera and its pretty nice, for the most part. definitely is trendy, being a Sony and all.
-Jack

 
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