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.
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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.