Pros Great image detail and color rendition - small high quality footprint
Cons Being picky - would like a more powerful flash
Summary Pros:Great image detail and color rendition - small high quality footprint
Cons:Being picky - would like a bit more power with the flash
Full user opinion
This camera is one of the best I have tested in the last 6 years.
As an adjunct faculty member at FAU a south Florida +25,000 student university, teaching “Principles of Digital Photography” and authored/published a book with the same name, with Pearson Education, Inc., 2003, I have tested hundreds digital cameras that have been offered to the public in recent years, and this one is truly unbelievable.
One must understand that all cameras cannot do all things regardless of price and size. Digital SLRs, like Canon’s 1DsMk2, which I proudly own and consider the very best digital SLR on planet Earth, can execute most imaging tasks beautifully; however you cannot place it in your pocket, does not have built-in flash, and cannot make a video!! Comparing the image quality and color to other similarly priced cameras, both seem better than on previous SONY “T” series units (the T1, T11, T3, T33, T5, T7) in their 6-step progression to the T9. The brightness on the LCD panel is also better and has two brightness levels; The LCD also seems to have a protective covering on its surface. The flash also seems a bit stronger, and the imager noise is significantly lower. Understand that the tiny built-in flash is effective for groups of 3-6 people placed within 8’ or less of the camera, period; any further, other than fill-in flash and the results will be disappointing. It is hard to imagine than so much technology can be contained within this truly thin package. This version has an OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZER that really works in both Still image and Movie Modes. The large and bright LCD panel is great for sharing images with friends after the picture is taken; a suggestion for SONY is that the automated viewing (post image) is too short, internally set to about 2 seconds, and not adjustable; this should be an adjustable feature, which can be corrected by a simple SONY “firmware” upgrade.
Most critics do not make mention of the Software; Be it known SONY has one of the best (included) software packages available; Install the software one time; then plug in the camera into an available USB post, turn on the camera, and in 5,4,3,2,1 seconds the images and movies, begin their migration into a unique folder in the hard-drive, in a subdirectory in "My Pictures" with today’s date as the folder name. Could not be a simpler process.
If you want to see some T9 sample images you can go to http://www.416-1100.com/Test%20Images%20-%20Digital%20Equipment%20Testing/73537 Images will be added periodically so check back often; and while you’re there look around at other images posted at your pleasure. JimWilson 28/Dec/2005/5pm
Pros Unsurpassed performance in dim light conditions, great design, very fast operation.
Cons It is expensive. However I would be willing to pay more than I did for the T9 given its exclusive options.
Summary I have owned serval Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras and have never been as excited about any of them as I am with this one. The first time I tested the new image stabilization by taking a photo in dim light- I knew that I would love this camera. The image turned out very sharp and slightly brighter than my eyes had appreciated it! Nothing like the simple shadows that my other cameras would have produced.
Let's face it, you can't take pictures for Sports Illustrated (besides the swimsuit issue) with any camera smaller than full-size. But if you want a small camera, and you can afford it, the T9 is without peer.
PS The close-up option is excellent!Updated
Some people have complained they don't like the sliding lens cover and I can't understand why. The sliding cover not only adds to the safety of the lens but it offers a satisfying and unmistakable on/off switch to the camera. I certainly would not like it as much as I do were there not a sliding cover.
As for the absence of a view finder- I imagine this has to do with the engineering of the camera lens and the battery- but I don't miss it at all. I would probably never use it and there is no space for it on back. All it would do is take away from the overall ascetic.
"This is The ONE!!!!"on by birrrd
Pros Perfect picture quality/Great design/Perfect Size/ Whatelse you need?
Cons here and there you can say things about.. but i would says there is nothing bothers me so far..
Summary I'm a part time digital pro photographer. i've been buying and selling ultra small digital camera so many time .. because i haven't find any thing i like.. mainly picture quality and camera size -easy to carry,also camera design. this sony DSC-T9 is the ONE i've been looking for... this one made me smile when i saw the first result... you will experience amazing picture quality like SLR camera pictures. crisp and bright. beautiful design and small size.. it just perfect. i'm very very picky and this one satisfies me big time. i only use lastest electronic. -design and quality and style. just like i love my powermac G5 and powerbook G4 thsi silver DSC-T9 is perfect for my home office. sleek and tiny and.. come on it takes amazing picture.. not like T7.. this T9 takes breataking pictures.. almost same quality as from my SLR nikon D70s camera. believe me i'm very picky... silver is better than black i think because it goes with my other electronics and doesn't see scratches .. black one looks pretty at first but i worried it would get scratches big time.
Pros Beautiful design, great for showing off to others, tiny and light, fits into any pocket
Cons Red-eye problems, so-so image quality, focus is terrible
Summary Since I used the user comments at CNET as my reason to purchase this camera, I felt the need to use this forum to register my utter disappointment in this $400+ investment. Since the positives have been (over) documented here, I'll just talk about the negatives:
1) RED-EYE DELUXE. I've never seen anything like it. Using the very time-consuming red-eye reduction flash (takes so long most people come out of their pose), one would expect little or no red-eye. NOPE. I hope you are a PAINTER, because you'll be fixing red-eyes on about 75% of your flash subjects.
2) IMAGE QUALITY. This is 6 megapixels??? You could have fooled me. The quality is "slightly" better than my 2.2 megapixel FujiFilm, but nowhere near what I had expected.
3) SLOW. Not horribly slow shutter, but slower than I'd like. It's more like "point-shoot-wait a sec-snap"
4) FOCUS. My older Fuji-film gave me about 85% great focus, this one is about 55% at best. Again, very disappointing.
In fact, after reading all the raves here, and being a very pro-Sony guy, maybe I expected too much. But I wish I'd have bought a different camera. Buyer beware!
Pros Good Size, Nice Photo Quality, Anti Shake is Great!
Cons LCD Panel Screen is Extremely Fragile!
Summary I just bought my T9 and in the middle of my trip to Greece last month, and after only 185 shots or so...the screen turned black with streaks. I knew something was seriously wrong. I sent the camera in for warranty repair and the Sony repair vendor said the camera had sustained impact damage so repairs would not be covered. They quoted $181 to replace the LCD screen. The camera was never dropped, bumped, or anywhere but in use or in it's protective leather case hooked onto my belt. All I can say is....watch out...it's a great product but apparently very fragile and Sony apparently does not want to support it's warranty servicing. Let the Buyer Beware!