Pros Powerful Power Shooter, Tons of Control, Easy Usage...
Cons Startup could/should be faster, Menus still need improving
Summary This is a quick initial $0.02 worth / first impressions about this new camera. Initially, I was going to go with the T100 but the delays for the Black version had me test out the T20 instead. After analyzing and comparing, I decided that for my needs that this camera is perfect. Essentially, it is practically the same camera but cost $100 less. Sure you get a slighty smaller screen, and a slightly smaller aperture and 2x less zoom, but I could not justify the difference enough to justify getting the T100. The T20 is smaller and slimmer and once again, form factor wins me over for this 8.1MP camera. This camera has come a long way and utilizes some very interesting new technologies available for the time in a point and shoot type. I am still testing but so far I'm very impressed. Images are by far the crip-est and clearest I've seen in a long time, and the flash is extremely POWERFUL and very capable. Lots and lots of options and of course built in HDTV Output!!! Unfortunate, Sony went with proprietary connection instread of mini USB, and NO HDMI connectors, only "HD" Component. Still, the picture on my Hitchi Plasma is awesome to say the least. This Camera will be with me until the next generation Cams come out with at least 18-20MP capability. I do advise you on buying extended warranty, as the focus motor can prematurely weaken or malfunction as with my last Sony CyberShot model. The screen back is unique, this time there is a solid sheet of plastic? or glass with Anti-reflex coating that covers the entire back making it a finger print magnet but also easy to clean. FOrm facter is big for me and was one of the deciding factors. I also purchased the HDTV docking station that also acts as a charger and comes with an Ir remote. There is apparently one problem with the docking station, you can't play videos while docked. Still investigating this anomaly as this does not seem right.
The Menu system has been revamped and to be honest, I still like the old one, but I'm sure with time, I'll get usued to it. Start up time seems good although instant on and shoot would be nice. Zoom buttons could have been larger...Updated
Further to my last post re: docking station; you need to PULL OUT the component connection at the Station to access the video on the camera. Putting the component connection back trumps the video connection. I don't know why Sony didn't just add a hardware switch. Pictures thus far are coming out very clear but I still need to play with the flash settings, as it seems to be over compensating. I'm noticing more startup lag time (extra 2-4 seconds) but this is not confirmed. I recommend you use the included strap as this form factor plus a smooth slippery surface will almost guarantee a drop sooner or later. Access time on the camera via 2.0 USB connection is very fast and decent. I'm not too pleased how sony decided to menu drive the most important controls via software. A few more hardware buttons should have been added for fast and quick access to common typical controls. Programmable buttons would be been even better (see no reason why this could not have been added) aside from this, for the most part still very happy. I still don't see why I would go with the T100 as the images by comparison is very negligible to my eyes.
Pros It is easy to carry. Can just fit any where. The looks are wow.
Cons It is prone to scratches. And you may accidently turn off the camera while trying to shoot
Summary It is easy to carry. Can just fit any where. The looks are wow. It is prone to scratches. And you may accidently turn off the camera while trying to shoot
Pros Great quality, great manually settings, powerful flash, nice quality screen, very stylish.
Cons Scratches easily, lens-cover kinda loose, screen attracts lots of fingerprints.
Summary I bought this camera from butterflyphoto.com, don't buy from them, their customer service, and everything is horrible. But when I finally got it, i was pretty stunned. Face detection is nice, and it's one o the hottest cameras I've ever seen. Everyone is amazed by it and a lot of people want to buy it now.
The sliding lens-cover makes it very stylish but its kinda loose and might accidently turn it off while taking a picture. The macro on this camera is just amazing. You just have to use it to experience it. The screen quality gives you stunning pictures unlike the regular 'Point & Shoot' Sony Cybershots. The downside of the screen?... it attracts tons of smudges and I always carry a glass cleaning cloth with me. Another downside? The screen is very scratch prone. I've had it for about 2 weeks no and theres quite a few scratches on the back, and I'm really careful about that.
Other than that... I love all the manual settings, quality, and all the other cool crap. =]
Get this camera if youre looking for a nice ultra compact camera.
Pros Nice Sleek Camera, Sony Brand Name, Affordable
Cons Inconsistant photos, Face detection not so good
Summary I had bought this camera from a Best Buy thinking that it would be a pretty good point and shoot camera. When I opened the box I was amazed at how nice the camera looked. I turned it on and took some photos to see how the quality was. I had most of them on AUTO settings and some in MANUAL. I found that the photos were very inconsistant one photo would be really nice and the other not so good. It still a very good point and shoot camera. I found out that to take good quality photos it was better to use the manual settings, at ISO 200. Since I am not really the type of person who can configure the camera every time i want to take some photos I gave it back. I am going to try either the Sony Cyber Shot T100 or the Canon PowerShot SD850IS. Overall not a bad camera, it has cool graphics and stuff but it's the pictures that count.
Pros Size, features, speed, high ISO rating, Ease of use
Cons Small Screen.
Summary I've used a film SLR for years. My first digital camera (Nikon) was similar to this and given to me a year ago. I was without it on a trip to Hawaii and purchased this camera. Wow. It is feature rich and easy to ues. The shutter speed is very nice. The ISO rating lets you use this camera in dim light or when you need speed. The display, although a bit small, is absolutely stunning for photo or movie review. Even without reading the manual, the camera was fairly intuitive for someone who is familiar with SLR cameras and how to use them. I took this trip with several other couples. Every last one reviewed the photos and movies on my Sony T20 and swore they were going to the store when they got home and purchase one. I found the CD software that comes with the camera of little extra value.