Pros Compact design. Internal optics. Feature rich. 4GB of internal memory. Not much in the way of mechaincal things to break. Better than average shot to shot times.
Cons Sony proprietary connector/software means difficult to share photos and renders internal memory worthless to me. Must remove battery from camera to charge. Touch screen and menus can be a drag sometimes.
Summary I was looking for a compact camera with internal optics (i.e. no lens that comes out of the body) since my wife's 5 year old cousin dropped my 3 year old Casio right on the optics, and that was the end of that camera. For what I wanted it for, it fits the bill perfectly. I feel confident that I can hand this to a kid and they won't be able to break it. However, there are a few drawbacks that make me de-rate it. The first, which I should have known, is that the connector is proprietary and it requires the software to get the photos off the memory built into the camera. That stinks if you are traveling, you have to take YOUR laptop. I take my camera every where I go with my kids, and when at relatives houses, I like to take pictures, and then just leave them there. In the past, I would just pop out my SD card and either use a standard usb cable, and have the camera show up as removable storage, or pull out the SD card and plug that directly into a reader in a computer, or a usb adapter that I carry in my camera bag. Realizing this, I will probably go get a 4 gb MS duo card plus usb adapter now, which kind of defeats the purpose of having the internal memory. That was -1 star in my book, but pretty par for the course for Sony. The other big nit was that to charge the battery, you have to remove it from the camera and plug it into a battery charger. I was able to keep my old camera plugged into it's usb cable and it could charge off the computer. That is -1/2 a star.
Pros I love the size. Yes it might be slightly thicker than the T77, but this is noticeably thinner than my N2. Love the touch screen even with fingerprints. PMB software is surprisingly useful and intuitive for packaged software. LCD very clear
Cons Videos play in a 3" screen, rather than taking up full 3.5". Slightly more noise in low light than my Sony N2. Wished the menus worked more like a PS3-too many things to tap to get to menu item you want. For the price, should have come with a dock.
Summary I was looking for a camera to replace my Sony N2, which I have been very happy with, but was looking to find something smaller. I've been eyeing the T-Series cameras since the first one but have always found things I didn't like. They've always been bulkier than I was looking for. This one really impressed me by its small size and simplicity. Feels really durable too. Display is by far the best I've seen in Sony ultra-compacts and I've had many of them - probably at least 7 now. Menu system still needs work. I really wish it was more like the PS3, but I guess it might not work so well with a touch screen. I'm impressed by the auto ISO low light capabilities without flash. In some low light conditions I choose the ISO setting, rather than auto and flash enabled and get a better, warmer picture than trying to have the flash light up the scene. I've installed many, many Cybershot photo software packages in the past and have uninstalled just about every one. The one that comes with the T700 is very nice. It is very similar to the photo program that comes with Vista. It does a great job of importing current picture folders, and offloading pictures from the camera. Its method of picture organization is very good. I really like how the software analyzes all pictures for certain faces, and when you click on a certain face it will find many other pictures with the same face. It even found a baby picture of my fiance! This feature is a bit limited in that the people need to be looking straight at the camera for it to be most effective--iit does miss some pictures because of this. Camera is lightweight an easy to carry in a pocket. It does a pretty good job of capturing video in a dark setting as well; though, it plays it back in only a 3" window. Not sure if this can be changed or not, I haven't found the menu item for that yet. For the money charged for this camera I'd like to have seen Sony throw in a docking cradle. It does come with an insert that fits into the CSS-HD2 cradle, but you have to shell out between $50-$75 to pick one up. I'd still prefer to not to have to buy Memory sticks and SD cards separately, but what are you gonna do-Sony isn't going to be letting go of that cash cow anytime soon. All in all this was finally the T-series camera I've been waiting for and I'm very happy with it.
Pros Camera looks great (but not pictures)
Cons Terrible high ISO performance.
Below average picture quality.
Summary I have no idea what CNET has been smoking. I bought the Sony camera off their review and realized that they are either biased or incompetent. Anyone looking for great looking pictures as opposed to a great looking toy needs to look else where.
For professional unbiased reviews try DPREVIEW.COM .
The problem with most pocket cameras is that their sensors are small and hence do not obsorb enough light. When high pixel rate is added that makes it worse. The best inexpensive pocket camera ever made was the Fuji f31df. That was because the sensor size per pixel was the largest of pocket cameras.
There are some companies trying to bring back quality pocket cameras. Sigma DP-1 and the new DP-2 are attemt at that. They provide large sensor and quality optics. THey do cost over $700 though. Olympus is working on a quality pocket but it has not been released.
"Very Nice Camera!"on by DaveW773
Pros I was very impressed by the sturdy feel and clean design of the camera. So, far images are very nice and screen size / quality is fantastic. Menu is simple and easy to learn. PMB software is excellent and very useful. Love the 4GB internal memory.
Cons Not many places to grip the phone without smudging the screen, which is no big deal. The image on the screen when taking pictures is grainy, but doesn't show in playback, which is good. Lens easily obscured with your finger, if you're not careful.
Summary This is only my second digital camera, my first being a Canon 3.2 MP I bought quite a while back. When shopping for this camera, I looked at the H50, W300, and W170. Seems that Sony has eeked ahead a bit over Canon, so I focused my search on Sony. This camera has it all, except for HD video recording, which I determined was not that important for me in a point-and-shoot and consider it a trade-off. I love how I get the 4x optical zoom without a protruding lens and the usefulness of the internal playback software is amazing.
Pros Great features, large screen, very fast shots, great motion control, tons of memory, mulitple "easy" auto-focus modes made this an ideal purchase for my wife. Great day-light shots.
Cons Low lighting situations require some patience to get the settings correct. Out of the box, orange colors in low lighting will look red, brown hair may even look red. This seems to be a large issue out of the box for an expensive camera
Summary Point of the matter is, its a great point and shoot "tiny" camera, ideal for taking with you wherever you go. Be aware however, it becomes increasingly difficult to take a great shot in low lighting scenarios, which with a lens that small, doesn't take that much lack of lighting. If you are searching for picture perfect shots, then don't look here, save your money for a larger camera or a DSLR. If you want the coolest small camera on the market, that takes fast shots and works well in most scenarios, then this is your camera.