"CNET needs to do something about it 's reviews"1.0 starson by raystrom23
Pros: 5X zoom, small, great day pictures, large screen
Cons: Pretty much useless if your indoors or it's slightly dark; Menu system can be annoying to trudge through
Summary: I had bought the T20 for a vacation a few weeks ago, and it took some great day pictures. However, the minute I got inside and I took the flash off or even lowered it, the pictures looked horrible. Night time shots also, and the flash is incredibly weak.My father was using a much older Sony 3.1 MP camera and his shots were coming out sharper. And I payed $400 plus for this thing??
I figured it was the camera, so I returned it for the T100 thinking it has to be better. Nope, same problem. The minute you change the flash, you get the constant camera shake warning, even if you're perfectly stil, the picture come out blurry.
This was even in a moderately lit room. Sometimes even with the flash, the pictures were soft, when you zoomed in. Before I took it back I purchased the Canon 750 and 850 IS. both cameras blew away the Sony in terms of picture clarity and indoor/night time pictures.
I even setup all the cameras on a table with the timer, and the T100 pictures looked terrible compared to the Canons. Blotchy, soft messes on indoor shots. It great for the outdoors, but most people take indoor shots, at least I know I do.
Most of my night time flash shots showed those white dots, which I know is typical with these small cameras, but the Canons seem to not have the problem as often.
The menu system is also a little annoying to navigate, especially if you want to switch to a different scene, image size, or exposure setting.
I really wanted to like this camera as it looks fantastic, and the 3" screen is fantastic, but the camera is not worth the money. Look at the reviews aroung the net on this thing, and you'll see this camera has issues.
Shame on Sony for not testing it out better, and shame on CNET for leaving this part out. If they did it on purpose, then they lose more and more credibility each day. If they didn't even bother testing taking pictures indoors, then why bother having a review section if you're not going to fully test out the products you showcase?
BTW, I stuck with the 750. It took great pictures, has gotten fantastic reviews, and looks much nicer than than the 850 IS.