|Sony CyberShot DSC-T300 digital camera
The first acquaintance with the Sony T300 left quite an impression, an impression of a unique and stylishly designed camera. One that makes Sony stand out from the rest of the market. The nice and moreover solid design beams with quality, with on top of that a unique design. The integration of the intelligent software solution that facilitates digital photography once again, adds to the value of the Sony Cybershot T300. And if that is not enough; the Cybershot T300 comes with an impressively large sized monitor of no less than 3.5 inches! Truly superb paper specifications yet not completely representative for its performance in practice.
High resolution versus Image quality
Let's start with the high resolution and the small size image sensor. The excessive noise as we also find on nearly all compact cameras with high resolution also exist on the Sony T300, unfortunately. It is typically a camera of the high resolution cameras' generation, for which the market strategy has been followed rather than focussing on the image quality. Sadly, an increase of this amount of pixels on a small sensor does not go hand in hand with an increase in image quality. Noise significantly increases and not only at high ISO settings, even the low 200 ISO setting is victimised and is only able to keep up by strongly activating the integrated noise reduction. With as sad result the loss of detail.
5x optical zoom lens of the Sony T300
It may be clear, we are not at all pleased about this, and it is a real pity the Sony Cybershot DSC-T300 is a victim in this case. Besides that, we are not all satisfied with the performance of the 5x zoom lens. We can live with the visible edge blur in the telephoto mode, but we cannot accept the problem of the chromatic aberration. This is visible at all focal lengths with a few peeks at certain focal lengths, which is a feature that does not live up to the expectations of a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.
Sony DSC-T300 review conclusion
It is not all negative though, the Sony T300 produces an excellent and consistent colour reproduction with an accurate white balance. It's a bit of a pity that only part of the image quality stands out in a positive way. Other than that, the Sony Cybershot T300 does prove itself. It is a camera with pleasant features, an ultra-large sized monitor and a very own way of operation. A camera that lets you stand out with a successful design. After testing the Sony Cybershot DSC-T300 technically as well as in practice, we have come to a conclusion with mixed feelings. The concept is successful as far as we're concerned, however, in relation to the image quality, the camera performs averagely and no more than that.
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