Positives: Sexy, compact and small in looks, LCD screen, attractive and young colors.
Negatives: Lack of proper grip, slippery casing, small in shape, expensive.
The End Result: DSC-T99 is meant for those who want to feel young while clicking pictures. The color range it offers would make any user feel great using the camera.
The new addition to the cyber shot line of cameras is its DSC-T99. It is generally believed that this new edition is just a transformation of its previous model W350 in terms of designing and a few extra features. Most of the features that are there in W350 are also present in DSC-T99 except for the new additions such as the 3-inch touch screen and replacement of telescoping external lens to an internal lens.
The design is believed to be very sexy compared to the previous edition. The price of the product has also risen because of the changes that have been made to the design of the camera and also because of the touch screen. This is an upsetting factor for the users as the rise in the price of the product is not because of the features which could make clicking photos a different experience altogether. This does not mean that the picture quality has become worse. However, for those who want a touch screen camera and can afford, T99 is recommended. If you want the best value from your camera and do not worry much about the designing then W350 would fit in best. Below are the specifications listed for DSC-T99:
|Key specs||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99|
|Dimensions (WHD)||3.7 x 2.2 x 0.7 inches|
|Weight (with battery and media)||4.3 ounces|
|Megapixels, image sensor size, type||14 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CCD|
|LCD size, resolution/viewfinder||3-inch LCD, 230K dots/None|
|Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length)||4x, f3.5-4.6, 25-100mm (35mm equivalent)|
|File format (still/video)||JPEG/MPEG-4 (MP4)|
|Highest resolution size (still/video)||4,320×3,240 pixels/ 1,280×720 at 30fps|
|Image stabilization type||Optical and digital|
|Battery type, CIPA rated life||Li ion rechargeable, 230 shots|
|Battery charged in camera||No, external charger supplied|
|Storage media||Memory Stick Pro Duo, SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, Eye-Fi card support|
|Bundled software||Picture Motion Browser 5.0 (Windows), PMB Portable 1.1 (Windows, Mac)|
The considering aspect of DSC-T99 is its designing. It is very compact and eye catching. The product is available in 5 colors; black, pink, green, silver and purple. The diversity of these colors provides the justification why the product is so eye-catching. Besides the color, the metal lens cover, the LCD screen and lack of physical features all add to the beauty of the product which makes it look more attractive.
There are a few concerning factors. Firstly, the metal used in the casing of the camera makes it very difficult to hold with proper grip. Round edges of the camera is also another reason which does not allow a user to maintain a proper grip. Besides its casing, the internal lens is also a cause of concern. It has been placed on top left side which makes it almost impossible to avoid from being touched and it may ruin your pictures. Below are some extra features listed:
|General shooting options||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99|
|ISO sensitivity (full resolution)||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600, 3,200|
|White balance||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent white, Fluorescent natural white, Fluorescent day white, Incandescent, Flash, Custom, Underwater 1, 2, and Custom|
|Recording modes||Easy, Intelligent Auto, Program, Sweep Panorama, Scene, Movie|
|Focus modes||Multi AF, Center AF, Spot AF, Face Detection (Adult, Child), Touch AF|
|Macro||0.4 inch (Wide); 1.6 feet (Tele)|
|Metering modes||Multi, Center-weighted average, Spot|
|Burst mode shot limit (full resolution)||Up to 100 shots|