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Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Thursday 28th, August 2008
Posted by: Mark Peters

Everyone’s spoiled for choice with the camera that thinks it’s a camcorder. Now it’s easy to capture your favourite moments as sumptuous stills or HD movie clips with the slim, stylish new Sony Cyber-shot T500. Available in a choice of eye-catching piano black, silver and red finishes, the chic Sony T500 is packed with Sony technology to help everyone take better-looking pictures. Alongside sparkling 10.1 effective megapixel still image quality, the Sony CyberShot T500 is the first digital camera that can capture crisp, clear HD movie clips with stereo sound. New HD movie mode allows up to 60 mins (approx) of video to be stored on the supplied 4GB Memory Stick.

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

Movie modes included on the Sony CyberShot T500
Not sure whether that special moment deserves a photo or a video clip? It’s easy to switch instantly between still and movie modes at the touch of a conveniently placed button on top of the camera. You can even grab crisp still images (1280x720 pixels) without interrupting video shooting.

Sony DSC-T500 features a Carl Zeiss zoom lens
The superb Carl Zeiss lens features a new ring-type Zoom button, allowing easy adjustment throughout the 5x range while you’re shooting movies. Detail-packed stills and video clips can be viewed on the extra-large wide 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. As well as giving a beautiful view of your images, the touchscreen also makes operation of camera functions beautifully simple. Touching anywhere on the screen while you’re composing a shot locks focus on that part of the scene.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500 features Face Detection
Touching a face turns on Face Detection, ensuring that people’s faces in the scene are in sharp focus and with perfect exposure for fewer spoiled shots. Up to eight faces can be tracked at a time, making the Sony T500 ideal for capturing large groups of friends and family.

Sony T500 digital camera incorporates optical SteadyShot
Shooting handheld without flash can mean blurred pictures, especially when light levels are low or with telephoto shots. Optical SteadyShot is teamed with an improved High Sensitivity mode to allow faster shutter speeds. This ‘Dual Anti-blur’ solution is complemented by Clear RAW Noise Reduction for clean, natural images, even in low-light conditions like parties or twilight.

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

View your pictures via the HD Slide Show
After you’ve finished shooting, HD Slide Shows add an extra dimension of enjoyment to your collection of photos and videos. Pick from a choice of musical accompaniments, or import your favourite music track from a connected PC.

Sony CyberShot T500 price & availability
If you want an even bigger picture, still images and HD movie clips can be experienced with extra impact on your HD Ready television. Connected via HDMI to your Sony HD TV, BRAVIA Sync allows on-screen control of Cyber-shot playback functions using the TV’s remote control. Supplied Picture Motion Browser software also makes it easy to upload favourite photos and clips to image sharing sites. The Sony CyberShot T500 will be available from October 2008.

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

Sony CyberShot DSC T500 Specifications
• Effective megapixels : 10.1 effective megapixels
• Image sensor : 1/2.3 type Super HAD CCD
• Movie mode : MPEG4 AVC/H.264, HD movies 1280x720 pixels at 30fps
• Lens : Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens
• Display : 3.5-inch wide Clear Photo LCD Plus with touchscreen
• Image stabilisation system : Double Anti-Blur with Optical SteadyShot
• Face Detection : Yes
• Shooting modes : Auto, Program Auto, Scene Selection (High Sensitivity / Soft Snap / Twilight Portrait / Twilight / Landscape / High Speed Shutter /Snow / Beach / Fireworks), Movie

Sony CyberShot DSC-T500

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