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Sony Cybershot DSC-T1 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom

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  • 5.0 megapixel resolution for photo-quality 11 x 14-plus sized enlargements
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical, 2x digital zoom
  • Ultra-compact shape is about the size of a credit card; captures video clips with sound
  • Store images on Memory Stick Duo media; 32 MB Memory Stick Duo included with adapter
  • Powered by NP-FT1 InfoLithium rechargeable battery (included with in-camera charger)
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSC-T1
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3 x
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Product Details

Data Sheet [165kb PDF]| Supplementary Guide [142kb PDF]| Product Manual [3.38mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00011G5FW
  • Item model number: DSC-T1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,503 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at January 2, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer The high-end camera that fits in the back of your pocket. Sony's DSC-T1 features a huge 5-megapixel resolution, 3X Optical Zoom, and a 2.5" Hybrid LCD Monitor, all in a package the size of a credit card. The T1 even packs extra features you would normally expect on a camera twice its size, such as a high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, Sony's high-speed Real Image Processor, 5 Area Multi-Point Focus. It is even able to capture full screen VGA (640x 480) video at an astounding 30 frames per second. It's twice the camera at half the size.


    The DSC-T1's super-sized 2.5-inch Hybrid LCD Monitor is much larger than the 1.5-inch displays common to other cameras in its class. (See detail)
  • 1/2.35" 5.0 Megapixel Effective Super HAD CCD: Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.
  • Compact Slim Body: The ultra-compact and thin size of the DSC-T1 makes it the perfect camera to tuck in a pocket or purse for high-quality, high resolution photos almost anywhere.
  • USB Cradle: The included Cyber-shot Station allows for easy connectivity for charging the camera, as well as transferring and viewing images either to the computer or on your television.
  • 3X Optical/2X Digital: 3X Optical Zoom helps you frame your shots for better digital pictures. And Sony's Precision Digital Zoom provides an additional 2X magnification without the jagged edges of other designs, resulting in smoother images.
  • 0 - 4X Smart Zoom Feature (at VGA Resolution): Smart Zoom intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size--thus avoiding the image degradation of Digital Zooms.
  • Continuous Auto Focus: To maintain accurate focus lock with fast moving subjects, Continuous AF keeps focusing from the time the camera is turned on until the moment of exposure, providing properly focused images even when your subject is moving.
  • Memory Stick Duo Media: Digital. Powerful. Transportable. Memory Stick Duo media is compact, portable and rugged--connects to a variety of hardware and software applications (may require use of supplied MSAC-M2 adapter).
  • 14-Bit DXP A/D Conversion: Sony's 14-bit Digital EXtended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.
  • Pre-Flash Metering: With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and red-eye reduction ensure great flash shots.
  • Auto Daylight Synchro Fill Flash: When the Multi-Pattern Measuring system determines the subject is backlit or in shadow, the Daylight Fill Flash automatically fires to provide optimum exposure of both your subject and the background.
  • Multi-Burst Mode: Captures 16 consecutive 320 x 240 frames as part of a single 1280 x 960 image which plays back sequentially in the camera or as a single image on your computer. Selectable 1/7.5, 1/15 or 1/30 second frame intervals provide convenient motion analysis.

About Sony technology:

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The Vario Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This specialized design allows quick autofocus, appealing zoom range while still maintaining a compact design. Magnifying Glass Mode: When shooting a close subject (within 1cm) the image on the LCD is enlarged over 3X for better detail and focusing controls.
2.5" Hybrid LCD Monitor: High resolution 211K pixel design helps provide excellent viewing and image playback clarity. The Hybrid system consists of a transmissive LCD combined with a reflective LCD. By turning off the LCD backlight, it will capture more ambient light virtually eliminating "wash-out." Images will be visible in the LCD even in the most challenging outdoor lighting conditions. MPEG Movie VX Fine Mode: Captures VGA (640 x 480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media. Video mail mode captures smaller file sizes suitable for email.
3 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus: By evaluating 3 separate focus areas of the frame, Sony's Multi-point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background. AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator: Briefly lighting the scene in low- or no-light conditions, AF Illuminator insures a positive focus lock, allowing you to accurately establish and maintain focus in difficult situations.
Multi-Pattern Measuring: Independently light-metering 49 points of the frame, Multi-Pattern measuring establishes the optimum exposure value, even in scenes where pronounced highlight and shadow are not centered in the frame. Slow Shutter Noise Reduction: This process captures the scene in two exposures. The second subtracts the noise pattern from the initial shot, resulting in a final beautiful photograph that is virtually noise-free.

What's in the Box:
NP-FT1 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery, AC-LM5 AC Adapter/In-Camera Charger, Cyber-shot Station, AV Cable, USB Cable, MSG-M32A Memory Stick Duo Media, Memory Stick Duo Adapter, Wrist Strap, Software CD ROM

Product Description

This Sony Cybershot digital camera features 5.1 megapixel effective super HAD CCD; 3x optical and 2x digital zoom; 2.5" 211K pixels hybrid LCD color screen; 10-second self-timer; MSG-M32A memory stick duo media; MPEG VX fine movie mode and much more. Includes AC adapter/in-camera charger; Cyber-shot station; AV cable; USB cable; memory stick duo adapter; wrist strap; software CD-ROM. Made in USA. 2-3/8Wx3-5/8Lx4/5H".

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The size of this camera is great. The picture clarity is great. However, unless you like red-eye pictures do not purchase this camera. Read more ›
I have used my T1 for more than 2 years now. The pictures are great and the movies are wonderful, but it needs help with red eye reduction and blurry photos. The camera… Read more ›
Daytime pictures are good, specialy if you are out in the sun, but pictures at night, using the flash, are usually Blurry, dark, off-colored, and just not satisfactory for… Read more ›
It's not even a year and the camera has suddenly gone 'totally grainy' with all photos. I am talking 1.3 MP grainy, not that the indoor pictures were any good before. This… Read more ›
But once I got the camera and READ THE MANUAL, this camera takes pictures I can't believe! The pictures are crisp and clear! I was very scared about the reviews on blurry… Read more ›
I liked it for the first month, but noticed that not all the pictures were clear. In fact, the further away the subject, the more blurrier it got. Read more ›
I am generally a point and shoot type of photographer anyway. The movie mode is unbelievable. With a 512MB duo card, you can get at least 20 minutes of video at the… Read more ›
It would be great if someone has a good settings combination and can share it with me. So if you have an optimal settings combination please email it to me at… Read more ›
Also I bought a 512mb card because the supplied one is worthless. But for outdoor pictures, MPEG at 640 Fine, being compact, features and the USB cradle, it gets a 5. But… Read more ›
And unbelievably it has 5 megapixel digital resolution. Essentially it has incredible features and resolution for a camera its size. This is highly recommended for a simple… Read more ›
I must admit…My Minolta took great pictures ALL the time, with hardly ANY need to dive into menus and modify settings - in other words it worked GREAT in idiot mode. Le… Read more ›
Very slim and a huge LCD, which really attracted me to it. Unfortunately, those cool features did not make up for it's poor performance. For one thing, my pictures had a… Read more ›
On the + side, the display is wonderful, and picture quality is excellent as well. But unless you absolutely have to have the tiny size, you can do a LOT better. Read more ›
This camera rocks! The 2.5 in LCD display is amazing, the camera takes incredible pictures that are highly detailed. Everyone that says the photos are blurry, there is an… Read more ›
First the good: 1. The LCD screen is really great. Large, clear, and seems to repel fingerprints (not one in 6 months of use). Read more ›
DEFINITELY buy a hard case (eBay was my source). The LCD screen is huge, and it can't be protected by soft cases, which are the only kind that Sony makes. BAD Sony! Read more ›
I bought the Cybershot mainly for its size. I thought the LCD panel was cool. I got over the coolness quickly. Read more ›
with 256 mb card, can hold 140 pics at default settings (5mp,…lcd screen is awesome and makes this camera a joy to use and review shots to ensure you got what you wanted. Read more ›
You point, focus for a second and snap the shot. It is very easy to use for beginners and if you want you can manually delve into some of the settings. This is good for… Read more ›
i got this and my other sony cybershot for christmas, i was going to vegas for new years and this is discreet, easy to use, i love it. Read more ›
I got this camera about a month ago and I love it! Its so easy to use. BUT, you need to read the owners manual and keep it handy for reference. Read more ›
People are nuts!I have no idea what they are talking about, this is the best camera ever.. It's so easy to use and is so durable and takes great pictures.. It's light and… Read more ›
It takes excellent pictures. Is extremely easy to use, and like you'll read in most of the good reviews of this camera, the suggestion to READ THE MANUAL, is very beneficial. Read more ›
I picked up a 512 MB (...). The camera is very easy to use. No, I haven't had a picture yet that came out blurry. Read more ›
This is our 3rd sony camera and I love them all, but this one.. wow the pictures are so clear, the screen size is huge, and the compact size is amazing. I keep it in my… Read more ›
Blurry pictures are usually a result of camera…Like other reviewers have said, because of the compact size of DCS-T1 it makes it more difficult to steady in your hand(s). Read more ›
Pros: Crisp, sharp photos. Very compact design (size of a deck of cards). Bright, sharp, large view screen. Read more ›
No ultra compact…In addition to ultra compact size, I wanted at least 4MP, at least 3x optical zoom, quality video ability, speed, ease of use, and flexible shooting modes. Read more ›
I bought this camera when it first came to the states early last spring. I love the size of the LCD, write speed and video capabilities. There are two problems with this… Read more ›
I bought the Sony DSC-T1 two weeks ago. I was very impressed by the size, the screen, and the features. It is an awesome camera that I have only found two small shortfalls… Read more ›
And the camera allows you to use fully auto features for ease of use or there are many custom features for those who so choose. The color is superb. I use Microsoft picture… Read more ›
I will admit that there is a lot of redeye but I just go to my editing program and get rid of it. The pictures are crisp and I think the color is great! Read more ›
LCD screen is big so you can preview your pics. The pictures are crisp clear, vivid colors, the auto mode adapts to every situation possible. Read more ›
The image quality is…HQ (fine) video where 3 minutes fills 256MB card, however, the video is movie quality with very smooth moving objects, in great color definition. Q… Read more ›
The camera also allows one to view and edit-out portions of the video. The image quality is stunning, and color quality and saturation is also spectacular. HQ video = 3… Read more ›
The night and fireworks setting came in handy at the Eiffel tower at night (gorgeous color and clarity of shot), the closeup mode for the baby bird in the tree (every tiny… Read more ›
We have captured so many precious moments with it. Picutre/video quality is great. We also purchased an extra memory card. Read more ›
He's an absolute amateur - but his pics and videos were incredible. Read more ›
when i take it out and show my pics it is easy to share or discuss anything the video quality is excelent..playing back on tv or pc really enjoyable really really nice… Read more ›
Fast startup and fast recording. Read more ›
However, SONY says that with the DSC-T1 set in high quality FINE video mode, SONY's card is necessary because of its theoretical 20 MB per second transfer speed; presently… Read more ›
Love putting videos together to make a film. Everyone who sees my camera is totally impressed. Read more ›
the slide lens cover is awesome and perfect for the camera. just flip it open and click. Read more ›
The lens is easy to drop your finger in front of... but if you pay attention to what you are doing, this doesn't need to be a problem. Read more ›
Ok now whoever says that 1] the lens cover is too huge or clumsy to use...well if you have to protect the lens from damage, u've gotto have sturdy lens cover. The big size… Read more ›
I decided to try this sony digital because of the lens (Carl Zeiss). Zeiss makes great sharp glass (camera lenses) good example Contax G2. Read more ›
One problem - no more Canon S50s. So I chose the Sony DSC-T1 on the recommendation of a salesperson(boy) because of the "amazing Carl Zeiss lens". Big Mistake. Read more ›
No annoying retracting/extending lens. A great lens (Carl Zeiss is the kind used on Hasselblad cameras). 3x Optical zoom. Read more ›
Battery life is great. Easily take pictures all day long and have battery life left. Read more ›
This camera could've been great. Battery life is good, size is awesome, no speed problems and movies are very good. But in the end, these features don't make up for the… Read more ›
The battery life is great. The AC adapter does connect directly to the camera, if needed. Read more ›
Battery life is very good but with it's fast startup you don't need to keep the camera on all the time even for those spur of the moment shots. Slide the camera cover down… Read more ›
I was…Purchased an additional 512 memory stick and with the exceptional battery life, we usually travel without the cables and charger for weekend trips (3-5 days). Im… Read more ›
Cool , sleek , stylish, Big LCD screen, bright, easy buttons , user friendly interface, produces up to an 8.5 x 11 print, great quality, sephia and negative color modes are… Read more ›
Four:Startup time is less than a second. Five:Quality construction(which is a HUGE deal to me)It feels and is a quality built camera. Feeling substantial yet not heavy in… Read more ›
Nice quality. Good build. Picture quality looks good. Read more ›
Bright, sharp, large view screen. Solid construction. Good manual. Read more ›
But all-in-all, I love this camera. I got it for a great price, and with the size, you cannot go wrong. Read more ›
At present, it is difficult to find a high capacity Memory Stick Pro Duo chip in stock anywhere at a reasonable price--sad that the T1 has been released before you can buy… Read more ›
You also get a cradle with this camera, which you can use to charge the battery inside…The DSC-T1 is awesome in terms of design and features, and is well worth the price. Read more ›
I brought the T1 because of the LCD screen size, I love the fact that you can actually see…Good battery life, easy to carry around but that is where the positives stop. T… Read more ›
I've broken the lens on…The first time, it was in it's case and the second time it was in my pocket (which you'll be tempted to do since it's so small and easy to carry). Read more ›

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361 of 373 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hammond on March 5, 2004
Although I have much experience with cameras, camcorders, and digital images, I have never owned a digital camera before. My main camera has been a Nikon 6006 SLR, so I am pretty picky about quality.
After extensive research, I settled on the DSC-T1. It is exactly what I expected, and almost exactly what I wanted, but allow me to elaborate because it may not be exactly what YOU want.
I was tempted by larger digital cameras (and I will eventually get one of those too). For example, the Panasonic Lumix is few bucks cheaper and has more controls, a BIG lens, great image stabilization, and 12x optical zoom (digital zoom is meaningless). It is even possible to get a medium size 5MP digital camera with 5x optical zoom and better pictures than the dsc-t1 for much less. However, I concluded that I would rather have a good camera with me 24x7 than leave a great camera in the car or at home. I was SO right. I have already captured SO many photos I would have missed. I carry the camera at all times in one of those silk bags that come with Oakley sunglasses.
I considered other small cameras like the Casio Elixim Z4, but it does not have video in US versions. The Canon S400 is very good, but it is slower and thicker with a much smaller LCD, and a newer version is coming out April 30th. No ultra compact that is clearly better than the DSC-T1 is on the horizon.
In addition to ultra compact size, I wanted at least 4MP, at least 3x optical zoom, quality video ability, speed, ease of use, and flexible shooting modes. This camera has 5MP, 3x optical zoom, excellent 640x480 video mode, speed, ease of use, and shooting modes flexible enough to accommodate everything from action to night images.
Video is in MPG files, which can be played back on the free Real Player.
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By catman on April 21, 2004
As many people have noticed, this camera does not take good pictures out of the box. But if you spend a little time taking test shots and playing with the many controls, it can produce stellar results. With mine, I found that by setting it to Program mode (instead of Auto), setting the exposure to -0.3 EV, and the speed to ISO 100, I get consistently excellent results - not quite as good as bulky cameras costing twice as much, but impressive for something as small as this. Thankfully the camera remembers these settings between uses, so the adjustment only needs to be done once. Since then the camera has been a constant companion and lives in my pocket all the time (the lens cover has never once opened accidentally, perhaps because I slide it into my pocket endwise). The vulnerable controls and LCD on the back of the camera are protected by my PDA, which lives in the same pocket.
Also, don't be afraid to change the flash power setting. This can make a huge difference when you're taking a closeup of Tiddles or shotting your daughter's birthday party. (Sony - why isn't the flash power automatically coupled to the focus distance?)
Instead of Sony's expensive accessories, I bought a cheap PCMCIA memory stick adapter that lives permanently inside my laptop. That means I only have to take the power adapter when I go travelling. The ludicrous docking station and USB cable stay home.
The camera needs more memory. The supplied 32MB isn't nearly enough; I immediately upgraded to 256MB, which is more than I'll ever need.
But the single biggest drawback is NO TRIPOD MOUNT. Big mistake, Sony.
To anyone who uses Photoshop to correct the colour balance or other defects: learn to use your camera! There's a menu setting for this. Play with it and do some test shots.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By James L. Wilson on March 1, 2004
Comments: Testing this SONY DSC-T1 during February 2004, has been a pleasure, carrying it in my pocket all day, every day. The size and weight is ideal for ultimate portability. Using this 5M pixel camera at 3M pixel resolution, using the smart zoom feature, or 5 MP mode produces excellent results. The T1 also allows in-camera cropping of images, and in-camera image resizing for e-mail purposes. The high quality movie mode is comparable to high quality digital-video tape camcorders, 30 frames per second at 640x480 pixel size image, with the exception of typical camcorder better optical zoom capability. The camera also allows one to view and edit-out portions of the video. The image quality is stunning, and color quality and saturation is also spectacular. HQ (fine) video where 3 minutes fills 256MB card, however, the video is movie quality with very smooth moving objects, in great color definition. Quite a bonus for a digital still image camera. SONY has definitely placed a great deal of engineering muscle into this device. I have produced a number of 8x10" photos and am stunned at the color and image detail. The trick in any photography activity is knowing how to take good pictures and finding correct lighting, etc. Taking care of business, when framing the image, and setting the camera features, will produce truly great results. "The camera that one can take everywhere is the best camera to have," is the remark I deliver to my students, and this device does not disappoint. Spend a few minutes, try 60 minutes, reviewing the 100 page instruction book, buy several high speed 256MB memory cards, and have a great time capturing images every place you go throughout the day. As to a Camera Rating, it has earned a solid A+.Read more ›
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