Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T20
- Above average pictures, Stylish design, Speedy
- Colour reproduction suffers for having no manual or preset white balance modes, Sluggish interface
Another strong compact camera from Sony, the Cyber-Shot DSC-T20 will suit fashion conscious buyers who want a stylish point and shoot model that captures great pictures
Price$ 499.00 (AUD)
Following the usual chic design of their T series cameras, Sony's new fashion oriented compact model, the Cyber-Shot DSC-T20, is quite an impressive product. The image quality was quite good and the stylish design should appeal to those after something a little more eye-catching than your average camera.
Sometimes cameras that focus on fashion wind up lacking a little in the imaging department, but our Imatest testing software quickly show the T20 is more than capable of competing with other, similarly priced units.
Its score of 1536 in our sharpness test is a perfect example. This is a strong result for a 7.1 mega pixel camera, and indicates crisp pictures that are suitable for small and medium magnification. Our test shots looked quite good, although they were slightly softer than the score would indicate. This isn't a huge problem, especially factoring in the target market of this model, but it is worth noting that at bigger print sizes the shots do exhibit a little fringing.
Meanwhile in our chromatic aberration test, the T20 scored about where we expected, with a result of 0.125%. This is within the range that compact cameras usually score and our test shots reflected this, with some noticeable but not prominent blurring towards the edges of our shots. Thankfully there was very little haloing - a problem commonly associated with entry level compact cameras.
Compacts also often struggle when it comes to image noise, but here the T20 really excelled with an Imatest result of 0.61% at ISO 100. Most compacts score closer to 0.80%, so this is an excellent result with our shots being clean and speckle free. As anticipated, the shots gradually degraded as we increased the sensitivity, and at ISO 400 and above they weren't really useable.
The only area of disappointment was in the colour checker test. It achieved a score of 9.01 in this test, which is quite a bit below other models, (usually around the 7.0 or 8.0 mark). As usual with mainstream consumer cameras, the reds were quite strongly saturated while most of the other colours were well-balanced. The overall colour reproduction will be fine for most casual users, even if it is a little behind some competing units.
Coming in a smooth white chassis with a slide down lens cover and a black back plate, the T20 is sure to impress those more fashion conscious buyers. We think it looks great, with minimalist controls on the back face and silver highlights. However, the back is entirely covered in a glass sheet, which does tend to get grimy quite quickly, so a cleaning cloth or something similar may be a good idea if you're really that concerned about how the unit looks.
We found the menu easy to navigate for the most part and it should suit novice users quite well. The options are broken down into several sub-menus, with the key features popping up at the touch of the 'menu' button. However, Sony has implemented their new menu on this model and, as with previous units; we found it a little sluggish with a noticeable delay when navigating.
All the usual features you'd expect from such a camera are present, including exposure compensation, multiple focus modes and a variety of scene modes. White balance presets are available, but there is no custom mode, and ISO sensitivities run up to an impressive ISO 3200. The burst mode operated at three frames per second, which is quite good by compact camera standards.
The T20 was also extremely quick, exhibiting lightning fast results in our speed tests. Exhibiting 0.05 seconds of shutter lag, 1.5 seconds power up time and just over a second between shots. These are extremely quick times, and are certain to mean you won't miss a vital shot. The unit sports a 3x optical zoom, which is completely standard for a camera of this type.
Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z3 review: The no-frills flagship
- 2 Samsung's Galaxy Alpha review: A peek into the Galaxy S6
- 3 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: The busiest, biggest and best Samsung phablet
- 4 Aldi's $279 Bauhn Sphere review: Disappointing
- 5 Nokia Lumia 735 review: Perfectly ordinary
Best Deals on GoodGearGuide
Latest News Articles
- Connected, self-driving cars in the front seat at CES
- MIT unifies Web development in a single, speedy new language
- Google, Microsoft, Sony make 'The Interview' available online
- Experts: FCC will adopt net neutrality rules in early 2015
- Romanian version of EU cybersecurity directive allows warrantless access to data
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.