Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T5
- Pictures are sharp, sleek attractive build
- Some small design flaws, shortish battery life
If you need a snazzy, point and shoot to match your wardrobe, impress your friends and take some crisp pictures all at once, Sony's T5 might be for you.
Price$ 549.00 (AUD)
The DSC-T5 is Sony's latest foray into the world of fashion orientated digital cameras. With offerings like the Canon IXUS I-Zoom and the Olympus MJU Mini already widely available, camera companies are obviously recognising that this is a big market. The T5 compares favourably with the competition, producing crisp, colourful images whilst sporting a sleek, modern design that definitely makes it a worthwhile contender.
One concern when a company goes out of their way to create such an aesthetically pleasing camera is that they will ignore image quality in favour of style and design. Thankfully that is not the case here; and Sony have has done an excellent job with the lens and sensor on this model.
The T5 takes some extremely clear and sharp photographs. There is some minor blurring around some edges, but for a 5.1 megapixel model the shots were of excellent quality. The only complaint we could venture is that there is a little green fringing around some of the edges. Colour saturation was very solid;, red, blue and green were particularly well represented; with yellows posing the only problem, looking a little pale and washed out. The camera handled low light very well, with little noticeable image noise. Overall and the pictures are were above what we'd expect from a 5 megapixel model.
Shutter lag on the other hand was a little higher than we'd have liked, regularly creeping over half a second. Startup and image write times, however, were lightning quick, both barely reaching the second mark.
There are only possible reactions to the camera's design - What will really convince most buyers however is the camera's design. Wwe found that people either loved or hated it. The T5 comes in a variety of colours such as black and silver, with ours conveniently coming in red to match the striking red design of the site. It utilises the increasingly popular face plate switch as a power button (as seen on the Ricoh R3); you simply slide the large, silver cover down to turn the camera on. There is also however a power button on the top, which lead to a little confusion, as the front slide must be down regardless of which option you use in order to expose the lens. The plastic slide feels likeis the weakest point of the design on the largely metal camera body; the camera body is largely metal, but the slide is made of plastic and feels like it could snap after prolonged use.
The lens itself is in the very top left hand corner, and we found it quite awkwardly placed for those with big hands. Our typical digital camera grip involves a slight curling of the fingers, but on this model we found that interfered with our pictures. Apart from this the camera is well laid out. All the controls are within easy reach, and feel well mounted. Interestingly the battery and card slots are both on the side (battery is almost always on the bottom), which helps the camera keep its slim design. Sony has really gone out of their way to make a light, pocketable pocket sized camera, that is easy on the eyes, and it clearly pays off. The T5 looks and feel fantastic.
The T5 It comes equipped with a fairly standard array of features. ISO can be set up to 400, and there are a number of white balance modes, as well as sharpness, contrast and saturation settings. There are ten preset shooting modes, which is slightly less than average, but we did really like the continuous shot mode, which felt fast and responsive at about 2 frames per second. The video function is also of high quality, shooting unlimited MPEG movies in 640xX480 resolution, at a speed of 30 fps.
Unfortunately the T5's battery life was slightly disappointing. After having reviewed the Casio Z500 we were looking forward to some more models with extreme battery life, but this camera wasn't up to the same standard, taking just 280 shots before the battery ran out of charge. Still, for such a slim model, this isn't an entirely poor result.
Join the newsletter!
Ballistix Sport AT
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Apple iMac Pro
Toys for Boys
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
ESET Smart Security Premium
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Tivoli PAL BT
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
ESET Internet Security
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
In multicultural Australia, the opportunity for home cooks to expand their culinary horizons is too tempting to resist.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Brilliant but not quite a breakthrough
- 2 HP Omen 15 (2018): Full, in-depth review
- 3 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 4 Moto G6 review: A solid mid-tier effort with few compromises
- 5 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
Latest News Articles
- DJI launches Osmo Pocket stabilised camera
- Fujifilm launches Cashback promotion of up to $1,000
- Fujifilm unveils latest Rangefinder style GFX 50R
- Panasonic develops its first full frame mirrorless cameras
- Canon announces new PowerShot SX70HS
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Oppo R17 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Google Pixel 3 XL review: Ghost in the machine
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies