Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

Ultra-slim compact camera with touch-screen interface.

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5


  • Slim build, stylish design


  • High levels of chromatic aberration, touch-screen interface can be irritating

Bottom Line

An adequate but not particularly impressive compact, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 wins points for style and size but it has a few image quality issues and a somewhat irritating touch-screen interface.

Would you buy this?

It seems to be touch-screen madness at the moment, with a slew of cameras, phones and MP3 players all sporting an iPhone-like interface. The latest of these is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77, which is a slim and extremely stylish 10.1-megapixel compact camera. It definitely succeeds in the looks department and it takes reasonably good snaps, although it is targeted at amateurs, not serious photographers.

Similar in design to past T series units, the T77 has a front panel that slides down to reveal the lens. The key difference this time around is that the camera is just 15mm thick, making it one of the slimmest units we've ever looked at. It is a fantastic looking camera and the design is ideal for a purse or pocket unit.

The body is built entirely from metal and feels sturdy and relatively weighty. The only downside to the petite body is that it is quite difficult to hold and some controls, particularly the zoom switch, are difficult to access.

In our image quality tests, the T77 performed adequately but it wasn't outstanding. Its 10.1-megapixel sensor captured fairly crisp shots that will be fine for small and medium prints. However they had some noticeable sharpening aberrations which detracted from the quality a little. Chromatic aberration was also quite problematic, with some noticeable purple fringing on high-contrast edges and some minor detail loss towards the corners of the frame.

Noise performance was reasonable, but there were a few issues. Shots became somewhat blotchy even as low as ISO 400, but there wasn't significant detail loss until ISO 800. The unit does offer sensitivities up to ISO 3200, but at the top end shots just come out a blurry mess.

Colours were quite strongly saturated as usual. This doesn't necessarily make photos look bad, and it produces some very vibrant prints. We're beginning to sound like a broken record here, but if you want more accuracy you will probably need to do some tweaking in post processing or using the on-board colour modes. There is no custom white balance option but the presets do a good job in most lighting conditions.

The T77 performed well in our speed tests. It exhibited 0.08 seconds of shutter lag, had a start-up time of 1.9 seconds and it took two seconds between shots. The burst mode was also speedy, snapping 2.5 shots a second.

It sports a pretty standard feature set for a compact camera, with a few additions. Most notable is the 3in touch screen, which takes care of the bulk of the menu navigation. It felt a little more responsive than the screen on the Cyber-shot DSC-T500 but it still caused us a fair bit of a grief. It is also a bit smaller than the DSC-T500's screen, meaning the icons are harder to hit if you have large hands.

Also present is a 4x zoom lens complete with optical image stabilisation, which is impressive considering the lens doesn't protrude at all. There is also a smattering of scene modes, some focus and metering options and face detection (complete with smile shutter, which takes a picture when it detects a smile). It is missing the fancy manual modes of more advanced units but that is to be expected.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?