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Sony DSC-T99

A portable digital camera by Sony

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A big sweep!

  • Jan 7, 2011
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Ok, I'm a gadget freak and I admit it. When it comes to electronic gadgets, I go gaga over them, especially when it comes to cameras and phones. No, I'm not crazy enough to go and queue in the midnight for an iPhone but I do have more phones than 99.99% of the population. How many? Well, how about 8 or 9 phones that were bought the last 2 years and 4 of them are on right now? As for SIM cards, I've more than 10 of them. So, you get the drift?

As for cameras, I've bought 4 in the last year. Those are all compact cameras and I haven't even started on the digital SLR yet... until Sony releases the next new camera, which I hope to be NEX 7. Yes, I'm waiting "patiently" for that one so that I can begin to use it as a business camera. Right On! I need to make some income this year from these cameras! Trust me, I know what I'm doing.

In the mean time, I had been shopping around. One thing I do admit is I'm partial to some cameras, especially if the brands are SONY, PANASONIC & NIKON. I have good experiences with Olympus in the past too although I haven't bought any in the last few years. I am disappointed with the last Canon that I bought which I had also reviewed here. It's not as great as I thought a CANON would have been!

The reason why I fell in love with this camera on first sight is rather an emotional one; it's the color purple! Other than its color (which also comes in a very tempting green), it's how small and light it is. That's all I need to make the buying decision, something light to carry everywhere I go! The more logical factors?

  • Macro function for those food snapshots I take (which explains why I didn't choose a phone over it).
  • Panoramic sweep function for travel, especially for resorts, hotels and national parks. This one is great, it saves one from stitching!
  • Price is in the right range (US$290 in HK; with a case, tripod, 8G card & a spare original battery from Sony! It is retailing for US$250+tax in the US), although a tad higher than other cameras of the same size.




That's all. Simple enough? 

Here are the surprises:
I never wonder about the quality of the pictures as I've had more than 3 cameras in the past from Sony and I've never actually been disappointed. So, it was not a major concern. What I did not expect from a camera this size is the high quality (it is 14.1 megapixel so it can't be too bad) of images even in the dark. That was what Sony seems to be lacking in the past. This camera corrected those inferiority. We took a few snapshots in the restaurants and they turn out to be great even when viewed at full size on my Sony laptop! It wasn't as grainy as the Canon camera and the lighting was just right. I must qualify that I viewed those images over the Sony laptop which I was told to be the best medium for a Sony camera though. So, I've no idea how that would turn out in another type of screen. Afterall, I've 3 Sony laptops at  home right now while my Apple Macbook Air is at my parents' home! So, I'll have to wait until I get there to test it out.

In the mean time, I am happy shooting away...


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February 24, 2012
Excellent gift idea !
 
January 10, 2011
I've been deciding between getting a good point-and-shoot camera now or saving up and getting a DSLR. I think I'll save up and wait for the nicer camera, but I'd probably go with Sony if I was to get the point-and-shoot. Thanks Sharrie!
January 11, 2011
They both serve different purposes. For now, this camera will suffice for my daily needs ;-)
 
January 08, 2011
buy me one?
January 09, 2011
I think Lunch should buy a green one for those award winners rather than to spend $ on some awards that they are giving away, LOL... I'm sure you'll be one of the big winner ;-)
January 09, 2011
I dunno about that..but I agree with your suggestion. ;)
 
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