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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90
If you're looking for a slim ultra compact, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 certainly fits the bill. If you're looking for a feature rich camera however, you might be disappointed.
Weighing in at just 148 grams, and with stats like these - 94 x 57 x 15 millimeter, the DSC-T90 is undoubtedly scrawny. The camera features a silver brush metal slider that moves top to bottom to sheath and unsheath its lens. The rest of the body is made of silver color plastic which feels and looks slightly cheap.
The top part of this anorexic camera features the zoom toggle to the extreme right. The toggle's extremely small and really annoying to use since its range of motion is very small, making it rather painful for those with big, clumsy fingers. The shutter and power buttons sit besides it.
On the top most part of the camera's facing side sits a preview button. Below it is a 3-inch LCD touch-screen with a rather thin plastic coating. Every time you touch the touchscreen, you get pretty huge LCD smudges, making you almost feel guilty for touching it. The screen could have been slightly thicker to make it less fragile.
Overall, the T90 is decent looking, but features a shabby LCD touchscreen and an inconvenient zoom toggle.
The DSC-T90 allows you to take shots up to 12.1 megapixels. It comes with only the most basic features you'd expect in an ultra compact, and no manual functionality whatsoever. I'm not talking about a manual mode or shutter/aperture priority here, I'm talking about something as basic as setting ISO sensitivity manually. The fact that every other ultra compact offers at least some form of manual mode, makes the fact that the T90 doesn't even have the ability to set the ISO settings according to what you require, shameful. Since it doesn't allow you that, you're always left at the Auto mode's mercy to decide what ISO settings to pick. More often than not, in indoor shots without flash, the camera seems to overshoot the ISO setting to up to 3200, making shots incredibly grainy and unusable.
All's not lost though, since the camera's image stabilization works pretty well, and managed to take averagely detailed shots at full (4x) zoom. The resultant image is below.
Even when not zoomed, detail levels in the camera's pretty average and color reproduction is accurate; so is the auto-white balance.
The camera's macro performance is pretty average, and it managed to focus on objects that were 3-inches close. Detail levels were fine here too.
The camera's biggest draw is its smile detection, which works quite well. It had no trouble in detecting faces, and clicked pictures as soon as the subject smiled.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 has a highly underwhelming list of features and very average performance. Its only draw is the great face/smile detection and slim form. With so little to look forward to, it's hard to recommend this camera to anyone but to those who don't mind spending Rs. 17,990 (MRP) on an extremely basic camera. If size is all that matters then go for this one, else walk away.