Featuring a metal body, a sliding front plate and folded optics, highlights of the T77 include a 10 megapixel sensor, mm equivalent 4x zoom lens, 3 inch touch-sensitive widescreen LCD screen, and Super SteadyShot optical image stabilisation. Face and smile detection technology, an anti-blink function, intelligent scene recognition, and compatibility with Memory Stick Duo cards complete the headline specs. Read our in-depth review to find out if it's worth a look. If that's not enough to cause you to stop reading immediately, the other talking point is that, like its T bigger brother announced in tandem nearly twice the width, incidentally , this is a touch screen model. Thus the central portion of the back of the camera is entirely clear of any physical controls except its prod-able 3-inch widescreen LCD. The front plate also looks very clean: the lens is vertically stacked so that at no point does the optic here again of Carl Zeiss branding protrude from the bodywork.
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The DSC-T77's mm 35mm equivalent lens gains a little extra reach at both ends of the zoom range, and incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by camera shake at slow shutter speeds. This despite a body that's said to be the slimmest of any Sony digicam, at less than 0.
The Cyber-shot T77 includes Sony's face-detection technology, which is capable of detecting eight faces simultaneously, and is linked not only to the camera's autoexposure and autofocus systems as in most similar systems, but also to white balance and flash metering as well.
This allows the camera to ensure proper flash exposure and pleasing flesh tones. If eyes are closed in both photos, the Sony T77 warns of this so you can retake the photo. Sony says Bionz offers improved image quality, faster response times, and better battery life in its compact cameras.
Also on offer is an updated intelligent scene recognition function, which can now automatically select from eight different scene modes including macro, portrait, and landscape. The T77 is a close relative to the T, which I recently reviewed. Close relatives often have quite different personalities, despite a strong resemblance to each other. But that's not the case with these two.
The Sony T77 offers everything we liked about the T while stripping only a few of the more exotic features like the T's 4GB of built-in memory and reducing the 3.
There are very few features missing, though. One is the scrapbook function that can assemble multiple similar images into JPEGs with backgrounds as easily as running a slide show. That one pinches me a little, but I can live without it. So if you were a little hesitant about the more extreme features and higher price of the T, you'll love the more conventional Sony T The slim case makes sense and the big screen has important work to do, too.
This all starts with the lens cover, which slides down to power the camera on and powers the camera off when you slide it up. The smart thing about this approach is that you don't have to look for a Power button before you can shoot with the T If you're tracking your subject, the last thing you want to do is leave it for a moment to find some Power button to turn on the camera.
All the physical controls are in the top right corner. Note the thumb grip. You can get directly into Playback mode by pressing the Playback button on the beveled edge of the top panel. But to turn the Sony T77 off, you have to find the tiny Power button on the top edge. Pressing the Playback button again just reminds you to lower the lens cover to start shooting. Next to that tiny, slightly recessed Power button is the elongated and slightly raised Shutter button. And to its right is the small tab of the Zoom lever.
Those are the only buttons on the Sony T There is next to no travel on the Sony T77's Zoom lever almost like a joystick but it was fairly responsive. None of these ultracompact zoom controls are really smooth, taking a lot of fun out of using them.
But this one is better than most. See the tripod socket? It's nested beneath the battery door hinge. That's because the 3. A stylus with a small nipple at one end is provided to keep the Sony T77's screen free of smudges, but a finger works well, too. It does smudge pretty miserably, but it remains readable in sunlight. And when it's on, you aren't really distracted by the smudges. Despite the LCD's dominance of the back panel, the Sony T77 actually has something of a thumb grip back there.
The right-hand edge has a quarter inch area with two ridges that are just enough to hold the camera securely. And the camera strap eyelet has a nice wide curve to it, giving your thumb even more support.
The lens itself is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar mm 4x optical zoom with optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which is very handy at slow shutter speeds. I can't confirm it's the same optical design as the T, but it certainly seemed as if it were.
The touchscreen in Record mode with the four corner buttons and icons along the sides and bottom that can be touched to change settings. The Touch-Screen. Here's a tip for using the Sony T77's touchscreen: turn off the function guide Home, Setup as soon as you can. While the explanations can be helpful, you'll quickly get annoyed with the need to tap the OK button to dismiss some of them.
Sony uses the four corners of the touchscreen as buttons to the Home, Menu, and Display menus the top right is unused. But between them, Sony has ringed the screen with icons for various functions available in any particular mode. The top of the Sony T77 screen shows the battery status, image size, stabilization status, and the number of shots remaining on which memory device.
Setting EV. But you can't just tap the image size icon to change resolution. Nope, you have to hit the Menu corner button to bring up the shooting menu. Which is odd, because the way you change the Flash mode is by tapping the flash icon on the right panel. And the way you change the Sony T77's shooting modes is by tapping the mode icon on the left panel. Pretty nuts. Once you tap into another menu, the right top corner comes alive with a big cancel button until you select a different setting and it turns into a big OK button.
You can tap any of the Sony T77's listed options or the cancel button to return to shooting mode. I really liked having almost every option on the screen at once. It's a lot easier than trying to remember if it's the Function button or the Menu button that has the control you want to change.
The icon display does clutter the Sony T77's screen, sometimes making it difficult to compose the shot. But you can turn off that display, just showing the image, if you promise to turn it back on to use the touchscreen. And like any touchscreen camera, it turns a one-handed operation into a two-handed operation.
I didn't mind that as much as I usually do, but I didn't fiddle with the settings on the Sony T77 as much as I usually do either.
Because the T77 recognizes smiles, it can also display images with smiling faces. And you can distinguish between adults and children, too. That may be the secret to why I enjoyed using the Sony T77 and T touchscreens more than most. The cameras don't require or encourage much, uh, participation from the photographer. That's the order they appear on the Sony T77's menu, oddly enough.
But the Sony T77 can intelligently detect a few scenes all by itself. And man do I love an auto macro even if it takes a little longer to find focus. The Sony T77 has two intelligent scene modes. In Auto iSCN mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advance iSCN mode, the camera takes a picture with the current settings and only if necessary takes a second picture with optimized setting.
Perhaps even more important than all that, though, is the Bionz image processor's Dynamic Range Optimization. Time and again we've seen this feature save an otherwise lost shot, salvaging highlights that would normally be blown out or holding onto shadow detail that would normally be lost.
The Sony T77 can recognize up to eight faces, controlling flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to optimize skin tones and deal with red-eye.
And it can distinguish between adults and children so you can tell it which faces to watch for a smile, grin, or laugh, too. But it also features an anti-blink function that will take two shots in Portrait mode, saving the one with less squinting. High Quality Movie. A 6MB file lasting 5 seconds. Zoom was functional.
Movie mode is limited to x at 30 or There's no HD on the Sony T You can shoot clips up to 10 minutes in length, maximum. And you can use the optical zoom, too. Sony hasn't neglected to give you some pretty good options. You can tag images as Favorites making them available for quick retrieval. But you don't have to go to that much effort.
You can simply use a Calendar View to find each shoot by date or a Date View to see every image shot on a particular day. You can also tap into the Sony T77's ability to distinguish adults from children by filtering your collection by faces.
Options include finding images with people's faces in them, finding children's faces, finding infant's faces, finding smiling faces. And it's quick. We shot a birthday party one evening and filtered the results by smiling faces just to make it look like everyone had a good time. We also tried the infants and children filters. The youngest child showed up as the single infant when she was being held by her grandmother. That shot also showed up in the collection of children images.
And, of course, there's a slide show option with music , which is something Sony does very well, automating pan and zooms. Sony also includes a Picture Motion Browser don't ask me why they named it that , a Windows application that can with which you can organize and view your full collection your computer. You can set labels and ratings, get map views with GPS data which the Sony T77 does not record , retouch and edit images, and share and archive them.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 Overview
The Good Attractive design; useful feature set; fast performance. The Bad Nearly too small; touch screen not for everyone; soft photos. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 is roughly the size of a closed flip phone, and its internal 4x zoom lens lets it stay that size even in use. Also, since it sports a touch-screen display with next to no physical controls, it slides into and out of a pants pocket with no effort.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 Review
Trusted Reviews may earn an affiliate commission when you purchase through links on our site. Learn More. Like mobile phones, music players, PDAs and other modern high-tech gadgets, compact digital cameras tend to get slimmer and lighter with every passing year. At just 15mm thick and with a shooting weight of g it sets a new benchmark for ultra-compact cameras. Launched in August this year, the T77 is a It shares a lot of its features and functions with the earlier Cyber-shot T70 an 8.