Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-T20 8.1 Digital CameraI already had a small 7 megapixel camera - a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 when I began looking for something smaller. My current camera was the size of a pack of cigarettes, but it was bulky in my purse. I wanted something smaller and lighter. Also, I was going to Hawaii and I wanted something I could snorkel with. My current camera didn't have any matching underwater case to go with it. The DSC-T20 does!
I was already used to having a high quality camera with me all the time, with very fast response to pressing the button. So to be honest even though the DSC-T20 was higher on the megapixel range, I was at first a bit annoyed by its response time. It takes about a half second before it gets the green focus rectangle and lets you take a picture. It might not sound like a lot, but when you're taking pictures on the fly, it can really get to you. With the DSC-P200 I could literally point, click and move the camera again in one movement and the picture would be great. With this one, there was a noticeable lag between wanting to take the picture and having it taken.
Now, that being said, it is SO nice to have this light, easy to carry camera with me. The other one was small - but heavy. This one is much smaller and lighter. I could carry it around with me on my wrist as I went from place to place and it was hardly noticeable at all.
I really liked the fact that the whole front is shielded by a sliding panel, and the camera turns auto-on when you manually slide that panel. It made it very easy to pop it on and off again.
On the other hand, I don't like how they set up the menus. On the old one, a spinning wheel let you instantly switch between camera and video. This was very handy. On this DSC-T20, you have to go paging through a menu in order to move from one to the other. Quite a pain. You can pop between macro mode and flash mode with the easy buttons on the face, which is good and the same - but for some reason the buttons are harder to use. The DSC-P200 had a slightly larger center button, slightly larger side buttons and the buttons were separate pieces. This DSC-T20 has just a single circular unit that is hard to move.
The images seem great. I've used it for large landscapes, tiny origami, faces, and everything in between.
Still, all in all, I am very glad that I got the DSC-T20. Its small size was perfect, and it is great to have an underwater-capable camera. If you want to see photos from this camera, I took over 1,000 photos in Hawaii on my LisaShea.com site. Enjoy!
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