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Sony Cyber-shot T500

Sony Cyber-shot T500The Sony Cyber-shot T500 is a new 10 megapixel digital camera that can also shoot HD movies. Video is recorded at 1280x720 pixels at 30fps in the MPEG4 AVC/H.264 format, with a continuous shooting time of up to 10 minutes per clip. The Sony T500 also features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 5x optical zoom and optical image stabiliser and a large 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. Available in a choice of piano black, silver and red finishes, the Sony Cyber-shot T500 will be available from October 2008.

Sony Europe Press Release

Sony’s New Cyber-shot T500 Offers Style and Substance With HD Video Clips

T500 Delivers Sparkling Stills and High Definition Video Clips to Go

BERLIN—(Marketwire - August 28, 2008) - IFA Berlin

— New HD movie mode captures high-quality HD video clips
— 10.1 effective megapixels
— Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 5x optical zoom
— Extra-large 3.5-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus touchscreen
— Double Anti-blur with Optical SteadyShot and High Sensitivity
— HD Slide Show with Music shows videos and stills on LCD or connected HD TV

Everyone’s spoiled for choice with the camera that thinks it’s a camcorder. Now it’s easy to capture your favourite moments as sumptuous stills or HD movie clips with the slim, stylish new Cyber-shot™ T500 from Sony.

Available in a choice of eye-catching piano black, silver and red finishes, the chic T500 is packed with Sony technology to help everyone take better-looking pictures.

Alongside sparkling 10.1 effective megapixel still image quality, it’s the first Cyber-shot™ that captures crisp, clear HD movie clips with stereo sound. New HD movie mode allows continuous shooting time of up to 10 minutes per clip. Movie files are recorded in ‘PC-friendly’ MPEG4 AVC/H.264 format. This offers great HD picture quality while keeping files down to a minimum size for convenient saving, sharing and viewing via the web or email.

Not sure whether that special moment deserves a photo or a video clip? It’s easy to switch instantly between still and movie modes at the touch of a comfortably placed button on top of the camera. You can even grab crisp still images (1280x720 pixels) without interrupting video shooting.

The superb Carl Zeiss lens features a new ring-type Zoom button, allowing easy adjustment throughout the 5x range while you’re shooting movies.

Detail-packed stills and video clips can be viewed on the extra-large wide 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD. As well as giving a beautiful view of your images, the touchscreen also makes operation of camera functions beautifully simple. Touching anywhere on the screen while you’re composing a shot locks focus on that part of the scene.

Touching a face turns on Face Detection, ensuring that people’s faces in the scene are in sharp focus and with perfect exposure for fewer spoiled shots. Up to eight faces can be tracked at a time, making the T500 ideal for capturing large groups of friends and family.

Shooting handheld without flash can mean blurred pictures, especially when light levels are low or with telephoto shots. Optical SteadyShot is teamed with an improved High Sensitivity mode to allow faster shutter speeds. This ‘Dual Anti-blur’ solution is complemented by Clear RAW Noise Reduction for clean, natural images, even in low-light conditions like parties or twilight.

After you’ve finished shooting, HD Slide Shows add an extra dimension of enjoyment to your collection of photos and videos. Pick from a choice of musical accompaniments, or import your favourite music track from a connected PC.

If you want an even bigger picture, still images and HD movie clips can be experienced with extra impact on your HD Ready television. Connected via HDMI™ to your Sony HD TV, BRAVIA™ Sync allows on-screen control of Cyber-shot™ playback functions using the TV’s remote control.

Supplied Picture Motion Browser software makes it easy to browse and manage pictures and HD movie files on your PC, upload your favourite moments to image sharing sites—or email them to friends and family.

The Cyber-shot™ T500 will be available from October 2008.

Cyber-shot® is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation

Key technical specifications
Model             Cyber-shot™ DSC-T500
Effective
megapixels         10.1 effective megapixels
Image sensor         1/2.3 type Super HAD CCD
Movie mode         MPEG4 AVC/H.264
                HD movies 1280x720 pixels at 30fps
                Max. length of individual movie clip: 10 minutes
Shooting modes       Auto
                Program Auto
                Scene Selection (High Sensitivity / Soft Snap /
                Twilight / Portrait / Twilight / Landscape / High
                Speed Shutter / Snow / Beach / Fireworks)
                Movie
Lens             Carl Zeiss 5x optical zoom lens
Display           3.5-inch wide Clear Photo LCD Plus with touchscreen Image stabilisation
system           Double Anti-Blur with Optical SteadyShot
Face Detection       Yes

Sony Cyber-shot T500

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Reader Comments

  1. Great review. It been long enough that Sony and the other took this time to get the HD recording on a small package like this. I think maybe Sony was waiting for HD to become as ubiquitous as it is now. As the Format becomes more and more standard I think more devices will soon have HD as a standard option. I should try and get my hands on these to sell in my store

    Keep up the good work

    Nabil at 03:47am on Friday, August 29, 2008

  2. How do you think this will perform against Sanyo Xacti HD700 and 800, as they are the only ones that are real hybrid cameras?

    SadSack at 08:40pm on Thursday, September 04, 2008

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