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Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-T77 touch-screen ultracompact
by David Rasnake -  8/6/2008

Sony has expanded its Cyber-shot T series, as well as its range of automated shooting functions, with the addition of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

Building on the popular T70 and sharing most of its shooting technology with the flagship T700, the T77 features a 10.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 4x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optics with image stabilization, a large touch-screen LCD, and a Bionz image processor packing Sony’s latest image capture technologies.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

Updates under the hood include ten scene modes (with an iSCN intelligent scene selection system that now automatically chooses from among eight of the presets based on shooting situation), an improved Smile Shutter system for capturing smiling faces, and new retouching and slide show tools. Sony’s D-Range Optimizer works to provide balanced contrast and properly exposed midtone and shadow values in situations with wide dynamic range.

A 1080i output via the T77’s multifunction connector allows for high-definition playback on HDTVs.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

Touch-screen cameras have become a bit less cutting edge since they first came to Sony’s T models, but the T77 continues to boast some respectable numbers in this area. The T77’s touch-sensitive panel measures 3.0 inches and provides 230,000 dots of resolution.

All of this comes housed in a sleek brushed metal body that’s available in one of five trendy colors and, at 0.6 inches thick, is impressively compact to boot.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77

The T77 will officially replace the current T70 in stores in late September. Suggested pricing is around $300.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T77 Specifications:

Sensor 10.1 megapixel, 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD
Zoom 4x (35-140mm) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar, f/3.5-4.4
LCD/Viewfinder 3.0", 230K-dot Clear Photo LCD Plus with touch interface
Sensitivity ISO 80-3200
Shutter Speed 60-1/1000 seconds
Shooting Modes Auto, Easy Auto, Program, Scene, Movie, High Sensitivity
Scene Presets Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Hi-Speed Shutter, Hi Sensitivity, Underwater, Gourmet, iSCN
White Balance Settings Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2, Fluorescent 3, Incandescent, Flash
Metering Modes Multi, Center, Spot
Focus Modes Multi AF, Center AF, Spot AF, Flexible Spot AF, four approximate distance AF modes, Macro, Close Focus
Drive Modes Normal, Burst, Self Timer
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Slow Synchro, Forced Off
Self Timer Settings
10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
Memory Formats Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Internal Memory
15 MB
File Formats JPEG, MPEG
Max. Image Size Not Specified
Max. Video Size
640x480, 30 fps
Zoom During Video Not Specified
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion, 680 mAh
Connections USB 2.0, AV output (includes HD output), DC input
Additional Features Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Bionz processor, touch screen interface, super macro mode