• Price: 280

  • Company: Sony

  • Pros: Great design. Clear, clean images. Great macro mode.

  • Cons: You can get digital cameras with more megapixels for less.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 7 out of 10 We rate this 7 out of 10

The latest in Sony’s T-series line of slim digital still cameras, the DSC-T100 packs an 8.1-megapixel image sensor, five-times optical zoom and a big 3-inch LCD display on the back.

The 8mp image sensor offers lower resolution than the current generation of 10- and 12-megapixel cameras – many of which cost less than the T100 – but it still captures a 3,264-x-2,448-pixel image that can be printed at A3 at almost 300dpi.

The T100 is a portable camera. I spent a week walking around with it in a jacket pocket and its size and weight, at 141 grams, meant I often forgot it was there.

There’s a great magnifying mode that brings the macro focus down to 1cm from the subject – couple that with the 8mp image and you’re in for some great close-up photos. The T100 features image stabilization technology – though it’s digital, not optical, like the Canon IXUS 950.

Faces in focus

The camera runs on Sony’s Bionz image processor and has a face detection system so quick portraits are always in focus. A fully charged battery will last about 380 images.

Aside from the high price-per-megapixel, we only found two issues with the T100 – though they’re largely irrelevant to most Digital Arts readers. There’s an option to change the user language, but when selected a message comes up on my Japanese model saying the language can’t be changed.

Sony has also not included a lead to connect the camera to an HDTV, though it’s selling the camera quite heavily on its ability to do so.

The T100 is available in silver, black and red. It’s good to have the choice when you’re essentially paying over-the-odds for this camera’s aesthetics.