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Survey: 10 stabilised digital cameras
by Vincent Alzieu
Published on May 18, 2006

Sony DSC-T9
The T9 is the first Sony camera of this type equipped with optic image stabilization. According to this manufacturer this camera would capture images with a much lower noise level and blur than other point-and-shoot cameras. That would be very pleasant. Like other cameras in the T series, the L9 lens doesn’t go out and the entire zoom system is internal like with Konica Minolta and X series.


First of all, from our point of view Sony’s cameras start with an immediate disadvantage. They are so attached to the Memory Stick format that it is close to fanaticism. The first generation of Memory Sticks is the slowest on the market. The evolution, the Memory Stick Pro, is effectively much faster and except for the SanDisk Extrem III, is always slower than the CF and SD. What followed was the MS became too big for mini cameras. Instead of choosing the SD that are cheap and widespread, the MS became the MS Duo and Duo Pro. They are still much more expensive than the SD and are much slower most of the time, so slow that some cards restrict camera performances. With some of Sony’s cameras when you don’t have a Pro card, video’s quality is lower. Here we have a Pro card, a very good one, the expensive SanDisk Ultra II. This didn’t stop us from being disappointed by the video mode.

Image Stabilization
The image stabilization system was moderately efficient. Pictures were only sharp at 1/13s and the level of detail at this speed is much lower than at 1/10s for Canon. Does the small lens have to something to do with this?


The DSC-T9 had excellent results however in two tests as it’s one of the best in macro and it’s very fast.

Verdict
This is a rather flat camera, and its design is good for restaurants, parties etc. This isn’t the best stabilised camera from our point of view, but it is very enjoyable to use. You just need to watch out for your fingers or else they are often in pictures. As for the price, it could seem modest compared to a Canon, but you will lose money on the memory card. A 1GB SD Sandisk card costs 40€ and a Sandisk MS Pro Duo 1 GB approximately 70€.

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