Sony T90

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 148g - 94 x 57 x 15mm
  • Revealed February 2009
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  • Alternatives
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Sony T90 summary

Sony T90 is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally introduced on February of 2009. It houses a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The T90 is ranked #93 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and over-all #1097 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please test our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your customized requirements.

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Sony T90 family

The Sony T90 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete list below.

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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX10
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T99
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX9
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T900
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T9035-140mm

Sony T90 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Sony T90 based on aspects that are typically regarded as essential in a camera.

built-in flash
comes with HDMI port
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
in built lens has zoom (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
screen size is good (3 inch)
very good minimum ISO (80)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have microphone port
doesn't have Timelapse recording
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
max zoom aperture not good (f10.0)
more heavy than average in class (148 grams)
MP count low (12MP)
no aperture priority
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
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Sony T90 Sensor features

The sensor size in the Sony T90 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and delivers a native ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the T90's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The T90 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 sensor size YouTube trialing AI that fast-forwards to the best video segments

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony T90 dimensions

Sony T90 weighs around 0.33 pounds (148 gr or 5.22 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 94mm x 57mm x 15mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.6"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 gr so the Sony T90 is heavier as compared with other competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Sony T90 next to a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button arrangement on the T90.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 topview buttons dials

Sony T90 Lens features

The T90 offers a built-in lens having a focal range of 35-140mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be perfect nevertheless it will be useful in some conditions.

At it's widest 35mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.5 which will be kind of sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will also need to up your ISO giving you noisy pictures. Towards the long end, 140mm comes at f10.0 making it fairly sluggish and you may have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Sony T90 Connectivity

The T90 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and at times alter camera settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Some apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external display. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony T90 Video features

The highest possible video resolution in the Sony T90 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack so you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to get another camera in case you want better sound in your video clips.

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Sony T90 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing in the Sony T90 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.

Sony T90 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony T90 is equipped with a 3" fixed display having a resolution of 230k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly so you can easily adjust focus point and adjust settings using your fingers.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Sony T90 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be particularly useful.

Sony T90 Shutter features

Sony T90 continuous shooting speed is 2.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony T90 Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony T90 has got just built in flash lacking external flash support.

Sony T90 Autofocus features

Sony T90 has got only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and precise as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor supports 9 focus points to pick from. Sony T90 boasts manual focusing when required for low light scenarios or you need to have more precise focusing control.

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Sony T90 Battery life

The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the best (320) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Here is a list of Ultracompact cameras with the highest battery life:

Sony T90 for specific types of photography

The following diagram provides a rundown of the Sony T90 for specific types of photography. To view more, have a look at the specific section below.

Sony T90 Portrait photography factors

The Sony T90 has a rating of 27 which is low, and means the camera is not really appropriate to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support plus the ability to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Sony T90 Street photography information

With a decent points tally of 55, the Sony T90 is somewhat suitable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than average (148 grams)

Sony T90 Sports photography info

A low sports photography points total of 25 suggests the Sony T90 is not really appropriate for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Sony T90

Portability is extremely crucial in selecting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony T90 gets a reasonable 51 for a travelling camera which makes it somewhat adequate for your travels.

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has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than others (148g)
low resolution (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)

Sony T90 Landscape photography factors

In case you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will be image quality. The Sony T90 at it's low rating of 37 as a landscape camera is not really appropriate in the current market.

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manual focus
good sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
low resolution (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Sony T90 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony T90 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it delivers a low score of 27.

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touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of mic support
heavier than competition in class (148 grams)

Sony T90 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the T90, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The line chart just below shows you a summary of the T90 compared to it's top ranked rivals listed above.

Following are additional cameras you may consider as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inch
Display resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
1 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
2.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
148 grams (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions
94 x 57 x 15mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.6")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots
Cost at release