Sony T900

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 143g - 98 x 58 x 16mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
36
Features
30
Overall
33

Sony T900 overview

Sony T900 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera first released on February of 2009. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The T900 ranks at #72 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #1000 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to check our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony T900 history

The Sony T900 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX30 front thumbnailSony TX30
T900 vs TX30
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
T900 vs TX20
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX66 front thumbnailSony TX66
T900 vs TX66
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX200V front thumbnailSony TX200V
T900 vs TX200V
28-140mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX10
T900 vs TX10
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
T900 vs TX55
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
T900 vs T110
27-108mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V
T900 vs TX100V
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T99
T900 vs T99
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX9
T900 vs TX9
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T90035-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T90
T900 vs T90
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Sony T900 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of positives and negatives of the Sony T900 based on factors that are often viewed as essential in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
flash built-in
focusing manually
has touchscreen
high resolution screen (922 thousand dots)
in built lens has zoom (35-140mm 4.0 x zoom)
very good size screen (3.5")
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW files
lack of external microphone socket
lack of headphone socket
lack of manual mode
lack of Timelapse mode
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
max zoom aperture not good (f10.0)
no aperture priority
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small sensor (1/2.3")
wide angle not the best (35mm)
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Sony T900 Sensor specifications

The measurement of the sensor on the Sony T900 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and includes a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the T900's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The T900 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony T900 dimensions

Sony T900 has a weight of 0.32 pounds (143 grams / 5.04 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 98mm x 58mm x 16mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.6"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Sony T900 is heavier when compared to various competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Sony T900 beside a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the T900.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 topview buttons dials

Sony T900 Lens specifications

The T900 features a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 35-140mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be outstanding however it will surely be useful in some situations.

At the widest 35mm, it offers an aperture of f3.5 and that is pretty slow and not great in low light situations and you may find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will also have to up the ISO setting leading to noisy photos. With the tele end, 140mm comes to f10.0 making it fairly sluggish and you may need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Sony T900 Connectivity

The T900 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to transfer files and at times change settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Sony T900 Video specifications

The maximum video resolution on the Sony T900 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is terrible by today's requirements. You should target a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket which means that you have little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to find an alternative camera in case you need better sound in your videos.

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Sony T900 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Sony T900 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty situations.

Sony T900 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony T900 features a 3.5 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you can easily switch focus point and change settings by using your fingertips.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900 screen and viewfinder Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

The View Finder specs regarding Sony T900 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Sony T900 Shutter specifications

Sony T900 continuous shooting speed is 2.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1000s.

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Sony T900 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony T900 includes only in-built flash with missing external flash ability.

Sony T900 Autofocusing specifications

Sony T900 includes just Contrast Based AF and lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & precise when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

It features 9 focus points to choose from. Sony T900 has manual focusing when needed during low light situations or you want more precise control on focusing.

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Sony T900 Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the highest possible (320) battery life within this group of cameras.

Following is a listing of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:

Sony T900 for varying forms of photography

The following illustration provides a overview of the Sony T900 for varying forms of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Sony T900

The Sony T900 has a score of 28 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support & capability to utilize external flash.

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manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Sony T900 Street photography factors

With a decent score of 57, the Sony T900 is fairly suited to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sony T900 Sports photography details

A subpar sports photography score of 25 means the Sony T900 is not really suitable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
low max shutter speed (1/1,000 seconds)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Sony T900

Portability is pretty critical in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony T900 gets a modest 52 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly appropriate to buy for your trips.

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has built in flash
missing Timelapse function
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)

Sony T900 Landscape photography details

For anybody looking to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony T900 at it's subpar rating of 37 for a landscape camera is not really suitable compared to its competitors.

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has manual focus
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual exposure
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Sony T900

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Sony T900 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a subpar rating of 28.

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touch screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone port

Sony T900 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the T900, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall into the category of Ultracompact.

The chart underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the T900 vs it's top rated rivals mentioned above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may see as alternatives. To browse through a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900
Category
Ultracompact
Revealed
2009-02-17
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Max native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture
f/3.5-10.0
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3.5"
Screen resolution
922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
2 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/1000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
2.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
143 gr (0.32 pounds)
Dimensions
98 x 58 x 16mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.6")
Other
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots
One
Launch cost
$300