Sony T99

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 121g - 93 x 56 x 17mm
  • Released July 2010
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
27
Overall
33

Sony T99 overview

Sony T99 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera originally released on July of 2010. The camera has a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240.

The T99 places at #69 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #993 out of 1428 for cameras in our database. Remember to check out our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Sony T99 history

The Sony T99 comes with a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can discover all previous and brand new models alongside important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX30 front thumbnailSony TX30
T99 vs TX30
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
T99 vs TX20
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX66 front thumbnailSony TX66
T99 vs TX66
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX200V front thumbnailSony TX200V
T99 vs TX200V
28-140mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX10
T99 vs TX10
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
T99 vs TX55
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
T99 vs T110
27-108mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V
T99 vs TX100V
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T9925-100mm
F3.5-4.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX9
T99 vs TX9
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T900
T99 vs T900
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T90
T99 vs T90
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009

Sony T99 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of upsides and downsides of the Sony T99 based on aspects that are generally viewed as necessary in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built-in touchscreen
built in lens has zoom (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
can't use external flash
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW format
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low max shutter speed (1/1,250 seconds)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual exposure not possible
no aperture priority mode
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no manual focus
no mic socket
no shutter priority
no Time Lapse function
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f4.6)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Sony T99 Sensor details

The Sony T99 is run by the Bionz processor chip. The sensor measurement on the Sony T99 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image below illustrates the T99's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The T99 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 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 T99 dimensions

Sony T99 has a weight of 0.27 pounds (121g / 4.27 ounces) and the measurement of the camera is 93mm x 56mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony T99 is on par compared with various rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Sony T99 next to a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the T99.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 topview buttons dials

Sony T99 Lens specs

The T99 has a built in lens featuring a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not exceptional nevertheless it is going to be very helpful in some cases.

At the widest 25mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 making it kind of slow and not great in low light conditions and you may struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to raise the ISO setting which results in noisy images. On the tele end, 100mm comes at f4.6 which is quite slow and you will need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Sony T99 Connectivity

The T99 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy images and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony T99 Video specs

The maximum video quality on the Sony T99 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You really should go for at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't feature a mic and headphone jack which means you have got little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to order another camera if you require decent sound in your videos.

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Sony T99 Weather Sealing

Sony T99 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions can affect the camera.

Sony T99 Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony T99 has a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you will be able to shift focus point plus change settings using your finger.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99 screen and viewfinder Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Sony T99 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial during bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Sony T99 Shutter specs

Sony T99 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1250 sec.

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Sony T99 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Sony T99 has got only built in flash without external flash ability.

Sony T99 Autofocus specs

Sony T99 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

It has 9 focus points to choose from. Sony T99 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate focus control.

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Sony T99 Battery life

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

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

Sony T99 for different categories of photography

The following chart indicates a analysis of the Sony T99 for different categories of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Sony T99 Portrait photography advice

The Sony T99 receives a rating of 29 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not suitable for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, support for RAW photos together with the ability to use off-camera lighting.

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good resolution (14MP)
no manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Sony T99 Street photography information

Having a average points tally of 58, the Sony T99 is relatively suited to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Sports photography with Sony T99

A dreadful sports photography rating of 35 means the Sony T99 is not suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (14MP)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,250s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Sony T99 Travel photography information

Weight is pretty crucial when picking a travel camera. Overall, the Sony T99 gets a very good 66 as a travelling camera which is a respectable choice for your holidays.

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decent megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
lack of Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)

Sony T99 as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone planning to pick a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony T99 with it's dreadful score of 42 as a landscape camera is not suitable compared to its competition.

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pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse function

Sony T99 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should really have a moving screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony T99 is not suitable as a vlog camera as it receives a dreadful rating of 31.

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rather wide (25mm)
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone port

Sony T99 Alternatives

If you want replacements to the T99, here is a selection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the class of Ultracompact.

The line graph listed below shows you a summary of the T99 versus it's highest scored rivals suggested earlier.

There are more cameras you might regard as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T99
Type
Ultracompact
Released
2010-07-08
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor
Bionz
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW files
Highest native ISO
3200
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
2s
Maximum shutter speed
1/1250s
Continuous shooting rate
10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.60 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red eye, Slow syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
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)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
MPEG-4
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
121g (0.27 pounds)
Physical dimensions
93 x 56 x 17mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Battery ID
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1, portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots
1
Cost at launch
$179