Colors were fairly neutral and skin tones generally pleasing. A weekend outing with an inordinate number of blue-eyed friends highlighted the DSC-T30's penchant toward red-eye. Even with the red-eye reduction enabled, the gaggle of light-colored eyes turned demonically crimson. Noise was relatively under control for a pocket camera. At ISO 100, it barely registered; at ISO 200 and 400, it became more apparent but was still under control. By ISO 800 and ISO 1,000, it was very visible, though pictures were usable, especially if you're printing at only 4x6 inches.
The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T30 is speedy. Time from power-up to first shot is a mere 1.8 seconds, and subsequent shots took 1.3 seconds between captures in single-shot mode. With flash turned on, this shot-to-shot time lengthened to 2.4 seconds. Continuous shooting yielded 1.4 frames per second regardless of image size, and shutter lag zips through at 0.4 second.
While the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-T30 amounts to only an incremental improvement over the Cyber Shot DSC-T9--the main difference, other than some style points, is its extended ISO range--it's hard to complain about this fancy-looking snapshot camera.
(Smaller bars indicate better performance)
|Typical shot-to-shot time||Time to first shot||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)