From the moment I first received the Sony T700 I loved it! Firstly the colour stood out - Raspberry Pink is definitely my colour! Taking the camera out of the box I was pleased to find that it was not too heavy and looked really smart to carry around. Despite being desperate to start playing with the Sony straight away, I followed the instructions to the letter and put the camera on charge for eight hours before its first use.
The first test of the Sony T700 was a trip to Pleasurewood Hills, a family orientated theme park in Suffolk. I took two very active children with me and from the word go the camera was up to the job. I’m sure it’s not what the T700’s image stabiliser was designed for, but it allowed me to take the Sony on the rides with the kids and still take a good photo.
If I didn’t fancy going on the ride myself (unfortunately they wouldn’t let me because I was taller than Woody Bear), but the zoom lens was brilliant. I was able to put the kids on a ride and stand back and watch whilst using the zoom function to take pictures without getting too close.
The face detection function worked very well too. This picked up when the children were in the photo and smiling before it took the photo, meaning far fewer re-takes than might otherwise have been required.
The Sony T700 seemed equally at home indoors or out, automatically adjusting the exposure and turning the flash on if required.
I really couldn’t fault the camera at all. It has some very good technology on it like the face detection, the zoom function and the image stabiliser, all of which improved the quality of the pictures I was taking. Even the length of time that the battery lasted was impressive. Using the Sony T700 at Pleasurewood Hills was indeed a pleasure!
The next test of the Sony T700 was a trip to Truckfest. This took place in Peterborough over the 3rd and 4th May 2009 and was a whole weekend designated to all things truck related.
Yet again the T700 proved to be an excellent camera. The camera is able to detect whether it is night or day and if it needs to use a flash or not which allows you to take the photos and not worry about having to play about with the camera to set it up first.
This is particularly useful for someone like me who just wants to point and shoot and I was mainly taking pictures of big, shiny show trucks which were either moving around the arena on display or were parked and being polished. I had not touched the camera settings since I was taking pictures earlier in the day, yet when it got dark the camera still performed brilliantly.
Overall I think my favourite feature of the Sony T700 was its ability to perform under any lighting conditions without having to amend any of the settings. This allowed me to snap away quite happily without having to worry about whether or not I’d got the camera in the right mode.
I can positively say that there was nothing about the T700 I didn’t like and I would most definitely recommend the camera to friends and family. In fact, I even have a couple of friends who have already got the camera and love it too!
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