A multi-output dock is included, which we connected to a 52-inch LCD via HDMI. The video looked surprisingly good viewed full screen. The only issue we experienced was with the camera itself, which frequently locked up while we were trying to navigate menus while connected to the TV. This might be unique to our evaluation unit, however.
Performance is a little up and down with the T500. Shutter lag is good at 0.5 seconds in bright conditions and 0.7 in dim, and the camera manages a decent burst speed of 1.5 frames per second. Turning on the camera and taking the first shot takes 2.3 seconds. The shot-to-shot time in well-lit conditions is 2.7 seconds and adding flash drives it up to 3.5 seconds. Those aren't great times for a 10-megapixel ultracompact camera. Also, it's worth nothing that the T500 is bad on battery life. You'll definitely need to buy a second battery if you want to get a full day's shooting out of it.
(Smaller bars indicate better performance)
|Time to first shot||Typical shot-to-shot time (flash)||Typical shot-to-shot time||Shutter lag (dim)||Shutter lag (typical)|
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
On most cameras, movie modes are secondary features, an extra. The opposite is true for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500. The photo quality takes an obvious backseat to the video quality, which is fine to a point since Sony's very upfront about this camera's movie abilities. With its comparatively high cost, however, you really have to decide what's more important for your needs.
Edited by Lori Grunin
Additional editing by Nick Hide