Excellent compact digital camera, in or out of water, with 5x optical zoom
We've never had any problem with all our TX cameras when it comes to using it in the water, whether it's the ocean or local public pool or bathtub. They've always been waterproof 100%. People who had trouble usually left the camera exposed in the sun for too long, which eventually degraded the rubber that offers the waterproofing seal, or did not clean the camera properly per instructions.
Very compact form factor
Why are people still buying these cameras? Is it the big screen, the colors? We know it's not the user experience. So... what then? We've heard it before: Touchscreens move units. But why? This isn't a phone; it's a camera, and cameras need buttons. Otherwise they'll handle like the TX30.
Every spring we hear it over again: "I need a camera. It has to be cute and I have to be able to spill a drink on it."
Decent photo quality for its class, Stylish, ultra-thin metal body
The Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is an ultra-thin rugged camera for those who don't want to worry about the camera getting a little wet. It's certainly not for divers, as the touchscreen display does not work underwater. The otherwise beautiful OLED display is also difficult to see outdoors. The flash is very weak, and battery life is poor. Photo quality is decent for its class, though details are smudged when viewed full size. Since it lacks the GPS of its peers, the TX30 isn't a great value, either.
Excellent Magnifying Glass Plus mode
All the main camera manufacturers have produced waterproof cameras, but Sony's tend to stand out from the crowd as they look more like a normal camera, rather than some of the tough models that are also available. This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough - it's waterproof to 10m as well as being dust, freeze and shock proof. Adding to its stylish look, the 3.3 inch LCD touch screen fills the rear of the camera, with no buttons except for those on the top.
A small camera that's easy to use but functionally limited
Camera worked great till it came in contact with water, I posted a couple of the pics from the pool. The camera is very function friendly, the instructions are straightforward, easy to operate, takes great pictures as well as being small and compact - fits even in child's small shorts' pocket.
Simple yet stylish
Whilst the TF1 may enable you to take pictures in shooting scenarios you might not otherwise attempt - and this is the true value of the camera above all else, we naturally have to give a verdict based as much on image quality as handling. And whilst the camera is as easy to use as one would expect and features such as picture effects and sweep panoramas are a nice value added touch, stills image quality is, unfortunately, commensurate with a budget snapshot camera, being softer than we...
Subtle design, Speedy autofocusing, Easy to use
Sony's TF1 is a capable action camera, and while it may not be as tough as some, it's at least styled to look good in any environment.
Considering you're getting a toughened camera with reasonable specs for modest money, the Sony TF1 is undoubtedly good value, even if it is a bit short on features and can only muster mediocre image quality.
Intelligent Auto mode
The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is available at a decent price for a waterproof camera but unfortunately image quality is poor. If you're looking for a waterproof camera and you only share images on the web, then you might be quite happy with what the images produced, particularly as colour reproduction is decent. Overall, we suggest you look around at the alternative waterproof cameras on the market.
Rugged build quality, handy tracking focus mode
The Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 fits in nicely in the budget category of Sony's tough shooters, without compromising on looks and usability. Although the TF1 suffers from slow shooting performance, the camera has a good feature set along with a user-friendly user interface which should appeal to shutterbugs on a budget.
Excellent color accuracy
We can't call the Sony TX20 a plainly bad camera. We scored some fairly attractive shots, particularly when taking advantage of the fast burst mode. Plus, the idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow. Yet, what else can we really say about a camera that makes no improvement on its predecessor? The only reason to buy a TX20 is because the TX10 is no longer widely available.
Increased focusing speed and mode flexibility
The Sony DSC-TX20 is a largely iterative update to last year's TX-10 model. Waterproofing hasn't improved, and neither has the sensor's specs, but apparently increased focusing speed and mode flexibility make it the better bet. Treading water? Perhaps, but then that's what this camera is all about.
Good image quality and colour
You can tell that the Sony Cyber-shot TX20 has put an emphasis on design and style, rather than ruggedness, as the camera has a stylish sliding front cover (that also makes it slower to dry after being wet), and a stylish wide-aspect touch screen rather than chunky buttons. As the camera is rated to depths of 5 meters, and shockproof from 1.5 meters we would say that this is a camera for someone who wants an ultra compact, stylish camera, with the occassional water adventure.
16-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
Overall, we think that the TX20's ultracompact build coupled with its unique dual-color design may be appealing to young and trendy shutterbugs. Those in the market for a compact that can handle more than a little the usual knocks and bumps could find the TX20 as a worthy candidate, too.
Good video quality, Decent image quality
The TX20 is a tough camera that doesn't look like one. Casual shooters and anyone wanting to bring a touch of style to the seaside will be pleased with its images. Pixel peepers and those wanting to make serious enlargements from its prints will probably want to look elsewhere.
We like the TX20, but can't help feeling a bit disappointed that this is not the successor we would have expected, given how well its predecessor, the TX10, performed.
Very nice, slim and smooth design
The Sony Cyber-shot TX10 is a very nicely designed ultra compact, certainly, with the virtue of being impervious to water. It can handle being dropped and dust will not degrade it. On those tests, the TX10 scores high marks.
Exposure in the shade was uniformly insufficient, although sunlit scenes were nicely captured. Color did shift, particularly reds, but it wasn't unpleasant in sunlit shots.
Sony Cyber-shot TX10 User Review
Overall, I like this camera, it takes superb photos, not as good as a Nikon SRL but the color balance is pretty decent for the price but if you don't need a water "resistant" camera then get the recently released Sony HX7V, it takes better pictures and it is less expensive.
Mixed feelings on this Upgrade to the TX9
Overall, I like the camera, but I think that unless you will use the waterproof ability on a regular basis I think the TX9 is a better buy. They are very close in image quality with the TX10 slightly edging out the TX9 in video quality. The smaller form factor may be an issue for those with larger hands. My original intention was to keep this camera and sell the TX9 on ebay, but I actually think I'll return the TX10 and wait for the next generation.
High Expectations Not Met. Still a decent camera
So there you have it. I love (slash hate) the form factor, but for a rugged outdoor camera I would prefer a more solid build like the Panasonic TS3. Great form factor for everyday around the town use. The biggest concerns I have that will probably lead to me returning the camera are the touch screen and non-rugged build. If you want a waterproof camera to protect from a spill or just a fun day at the pool then this might be the one for you.
The TX10, a nifty little camera, but can do with some improvements.
I may add more cons later, and perhaps i'll even sell my TX10 in favor of a better model. But for now, this a cute and simple point and shoot that takes decent images. The touch screen sounds impressive at first, but i'd rather not fight with an unresponsive or erratatic screen.
I love this camera it takes wonderful pictures, is full of really cool features,and shoots amazing video in full high def. Also to add to it, it's very strong, and well built. And I have to say that before I bought it I read a review saying the sound quailty was bad and that it sounded muffeled, in my opinion the sound quailty is great. i haven't had a single problem with it. I highly recomend
Image quality is also solid
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 is an ultracompact with a secret. Underneath its bright, modern exterior is a rugged tough-cam, built to withstand punishment from both earth and sea. Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, and coldproof; this slim point-and-shoot is practically immune to the elements. Image quality is also solid, thanks to a few hardware and software improvements over its predecessor, the TX5.
the Sony DSC-TX5's lens includes an optical stabilization mechanism which works in concert with a built-in gyro sensor to detect and correct for camera motion.
With style and ruggedness, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is a good quality point-and-shoot that I'd recommend. It's stylish and easy to carry around all day. It has a good wide-angle lens and the combo of the CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor lets the camera do some remarkable things such as 10 frames-per-second shooting, Backlight Correction HDR and Handheld Twilight, among others.
freezeproof, dustproof and shockproof digital compact camera
Tougher than it looks with its neatly diminutive dimensions, Sony's TX5 is a camera you'll find yourself readily slipping into a pocket when heading out for the day. You may not take your best and most admired shots with it - you'll need a budget DSLR you could otherwise snag for a similar asking price for that - but with the camera about your person you're sure to take ones that you otherwise wouldn't have.
very pretty camera
There's a slight premium to be paid here, but as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 offers a staggering combo of image quality, good looks and rugged credentials, we think it's worth forking out the extra for. A point and shoot camera through and through, it's simple to use and can handle some rough treatment without falling to bits.
The Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is something of a digital Trojan horse. That's down to the fact that it may well be the best looking "rugged" camera we've seen to date - unless the more obvious physical brawn of the Pentax Optio W90 appeals - and this doesn't seem to have compromised either form or function.
writes to easy to find, affordable and capacious SDHC flash storage, Sony's proprietary Memory Stick Pro Duo
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is an advanced compact digital camera that has numerous features focused on shooting video. With a full 1920x1080 resolution, the camera can also shoot MP4 video at 1080p and 720p.
If you're specifically on the hunt for a dustproof, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof point-and-shoot that you can really subject to the elements and push to the weather limits, the TX5 will do, but it can easily be bested by cameras without rugged specs. A slightly heavier device that doesn't entirely rely on a touchscreen will also be easier to manipulate in your more extreme photography sessions.
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