Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is a compact camera very interesting, especially for the presence of a touch screen display and for her body resistant to water, dust, shock and low temperatures. Also of note is the double anti-blur system, HD video clips and many functions to get perfect photos in every circumstance. Too bad for the zoom is not very high.
Pros: Waterproof, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Exmor R CMOS Sensor, Shock and Dust Resistant, Smile Shutter, Double anti-blur system, Face Detection.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Responsive touchscreen, Impressive in low light, Panorama sweep is a nice bonus feature, Sliding on/off panel is convenient
Cons: Too small, Operating with touchscreen only might scare some off, Competitors in this price range have more built-in features, Touchscreen could be difficult to manipulate in some “tough cam” scenarios
Excerpt: Sony is entering the ruggedized camera game with the DSC-TX5 (est. $300), an ultracompact camera capable of handling anything from tame family vacations to full-on nightlifers. Waterproof down to 10 feet (for 60 mins), shockproof from drops of 5 feet, and capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14 degrees F, the DSC-TX5 is pretty much designed for what we imagine a semi-hard night out.
Excerpt: The Sony TX5 is stylish life-proof compact with a large touchscreen LCD and Sweep Panorama HD technology. But how does it stack up to other high-end compact cameras? The Sony TX5 review finds out...
Excerpt: The TX5 is Sony’s first waterproof point-and-shoot camera. Actually, I’ve been told there was a 2-megapixel model a few years ago. That makes this their first modern, rugged camera, with really useable features and resolution. The Sony Web site calls the TX5, “So rugged, it’s practically everything-proof.” It’s waterproof to 10 feet (3m), shockproof from 5 feet (1.5m) and “freezeproof” to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pros: Very, Waterproof and shockproof, CMOS sensor delivers better image quality than other waterproof point-and-shoot cameras, Touchscreen display is great for playing in the water and works with gloves on!, Customizable controls, 10 frames-per-second full resolution burst mode, 720p HD video, Sony’s excellent Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iSweep Panorama mode, HDMI video output, SD memory card-compatibility, Too easy to get finger in front of lens, Polished slid...
Cons: Too easy to get finger in front of lens, Polished sliding cover easily scratched, Sony menus less intuitive than other makers, Image quality not as good as non-waterproof cameras, Touchscreen means greasy fingerprints on LCD display, Active outdoor folks who want to be able to take pictures in all kinds of weather, Boaters, fisherman and others who want a camera they can use in and around water, Clumsy people who drop cameras, Anyone who wants a good pocket-sized poin...
Summary: If you haven’t figured it out yet, I was very impressed with the Sony TX5. Even without considering the rugged build of the TX5, it would be a solid offering with an above-average feature set. Add in the waterproof, shockproof and other rugged ratings, and it is shaping up to be a great little compact camera. From the touchscreen display to the powerful shooting modes, the TX5 looks like it will deliver the goods.
The Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is the first ruggedised Sony camera to hit the Australian market
Good Gear Guide.au
30 December 2010
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is something of a novelty: a ruggedised camera with an ultra-compact design. It's not quite as tough as some competing digital cameras, and we weren't overly impressed by its image quality.
Pros: Responsive touchscreen, start-up time is minimal
Cons: Took unimpressive photos during our tests, awkward design