Sony CyberShot Waterproof Cameras

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 Review – Great Camera for Capturing Images

Sony CyberShot TX-10 Reviews

When you look at the Sony CyberShot TX-10 it’s as if it is calling to you. It has a beautiful sleek exterior with different assorted colors to match. For the techie, this model is pleasing to the eye with all the goodies enclosed behind the front sliding cover.

It is also described as being stylish because of its compact design which can be placed in your pocket or purse.

This model is compact with a 16.2 MP resolution, 4X optical zoom, and a non-extending lens that is protected by a slide-down panel when not in use. A full HD 1080 video, the ability to shoot 3D images, 3D Sweep Panorama (which makes it possible to shoot 360-degree seamless panorama images), and a 3.0 LCD touch screen display.

Additionally, it is tagged as one of the rugged models because of its waterproofing to a depth of 16 feet. Shockproof against a drop from 5 feet, freezeproof down to 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof. This model sounds like a great addition to the waterproof camera family because of its features and compact design, but can it deliver? 

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Sony CyberShot TX-10

The Cybershot TX20 is a slim and light camera with a 16 megapixel resolution, 3-inch touch screen display, full HD video recording, waterproof down to 16 feet, shockproof up to 5 feet, freezeproof down to 14 -104 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof.

However, most photography enthusiasts do not agree this model is a rugged camera because it doesn’t look the part, plus the external materials does not give one confidence that it will hold up under rough handling.  Most camera enthusiasts give the nod to the Olympus TG-1iHS as the true rugged tough camera.

We all can agree that the sliding metal faceplate gives the TX20 a unique look. When not in use, it covers the lens and when you slide the panel down the camera comes on. You can also turn the camera on with its power button. Also, when the panel is slid down the lens, flash, and stereo microphone are exposed. The lens is located in the top corner and is stationary while zooming. The TX20 although it has been updated is less costly than its predecessor the TX10. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at the TX20.

Key Specifications

Optical Sensor Resolution – 16.2 MP

Optical Zoom – 4X

Display – 3.0-inch Touch Screen LCD

Optical Sensor Technology – CMOS

Video Recording – Full HD 1080

3DFeatures – 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama

Ruggedness – Waterproof 16ft, Shockproof 5ft, Freezeproof 14 – 104F and Dustproof

Battery – Li-ion Rechargeable Battery

Photos Per Battery Charge – 250 Shots per charge

Dimensions – 3.8 x 0.7 x 2.2 inches

What’s In The Box?

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 waterproof digital camera has all these accessories in the box includes a Rechargeable battery pack, Multi USB Cable, AC adapter, Paint pen, Wrist strap, and Instruction Manual.

Additional Features

Rugged and Stylish Features

This model is certified as waterproof from a depth of 16 feet, it is shockproof from a fall of 5 feet, freezeproof from 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and it is dustproof.  Because this camera has such a good looking exterior you may think the ‘tough’ status may be overstated. Keep in mind that this particular model cannot be held underwater for hours, but can be submerged for about an hour before you may experience problems. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s care instruction after using it in water.  Additionally, it’s obvious with the exterior being as slick and sleek it could become scratched if dropped on a hard rough surface like concrete or a blacktop parking lot.

3.0 LCD Display

The CyberShot TX-10 comes with a 3.0 inch touch screen LCD display which helps with viewing images and video. The neat thing about the display is that it is touch screen. Most of the cameras functions are controlled from the screen. However, the screen is capacitive touch layer which means the controls will become useless in heavy rainfall or while submerged underwater. Capacitive touch screens use heat conduction to sense points of contact, and are affected by water which will minimize the number of features you can use on the camera if you try to use the touch screen in the water or even if your fingers are wet.

16.2 Megapixel Back “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor

The 16MP CMOS image sensor is being touted as having fast speed, low light sensitivity with improved image clarity. However, users have complained that this model is sluggish. The has actually made noticeable improvements to this issue and more with the update of the TX10 to the TX20.

Full HD 1080 Video Recording

Users can record movies in 1080 Full HD video with stereo audio. This provides beautiful fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV. Optical zoom can be used while recording and you can still take photographs while recording.  There is also autofocus during video recording.

3D Still Images & iSweep Panorama

The TX10 produces some really nice 3D still images. Plus, it has 3D iSweep Panorama capabilities where the Multi-Angle 3D shooting mode allows viewing of images that move in simulated 3D on the display by tilting the camera back and forth, nice feature. You just press the shutter button, pan the landscape and let the camera do all the work! It automatically links together each frame to produce a panoramic image.

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HDMI output

The camera can be connected to any compatible HDMI device such as an HD TV, for viewing images and video.

Face Detection Technology

The TX10 automatically distinguishes between the face of a child and an adult. This feature can detect up to eight individual faces and will make the necessary adjustments to image features to produce a crisp and clear photo of family and friends.


Is The Sony CyberShot TX10 Worth Buying?

Yes, the Cybershot TX10 is worth considering for purchase.  Although it is an older model and has been replaced with the Sony CyberShot TX20, the TX10 is still a good buy if the price doesn’t scare you off. The TX10 is more expensive than the newer model and depending on the color you choose you may end up paying more for the TX10 than you wish.

Both the TX10 and TX20 have great features and most consumers agree the quality of the video and images are good. As with most of the waterproof cameras on the market, there is a problem with leaking, but this is not something that occurs very frequently. It may due to user error, a defective seal, or a camera. Several users have reported that it leaked after using the device in the water.

The differences between the two cameras boil down to an update in software and an enhancement of some of the more popular features of the TX10. 

Additionally, the TX20′s outer design has been updated with five colors the two-tone versions with a gray body and an orange or green faceplate, or the color-coordinated versions in black, blue, or pink. The main complaint users had with the CyberShot TX10 is that it was slow on startup and when taking pictures and recording video.

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