Sony Cybershot DSC-TX5 Review
If you are such an adventurous guy who would love to go on swimming and get a tan on the white beach, or chase down a track on the safari, then a rugged camera is great for you. But if you are having a glass of champagne on a chic restaurant and capture the great moment, you might want to hold back with your rugged camera.
That’s the answer given by Sony with the new Cyber-shot DSC-TX5. Sony has joined the market for waterproof cameras that can withstand immersion for up to 3 meters, while retaining the sleek and elegant look on the previous TX –series model. With the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX you can enjoy taking pictures for up to 60 minutes underwater, just make sure that you have the oxygen tank with you. So with this, you won’t have to buy two separate cams for two occasions, since you can use the model for both. This is perfect for a person who loves to travel and attend dinner afterwards, say for example you are on the beach and you will attend a party after.
This is surprising for a cam with a slim and elegant look, normally with these types of cams; you would have to be more careful in handling the device for any possibility of dropping, moreover, breaking it. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX has still retained the elegant look; it is only 17.7mm thick, thin and petite. There are four colours available to suit your taste; there is pink, red, silver and black. To be more accurate, the pink is a bit lighter and pale, while the red is more magenta.
Should you desire to visit the outback or the dessert, you won’t have to worry for dusts accumulating on your investment since this is dustproof. You can also use this on a place with temperature for as low as -10 degrees Celsius. IF you forgot that you are holding a cam and you dropped it accidentally, the cam can withstand a drop of up to 5 meters, which is the normal height when the cam is in use. If you are underwater, it is easy to turn it on or off with its slider on the front. Sony claims that this is perfect for skiing, swimming, snorkelling and bushwalking.
The problem in using the device underwater rests on the design of the slider. The panel of the slider is close to the body of the camera. The water is trapped underneath the slider when the camera is immersed. The only way that the water can be removed is to slide the panel up and down to wipe the residual droplets. According to tests, it takes 20 up and down wiping just to reduce water droplets and another 10 cycles so that the water will evaporate for a minute or so. But the smears of water remain on the front panel for more than an hour after the rest of the parts has already dried off. This happens because the covering panel prevents the water.
The grip may also give us some difficulty. To understand more on this, we may need to evaluate the camera from the back, it’s as if you are taking a shot and thus you are looking at the LCD screen at the back. Since the screen is touch screen, this provides no space for the fingers leaving only the four corners available for your fingertips; otherwise you may have the possibility of accidentally touching the controls on the touch screen. The ridged bezel on the right side of the screen is not wide enough for the thumb and thus needs for more effort in handling the device. On the extreme top left corner of the screen for the index finger calls for more effort. Since the lens was positioned near to the top left, there is also a big possibility that your fingers, either the middle or the ring finger, may obscure the lens. In this case, there is a possibility of missing out a rare moment and having a picture with a close up shot of a finger.
The Sweep Panorama feature is great for someone who would want to capture extra wide landscapes, although the images captured are small and fuzzy when viewed through a desktop. With this Sweep Panorama feature, even when people are moving in the frame, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX 5 automatically adjust them but sometimes disjointed overlaps still exists. The great thing is that it asks user to take a wider view of images and get a range akin to what the human eyes can see.
In using the unit on a low light photography, ideally, the cam can cope up with a wide range of lighting condition through its adjustable ISO range which is higher than the usual starting point of ISO 125 to ISO 3200. The auto ISO setting works fine, good result can be achieved up to and including 1600. At ISO 3200 though, overall detail has softened but the watercolour effect is decreased as compared to other point and shoot cams.
Start – up time takes 1.3 seconds, shutter time lags is approximately 0.3 second. The release time lag is approximately 0.007 seconds. Manual controls. Photo mode includes Intelligent Auto, Easy Shooting, Program Auto, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, Handheld Twilight, Anti-Motion Blur, and Scene Selection.
When you shoot a video, the format will be MPEG4 at a maximum of 1280 x 720 at 30 progressive frames per second. The quality of the image is sharp enough, but the sound quality though is not clear.
- wide-angle zoom starting at 25mm
- Touch Screen still works underwater
- Start-up time is minimal
- Needs to go to menu to change to Auto Mode
- Possibility of fingers obscuring the shot due to lens positioning
- Wrist wrap can’t be adjusted
- Touch screen gets easily scratched
Though the images captured were not as advanced as a DSLR, and other rugged cameras, but this unit is a good compromise. At least, you won't have to purchase two cams separately both for formal wear and for nature photography.
Rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Prices last updated on: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:46:47 PDT