Shock Proof: 5 ft
Freeze Proof: Yes
Focal length: 25-100mm
Sony CyberShot TX10
This 16.2 Megapixel Sony DSC TX10 is a city waterproof camera. It’s not designed to handle abuses like a Panasonic or an Olympus, but because it is waterproof up to 16 feet, there’s enough protection when shooting around the pools or water parks.
There are a few improvements over the last year’s TX5. You’ll notice the that the 921k LCD screen is sharper, the full 1080p video better and it could now shoots deeper underwater.
It’s a cool camera for daily urban use but because of the touchy LCD touchscreen and small buttons it is not suitable for those looking for a dedicated camera to shoot good water sport actions.
- Beautiful low light photos. Superior than most waterproof cameras.
- Good HD video
- Optical stabilizer works well to reduce blurry shots
- Has wide angle lens. Could cram more people and scenery into your shots.
- 2 memory options – SD cards or Sony memory cards.
- High resolution on a tiny sensor. Pictures could be soft.
- No standalone charger.
- Slow to boot and shoot.
- Touchscreen performance could be better.
|We Review||We Found||Rating|
|Picture Quality||As expected, the pictures from the TX10 are quite soft because of the exceedingly high resolution. But the colors are accurate and the quality is sufficient for your daily needs. The optical image stabilization also works well and low-light pictures are far better than any other waterproof cameras we have seen so far.|
Unlike an Olympus, the TX10 pictures are clean with no noticeable grains even at ISO 800. So, if all you need is a magazine size photos, the pictures from this camera should be sufficient.
|Video Quality||The full HD 1080p videos produced by the TX10 are better than most waterproof cameras right now. You could use the optical zoom (without it recording the sound of the lens moving), capture still photos and record stereo sound during recording.|
But it is still not as impressive as the Panasonic TS3.
|Ease of Use||The 3-inch LCD touchscreen could show your photos in higher resolution than the older TX5. You could easily tell if your shots are sharp or soft just by looking at the screen.|
But the icons in the menu are packed too closely together, navigation is not as intuitive as it should be and the touch screen swipe is not as responsive as you’d expected.
The buttons are also small. If you need a camera that is easy to use when wearing gloves, look elsewhere.
|Battery Life||Despite the claim that you could shoot 250 pictures per charge, we find the 630mAh battery life to be anemic and is good for only an hour of continuous shooting.|
If you need to charge your spare battery in your hotel room during your shooting trip, buy a separate charger. The TX10 battery charging is done in-camera via a wall charger or USB connection to your pc.
|Built Quality||The TX10 camera design is similar to the rest of the Sony sleek T series, so there’s proven high quality lead finish to the camera. But because it is slim and small, it slipped out our wet hands rather easily. The on/off and shutter buttons are also packed too closely together – making it easy to turn the camera off when you’re trying to get a quick shot.||B|
|Speed||You need to wait from 5 to 7 seconds from the time you power it on to shooting your first shot. Focusing is relatively fast, but this behavior is not consistent.||C+|
|Toughness||Weighing at 133g, with the width slightly larger than a deck of cards, the camera does feel solid. But we do worry that the sliding mechanism would break if this camera falls to the ground.|
When it comes to underwater photography, this urban waterproof camera should not be taken deeper than 16 feet. It’ll be okay in your local pool, but taking it for snorkeling is a bad idea.
|Number of Functions||Understandably, it doesn’t have outdoor features like a compass or a GPS, but it does have a Panorama sweep mode like the previous model. The 16 scene modes should be enough for most people although they’re challenging if you don’t read your manual. For example there are Soft Skin and Soft Snap options as well as 3 Twilight modes sitting side by side.|
Yes, there’s the 3D photo mode. But it is nothing but a cool experiment and a marketing gimmick.
Sony TX10 Spec
Water Proof Depth: 16.0feet
Shock Proof: 5.0feet
Freeze Proof: -10degrees Celcius
Focal length: 25-100mm
LCD Size: 3.0inch
Image Stabilizer: yesMechanical
Type: full HD
Photos: 250photos per charge
Video: 2GB max per clip
SD, SDHC, SDXC, Sony Memory Stick
Lithium-ion 630 mAh