Sony CyberShot DSC TX10Sony CyberShot TX-10 is calling your name. It has a beautiful sleek exterior with different assorted colors to match. For the techie, this model is esthetically 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 easily be placed in your pocket or purse.

The Sony TX-10 announced in January 2011, is an upgrade of the CyberShot TX-5.  This model is compact with a 16.2 MP resolution, 4X optical zoom, a non-extending lens which is protected by a slide-down panel when not in us, a full HD 1080 video, ability to shoot 3D images,  3D Sweep Panorama (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 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 really deliver? Read the full review to find out.

 

Sony CyberShot TX-10 Feature Specs

  • 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 5 ft, Freezeproof 14 – 104 F 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
  • Weight: 4.7 oz (with accessories) 4.2 oz without
  • Colors: Silver, Black, Green, Blue, and Pink

What’s In The Box

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 waterproof digital camera
  • Rechargeable battery pack
  • Multi USB Cable
  • AC adapter
  • Paint pen
  • Wrist strap
  • Instruction Manual

 

Feature Details of The Sony CyberShot TX10

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-illuminated “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.

HDMI output

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

Face Detection Technology

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

Consumer Reviews

Love it! Surprisingly great quality images! I bought this camera about a week before a two-week Caribbean vacation, persuaded mainly by the reviews. I didn’t have time to play with it or read the manual before my trip. I launched straight into using it. Here are some of my favorite things . . . Read the complete review here.

Sharp Pics On Land or Under Water. . . This camera takes great pictures underwater or on land. But you won’t believe the underwater pictures! Read the complete review here.

PROs

  • Compact and Portable will fit in jean pockets or palm of your hand
  • Takes great pictures underwater or on land
  • Fast shutter lag
  • Full HD video with stereo audio
  • Sweep Panorama mode
  • Takes good photos in low light environments
  • Automatically adjusts shooting mode when sensing close up, face detection and water without any manual adjustment.

CONs

  • Inconsistent touch screen: doesn’t work under water and can’t be activated with wet hands
  • Sluggish interface
  • Movies are slow to begin recording
  • Camera leaked and corroded camera, USB port and cable plug
  • Battery charge: a few customers reported the battery would keep a charge
  • Dirt may become lodged in sliding cover: Sand and dirt may get in the slide-down lens cover and cause scratches to the camera body.  This is a minor issue because Sony provides instructions to remove the dirt, which is to submerge the camera in a clean water for a few minutes.

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 of 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 really 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 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. The following table shows the differences between the cameras (Table taken from Squidoo Lens Sony TX20 Review ).

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The video below is excellent as it shows off the features of the CyberShot Tx10. It’s a little over 14 minutes long and there is a commercial that you can skip after five seconds to watch the video.

 

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