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Sony DSC-TX5

We have collected and analyzed 54 expert reviews and 470 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 76/100 and users rate it 86/100. The average review date is Jan 6, 2011. We have compared these reviews to 1148658 reviews from other Digital Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 89/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 11, 2018.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DSC-TX5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Sony DSC-TX5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and performance. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the shutter and battery.

image quality, portability, usability, performance, design

durability, battery, shutter

96% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSCTX5B Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Black (10.2MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCDSony DSCTX5B Cyber-shot Digital Camera - Black (10.2MP, 4x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DSC-TX5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of Sony DSC-TX5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Comments about the portability and design are generally positive. The performance and image quality are also appreciated. Reviews about the reliability and battery are mixed.

usability, image quality, performance, design, portability

96% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 10.2MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with SteadyShot Image Stabilization and 3.0 Inch Touch Screen LCD (Pink)Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 10.2MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Zoom with SteadyShot Image Stabilization and 3.0 Inch Touch Screen LCD (Pink)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Molly McHugh (digitaltrends.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Review

 

If you're looking for a quality point and shoot that can double as your rugged cam, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is a great option.

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...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson (pcworld.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

 

Are you looking for a stylish camera or a rugged camera? Usually you have to pick one trait or the other, but the 10-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 offers both.

Large touchscreen works underwater ; Good performance in low light ; Rugged construction with slick looks

Menus are a bit confusing ; Touchscreen can be unresponsive

Sony's tough but fashionable DSC-TX5 offers excellent low-light shooting, but its touchscreen and menus are drawbacks.

May, 2010

Recommended

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Review

 

The Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is Sony's first waterproof, freezeproof, dustproof and shockproof digital compact camera. The 10 megapixel TX5 features an “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which promises to greatly improve low-light performance,...

Tougher than it looks with its neatly diminutive dimensions, Sony's TX5 is a camera you'll find yourself readily slipping into a pocket when heading out for the day. You may not take your best and most admired shots with it - you'll need a budget DSLR...

May, 2010

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Review

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 and comparisons to other Digital Cameras

Slim profile; Withstands water, dust, drops and adverse temperatures; Simple touch-screen interface; Low-light shooting features; Good image quality

Not as durable as other rugged cameras; Proprietary HD cable costs extra

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Photography Review (photographyreview.com)

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX5 Review

 

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...

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...

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...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson (macworld.com)

Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

 

Sony's tough but fashionable DSC-TX5 offers excellent low-light shooting, but its touchscreen and menus are drawbacks.

The DSC-TX5 feels pretty sturdy—as a rugged camera should—and it has a shiny sliding cover to protect its 4X-optical-zoom Carl Zeiss lens (25mm wide-angle to 100mm telephoto). I found the lens cover a little hard to slide, especially in the water. You...

May, 2010

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (reviewed.com)

Sony DSC-TX5

 

Small, takes high-quality images, and can also handle rough treatment

Accurate colors; Sharp, low distortion stills

Poor video quality; Touchscreen isn’t always responsive

The Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is a small camera that takes high quality images with good color and plenty of detail. We also found that the images that it captured had low noise and that the special shooting modes that the camera offers produced great looking...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Barrie Smith (digital-photography-school.com)

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX5 [REVIEW]

 

Olympus and Canon have done well with their ‘go anywhere' digicams, so Sony naturally saw a market opportunity with theTX5, able to descend to three metres underwater, dust-proof, ‘droppable' from a height of 1.5 metres and capable of withstanding a...

Quality: I found the TX5 took above average quality pictures for a compact digicam, although it was subject to flare, due to the lens being so exposed. Take my advice and use the upper ISO settings to attain the fast shutter speeds.

Expert review by : Imogen Stuart (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 digital camera

 

The Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 is the first ruggedised Sony camera to hit the Australian market

Responsive touchscreen, start-up time is minimal

Took unimpressive photos during our tests, awkward design

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.

May, 2010

Recommended!

Expert review by : Cliff Smith (trustedreviews.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

 

How can a waterproof camera look this good?

Rugged skills without rugged looks ; Natural colour reproduction ; Large 3-inch touchscreen LCD

Autofocus slows a little low light ; Lack of manual settings options ; Touchscreen display not that responsive

The Sony Cyber-shot TX5 is a remarkable camera, a sleek and attractive pocket compact that is just as tough as most of the military-grade rugged compacts. Build quality is superb, the touch-screen interface is versatile and easy to use, performance is...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):250
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NP-BN1
Battery voltage:3.6

Camera

Camera playback:Slide show
Contrast adjustment: No
Histogram: No
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Photo effects:Mosaic
Playback zoom:Y
Playback zoom (max):Y
Saturation adjustment: No
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Portrait, Sunset, Underwater / Beach, Cuisine, Fireworks, Landscape, Snow, Twilight, Underwater / beach, dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Panorama, Portrait, Sunset, Underwater
Self-timer:2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Start-up time:1300
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent / auto, daylight, flash, Fluorescent

Design

Color of product:Black / Green / Pink / Red / Silver
Dust-resistant: Yes
Dustproof:Y
Freezeproof up to:40
Waterproof up to:118.1

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):230.000 / 230.400

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 94.5
Flash range (wide):3.15 - 114.2
Flash working distance:ISO Auto: Approx.0.08-Approx.2.9m(Approx.0.26'-Approx.9.51')(W) / Approx.0.5-Approx.2.4m(Approx.1.64'-Approx.7.87')(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.6.0m(Approx19.7)(W) / Approx.4.7m(Approx15.4')(T)

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face tracking, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus / Centre weighted Auto Focus, Spot Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0.5 - ∞
Macro focusing range (wide):0.01 - ∞
Smile detection: Yes

Lens System

Combined zoom:22
Digital Zoom:8
Extra/Smart zoom:22
Filter size:N
Focal length range (f-f):0.174 - 0.697
Optical Zoom:4

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, Auto / 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto

Memory

Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MS PRO, SD, SDHC / MS Duo, MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Internal memory:45

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.174 - 0.697 / 0.984 - 3.94
Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 4.6 / 3.6 - 6.3
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera CCD sensor:Exmor R CMOS sensor
Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/1.600 / 1/1600
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7, Vista, XP\nMac OS X
Digital SLR: No
Dust-resistant: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.174 - 0.697 / 0.984 - 3.94
HDMI ports quantity:1
Metering:Y
Shock proof: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:Picture Motion Browser 5.0 / Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.0(Windows only)
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/2.4
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:3648 x 2736
Megapixel:10.2
Sensor Type:CMOS

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
PictBridge: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Video

HD type:HD
Maximum video resolution:1280 x 720
Motion JPEG frame rate:29.97 / 30
Video compression format:MP4
Video formats supported:MP4
Video Frame Rate:29.97 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480,1280 x 720

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.697
Height:2.24
Weight:4.52
Weight (including battery):5.08
Width:3.7