Pre-PMA 2010:Sony has released the world's slimmest rugged compact in the shape of the DSC-TX5. Measuring 17.7mm (0.69") on its thinnest side, it features a 10.2MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and a 3.0" touchscreen LCD that works underwater. The company's first rugged compact, it is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters, coldproof down to -10°C (14°F) and shock-resistant for drops of up to 1.5 meters. Offering a range of optional weatherproof accessories, the camera will be available from March 2010.

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Better looking pictures, whatever the weather:
Sony’s colourful, super-slim TX5 is the first waterproof Cyber-shot

  • Waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof, freeze-proof… and just 17.7mm slim
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama for smooth panoramic images even with moving subjects
  • 10.2 effective megapixels Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor
  • 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide angle and 720p HD movie shooting
  • 7.5cm (3”) wide Clear Photo LCD touchscreen

February 17, 2010: Cyber-shot™ by Sony is all about catching life’s amazing moments, whatever you’re doing. It’s never been more true with the water, dust, shock and freeze-proof new Cyber-shot™ TX5: Sony’s first ever camera with high-fashion looks that handles just about anything your active lifestyle can throw at it.

At just 17.7mm slim, it’s the world’s thinnest and smallest* waterproof digital still camera. You’ve never seen another weatherproof camera like it: available in five stunning colours (black, silver, pink, green, red), the TX5 is equally at home on smart nights out or on chilly mud-splattered cycle treks.

Whether you’re skiing, swimming, hiking – or just partying hard – the toughest ever Cyber-shot™ keeps pace with the action. Waterproof down to 3m**, the TX5 lets you keep shooting in the pool or while you’re snorkelling. You can even adjust settings on the intuitive 7.5cm (3”) LCD touchscreen while you’re underwater or wearing gloves.

This tough performer also shrugs off dust, and can keep shooting after being dropped from a height of 1.5m***. The TX5 can even deal with freezing conditions down to -10◦C, making Sony’s newest Cyber-shot™ an ideal companion for skiing trips or gruelling adventure weekends.

Beneath the tough exterior you’ll find some equally serious imaging features. With a resolution of 10.2 effective megapixels, the advanced Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor ensures detail-packed pictures, with superlative low-noise imaging performance in low light. It’s a perfect complement for the superb Carl Zeiss lens with 4x optical zoom and 25mm wide angle for perfectly framed shots – from intimate portraits to dramatic travel scenes.

The power packed combination of Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor enables full resolution continuous burst shooting at up to a blazing 10 frames per second – helping you capture even more unique moments. Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur modes benefit from a high-speed burst of six frames, cutting picture noise by up to 50% for crisp, natural results in low-light conditions where other compact cameras struggle.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama enhances an acclaimed Cyber-shot™ feature. It’s so easy to use: just press the shutter button once and sweep the camera across the scene. The TX5 automatically stitches together a burst of high resolution frames to create a single extra wide image. Perfect for landscapes or big family gatherings, this feature now offers improved processing for seamless panoramas, even when people are moving in the frame.

The enhanced touchscreen interface makes operation easier than ever. Flick a fingertip to scroll though your images, or drag frequently used functions onto the main menu screen for easy access. Touch an icon on the widescreen LCD and the camera switches instantly to HD movie shooting mode, regardless of your current camera settings. With the new Cyber-shot™ TX5 it’s never been easier to grab that ‘once in a lifetime’ moment.

Like all models in the 2010 Cyber-shot™ line-up, the TX5 and H55 give you the freedom to select Memory Stick™ PRO Duo, Memory Stick™ PRO-HG, SD or SDHC memory cards to suit your personal preference. Both new cameras are also compatible with a wide range of official Cyber-shot™ accessories by Sony.

A generous range of accessories for the TX5 includes the LCS-THQ – a soft, fashionable case in a choice of colours that uses water repellent materials to dry the camera while carrying it.  There’s also the STP-FSA floating strap that safeguards against losing the camera while you’re in the water.

The new Cyber-shot™ DSC-TX5 and DSC-H55 compact digital still cameras are available from end March 2010.

* with Optical SteadyShot inside

** JIS/IEC International Protection Rating 8 (IPX8) equivalent (Able to keep Cyber-shot submerged continuously in water 3.0m deep for 60 minutes. Based on Sony testing standards.)

*** 1.5m/ 5ft (MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.4" Exmor R CMOS Sensor
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• 10.6 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 3648 x 2736
• 3648 x 2432
• 3648 x 2056
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1920 x 1080
• 640 X 480

Image sizes
(Panorama)
• 7152 x 1080
Movie clips • 1280 x 720 (Standard) @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 VGA @ 30fps
File formats

• Still Image : JPEG (EXIF 2.2), DPOF v1.1, DCF v2.0, MPF baseline
• Movie Clip : mp4, MPEG4

Lens

• 25-112mm equiv.
• Vario-Tes sar 12 elements in 10 groups (including 4 aspheric elements)
• 4x Optical zoom
• f = 4.43-17.7mm
• F3.5(W)-6.3(T)

Focus Range Auto: W:Approx.8cm - T:Approx.50cm
Macro: W:Approx.1cm - T:Approx.50cm
Digital zoom Approx. 8x
Image Stabalisation Optical SteadyShot
AF area modes

Intelligent

Focus Mode • Multi point AF (9 points)
• Centre-Weighted
• Flexible Spot AF (touch)
• Spot
ISO sensitivity

• Auto
• ISO 125
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200

Metering modes • Multi
• Centre
• Spot
Shuttter speed • Auto(2 sec- 1/1,600)
• Program Auto(1 sec - 1/1600)
Aperture F3.5(W)-6.3(T)
Scene modes

• High Sensitivity
• Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Soft
• Snap
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• Firewoks
• Hi-Speed Shutter
• Underwater
• Gourmet
• Pet

White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent 1
• Fluorescent 2
• Fluorescent 3
• Incandescent
• Flash
• One Push (Manual Preset)

Self timer • Off
• 10sec
• 2sec
• Portrait 1
• Portrait 2
Continous Shooting Approx. 10.0 fps(10 shots)
Flash

• Modes :Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Flash Off
• Red Eye Reduction : Auto, On, Off
• Range : ISO Auto: Approx.0.08-2.9m (.0.26'-9.51')(W)

LCD monitor

• 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD
• approx. 230,000 pixels

Digital input/output

• USB 2.0 High Speed
• Multi-use terminal

Video output • HD(1080i)
• NTSC/ PAL
Storage • Internal memory (TBC)
• SD/SDHC
• Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG Duo
Power Rechargeable NP-BN1 battery
Weight (no batt) Approx. 128g (4.5 oz.)
Dimensions

94 (W)x 57 (H) x18 (D)

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