The pictures are great. Ethereal, earthen. The light quality is fascinating and unnatural. Highly manipulated in PP. Art.
I think the review may be overly harsh. I have had the TX5 for several years. If you need a slim camera for outdoor adventure use, your options are this and a Casio that is nowhere near as good.
The Sony deploys, one-handed, while riding my bike, without looking, in a couple of seconds, from a pouch or pocket. Recently returned from touring in Dordogne, France with the family. Hundreds of on-bike shots and HD video clips that look great on my 2560 x 1440 display. I believe the TX line is the ONLY camera that fits this need well.
The criticism about the screen in sunlight is well-taken, but I find it little worse than most. Underwater use? The camera is not intended for underwater use- it has very modest waterproofness. Screen scratching? Not to my experience. And the touchscreen works with thin gloves on.
Last thing is this camera is TOUGH. Dropped several times at 15+ MPH to asphalt and rock. Scratched up a bit. Still works like a champ.
P7000, with firmware updates, crushes all these in the value department: New at Amazon for $229
How fugly can it be? Small sensor? Minimal direct controls? This is certainly not targeted at the enthusiast and non-enthusiasts DO NOT BUY A KIT OF LENSES. Most NEVER change lenses. Wow, Nikon really screwed the pooch here. And I am a Nikon user.