18.2MP | 26-130mm (5X) Zoom | $348/£317/€338
This is the sixth in a series of short underwater/rugged camera reviews on DPReview. We'll be publishing a roundup of the class shortly, which will compare them directly.
Where most rugged cameras seem like something you'd throw in the glove compartment of your 1-ton truck, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 has a thinner, more stylish appearance. It has an ultra-slim metal body that should be familiar to anyone who has seen a Sony T-series camera in the last few years (non-waterproof models are no longer manufactured), complete with a sliding lens cover and large touchscreen display.
The TX30 has most of the traits of other high-end rugged cameras, with one big exception: it has no GPS.
- 18.2 effective megapixel 'Exmor R' BSI-CMOS sensor
- F3.5-4.8, 26-130mm equivalent 'Carl Zeiss' zoom lens (5X)
- Optical image stabilization
- Waterproof to 10m, shockproof from 1.5m, freezeproof to -10C, dustproof
- 3.3 inch widescreen touch-enabled OLED display with 1229K dots
- Built-in LED lamp for close-up macro shooting
- 1080/60i movie mode with stereo sound
- Dual Record allows user to shoot video and take stills simultaneously
The two standout features here are the touchscreen display and Dual Recording feature. We'll dip into those a bit more later in the review.
Is this ultra-thin rugged camera able to keep up with its bulkier competitors? Keep reading to find out.
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