Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
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.
If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).
Conclusion / Recommendation / Ratings are based on the opinion of the reviewer, you should read the ENTIRE review before coming to your own conclusions.
Images which can be viewed at a larger size have a small magnifying glass icon in the bottom right corner of the image, clicking on the image will display a larger (typically VGA) image in a new window.
To navigate the review simply use the next / previous page buttons, to jump to a particular section either pick the section from the drop down or select it from the navigation bar at the top.
DPReview calibrate their monitors using Color Vision Optical at the (fairly well accepted) PC normal gamma 2.2, this means that on our monitors we can make out the difference between all of the (computer generated) grayscale blocks below. We recommend to make the most of this review you should be able to see the difference (at least) between X,Y and Z and ideally A,B and C.
This article is Copyright 2013 and may NOT in part or in whole be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author.
|Orange-tip Butterfly by anisah|
from Nature's Colour Palette
|Windswept juniper by Kreber|
from Wind power