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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 16.2 MP Slim Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED touch screen (Violet)

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  • 16.2MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance
  • Thinner than an AA battery, stylish, and ready to shoot
  • Full HD 1080/60i with dual record of stills and movies
  • Superior Auto; awesome shots, automatically
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies
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Product Details

Color: Violet
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 0.5 x 2.1 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005C95MRU
  • Item model number: DSCTX55/V
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,027 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 24, 2011

Product Description

Color: Violet

Product Description

The DSC-TX55 achieves high technology in a sleek design.

From the Manufacturer

See pictures in a whole new way with the Sony DSC-TX55 camera. Viewing vivid colors on the 3.3-inch OLED touch screen brings photos to life. With 3D still image, amazing Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode, superb low light function and full HD video, viewing your pictures just got a lot more exciting.

16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-TX55 features a 16.2 megapixel "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera's Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.

Slim and stylish design
Thinner than AA battery at ½ inch, this stylish camera is the perfect size to take along almost everywhere. Slip it into a pocket, purse, or backpack and be ready to shoot memorable moments.

Full HD 1080/60i
Record crystal clear movies in high resolution with capabilities for 60i in 1080. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.

Superior Auto mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 36 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. Now it's easier than ever to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking.

3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Images will take on a new dimension to view the world in a whole new way.

3.3-inch (1,229K dots) OLED Extra Fine touch screen with wide viewing angle
3.3-inch (1,229K dots) OLED Extra Fine touch screen with wide viewing angle delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation. The new reinforced-glass touch screen gives the camera a sturdy feeling and prevents color bleed during touch operations.

Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on your subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Clear image digital zoom
Clear image digital zoom maintains high-resolution feel that is as precise as optical zoom and vastly expands the zoom range without lowering visible quality or pixel count in the final image.

Picture Effect for more expressive photos
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Seven effects give free reign to your imagination to expand creative horizons. HDR Painting creates a rich painted look. Rich-tone Monochrome produces an artistic black and white image. Miniature transforms mundane landscapes into fascinating works of art. Toy camera transitions an ordinary photo into one with high contrast, tunnel view, and four color shifts. Partial color results in a stunning monochrome photo containing a single designated color. High-key creates photos with heightened brightness for a soft clean look.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode
With Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

High speed shooting
The DSC-TX55 can capture full 16.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, the DSC-TX55 employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Soft Skin mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Natural Flash Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm equivalent wide angle 5x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 5x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups within a ½" of the subject. A 25mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.

Backlight Correction HDR
Don't miss a single detail in high contrast shots. The built in backlight correction analyzes the image and automatically adjusts accordingly to give you a perfectly lit shot.

HDMI output
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV). Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable (sold separately) to any compatible HDMI device to easily enjoy and upload content.

Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. Also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Face Detection technology
Sony's Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Anti-blink Function
It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Sweep Multi Angle mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera's Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera's LCD.

Compatible with PC and Mac Systems
The Full HD video captured with the DSC-TX55 can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software for PC and iMovie '09 (sold separately) for Mac systems.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.6
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using an external DVD burning device, as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony's Personal Space site).

Includes Sony PMB Portable software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software the DSC-TX55 makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites without the need for any additional software or install.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The camera is very fast and takes excellent pictures and video though.
So the next picture would come up, but it would again have all the icons, and you'd have to wait another 4 seconds for them to go away to see the darn picture!
Big Max
I've been a "serious" photographer for a long time but I've always liked to have a good little Point & Shoot in addition to my big SLR or DSLR cameras.
Thom Mitchell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Robert Stone VINE VOICE on October 27, 2011
Color Name: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
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I was pleased to get the opportunity to evaluate this point-and-shoot entry from Sony. I am usually a Canon shooter and was interested in evaluating something from another manufacturer and this unit did not disappoint.

Image Quality
This of course is what any camera evaluation must center on - as without taking good pictures even the most stylish and easy to use camera will come up short. I have taken a number of pictures in different settings from daylight to night. Images are generally sharp and with good contrast. Focus is usually pretty quick but not always accurate. I was surprised that the camera in low light / auto setting tends to not activate the flash, instead decresing shutter to as low as 1/30 second - which leads to blurriness in pictures with moving kids. When the flash did activate, it was of limited strength and illuminated objects / people only quite close to the camera. For detailed analysis, I took comparison shots with this camera and both a dSLR and another point and shoot camera, both from Canon. I was surprised at how well this camera does with stationary subjects in low light - Sony has really done a great job there. Please see the video portion of this review for details on the analysis. A word about the 16 MP chip on this camera - please don't make the mistake thinking this camera is significantly better than a 14 MP camera and way better than a 12 MP camera - as that is not a valid assumption. The camera chip is only capable of conveying what the optics deliver to it - and optics on a point and shoot by definition / size can't deliver what larger lenses with a dSLR can do. What a 16 MP camera does mean, however, is larger file sizes to fill a hard drive more quickly.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joshua M. Levine on October 11, 2011
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My old TX-9 body is bruised and its screen is cracked. I have tried every new Sony and Canon that has come out in the past few years, but none were good enough to take its place.

Now, finally, I have a new camera to carry- the TX55!

For me, the two OVERWHELMINGLY most important features in a day-to-day camera are quickness and pocketability. Nothing else about a camera matters if I miss the picture because (1) I waiting for the camera, or (2) I don't have the camera with me. The TX-55 is a winner on both accounts.

This camera is fast. Thanks to the sliding lens cover and super-fast startup, I can pull the Tx-55 out of my pocket and take a picture in about 1 second. I think it is the fastest pocket-to-picture camera currently available.

This camera is handy. It is small and thin enough to fit in my front pocket along with my wallet, so I always have it with me and ready to shoot.

The camera also has very good image quality considering its size and speed- certainly good enough for daily use. I am very impressed with the low light response too. I've taken some pictures at night where the camera saw things that I didn't see with my eyes.

Minor Gripes: Has a proprietary USB connection so you need yet another cable, but it does charge via USB so you don't need to carry a charger. Movie start/stop is controlled via a touch screen button rather than the shutter release which takes some getting used to. In Image+ and HDR mode, the screen displays "PROCESSING" while it is still capturing images, so you have to be careful to keep aiming until it is completely done. There does not seem to be a way to have it take multiple shoots with different settings (like one without flash and one with) on a single shutter release press. Does not have built in GPS geocoding.

CONCLUSION: After a very long search, this is my new daily camera and I love it.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ammy_Evaluator TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 29, 2011
Color Name: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
It seems like the designers of this camera were given just one instruction - design the smallest, lightest, most compact camera possible. And certainly, this is hands down the sleekest and most portable camera I have ever used. Add a breathtaking 3.3" OLED display to its gorgeous form factor and you have an awesome looking device. It's almost a fashion statement in itself! And, as long as one doesn't expect miracles from a near-credit card sized device, the image quality is quite reasonable.

Unfortunately, a number of tradeoffs were necessary to achieve this.

1. Size Matters
This is definitely a try-before-you-buy camera. There are unique challenges with a body this svelte. I often covered up the microphone inputs (very hard to avoid). The twig-like joystick zoom control felt very unnatural. It was needlessly difficult to open the shutter cover (no grooves to assist your fingers). And, I struggled with inserting the MicroSD card (it is possible to insert it incorrectly - so much so that Sony includes a separate instruction sheet just for this!).

2. Image Quality
I had significantly more keepers with outdoor daylight images than with indoor flash images. Daylight images were sharp, with great color tonality. However, indoor images were much softer and lacked the same "pop".

3. UI is an acquired taste
The lack of hard buttons increases the need for the touchscreen interface to be just right. Unfortunately the TX55 has some UI quirks.

## The user interface uses non standard idioms. For instance, a finger drag scrolls images, but a single tap zooms into an image. This drove me insane until I figured out the right finger press/flick technique.
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