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Sony DSC-TX30/P 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED (Pink)
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Overall score: 70%
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|Item Dimensions||3.9 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches|
|Item Weight||0.31 pounds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||18 MP|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Water Resistance Level||Waterproof|
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The Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is an ultra-thin rugged camera for those who don't want to worry about the camera getting a little wet. Underwater enthusiasts should note though that the touchscreen display does not work underwater, and the otherwise beautiful OLED display is also difficult to see outdoors. Photo quality from this stylish compact is decent for its class, but compared to its competitors the main reason to buy a TX30 is that it doesn't look like a tough camera.
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Wonderful when wet.
Sony® Cyber-shot® Digital Still Camera DSC-TX30 (Available in Black, Orange and Pink)
Capture crystal-clear pics and video under water and poolside without worry. This pint-sized powerhouse packs in 18.2MP, plus it’s waterproof, dust-proof, freeze-proof and shock-proof. A 3.3” touchscreen provides ultra-sharp detail on its OLED display. For intricately detailed close-ups, built-in LED lights do the trick without casting shadows from the camera.
|Certified waterproof (up to 33ft.) dust-proof, freeze-proof, and shock-proof⁴||3.3" OLED touch screen with high quality viewing||Capture 18.2MP ultra-high definition images even in low-light|
This camera is just as much at home in the water as on a night on the town! The sleek and stylish camera fits the slimmest pocket or purse, yet is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet, shock-proof from falls up to approximately 5 feet and dust-proof thanks to its airtight construction. This durable camera can even withstand extreme weather conditions, as it is operable as low as 14 degree Fahrenheit.⁴ Seamlessly shifting from underwater marvels to a night on the town, the TX30 always makes it easy to get the best shot!
Still photos and movies can be beautifully displayed on the 3.3" OLED with touch-screen (1229K dots). The organic light emitting display (OLED) shows the image through the lens with higher contrast and a wider viewing angle than conventional LCDs, for powerful, vivid playback. And, its high-speed response is faster than ordinary LCDs for smoother playback of dynamic action.
The 18.2MP Exmor® R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels, resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details.
Product description and full feature list
5x optical zoom plus 10x Clear Image Digital Zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Up to 3hr 10min recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory1
The built-in 8GB1 embedded Flash memory can record and store up to 3 hours 10 minutes of high definition video footage (HD LP mode).
Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization with 2-way Active Mode
Sony's Active Mode image stabilization gives you the freedom to shoot movies even while walking or running³. 2-way Active Mode corrects for both vertical and horizontal motion.
Enhanced Superior Auto
Enhanced Superior Auto supports scenes with dynamic motion to provide beautiful results even in dark situations. The result is clearer images with less blur.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Capture full 18.2 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, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
Creative shooting with Picture and Beauty effects
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. Beauty Effects allows edits to skin tones, skin smoothing, shine removal, eye widening, and teeth whitening. Beauty Effects can be combined to further enhance the image.
1. Records in 29 minute segments .
2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold sep.
3. Combined with electronic stabilization.
4. Dustproof certified to IEC 60529 IP5X standard, shock-proof certified to MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock, can operate in temperatures between 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius) and 104-degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius), waterproof certified to IEC60529 IPX8 standard.
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(I'd like to preface this review by saying that I've owned the predecessor to this camera, the TX20, and it has stayed waterproof through the many water adventures I took it on. I will also be bringing it up from time to time in this review to compare it to the TX30.)
The TX30 is a very stylish and modern looking camera. It's made of three different finishes - there's a matte plastic, a matte metal, and a textured glossy metal. Together they make even the black TX30 look rich and different. The materials and assembly quality are both high, and the TX30 feels solid and well assembled in the hand. On the back of the camera is a 3.3" OLED touch screen display that has a plastic cover. The plastic screen is similar to the TX20's and scratches fairly easily, so be sure to use a case with the camera if you want it to stay flawless. OLED screens tend to wash out in direct sunlight, and the TX30's is no exception, but you can raise the screen's brightness to fix that issue, as the default brightness is a bit dim. The camera is very small (a little shorter and slimmer than a deck of playing cards), but there is not much space to grip the camera so you end up holding it gingerly by the edges. Also, be sure to watch your fingers, as it's very easy to get them in the shot. One thing I'd like to point out is that the TX30 takes the slightly less popular Micro SD memory cards.
The TX30 is positively full of great and useful features. For those who want to let the camera do all the thinking for them there are two automatic modes. One is the normal automatic, and the other takes multiple photos in quick succession and combines them for the best shot.Read more ›
The underwater pictures are very good considering how small this camera is. You can't change settings underwater although you can use the zoom underwater. The pictures are good quality considering the size and keeping in mind it is a tiny point and shoot. I "sometimes" got lens HAZE/Glare like most underwater cameras do out of water (not all the time but sometimes depending on the lighting and what I was shooting). Indoors the picture quality decreases unless you have good lighting, when you are desperate for lighting the flash works fine. You can also adjust ISO and EV to further help with lighting situations. There is an AF Illuminator which helps to focus in pitch dark. You do have the option to turn this great feature off or on. This camera is very good for snap shots, digital family photo books, documenting, website sales/auction photos, traveling around water and underwater. I haven't compared it to iphone 5 photos but the quality is definitely much better then iphone 4 photos.
I have one major complaint with this camera... the screen is ALL scratched up, thank goodness it still responses when touching it. This happened while snorkeling underwater, the camera was attached to my wrist. Maybe it floated across some coral or something. The front screen should be better protected then it is. Maybe a piece of magnetic plastic sheet over the screen would work underwater? I don't know.
As stated in the directions the cover can get jammed with sand if not careful. Yes that is true... using it underwater did get some sand in it but I was able to clear it out.Read more ›
A few months after I had the camera, I attempted to take the battery out to charge it and the small blue piece popped off. I contacted Sony regarding the repair and they directed me to send it in (had to pay for shipping) which I did as instructed. A few days later I received an email stating that the camera sustained physical damage not covered by the warrenty and that it would not be economical to replace it. I spoke with them explaining that it was simply during routine use of removal of the battery (I never challenged any of the durability claims) and they said they would not cover it. I asked what sort of thing the warrenty covered and they said, "if something is wrong with the camera we will fix it." .... ????....
I asked to speak with someone in customer relations who was no further help and became agitated and eventually appeald to the National Relations center and spoke with Frank (apparently the head of national relations) who stated that even though he admitted he would be upset if the same thing happened to him, they were still refusing to repair my camera or send me one that worked (they did offer to send me a comparable one for $200...???) stating that the physical damage voided the warrenty. I was accused of abusing or forcefully trying to remove it (I'm not even sure how one "forcefully" removes a battery, you pretty much just slide the blue piece open and it pops out...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Deeply disappointed with the Sony brand.
Two years ago I bought the camera DSC-TX30 model, because it is waterproof, in Amazon. Read more
I had one of the early versions of this camera and loved it. I recently bought this newer model, and I am somewhat disappointed. Read morePublished 20 days ago by matthew
Purchased a floating wrist strap for this, and we love it! The camera is small enough to float with the wrist strap, so if it becomes detached from us we don't worry at all :)... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kelly Neubauer
This camera works great. The photos are good quality and the interface is user friendly.Published 26 days ago by Kelly h.