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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 16.2 MP Waterproof Digital Still Camera with Exmor R CMOS Sensor, 3D Sweep Panorama and Full HD 1080/60i Video (Black)
- Certified waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freeze-proof
- 3.0 Touch screen for easy focus selection and photo viewing
- Full HD 1080/60i with dual record of stills and movies
- 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance
- 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama: change the view of the world
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Don't let its sleek good looks fool you. Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 is one mean photo-taking machine. From its high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens to its rugged water-, shock-, freeze-, and dust-proof design, the DSC-TX10 can take the most extreme situation and make it beautiful. The addition of funky and fun features like iSweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, full HD video, Background Defocus, and Superior Auto mode means you'll never leave your DSC-TX10 at home.
From the Manufacturer
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 camera lets you live life on the edge. This stylish and innovative camera will fit perfectly into your active life. Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freeze-proof, HD movies, 3D photos, Sweep Panorama, and a touch screen, this powerful tool follows you to the edge and proves you were there.
|Sony DSC-TX10 Feature Highlights|
|Rugged and Stylish |
This camera is just as much at home in the water as on a night on the town! The sleek and stylish TX10 fits the slimmest pocket or purse, yet is waterproof to a depth of 16 ft10, shockproof from falls up to approximately 5 ft9 and dustproof12 thanks to its airtight construction. As well, this durable camera can even withstand extreme weather conditions, as it is operable in temperatures from 14- to 104-degrees Fahrenheit11. Seamlessly shifting from underwater marvels to a night on the town, the TX10 always makes it easy to get the best shot!
|3-inch Touch screen |
A large 3-inch touch screen LCD makes it easy for viewing and sharing images with simple and fun touch operation.
|16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor |
The DSC-TX10 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 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes7.
|Full HD 1080@60i |
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 Full HD3. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.
|3D still image |
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 way5.
|iSweep Panorama |
With iSweep Panorama just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a panoramic image. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.
|Background Defocus |
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the 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.
|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.
|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.
|High speed shooting |
The DSC-TX10 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-TX10 employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
|Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm equivalent wide 4x Optical Zoom |
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x 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 up to just under ½-inch from the subject. A wide angle of 25mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.
|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 to any compatible HDMI compatible device to easily enjoy and upload content7.
|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.
|Anti-Motion Blur Mode |
Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-TX10 captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and dramatically reduce subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.
|Backlight Correction HDR |
Shooting high-contrast scenes can often lead to washed out backgrounds and/or details lost in shadow. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking three pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of all three into a single image for more natural looking shots.
|TransferJet technology |
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows the transfer of up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing8.
|Compatible with PC and MAC Systems |
The Full HD video captured with the DSC-TX10 can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software1 for PC and iMovie (sold separately) for Mac systems.
|Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.51 |
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 (sold separately), 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). Using the new 5.5 version also enables playback of 3D images taken on the Cyber-shot camera.
|Includes Sony PMB Portable software2 |
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable 5.5 software2 the DSC-TX10 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 sites8 without the need for any additional software or install.
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I began my search online and spent about 6 hours researching the cameras in my price range. The cameras I focused on most were the Canon D10, Sony TX10, Panasonic TS3 (sometimes referred to as FT3), Olympus TG-810, Olympus Tough 8010, Fujifilm XP30, and Pentax WG-1.
I eliminated most of these options rather quickly based on their reviews, overall ratings, and the quality of photos that I reviewed. I narrowed my focus to the Canon D10, the Sony TX10, and the Panasonic TS3.
I wanted to love the Canon D10, since it seems to be the overwhelming fan favorite, but I ultimately decided that it wasn't going to be a good fit for me. The price of the D10 is similar to the Sony and the Panasonic, but it's a 2.5 year old model which doesn't have HD video. The photo quality seemed about equivalent to the other two, so I decided to only focus on the two models with HD video.
I would have been completely sold on the Sony, since I've used only Sony cameras most of my adult life and I've never been disappointed in one; however, there were some notable deficiencies which most reviewers found with this model (detailed below), so I was a bit hesitant to take the plunge. The Sony was also priced near the top of my budget ($329), whereas the Panasonic was only $275 at Amazon.com. The Panasonic reviews seemed to all be very positive, with the only significantly commonly-noted problem being lower quality indoor photos. However, all of the indoor, outdoor, and underwater photos that I reviewed online looked very good.
I decided to take a chance on the Panasonic TS3 and I really, really, wanted to fall in love with it. I ordered it from Amazon and they delivered it the next day. I wasn't blown away by this camera. The outdoor photos were good. The video was very good. The underwater photos (taken in my large fish tank) were very good. The indoor photos were POOR. I decided to order the Sony TX10, hoping that I'd see better results. I ordered it from Amazon at 9pm that night and it was delivered at 1:00pm the next day (gotta love Amazon!). The photo quality of the Sony camera is outstanding. I'll be keeping the Sony TX10!!! For some people, however, the Panasonic might be the better choice.
First, I'll provide my overall recommendations, then I'll add in all of the detail:
BUY THE SONY TX10 IF:
You value the quality of the photos/video above all else.
You like touch screen devices.
You don't plan to dive lower than 16 feet.
You don't care if you can't adjust your settings (other than zoom) underwater.
You want a VERY small camera.
You always use a wrist strap.
BUY THE PANASONIC TS3 IF:
You can live with grainy indoor photos.
You don't typically enlarge your photos to 100% (because they will be distorted).
You want a camera with GPS.
You plan to dive deeper than 16 feet.
You want a larger (but not too big) camera.
You're looking for a less expensive option.
NOW FOR MY DETAILED COMMENTS ON BOTH MODELS:
PRICE - The Sony is +/- $50 more expensive than the Panasonic.
SIZE - The Sony is significantly smaller and lighter than the Panasonic. I don't think one is better than the other, per se. It's a matter of personal preference. The Sony will fit in most pockets. The Panasonic probably wouldn't.
RUGGEDNESS - Both cameras are rated very well in this area. I haven't "tested" them, but it seems like the Panasonic is built a bit tougher and would be less likely to get destroyed in a fall. Rather than test this feature, I'm going to just trust the experts that either one will hold up well if dropped.
UPDATE: I also posted this review on another site and I recently added photos to it. Seeing is believing! [...]
For all the negative reviews regarding water getting in; I have not had this issue. BUT as with any waterproof camera from any manufacture, there are bound to be customers who get water in the cameras and blame the design.
Read the directions, take care of your stuff, and don't go deeper then recommended. Keep the seals clean and lubricated with grease that can be purchased from Sony.
Also, the camera does have a water proof case, which has been out for a while, and is conveniently sold here on AMAZON.com (Sony MPK-THK). Please check out my review for the MPK-THK Marine Pack for the TX10. If you are planning on keeping the camera under water use the housing, its good down to 130+ feet.
The camera records in 1080i, so for the people who purchased the camera expecting 1080p please read the specifications carefully.
If your camera is slow try using a better SD card I use the SANDISK Extreme SDHC 8GB Class 10. For the people who lost pictures from water getting in, the SANDISK Extreme cards are waterproof, shock proof, x-ray proof, and freeze proof. If you would have used it then only the camera would be lost.
Do your research, reviews are personal opinions. Pros and Cons are different for everyone but should always be taken in to account to see if it applies to you. There are some good reviews here on Amazon and on Sony.
Regardless, I have waited for the release of this camera and to me it was worth the wait.
-Paint is ~~easily~~ scratched. If you plan on getting this thing out at the beach be very careful about sand getting into the sliding front. I am OCD as hell and mine still managed a scratch when I took one second to not pay attention.
-The battery life is TERRIBLE on video mode. I easily breeze through my 3 batteries with this.
-It shoots double-photos ALL the time. Not sure if it's a software issue, but I can't seem to turn it off. Second photo is always horrible.
-It has some issues thinking it can be in Macro all the time.
-The panoramic and 3D shots are "cute" but not good quality.
-Shaky images, pet photos take patience! And a well-trained little mutt to keep still long enough!
-Not a great quality when zooming.
-NO MANUAL SETTINGS! You can adjust the WB a little, a little exposure, but nothing, and I mean nothing important comes from this camera if you want control of your images. It's simply a Point-And-Shoot to any extent.
Now if you still care,
I love it. It's tiny, easily fits into my bag with it's little case, and easily can bring along my 3 batteries, and a couple extra SD cards.
Never had any issues with it destroying SDs, my old camera bricked a few.
Batteries are very cheap for it. Tiny tripod is as well, which is nearly a must for keeping this camera still if you have shaky hands.
Crisp images. Hi res. Plenty of settings and sizes for images. A couple for video.
Very easy to use. Dummy proof. Very fun still with the settings even for those who know how to use a manual camera.
Works best in high light, outdoors, can take very clear images of quick-shutter when enough light is provided.
It's just.. really really convenient, and all my other cameras have had some sort of issue after 2.5 years of HEAVY use.
No issues with weather, battery corrosion, software (other than double-shots), and it's just my little workhorse.
Videos look and sound fantastic. Minimal wind noise. It's actually a really strong mic, too.
It doesn't make any "scary" noises like lens sounds or have any strange notification beeps that could possibly ward off wilderness shots.
Finally, it IS Waterproof. I check the seal every time before putting it into water. It's been in Mexico and Florida's oceans, as well as a few pools and fish tanks. I have had -zero- leaks. It's also tiny enough to go into a small waterproof wallet-bag, which I admit I used one the first couple times out of paranoia.
I admit, it could be very easy for the seal to become compromised.
And it is a shame, but the standard warranty (1 year) that comes with the camera is a Sony Basic Plan. They can easily tell you that it is impossible for them to care about your water-related issue, because it is a bulk warranty, and simply means that you throwing cocacola on your HDTV means they don't have to fix it for you. For an item like this, the warranty really should be revised... But they don't have to and obviously don't care to. Even if it's supposed to be advertised for being in the water, they are being kind of jerks about it. So I feel sorry for those who have had issues.
If you are worried, be like crazy me and spend a little extra on the 3 year ADH protection plan that does include water damage. It might be worthwhile. Especially if you plan on keeping it a long time like I have.
Sorry for the long amount of text! This camera really does have its ups and downs, but I think if you just need something reliable for your purse, bike/hiking, vacation, etc.. I think it has been worth my money, many times over!
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I've dived with her several times and its perfect.