Sony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED (Black)
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- 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
- Steady Shot Optical Image Stabilization
- Carl Zeiss VarioTessar 5x Zoom Lens
- Water, Shock, Freeze, and Dustproof
- 3.3" Xtra Fine 1,229kDot OLED Monitor Color
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|Screen Size||3.3 in||3 in||2.7 in||3.5 in||2.7 in||3 in|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||2.33 x 0.61 x 3.8 in||4.4 x 1.3 x 2.6 in||4.09 x 1.02 x 2.64 in||3.86 x 0.71 x 2.36 in||4.02 x 0.91 x 2.44 in||1.06 x 4.35 x 2.6 in|
|Item Weight||4.8 ounces||0.55 lb||6.24 ounces||5.28 ounces||5.44 ounces||7.8 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||—||12 megapixels||—||—||16.1 megapixels||—|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p||2160p||1080p||1080p||720p||1080p|
|Viewfinder||None||fixed LCD||None||None||None||fixed LCD|
The black Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 Digital Camera from Sony is a "tough" point-and-shoot camera with an 18.2MP CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom lens and the capability to be waterproof to 33' (10 m), shock-proof to a drop of 5' (1.5 m), freeze-proof to 14ºF (-10ºC) and dust-proof. The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor in combination with the camera's BIONZ image processor captures low-noise, high definition photos and Full HD 1080i videos with fast performance speeds, including continuous shooting of up to 10 frames per second at full resolution.
From the Manufacturer
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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Waiting to actually use it before reviewing and I think the picture qualities in water are very good and out of water, are simply amazing, again, for a point and shoot. For the money paid (under $200), the camera is a steal. Used it for a week in Orlando - salt water reef pool, fresh water, night time shots, family pics - all done very well. If you use in salt water - like anything else, make sure you rinse it well when done.
Again, if you are realistic about what this camera is intended for, it is hard to beat at this price. I feel bad for my larger SLR...this one is simply too easy to carry around and use....
The camera is very attractive; I got it in pink, which is very eyecatching...and that's exactly what I wanted, so I wouldn't lose it! It's very petite, looks to be about the size of a credit card, and is very light. That means it was very easy for me to carry around EVERYWHERE - while hanging on to a raft, while body-surfing down a river, while hiking up a canyon cliff. It comes with a no-frills wrist band - just a loop. I have small wrists and was able to double-loop it around my wrist, which kept it taught and safe. But I imagine someone with a bigger wrist would rather have a clip on it to tighten the loop around their wrist, which this doesn't have. The slide cover, which switches the camera on, was also something I loved. While there is a separate on/off button, sliding the cover was a super-fast way to snap some pictures really quickly, then turn it off. I liked not having to mess with a lens cover that I'd need two hands to fasten. I could do EVERYTHING with this camera with just 1 hand - especially great if you need your other hand to hang on to a raft or a rock!
The touch screen was one thing I was iffy about. The default AUTO mode is really great, and basically all you need.....that and the panorama mode. Just beware that panorama really drains the battery, so if you aren't able to charge your camera during your trip, be wary about panorama. The extra "filters" you can process your photos with on the camera are nothing special, and personally I find them gaudy. Auto mode is great (this is coming from a pro DSLR user). I'm going through my Canyon photos in Lightroom right now and they're pretty well exposed. So...while you can't use the touchscreen while underwater, like other reviewers have said, I don't think it really matters. Just stick with Auto mode and you'll be fine. I got some underwater videos and photos as well, while swimming in a creek and walking through a waterfall, and this camera is amazing. I have so many shots that I otherwise couldn't have, and the price wasn't bad at all.
Like their site says, it dies after about 250 shots. I found this to be perfectly fine - do you really want to sort through 500pics/day of your vacation?? Remember when film cameras only let you have 20-something shots per roll? Anyway, I found myself shooting around 100 a day, and that was more than enough. Beware, however, that panorama mode and the other filter modes will drain the battery FAST, so I recommend just sticking to auto. Even with capturing a few vidoes, you'll be fine this way. If you're going to travel where you can't charge overnight, I highly recommend getting an external battery charger (like an Anker battery), since this camera can charge via mini-USB. Another option is, get a spare camera battery to change on the fly, and also get the Anker battery to charge those batteries over night.
It's shockproof claim is pretty good. Like I said, I was rafting & hiking with this thing. I was hitting rocks while swinging my arms to climb, banging it against the raft whenever we hit a rapid....it was great. There are some superficial scratches on the touchscreen, but none of it interferes with functionality or ability to view anything. The one thing that DID put a deep little scratch on my screen is when it got knocked in to a metal carbiner. So...do NOT rub your camera screen against the edge of a carbiner, metal is stronger than this glass. At least it's just a small scratch and still doesn't mess with functionality or viewability at all - it's cosmetic. But your true enemy is SAND!!!! Understand, first, that sand is a huge problem for everyone, even pro users, and it's not entirely rational to believe your camera can defeat sand without you giving it some help. Which I didn't REALLY give to this camera. There was a lot of sand, and for the most part, the Cybershot DID do pretty well with it. But sand really does get everywhere, and the worst is the REALLY fine, tiny sand granules. None of it got past the O-ring that seals the microSD/battery, thank God, but some sand did get in to the zoom button up top. It wouldn't zoom out for 1-2 days, but by the 3rd day, the sand had worked its way out of my camera, and my zoom abilities returned. On the front of the camera, right by the lens, there is some text - "Carl Zeiss" and other lens info. This scratched off completely when some sand got under my camera lid as well. I also have some vertical scratching on the pain under the lens lid, where the sand scraped everything, but again this is all cosmetic. The lens is perfectly fine and still takes great pictures. The lens cover still slides perfectly well.
All in all, this was a great purchase, especially for the price (less than two-hundred dollars). I got shots with it that I never would have gotten with my DSLR, thanks to its ruggedness, its tiny size and portability, and how easy it is to use with 1 hand. This thing is definitely coming with me on future water-related trips.
I bought the pink one because it was $50 less than the black at the time. I am glad I did though because it makes it much easier to find. I think anyone would be well pleased with this for snaps and vacation shots.
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