New Gear: Sony DSC-TX5 Rugged Compact
The rugged compact game isn’t the most familiar territory for Sony, but the TX5 seems like it could be a...
The rugged compact game isn’t the most familiar territory for Sony, but the TX5 seems like it could be a worthy contender when it hits the streets in April. The press material claims that the TX5 is “about the size of a deck of cards,” calling it the “world’s thinnest and smallest certified waterproof digital still camera with Optical SteadyShot image stablization and touch operation.” Yes, that is a lot of qualifiers, but there is a lot of good going on behind all of that marketing speak. The 10.2-megapixel sensor is the first iteration of Sony’s new Exmor R CMOS, which is resistant to dust, low temps and the shock from a 5-foot drop.
The TX5 is waterproof up to 10-feet–a pretty standard depth for rugged compacts. It retains full-functionality to that depth, including 720p (30 fps) video caputre. The Exmore R sensor can grab 10 fps in burst shooting mode and is said to offer excellent low-light performance. On the back of the camera is a 3-inch LCD touchscreen display with 230,400 pixels and a total lack of buttons.
The $349 price tag also gets you Sony’s built-in HDR mode that automatically combines bracketed images and Sony’s Sweep Panorama mode which can slam together up to 100 images into one ultra-wide capture. Neither feature requires a tripod, which is good, because that kind of defeats the purpose of an ultra-slim camera. More pictures after the jump.