Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
Quality and compactness at the same time
Even if it is so thin, the new Sony Cyber-shot TX10 seems to offer very good performance, even if the photos are taken in low light conditions. The sensor make the difference again.
The Cyber-shot TX family is a class of extra fine digital cameras that Sony offers to those looking for elegance instead of other characteristics. However, the TX10 model, one of the last products launched by this brand, has a stylish design and a powerful performance of the sensor Exmor R produced by Sony, all at the same time. Is this the perfect solution ? Let’s see our test and review !
Sony engineers have always been able to create small objects with clean design and a lot of features. This small digital camera is only 18 mm thick, which leaves the competition behind. The design is made without any mistake and the finish is done in the same way, the old Japanese way. At first look, the flap which protects the optical elements seems to be fragile, but, after a few days in your pocket, the camera works just fine. However, what this camera has as weak point is its format.
Exmor R sensor
The Exmor R is one of the most powerful sensors on the market. It was used for the first time in 2009 on the XW1. However, this is still one of the most used Sony sensors, as proven by the HX7v previously tested on our blog a few days ago. However, the new TX10 also features the Exmor R, which uses the same CMOS technology but with an inverted structure (the back side is illuminated). On this model, the electronic circuits were moved behind of the sensor (and not beside it as usual). This way the result is a significant improvement of the amount of light recovered by the surface of the sensor.
Because it uses this sensor, the TX10 shows again that is possible to snap good sharp pictures at arm’s length, even when the light is not enough. The camera offers other interesting features, like the panorama sweep for example. However, if you are looking at the quality of the image, this is not perfect. But what is the reason of this problem ? At first view it seems to be a problem related to optical elements.
Wide-angle, but without sharpness
As we already told you, the image sensor is not located on the back of the camera in this case. Instead of this, another solution was found: a prism changes the light’s direction from the lens to the sensor. This solution uses a special type of lens, called a periscope. This is normally used to obtain a good optical zoom in a limited space. This lens seems to have both advantages and disadvantages. The camera has a very wide-angle lens of 25 mm ! Another positive thing is that the TX10 has a decent optical zoom of x4. However, the bad thing is that this solution produces images without sharpness, as photographers report. And as we do, too. This problem affected all the photos and we weren’t very happy to see that.
Optical zoom access is not perfect
Because the camera ships with the touch screen technology included, Sony has split access to the optical zoom in two directions. One of them uses virtual screen splits and the other uses a real wheel located on the upper right corner of the camera. The button was designed to not ruin the design. The chosen location is a problem and the plastic replaces good quality materials from the rest of the gadget.
High definition and touch screen
The touchscreen technology used on the TX10 is a success because it combines precision, power and ergonomics software contrasts so that the device uses 100% of the surface for touch controls. The display offers a lot of power and quality when you record movies; the image is great, impressive and fluid as on the best TVs. Other features included in this small package are video and sound. The video is a 1080i HD standard with optical zoom that gets activated while running. The sound is stereo and it is recorded by a mic placed on the front of the camera. The device is able to capture good quality sound as well. Another interesting thing is the stabilization of the optical device, which is really helpful when you shoot videos in difficult conditions.
After our tests we can say that this camera deserves four stars! The weak point is made by the shape of the optical elements. However, Sony Cyber-shot TX10 is a great device, filled with great technology and features. If you are not addicted to the most superb image quality imaginable, you will appreciate the design, good touch screen of the camera and its overall performance in almost any conditions. And these are the most important things.
|Digital Zoom||16 x|
|Optical Zoom||4 x|
|Viewfinder Type||LCD Monitor|
|Total weight||118 g|
|Battery model||Sony NP-BN1|