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The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is a tough camera which was announced in February 2013. It is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof and shock proof. There is also a Magnifying Glass Plus mode for shooting tiny objects. The TX30 is available for £299.00.
When shooting there are two auto modes which adjust the camera settings automatically. Intelligent Auto recognises a wide number of scenes, whereas Superior Auto recognises when your subject is moving. There are a number of scene modes and artistic picture effects. These effects work on photos and videos to help expand your creativity.
There is a Magnifying Glass Plus mode for shooting tiny objects and an LED to brighten up close-ups. When using continuous shooting you can shoot at 10 fps. The TX30 shoots extra-wide panoramas and when shooting portraits the camera can remove skin blemishes, brighten teeth, widen eyes and cut forehead shine
Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with Optical SteadyShot Active mode to help keep your videos steady even when you are moving or zooming.
- 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 26-130mm)
- Optical SteadyShot
- 3.3 inch 1,229,760 dot OLED touchscreen
- Waterproof to 10m
- Dust, freeze and shockproof
- Magnifying Glass Plus mode
- Camera LED light
- Intelligent and Superior Auto modes
- Full 1080p HD video recording with Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
- ISO 80-12800
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Artistic picture effects
- 10 fps continuous shooting
- Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode
The back of the camera is dominated by the 3.3 inch 1,229,760 dot OLED touchscreen. The touch screen is responsive and is used to do almost everything with the camera. The only buttons you'll find are placed on top of the camera, there is the shutter release, zoom rocker and on / off switch and movie record button. You can also switch the camera on and off by sliding the front cover up and down, we did find water took a while to dry out if it got behind the front cover. The menu system is easy to navigate.
Battery life is rated at 250 shots according to CIPA test results. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.05 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.175 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.175 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.35 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||0.7 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||3.8 secs|
|Continuous Shooting - High||9.6 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Low||2.0 fps|
Shot to shot time starts at 0.7 seonds, but slows to 1.1 seconds after just three shots. Both continuous shooting modes are at full 18.2 megapixel resolution.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 10.3 mm | ISO 250
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/4.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Low Light | 1/13 sec | f/4.5 | 17.7 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/250 sec | f/4.5 | 17.1 mm | ISO 200
Background Defocus | 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 160
Magnifying Glass Plus | 1/25 sec | f/4.8 | 10.9 mm | ISO 80
Underwater | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 800
Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.5 | 17.7 mm | ISO 80
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with excellent colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones but there is spots of red-eye when using the flash. Underwater performance is good, with the Magnifying Glass Plus mode making it possible to take some stunning close-ups. The background defocus mode takes two pictures to create a DSLR style image taken with a large aperture.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/4.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Full Optical Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 23.5 mm | ISO 80
Clear Image Zoom | 1/500 sec | f/5.6 | 23.5 mm | ISO 80
Macro | 1/50 sec | f/3.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Lens Performance - Image detail is OK at both ends of the lens, with a good control over purple fringing. Image quality does suffer when using the Clear Image Zoom, but for sharing on the web, it is fine. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, this allows for decent macro shots to be taken.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 ISO test images
1/15 sec | f/4.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 80
1/20 sec | f/4.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 100
1/40 sec | f/4.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 200
1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 400
1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 800
1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 1600
1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 3200
1/1000 sec | f/5.0 | 12.0 mm | ISO 6400
1/1000 sec | f/6.3 | 12.0 mm | ISO 12800
ISO Noise Performance - Images have low noise at ISO 80, 100, 200 and 400. A little detail is lost at ISO 800, causing images to become a little soft, which slightly worsens at ISO 1600. Image quality begins to reduce significantly at ISO 3200 with quality worsening rapidly at ISO 6400 and ISO 12800. These two highest settings are best avoided where possible.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighitng | 1/20 sec | f/3.5 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.5 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.5 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the auto white balance (AWB) performs well, with a slight colour cast when using the incandescent preset. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB again performs well, with all three fluorescent presets having a colour cast.
Panorama 1 | 1/500 sec | f/4.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Panorama 2 | 1/400 sec | f/4.5 | 4.7 mm | ISO 80
Panorama mode - Panorama images have a good amount of detail and are stitched together really well.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Digital filters
Picture Effect - Off | 1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 80
Picture Effect - HDR Painting | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Illustration | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Partial Colour | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Pop Colour | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Rich Tone Monochrome | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Soft High Key | 1/15 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Toy Camera | 1/100 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Picture Effect - Watercolour | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 800
Digital Filters - The TX30 has a number of picture effects available to you take creative pictures. There are a number of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD. Quality is good, you can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is available for £299.00. Other waterproof cameras include the Pentax WG-3, available for £305, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5, available for £295, the Nikon Coolpix AW110, available for £270 and the Canon Powershot D20, available for £260. For more waterproof cameras, have a look at the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
Image quality is good, but it's the Magnifying Glass Plus mode that was really impressive. It can be a little tricky to get the focusing right, but with practice you can take some stunning shots. The TX30 also shoots full resolution images at 10 fps.
|The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is one of the more stylish waterproof cameras available and has a very impressive and unique macro mode.|
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 ProsExcellent Magnifying Glass Plus mode
Decent image quality
Waterproof to 10m
Dust, freeze and shockproof
10 fps continuous shooting
Stylish looking waterproof camera
Large, high-resolution responsive touchscreen
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 ConsWater gets behind the sliding lens cover
Battery and memory card cover only has a single clip
Lots of red-eye in portrait shots when using flash
Noisy images from ISO 3200 upwards
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Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.5 - f/4.8|
|35mm equivalent||26mm - 130mm|
|CCD pixels||18.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Exmor CMOS|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||1,229,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1600sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||80 - 12800|
|Video FPS||No Data|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Lithium NP-BN|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), AC AdaptorAC-UB10/UB10B/UB10C/UB10D, Wrist Strap, Micro USB Cable, Instruction Manual|