Sony announces thinnest waterproof digital camera and new wide-angle megazoom

Sony announces thinnest waterproof digital camera and new wide-angle megazoom

Summary: Now that most of the new Sony Cyber-shot cameras announced at CES 2010 have started shipping, Sony is back with two new digital cameras: The DSC-TX5, which the electronics giant touts as the world's thinnest and smallest certified waterproof digital camera, and the DSC-H55, a  stripped down version of the compact megazoom DSC-HX5V announced at CES.Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5At just 3.

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Now that most of the new Sony Cyber-shot cameras announced at CES 2010 have started shipping, Sony is back with two new digital cameras: The DSC-TX5, which the electronics giant touts as the world's thinnest and smallest certified waterproof digital camera, and the DSC-H55, a  stripped down version of the compact megazoom DSC-HX5V announced at CES.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 At just 3.75x2.25x0.72 inches and 4.5 ounces, the TX5 is certainly a lot svelter than most waterproof cameras. In fact, it looks pretty similar to the rest of Sony's TX line of ultracompact cameras, such as the new DSC-TX7 announced at CES and its popular predecessor, the DSC-TX1. The difference, though, is that the TX5 is waterproof to 10 feet, freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, dustproof, and shockproof up to a 5-foot drop. Like the TX7, it's a 10.2-megapixel shooter with a wide angle (25-100mm equivalent) 4x optical zoom lens. Although its 3-inch, 230,000-dot touchscreen doesn't match the TX7's gorgeous 3.5-inch, 921,000-dot touchscreen, it's still nice and big for such a small camera. The TX5 also delivers 720p HD video recording (vs. the TX7's 1080i AVCHD movie mode) and an HDMI output, which is a nice touch. The camera will be available in silver, black, pink, green, and red, and will ship in April for $350.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 Unlike the other recently announced compact megazoom from Sony, the DSC-HX5V, the 14.1-megapixel H55 doesn't sport whiz-bang features like the integrated GPS receiver and compass or 1080i AVCHD movie mode. And it doesn't use the superior backside-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor of the HX5V (and the TX7 and TX5 for that matter). It does however, include a nice wide-angle (25-250mm equivalent) 10x optical zoom and a 3-inch, 230,400-dot LCD, in a relatively trim body.  It also uses Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization even when shooting 720p HD movies. And happily, both the TX5 and the H55 include dual-format memory card slots compatible with both MemoryStick and SD/SDHC cards.  The H55 will be available in black and silver, and will ship in April for $250.

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  • Great, does it's photo quality match non-waterproof cameras?

    Most of them seem to suck.

    I have a Canon SD1100 and I would only trade it for a water proof camera if it had equal photo quality.
    T1Oracle
  • RE: Sony announces thinnest waterproof digital camera and new wide-angle megazoom

    Does it have shutter lag?
    No body talks about it!!
    Kobeny
  • Simply put...

    ... Sony's Bread and Butter.
    GuntherGump
  • 'waterproof' is a misused term

    These cameras are far from 'waterproof', they are water resistant. 10ft(3M)is not deep enough for many school pools (if they have a diving board - most do), nor for many snorklers, let alone recreational scuba divers. In short, they wouldn't survive anything other than surface oriented water activities.

    This is not to dismiss the quality of the reviewed camera, but to inform the author that she does her audience a disservice with her use of terminology. As it happens, Sony sells a very nice line of digital cameras with housings that do qualify as 'waterproof' for all recreational purposes.
    Jim Johnson
  • 'megazoom' is a misused term too

    How can 10x be a "megazoom" when the Nikon P90 has a 24x optical zoom?
    nfordzdn
    • Nit PIcking: There's always an extreme exception!

      Since the typical and majority of digital snapshot cameras in the under-$400 range have an optical zoom (digital zoom is a gimmick!) of only 3x to 4x, the Sony DHC-H55 certainly deserves inclusion as "mega-zoom" category, particularly since there are precious few other compact models anywhere near that 10x range. If it had an optical viewfinder, I'd be shopping for it now!
      The Nikon P90 is a behemoth, hardly a snapshot or pocket configuration, but still, it's saving grace is the pseudo-optical LCD viewfinder. Fortunately, Canon still makes a few models with real viewfinders!
      NBSF
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