Review of SonyCyber Shot DSC-TX5

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Mac'nCheese, May 13, 2010.

  1. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

    Mac'nCheese

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    Does anybody own the waterproof Sony Cyber Shot DSC-TX5? I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy this one for family trips but wanted to know if anyone could give a quick review before I went for it. Thank you.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    There are numerous reviews of it online, I assume you've read them? I'm not trying to be a jerk, but several of the reviews are fairly non-technical and might be more meaningful than an orgy of specs.
     
  3. Mac'nCheese thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes I did read a bunch. I like this site, though, and thought a mac-centric review might be helpful.
     
  4. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    I have the TX7 and love it. The TX5 is pretty much the same, except that it trades the TX7's full HD video for 720p + ruggedness.

    It plays well with my Macbook Pro, although AVCHD (as opposed to mp4, which it also can record) videos are stored in a way that I'm unused to (separate folders from photos with extra files that I don't know the purpose of), and since I prefer to go through Finder/Bridge rather than iPhoto/etc it's more of a pain than other cameras I've had, where video files are always single files that are in the same folder as photos. I suspect that the AVCHD file/folder structure is to ease DVD/Bluray authoring, but since I don't do that I record videos in mp4 to avoid the extra hassle and confusion (AVCHD is 60fps 1080i, mp4 maxes at 30fps 1080p, so pretty much the same quality, without getting fussy about 1080i vs 1080p).

    Bottom line: If I wanted a waterproof compact camera, I'd get a TX5, no question. Until then, I'll keep my TX7 and its pretty videos.
     
  5. Mac'nCheese thread starter macrumors 68030

    Mac'nCheese

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    Thank you! That's all I needed to hear.....
     
  6. El Cabong macrumors 6502a

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    I should mention that the touchscreen isn't quite up to Apple standards (IMO requires more pressure, has less precision, no multitouch), but it works well enough. Hopefully you won't regret your purchase ;)
     

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