Sony has announced the Cybershot TX5 compact camera, boasting a first for the Cybershot range.
The new TX5 is the first Cybershot model to be waterproof, while also sporting the lifeproofing capabilities seen in competitor compacts, such as dust-proofing, shock-proofing and freeze-proofing.
The TX5 isn’t your bog-standard lifeproof compact however – a 3in LCD touchscreen features, as does a 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide angle. The TX5 also offers 720p HD movie capture, as well as sporting Sony’s renowned Sweep Panorama shooting mode. Finally, at just 17.7mm thick, the TX5 isn’t going to weigh you down while on the go.
The TX5 is due on shelves in March, with price yet to be announced. See below for further information on the TX5.
London, 18th February 2010
Better looking pictures, whatever the weather:
Sony’s colourful, super-slim TX5 is the first waterproof Cyber-shotTM
* Waterproof, dust-proof, shock-proof, freeze-proof… and just 17.7mm slim
* Featuring Intelligent Sweep Panorama for smooth panoramic images even with moving subjects
* 10.2 effective megapixels Exmor RTM CMOS Sensor for fantastic images even in low light
* 4x optical zoom with 25mm wide angle and 720p HD movie shooting
* 7.5cm (3″) wide Clear Photo LCD touchscreen
Sony Cyber-shotTM is all about catching life’s amazing moments, whatever you’re doing. It’s never been more true than with the water, dust, shock and freeze-proof new Cyber-shotTM TX5: Sony’s first ever camera with high-fashion looks that handles just about anything your active lifestyle can throw at it.
At just 17.7mm slim, the TX5 is the world’s thinnest and smallest* waterproof digital still camera. You’ve never seen another weatherproof camera like it: available in five stunning colours (black, silver, pink, green, red), the TX5 is equally at home on smart nights out or on chilly mud-splattered cycle treks.
Whether you’re skiing, swimming, hiking – or just partying hard – the toughest ever Cyber-shotTM keeps pace with the action. Waterproof down to 3m**, the TX5 lets you keep shooting in the pool or while you’re snorkelling. You can even adjust settings on the intuitive 7.5cm (3″) LCD touchscreen while you’re underwater or wearing gloves.
This tough performer also shrugs off dust, and can keep shooting after being dropped from a height of 1.5m***. The TX5 can even deal with freezing conditions down to -10◦C, making Sony’s newest Cyber-shotTM an ideal companion for skiing trips or gruelling adventure weekends.
Beneath the tough exterior you’ll find some equally serious imaging features. With a resolution of 10.2 effective megapixels, the advanced Exmor RTM CMOS Sensor ensures detail-packed pictures, with impressive low-noise imaging performance in low light. It’s a perfect complement for the superb Carl Zeiss lens with 4x optical zoom and 25mm wide angle for perfectly framed shots – from intimate portraits to dramatic travel scenes.
The power packed combination of Exmor RTM CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor enables full resolution continuous burst shooting at up to a blazing 10 frames per second – helping you capture even more unique moments. Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur modes benefit from a high-speed burst of six frames, cutting picture noise by up to 50% for crisp, natural results in low-light conditions where other compact cameras struggle.
Intelligent Sweep Panorama enhances an acclaimed Cyber-shotTM feature. It’s so easy to use: just press the shutter button once and sweep the camera across the scene. The TX5 automatically stitches together a burst of high resolution frames to create a single extra wide image. Perfect for landscapes or big family gatherings, this feature now offers improved processing for seamless panoramas, even when people are moving in the frame.
The enhanced touchscreen interface makes operation easier than ever. Flick a fingertip to scroll though your images, or drag frequently used functions onto the main menu screen for easy access. Touch an icon on the widescreen LCD and the camera switches instantly to HD movie shooting mode, regardless of your current camera settings. With the new Cyber-shotTM TX5 it’s never been easier to grab that ‘once in a lifetime’ moment.
Key technical specifications:
Effective Pixels 10.2 megapixels
Image Sensor 7.59mm (1/2.4 type) Exmor RTM CMOS
Lens Carl Zeiss
Zoom 4x (optical)
Sweep Panorama Yes (Intelligent)
LCD screen size 7.5cm (3.0″)
Battery Life 125mins (250 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on
Image stabiliser Optical SteadyShot
Video recording 720p HD movie (1280×720 progressive 30 fps MPEG-4)
Internal memory Approx. 45MB
Dimensions (mm) 94.0 x 56.9 x 17.7mm
Weight* Approx. 128g
Colours Black, Silver, Pink, Green, Red Black, Silver