Summary Sony DSC-TX5

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Specifications Key specs
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Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.5
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 25 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5


Sony has replaced the Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 with the TX10.

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10 announced February 2011

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The Sony DSC-TX5 vs other recent compacts

Built-in flash Built-in flash Help
Usually standard
Size Really small Help
Ultra compact (94×57×18 mm)
Touch screen Touch screen Help
Fewer buttons
Weight Light Help
148 g
Screen size Above average sized screen Help
Image stabilization Image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Thickness Thin Help
Waterproof Waterproof Help
Great at the beach


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The Sony DSC-TX5 vs other recent compacts

Zoom Below average zoom Help
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
10 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Announced Old Help
February 2010
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/1600 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
2 seconds


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
Cyber-shot DSC-TX5

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Saltuk Sueri (3:34 PM, September 07, 2011)
I bought last TX5 with underwater housing , my aim was just underwater . Here are my notieces about who interested in to buy that camera for this purpose .
Cons :
1- Consumes battery very fast if you hold it in standby position , for a single dive it is ok but for the second and further dives an aditional battery must , i had to buy one .
2- Delay between shots slightly long , not acceptable for underwater , if the object is a fish and moving you lost the pose most of the time . But high resolution video could solve the problem if you buy a big memry card . The picture quality taken from video is good .
3- Picture quality is avarege need a external flash but there is no .

Pros :
1- Video color balance is very good , also resolution is very good . I took the picture from the video most of the time .
2- Capture stabilization work good , never had a blure picture problem .
3- Housing works also very good , not acceptable but few times i had to go more that 40m's and nothing happened .
4- Housing is priced very reasonable , one of the cheapest housing you can buy .

General advice , if you want to take videos more than pictures it if very good selection , we can say this is a very compact video camera , instead a picture camera . In future if that external flash problem solved would be the most reasonable solution for amatour level camera .
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:14 PM, July 05, 2011)
Have you seen our comparison of the Sony TX5 vs TX10
The biggest difference is that you have a much higher resolution screen and a can record higher resolution video.
Is that worth $75 to you?
Suggs02 (3:59 AM, July 05, 2011)
Thinking about buying this camera or should I pay a little more and get the TX10 ?
Avatar for Dr_Palo Dr_Palo (11:02 AM, June 09, 2011)
my cameras screen stopped working I can no longer select things on it after 3 months, never using underwater and not dropping once.  ftw?
Avatar for Lam_Ang Lam_Ang (6:32 AM, March 16, 2011)
does tx5 need maintenance? like changing the rubbers, or some parts of it.
Paul Sarfati (6:53 PM, January 29, 2011)
I have had all waterproof digital cameras as I work for the travel industry and constantly testing them. I thought this was the best camera ever, great resolution, good video, easy to use, great touch screen. The main problem was when i used it constantly under water, even after rinsing it, it stopped working!! I tried to get a service warranty but it was useless, now I have a $330 USD broken camera, and there is nothing I can do with it. I have tested the Olympus, Lumix, Pentax waterproof camera's and the most resistent is the Pentax, but it does not deliver the quality that you are looking for in a camera. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO, so maybe wait for the next SONY WATERPROOF CAMERA!
Avatar for jaxciz jaxciz (9:31 PM, January 11, 2011)
I have this camera. I've dropped it on rocks and almost lost it for a few minutes while at the beach. It still works flawlessly. I've only found it to be troublesome when the grains of sand are large and get lodged in the sliding cover. When at the beach you gotta use the power button to turn on and off instead of the sliding cover. Many times i've forgotten to wash the camera after using it at the beach. It has been fine. Sony did an excellent on this device. It's rugged and beautiful.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:29 AM, December 09, 2010)
Yes! From sony's site:

Yes, the camera can be used in salt water environments. However, always rinse off the salt water with fresh water after use.

WARNING: There is a risk of hardware damage. Do not leave the camera in salt water or with salt water attached. Doing so may cause degradation of the water-proof seal, corrosion, rust, or discoloration.
Norezna (0:36 AM, December 09, 2010)
can go into ocean? i mean in salted water?
Jeff Ferguson (7:16 PM, December 01, 2010)
I wanted to know how deep you could go with this, and the Sony site says 3 m.
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:10 PM, September 08, 2010)
You're absolutely right, see the full tech specs for the TX5. Snapsort compares displays a calculated true resolution which takes into account limitations due to the sensor size, this makes sure Snapsort doesn't recommend cameras that have more megapixels but same or worse level of detail.
Yao_moh (6:27 AM, September 08, 2010)
isn't the TX5 a 10.1 MP camera instead of 8.1?
Avatar for JayCincotta JayCincotta (5:10 PM, May 07, 2010)
This looks great. Lots of great specs plus one killer feature not mentioned: it's ruggedized!
"Perhaps the most significant feature of the Sony TX5 is its rugged body, which for the first time in a Sony Cyber-shot camera is protected against a variety of dangers including water, dust, shock, and freezing. The Sony TX5 functions up to depths of ten feet underwater for as long as one hour, gaining the camera an IEC60529 IPX8 rating, and the TX5 is also rated as dustproof to the IEC 60529 IP5X standard. The shock proofing should protect the camera from accidental drops as high as five feet, which merits the MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5-Shock rating. Finally, the freezeproofing allows use in temperatures as low as 14 Fahrenheit / -10 Celsius, and as high as 104 Fahrenheit / 40 Celsius."

OTOH, the TX7, while not ruggedized, has a slightly larger screen (3.5") and shoots higher quality video (1080p).