Sony Cyber shot DSC-TX20
I recently started swimming with my 2 and 3 year olds. Since this was their 1st time, I wanted to capture every moment, so I needed a water proof camera. I didnt want the usual rugged camera since I was also going to use it on a day to day basis. I wanted one which was atleast 12MP, waterproof and thin on the pocket.
I found one which fit my needs pretty well.
The Sony Cyber shot DSC-TX20 is one of the newer Sony models. It offers a 16.2MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom lens, 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen and Full HD movie recording and ofcourse water/shock/dust/freeze-proof(up to 5 meters). The best part is that even though it is one tough device, it still does not look like a rugged camera from anywhere.
The only physical controls present are the On/Off button, shutter release, playback and movie buttons, and a little nub that is used from zoom. Everything is controlled via the 3” touch screen which is pretty responsive( One of the best I think)
Shooting underwater, things appear slightly closer so the 4x zoom lens which covers a 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) focal range is especially useful. Start to shooting takes about a little over a second and a burst of 10 in 1 second which is great.
As for the picture quality I did find the sharpness to be lower than other similar cameras. You can see some sample shots here. When Imatest is used to measure the sharpness of the lens, the camera scored 1,350 lines per picture height which to be honest isn’t all that great.
Video is recorded in AVCHD format at 1080i60 resolution. The camera can be directly connected an HDTV via a standard mini HDMI port. Standard SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards are supported, as well as Sony Memory Sticks.
The TX20 offers an auto mode, a program auto mode, panoramic shooting, background defocus, scene, 3D and picture effects all is all which makes this a decent beginners camera.