Sony TX200v Review
With the release of the 18.2 MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200v, the camera manufacturer has jumped to the front of the pack of high-resolution point-and-shoot waterproof cameras. The latest Cyber-shot easily outpaces the resolution of the nearest competitor, the new Panasonic TS20 (which sports a 16.1 MP sensor), and can also claim the largest screen (3.3 inches) of any underwater camera. Add full-resolution continuous shooting at 10 frames per second to the equation and you can see why the Sony TX200v is going to be a popular camera with outdoor enthusiasts who want high resolution action shots.
Sony TX200v Features
The Sony TX200v is an ultra compact camera with a lot of features packed into its small body. It’s waterproof to 16 feet and dustproof for peace of mind when you’re outdoors. The 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor can capture crisp, sharp images and 1080p HD video with the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with a focal length (35mm equivalent) of 28-140mm and a 5x optical zoom.
What makes this camera particularly impressive, however, is not the ability to take one or two great quality shots, but the ability to shoot full 18.2 MP images in bursts of 10 frames per second. No other waterproof camera on the market comes close to this, not only because the Sony resolution is the highest in its class, but also because many cameras that offer 10fps continuous shooting do it at a lower resolution. (Note: If you’re buying this camera for its speedy high-resolution images, be sure to get a memory card that can handle the quick write time required. Look for a Class 10 micro SD card.)
Other impressive features of the Sony DSC-TX200v include a 3.3-inch OLED touch screen, high speed auto focus, ISO settings from 64 to 12800, and functions to help you get the best photos, such as Smile Shutter, Face Detection, Background Defocus, Anti-blink technology and motion detection. The TX200v also offers Natural Flash mode, which aims to improve the harsh lighting often seem in images shot with on-camera flash by adjusting the white balance for the subject and background.
GPS and Compass
And if you’re looking for a waterproof camera with GPS, you won’t be disappointed. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200v has a built-in GPS and compass that will record location data as you shoot. Later, you can use the GPS information to track your journey and see your images in a path on Google Earth
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The Sony DSC-TX200v is a great camera for anyone wanting a waterproof camera to take fast action shots at full resolution. The large screen, wide-angle lens and high ISO ratings will make it great for just about any type of shooting. The only drawback to this camera is really the price, as its MSRP is higher than any of the other waterproof digital cameras on the market. But as there’s no comparison in speed and resolution, that shouldn’t deter outdoor photographers who need a camera that can capture images as fast as they can shoot.
Sony TX200v PROS
– highest resolution sensor of any waterproof compact camera
– large OLED screen
– full resolution continuous shooting at 10 fps
Sony TX200v CONS
– highest-priced waterproof camera on the market
– not shockproof or freezeproof like many rugged cameras
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