Sony this week announced the upcoming launch of the Cybershot TX5 Compact Digital Camera in pink.
The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX5 is sleek and slim with a slide-down face that reveals the lens and the flash. Almost the entire back of the camera is used to provide a very generous 3″ LCD touch screen. No space is lost on the rear for controls and buttons – nearly everything is driven through the touch-operated menu system.
Despite looking all delicate and dainty, the TX5 is one of the most robust digital compact cameras in the world. It’s curvy body is extremely rugged. It is built to withstand all sorts of extremes – like surviving a drop from up to about 5 feet or being as much as 10 feet underwater for up to an hour. Even extreme temperatures pose no problem. The pink DSC-TX5 is designed to work at any temperature between -10° and +40° celcius. Add to this the fact that the pink Sony TX5 is certified as dust and sand-proof and you might begin to wonder just what you do have to do to destroy it.
The 10 megapixel TX5 features a Carl Zeiss Vario- Tessar lens offering a 4x ultra-wide optical zoom (25mm to 100mm equivalent). Combined with a 9-point Auto-Focus system that can detect up to 8 faces in the shot and SteadyShot image stabilisation system results surely be pleasingly pin-sharp.
Many manual settings and preset modes are available, from lighting modes to ISO speeds. There’s also a fully automatic mode which yields great point-and-click results too. For taking shots of fast moving objects (whether it be racing cars or young kids), the super-fast burst rate of 10 frames per second for up to ten shots even at maximum resolution helps you to be certain that you have the best shot. Keep the best, delete the others. For indoor shots, the TX5′s flash has a range of up to 9.5 feet (reduced to 7.9 at maximum zoom).
As well as great stills, the pink Cybershot TX5 has a 720p HD video mode (as well as an SD 640×480 pixel mode) which makes MP4 format movies at 29.97 frames per second with monaural audio.
Another great feature to be found on the TX5 is Sony’s Sweep Panorama mode which allows for automatic panoramas to be made directly by the camera. Turning through up to 258 degrees will allow up to 100 shots to be taken and automatically stitched together to a single image.
When it comes to storage, Sony is once again a little more open-minded than in the past and allows a choice of either their own proprietary Memory Stick PRO Duo cards or plain simple (and frankly, much more popular) Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC cards. If the worst happens and you accidentally leave your memory card at home, the pink Cybershot TX5 has 45MB of in-built memory so at least a handful of shots are still possible.
Power comes from a Sony InfoLithium NP-BN1 rechargeable battery (the charger is supplied in the box), which the company claims is good for about 250 shots before it needs charging (assuming you don’t use the flash too much that is). Sony’s Picture Motion Browser v5.0 and Picture Motion Browser Portable (5.0 for Windows / 1.1 for Mac OS) software is also included.
The TX5 is 94mm (W) x 57mm (H) x 18mm (D) and weighs just 144g with the battery installed.
In addition to pink, the the the new model will be available in a choice of black, silver, red and green and is expected to be available from April.
As soon as it is launched we will be sure to compare prices of all the major stores so that you can find the cheapest pink Sony Cybershot DSC-TX5 here. Why not set a bookmark and check back regularly.