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Sony TX10 review

Audley Jarvis




  • Recommended by TR
Sony TX10


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  • Tough yet stylish
  • Image quality
  • HD movie quality


  • Limited zoom
  • No finger grip
  • Not cheap

Key Features

  • 16.2-megapixel sensor
  • 4x optical zoom (25-100mm)
  • 1080 Full HD movie recording
  • Waterproof to 5m, shockproof to 1.5m
  • Sweep Panorama mode
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Review Price: £279.99

The Sony TX10 is a tough little point-and-shoot compact from Sony with a decent features and a premium price tag to match.

Waterproof to 5m, freezeproof to -10°C, shockproof to 1.5m and fully sealed against dust, the TX10 is also the smallest 'ruggedised' compact to have landed on the TrustedReviews test bench in recent months. Does that make it the perfect pocket companion for adventurous photographers? Lets take a closer look and find out.

Sony TX10

The TX10 supersedes the TX9 that was launched in mid-2010, but which remains in the Sony line-up for now. The new model gains an extra 4MP of resolution.

The TX10 uses a 1/2.3in Exmor R CMOS sensor offering an effective resolution of 16.2MP. It’s a backside-illuminated sensor, which means that it sits inside the camera with the internal wiring positioned behind the chip rather than front of it, thereby allowing more light to reach the individual photodiodes on the surface of the sensor, effectively making it more receptive – and less prone to noise – in poor light conditions.

This Exmor sensor is paired with a Sony Bionz processor to allow for relatively quick processing of individual images. The TX10 can only record single-shot images at full 16.2MP resolution, although it is possible to switch to High-Speed burst mode and shoot at up to10fps continuously - resolution here drops to 400 x 600 pixels. Sensitivity meanwhile ranges between ISO 125 and 3200.

Sony TX10

The TX10 is fitted with a 4x optical zoom that offers the 35mm equivalent of a 25mm-100mm focal range. The lens is entirely contained within a sealed housing on the shoulder of the camera and further protected by the camera’s sliding front cover.

It is also possible to deploy the TX10’s Precision and Smart digital zoom technology to increase magnification at the expense of resolution, maxing-out at 28x in VGA resolution. However, as might be expected, images taken at this setting display plenty of pixellation and are of rather poor quality. Using the digital zoom is very much a last resort, which does have some implications for the camera’s overall flexibility, seeing as the 4x range is a little limited.


February 16, 2012, 12:00 pm

Thanks so much for the photos. I ordered the Sony TX10 review for my DD's birthday. It will be here by Weds. The main problem I see is now I think my other DD will want one too (she's not wild about the one I got her last Christmas).

Disappointed TX10 owner

October 9, 2013, 12:31 pm

I bought this sony TX10 mainly because i wanted a camera that can withstand outside elements.

Advertising claims it is shock "proof" "up to 5ft" as Sony would want us to believe...unintentionally dropped mine to the streets only once, unknowingly when i stepped out of the car (so you can imagine that is only 1ft) and my TX10 already incurred small dents in various places, and the battery/memory card slide opener got dislocated.

Brought it to the official Sony service center as it was still under warranty, but was denied a replacement unit for reasons they say that shock proof it is depending on the surface it dropped into. WTF?! I sensibly told them the streets were smooth and not rocky, so the accidental drop from a height not so high should not cause any at all even small damages to a rugged camera, (if this happened to a competing Panasonic TS3 or Olympus Tough both would survive the fall completely undamaged) and so, my demands should be valid. I bought the Sony one thinking because of the good reputation Sony Corp. leaves to me, but now, I'm boycotting their products.

Buyer Beware... now the successor to it, the TX20, is now being advertised as shock-resistant and not proof anymore, most probably because Sony can't admit they themselves attempted to do a public deception by claiming their camera is shock "proof" AND "up to 5ft", which is entirely untrue at all.

Disappointed TX10 owner

October 9, 2013, 12:35 pm

Maybe by saying that it all depends on to the surface the TX10 fell into, they mean I should drop the camera to a pillow?! or some cushioned sofa?! and not while out of the house where it normally is used :|

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