Elsewhere, the TRYX offers a number of creative shooting modes worth a mention. For starters there’s an automatic HDR feature that delivers surprisingly good results, alongside a Slide Panorama function that creates 360-degree panoramas with a single button press. We had less success with the Multi SR Zoom function that’s supposed to make telephoto images sharper by combining multiple images. And quite why anyone would purposely want to use the rather sickly HDR Art shooting mode remains beyond us.
One further shooting mode of note is the Motion Shutter feature, whereby you can trigger the self-timer simply by waving your hand over a predetermined point on the monitor that you’re free to choose beforehand. Combined with the ability to use the camera’s outer rim as a stand, this feature will doubtless prove useful for group shots where it’s important that everyone’s in place and ready before starting the countdown.
Apart from the self-timer and Motion Shutter it’s possible to fire the shutter in two ways: there’s a physical shutter button located to the side of the screen that’s able to recognise a half-press to find focus without shooting. The other option is to enable Touch Shutter mode via the menu which allows you to use the touch-screen to fire off a shot, although this can all too easily lead to the accidental recording of images.
Given its form factor and design the TRYX lends itself especially well to video recording. Accordingly, movie options are well catered for with a choice of 1,920×1,080 Full HD and 1,280×720 HD, along with a High-Speed Movie mode that records 480 frames per second at VGA quality for slow-motion playback.
The TRYX takes SD/SDHC cards, inserted into a covered slot on the side of the camera. Unless you happen to have long fingernails or something like a match to hand it can be a bit fiddly getting cards in and out as they sit quite deep inside the camera body and there’s not much space to operate within. On a more positive note, the TRYX has 34.8MB of built-in memory that can be called upon in an emergency should you run out of card space.
In keeping with its cutting-edge modern design the TRYX is optimised for wireless image transfer using Eye-Fi memory cards. Other connectivity options include a mini HDMI port for hooking the TRYX straight up to a HDTV, and a mini USB 2.0 port for transferring images to a computer when you don’t happen to have a card reader – it also charges the camera via a supplied lead.
Speaking of charging, the TRYX comes with a mini USB to regular USB cable that allows you to charge the camera straight from a computer or laptop, albeit at a greatly reduced speed. An AC adaptor is also supplied should you want to charge it via the mains. It’s worth noting that you can’t switch the camera on when it’s charging, should you wish to review your images or show a friend some pictures while it’s powering up.