Sony DSC-TX100V

Last Updated (16 July’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ DigitalTrends

Sony DSC-TX100V is a 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera features 4x Optical zoom, ISO 125-3200, Anti Motion Blur, Face Detection, Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization , Background Defocus, Blink Detection, 3.5-inch OLED Touchscreen and Full HD 1080/60p Video. The camera measures W x H x D: 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 23/32″/(97.0mm x 58.5mm x 17.8mm) and weighs 5.2 oz (147g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆| Latest Price Info

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Sony DSC-TX100V Reviews

DigitalTrends reviews the Sony DSC-TX100V and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V is a very good camera packed with features, but be prepared to deal with a washed-out screen in the sun.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBay reviews the Sony DSC-TX100V and writes;
“In sum, the Sony TX100V is probably the most impressive point and shoot camera model that I saw at CES 2011. It’s not the cheapest at around $380 retail, but those looking for the highest quality in the smallest package will have a hard time finding a better ultra-compact than the TX100V.”
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User Opinions

Sony DSC-TX100V User Reviews

Just a really quick review
“Fantastic pictures with very good low-light handling and fast start-up (around 1 sec). Very easy movie mode. You just press the movie button on the touchscreen to start/stop. No fumbling through menus. The video quality is excellent as well, and you can record in both MP4 and the finer MTS (AVCHD). Audio is pretty decent and in stereo.” – By Liquid Sky
Rating: ★★★★☆

Good-Looking Camera
“HD video is very good. the files are AVCHD videos, in *.m2ts files, the frame rate is smooth, and you can zoom in and out (4x optical, I disable digital zoom) while recording. One quirk about the video recording feature is that when I switch it to video mode, it automatically starts recording.” – By T. Le
Rating: ★★★★☆

Best of the bunch
“If you use maximum settings and all the bells and whistles you will create gorgeous still photos even in backlight conditions and video files that are remarkable especially if you use a small tripod to hold the camera by a stem. The macro feature is amazing with the Carl Zies lens.” – By J. Maxwell
Rating: ★★★★★

Best of breed
“Bottom line on this new TX100v for “point-n-shooters” is that this is by far the “best of the breed.” Shooting in auto mode for both pics and videos is simple and produces great results regardless of lighting or sceanic conditions–no need to fool with the settings…this thing is fully automated and works perfectly nearly every time.” – By B. Preston Rich
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome, full-featured point-n-shoot
“This is a great full-featured point-and-shoot. Image quality is fantastic. Added features like smile-detection and panorama are not-necessary, but cool to play with and all work great.” – By N. Smithson
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing little camera
“Pretty good image quality pictures, specially outdoors. Cannot expect a 1/17″ sensor image quality as a Canon S100 though. Really small, beautiful stylish camera” – By Bruno Zanchet
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony DSC-TX100V Features

See pictures in a whole new way with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V camera. Viewing on the 3.5-inch OLED touch screen with vivid colors brings photos to life. With features like 3D still image, amazing iSweep Panorama, superior low light function and full HD video, viewing your pictures just got a lot more exciting.

Sony DSC-TX100V Feature Highlights
16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor

The DSC-TX100V features a 16.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080p movie modes7.

3.5-inch OLED Touch screen
3.5-inch Touch screen with OLED technology gives you deeper blacks and more color in your display, all while being thinner than most LCDs.

Full HD 1080@60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 10804. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV7.

3D still image and panorama
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Images will take on a new dimension to view the world in a whole new way5.

iSweep Panorama
With iSweep Panorama just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a panoramic image. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

Backlight Correction
Don’t miss a single detail in high contrast shots. The built in backlight correction analyzes the image and automatically adjusts accordingly to give you a perfectly lit shot.

Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on your subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 36 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot.

Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don’t capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.

High speed shooting
The DSC-TX100V can capture full 16.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, the DSC-TX100V employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 25mm equivalent wide 4x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up to just under ½-inch from the subject. A wide angle of 25mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.

HDMI output
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV). Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable to any compatible HDMI compatible device to easily enjoy and upload content7.

Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. Also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Face Detection technology
Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Anti-blink Function
It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

Sweep Multi Angle Mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD.

Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-TX100V captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and dramatically reduce subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

TransferJet technology
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by consortium of 18 other companies, allows the transfer of up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing6.

Compatible with PC and MAC Systems
The Full HD video captured with the DSC-TX100V can be used with the provided Picture Motion Browser software2 for PC and iMovie (sold separately) for Mac systems.

Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.51
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using an external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony’s Personal Space). Using the new 5.5 version also enables playback of 3D images taken on the Cyber-shot camera.

Includes Sony PMB Portable software2
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable 5.5 software2 the DSC-TX100V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites8 without the need for any additional software or install.

1. PMB requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/Windows 7 environments not supported. Not supported by Mac OS.
2. Uploading directly to the web requires PMB Portable (ver 5.5 for Windows and ver 1.3 for Mac) software and USB cable (included), and PC with internet connectivity. Windows XP SP3 64-bit and Starter Edition and Windows Vista Starter Edition environments not supported.
3. Compatible BRAVIA HDTV, and component cable required for PhotoTV HD viewing. Specifications for BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region.
4. Movie recording is limited to 29 minute segments.
5. 3D viewing requires 3D HDTV, a high speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection and 3D glasses (all sold separately).
6. TransferJet enabled media (sold separately) and TransferJet technology required in both devices. Interoperability and compatibility among TransferJet enabled devices may vary.
7. HD Viewing requires an HD output adapter cable (VMC-MHC1) and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.
8. Requires compatible wireless access point(s). Some features may rely on Internet services.

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