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Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5

Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 front
Portability
96
Imaging
33
Features
33
Overall
33

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Key Specs

Sony S2100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-105mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 61 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2010
Sony TX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 148g - 94 x 57 x 18mm
  • Launched February 2010
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Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Overview

In this article, we are looking at the Sony S2100 versus Sony TX5, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Ultracompact and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the S2100 (12MP) and the TX5 (10MP) is fairly comparable but the S2100 (1/2.3") and TX5 (1/2.4") feature totally different sensor size.

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The S2100 was introduced around the same time to the TX5 and they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Sony S2100 being a Compact camera and the Sony TX5 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before delving in to a thorough comparison, below is a concise summation of how the S2100 grades against the TX5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony S2100 over the Sony TX5

 S2100 TX5 

Reasons to pick Sony TX5 over the Sony S2100

 TX5 S2100 
Manually focus Dial exact focus
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony S2100 and Sony TX5

 S2100 TX5 
LaunchedJanuary 2010February 2010Same age
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry your camera frequently, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Sony S2100 offers outside measurements of 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony TX5 has sizing of 94mm x 57mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

Compare the Sony S2100 versus Sony TX5 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have chosen at that time. Following is the front view proportions comparison of the S2100 vs the TX5.

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the S2100 and TX5 is 93 and 96 respectively.

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 top view buttons comparison

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to see the contrast in sensor sizing only by checking out specs. The visual here might give you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the S2100 and TX5.

All in all, the 2 cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The S2100 having a larger sensor will make getting shallower depth of field easier and the Sony S2100 will produce extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics far more aggressively.

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 sensor size comparison

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony S2100 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX5 as a Portrait photography camera
21
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
26
focusing manually
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony S2100
Street photography with Sony TX5
46
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus via touch
environment sealing
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
heavier than competition in class (148g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony S2100 Sports photography highlights
Sony TX5 Sports photography highlights
17
low max shutter speed (1/1,200s)
max fps low (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
33
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony S2100 as a Travel photography camera
Sony TX5 as a Travel photography camera
50
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
62
environment sealing
supports focus via touch
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (148 grams)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony S2100 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX5 as a Landscape photography camera
27
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
43
focusing manually
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
low resolution sensor (10MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony S2100 Vlogging details
Sony TX5 Vlogging details
22
wide angle not great (33mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone port
30
rather wide (25mm)
touchscreen enabled
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (148g)
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Sony S2100 vs Sony TX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony S2100 and Sony TX5
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
Category Small Sensor Compact Ultracompact
Announced 2010-01-07 2010-02-18
Body design Compact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 33-105mm (3.2x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-5.6 f/3.5-6.3
Macro focus range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 1s 2s
Max shutter speed 1/1200s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.30 m 2.90 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 167 gr (0.37 pounds) 148 gr (0.33 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 61 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 94 x 57 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model 2 x AA NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, optional SD, Internal SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $0 $239