Sony TX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 133g - 96 x 56 x 18mm
  • Announced August 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony TX10 summary

Sony TX10 is Sony's Ultracompact camera initially announced on August of 2011. It features a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The TX10 is placed #21 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #741 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check out our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony TX10 family

The Sony TX10 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can identify all earlier and most recent models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX30 front thumbnailSony TX30
TX10 vs TX30
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX10 vs TX20
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX66 front thumbnailSony TX66
TX10 vs TX66
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX200V front thumbnailSony TX200V
TX10 vs TX200V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX1025-100mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX10 vs TX55
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
TX10 vs T110
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V
TX10 vs TX100V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T99
TX10 vs T99
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX9
TX10 vs TX9
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T900
TX10 vs T900
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T90
TX10 vs T90

Sony TX10 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Sony TX10 based on things which are oftentimes considered important in a camera.

built-in flash
does have HDMI socket
environment proofing
good sized screen (3")
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Optical)
in built zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
megapixel count good (16MP)
provides touch focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen has good resolution (921 k dots)
touchscreen functionality
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have headphone socket
does not have microphone socket
does not have Timelapse recording
fixed screen
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW support
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
manual mode not available
no aperture priority
slow at tele end (f4.6)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Sony TX10 Sensor specifications

The Sony TX10 is run by the BIONZ chip. The dimension of the sensor on the Sony TX10 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a native ISO range of 125 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the TX10's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The TX10 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony TX10 dimensions

Sony TX10 weighs around 0.29 lbs (133g or 4.69 oz) & the volume of the camera is 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony TX10 is very much the same compared with other competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Sony TX10 with a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the TX10.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 topview buttons dials

Sony TX10 Lens specifications

The TX10 has a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be exceptional however it could be invaluable in some cases.

At the widest 25mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 which will be somewhat slow and not the best for low light events and you will struggle to get good bokeh. You would also need to increase the ISO producing noisy photographs. For the tele end, 100mm comes to f4.6 making it pretty sluggish and you would need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Sony TX10 Connectivity

The TX10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and sometimes change settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Several applications even enable a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Sony TX10 Video specifications

The max video resolution on the Sony TX10 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality and file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone port which means you get little control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to shop for an alternative model in case you require good audio for your video clips.

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Sony TX10 Weather Sealing

Sony TX10 features environment proofing which makes it a great selection for use during rough climates. This can be particularly helpful in case you are unsure about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.

Sony TX10 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony TX10 features a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 921k dots.

Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to adjust focus points and adjust settings by using your finger.

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The View Finder specs for Sony TX10 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be quite valuable.

Sony TX10 Shutter specifications

Sony TX10 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony TX10 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony TX10 features only built in flash lacking external flash support.

Sony TX10 Autofocus specifications

Sony TX10 features just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster and accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The AF system features 9 focus points to select from. Sony TX10 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus. Sony TX10 lacks manual focus. Manual focus can be useful during low light conditions or you need to have more exact control on focus.

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Sony TX10 Battery life

The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the maximum (320) battery life within this class of cameras.

Following is a listing of Ultracompact cameras with the highest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Sony TX10 for different styles of photography

The following graph displays a summary of the Sony TX10 for different styles of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony TX10 Portrait photography advice

The Sony TX10 receives a rating of 30 which is low, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos & flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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good resolution (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Sony TX10 Street photography information

Having a very good points total of 67, the Sony TX10 is a fine fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
has focus via touch
environment proofing
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Sony TX10 as a Sports photography camera

A low sports photography rating of 44 suggests the Sony TX10 is simply not good for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
weather proof
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Sony TX10 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is pretty critical in picking a camera for travel. All round, the Sony TX10 gets a very good 71 for a travel camera which makes it a fine pick to buy for your trips.

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environment proofing
boasts touch focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)

Sony TX10 Landscape photography information

If you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Sony TX10 with it's decent score of 46 as a landscape camera is fairly appropriate in the current marketplace.

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rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
environment sealing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
no Time Lapse recording

Sony TX10 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all things, the Sony TX10 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a low rating of 34.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of external mic support

Sony TX10 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the TX10, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Ultracompact.

The diagram underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the TX10 versus it's top scored competitors shown previously.

Following are additional cameras you may look at as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech
XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.70 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
133g (0.29 lb)
96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Pricing at release