Sony TX100V

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 147g - 97 x 59 x 18mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
40
Features
40
Overall
40

Sony TX100V overview

Sony TX100V is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera first revealed on January of 2011. The camera comes with a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The TX100V ranks at #21 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all around #698 out of 1421 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your customized factors.

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Sony TX100V history

The Sony TX100V is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.

ModelLensResolutionSensor SizeReleasedWeight
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX30 front thumbnailSony TX30
TX100V vs TX30
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2013141g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX100V vs TX20
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2012133g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX66 front thumbnailSony TX66
TX100V vs TX66
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012109g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX200V front thumbnailSony TX200V
TX100V vs TX200V
28-140mm
F3.5-4.8
18MP1/2.3"2012129g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX10 front thumbnailSony TX10
TX100V vs TX10
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011133g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX100V vs TX55
26-130mm
F3.5-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011109g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T110 front thumbnailSony T110
TX100V vs T110
27-108mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011121g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX100V front thumbnailSony TX100V25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
16MP1/2.3"2011147g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T99 front thumbnailSony T99
TX100V vs T99
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
14MP1/2.3"2010121g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX9 front thumbnailSony TX9
TX100V vs TX9
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
12MP1/2.3"2010149g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T900 front thumbnailSony T900
TX100V vs T900
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009143g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-T90 front thumbnailSony T90
TX100V vs T90
35-140mm
F3.5-10.0
12MP1/2.3"2009148g

Sony TX100V Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Sony TX100V based on aspects that are generally seen as essential in a digital camera.

big screen (3.5 inches)
built in zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
has built in flash
has HDMI support
has OLED
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus via touch
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
rather wide (25mm)
touch screen
very good screen resolution (1,229 k dot)
can't use external flash
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect auto focus
does not have RAW format
heavier than others in class (147 grams)
lack of headphone jack
lack of manual exposure
lack of mic jack
lack of Time Lapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no aperture priority
no manual focus
no shutter priority
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
sluggish at long end (f4.6)
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Sony TX100V Sensor features

The Sony TX100V houses the BIONZ processor. The sensor specification in the Sony TX100V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 125 - 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the TX100V's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The TX100V sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V sensor size Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony TX100V dimensions

Sony TX100V has a weight of 0.32 lb (147g or 5.19 ounces) & the size of the camera is 97mm x 59mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Sony TX100V is heavier compared to other rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Sony TX100V besides a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V dimensions scale

The top view here will show the button layout on the TX100V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V topview buttons dials

Sony TX100V Lens features

The TX100V has got an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which is definitely not significant however it will surely be very helpful in some cases.

At it's widest 25mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.5 which is pretty sluggish and not very good for low light situations and you will find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will also have to boost your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. On the long end, 100mm comes to f4.6 which is really slow and you might have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Sony TX100V Connectivity

The TX100V has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy images and at times alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Sony TX100V Video features

The highest video quality in the Sony TX100V is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between video quality versus file size but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to crop. The body doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone jack which means you have zero control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for an alternative camera if you require better sound for your videos.

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Sony TX100V Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Sony TX100V so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Sony TX100V Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony TX100V comes with a 3.5" fixed display with a resolution of 1,229k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can switch focus point as well as change settings by using your fingers.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V screen and viewfinder Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down

The ViewFinder specifications for Sony TX100V are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.

Sony TX100V Shutter features

Sony TX100V can shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony TX100V Flash and Hot shoe features

Sony TX100V has just built in flash with no external flash ability.

Sony TX100V Autofocus features

Sony TX100V has only Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing.

The Sensor comes with 9 focus points to select from. Sony TX100V has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change where you focus. Sony TX100V has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option is good during low light situations or you require more accurate depth of field control.

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Sony TX100V Battery life

The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 features the highest (320) battery life within this category of cameras.

Below is a collection of Ultracompact cameras that come with the best battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-Coolpix-L32 front thumbnailNikon L32
TX100V vs L32
1280 x 720320 nonono
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-870 front thumbnailOlympus TG-870
TX100V vs TG-870
1920 x 1080300 nonono
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP5 front thumbnailPanasonic FP5
TX100V vs FP5
1280 x 720260 nonono
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX100V vs TX20
1920 x 1080250 nonono
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX100V vs TX55
1920 x 1080250 nonono

Sony TX100V for specific kinds of photography

The following illustration shows a overview of the Sony TX100V for specific kinds of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Sony TX100V as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony TX100V has a rating of 30 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the capability to utilize external lighting.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Sony TX100V Street photography features

With a above average points tally of 61, the Sony TX100V is a good pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch to focus
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than competition (147 grams)

Sony TX100V Sports photography details

A really bad sports photography points tally of 40 means the Sony TX100V is just not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Sony TX100V Travel photography details

Portability is really important when getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony TX100V gets a above average 66 as a travel camera which is a good fit to purchase for your trips.

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supports touch to focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (147 grams)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)

Sony TX100V as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Sony TX100V at it's really bad rating of 43 for a landscape camera is just not acceptable within the current marketplace.

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rather wide (25mm)
lovely big screen (3.5 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Time Lapse mode

Sony TX100V Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should have a moving screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Sony TX100V is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad rating of 33.

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rather wide (25mm)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone port
more heavy than others in class (147g)

Sony TX100V Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the TX100V, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Ultracompact.

The graph listed below shows you a bird's eye view of the TX100V vs it's top scored rivals suggested previously.

There are a bunch of cameras you might regard as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100V
Category
Ultracompact
Announced
2011-01-06
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
BIONZ
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.5-4.6
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3.5 inches
Screen resolution
1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology
XtraFine OLED display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
2s
Highest shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
147g (0.32 pounds)
Physical dimensions
97 x 59 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.7")
Other
Battery ID
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
1
Pricing at launch
$380