Sony TX5

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 front
 
  • 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
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
33
Overall
34

Sony TX5 overview

Sony TX5 is Sony's Ultracompact camera originally introduced on February of 2010. The camera features a 10MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.4" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3648 x 2736.

The TX5 is placed #62 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all-around #965 out of 1421 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your customized requirements.

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Sony TX5 family

The Sony TX5 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete range below.

ModelLensResolutionSensor SizeReleasedWeight
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX5 front thumbnailSony TX525-100mm
F3.5-6.3
10MP1/2.4"2010148g
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX7 front thumbnailSony TX7
TX5 vs TX7
25-100mm
F3.5-4.6
10MP1/2.4"2010149g
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX1 front thumbnailSony TX1
TX5 vs TX1
35-140mm
F3.5-4.6
10MP1/2.4"2009142g

Sony TX5 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Sony TX5 based on factors that are typically viewed as useful in a camera.

built in zoom lens (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
comes with touch to focus
decently wide (25mm)
does have HDMI out
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
screen size is good (3 inches)
touchscreen functionality
weather proofing
you can focus manually
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have mic support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
fixed screen
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW files
heavier than competition (148 grams)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual exposure
MP count low (10 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
pixelated screen (230 k dots)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
slow at full zoom (f6.3)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Sony TX5 Sensor specifications

The Sony TX5 houses the Bionz chip. The spec of the sensor on the Sony TX5 is 6.104mm x 4.578mm (1/2.4"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 10 megapixels and includes a native ISO range of 125 to 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the TX5's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The TX5 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 sensor size Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony TX5 dimensions

Sony TX5 is 0.33 lb (148g or 5.22 oz) & the sizing of the camera is 94mm x 57mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony TX5 is more heavy when compared with other rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Sony TX5 besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button design on the TX5.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 topview buttons dials

Sony TX5 Lens specifications

The TX5 has got a built in lens providing a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which won't be ideal however it will be valuable in certain circumstances.

At the widest 25mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 which will be pretty slow and not the best for low light conditions and you may find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to boost the ISO setting giving you noisy files. Towards the tele end, 100mm comes with f6.3 which is pretty slow and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Sony TX5 Connectivity

The TX5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can transfer photos and sometimes alter settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Certain applications even allow a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Sony TX5 Video specifications

The maximum video quality on the Sony TX5 is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in MPEG-4 format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should target at least FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket so you get no control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to get a different camera should you require good sound for your video clips.

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Sony TX5 Weather Sealing

Sony TX5 features weather sealing making it a great selection for use for challenging conditions. This can be especially helpful whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may face for outdoor photography.

Sony TX5 Display and Viewfinder

The Sony TX5 features a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly so you are able to adjust focus point and adjust settings with your fingers.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The ViewFinder specs for Sony TX5 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tough to see, viewfinders will be quite helpful.

Sony TX5 Shutter specifications

Sony TX5 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600s.

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Sony TX5 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony TX5 features only inbuilt flash with missing external flash ability.

Sony TX5 Autofocus specifications

Sony TX5 features just Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing.

The Sensor features 9 focus points to choose from. Sony TX5 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers to shift where you focus. Sony TX5 supports manual focusing in case it is required for low light scenarios or you need more exact focusing control.

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Sony TX5 Battery life

The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the highest possible (320) battery life for this range of cameras.

Here is a number of Ultracompact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-Coolpix-L32 front thumbnailNikon L32
TX5 vs L32
1280 x 720320 nonono
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-TG-870 front thumbnailOlympus TG-870
TX5 vs TG-870
1920 x 1080300 nonono
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FP5 front thumbnailPanasonic FP5
TX5 vs FP5
1280 x 720260 nonono
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX20 front thumbnailSony TX20
TX5 vs TX20
1920 x 1080250 nonono
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-TX55 front thumbnailSony TX55
TX5 vs TX55
1920 x 1080250 nonono

Sony TX5 for specific types of photography

The following illustration indicates a overview of the Sony TX5 for specific types of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Sony TX5 Portrait photography highlights

The Sony TX5 gets a rating of 27 which is awful, meaning that it is simply not appropriate for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos in addition to the ability to utilize off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
no manual mode
no external flash support
low megapixels (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW support

Street photography with Sony TX5

Having a very good points tally of 64, the Sony TX5 is a good pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus via touch
weather proofing
screen is fixed
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
lack of RAW support
heavier than others in class (148g)

Sports photography with Sony TX5

A awful sports photography points tally of 34 indicates the Sony TX5 is simply not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no shutter priority
low resolution (10 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.4")
lack of phase detect AF

Travel photography with Sony TX5

Portability is super important when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Sony TX5 gets a above average 63 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to buy for your holidays.

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environment proof
boasts touch focus
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (148g)
low MP (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)

Sony TX5 Landscape photography factors

In case you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Sony TX5 and it's awful grade of 44 as a landscape camera is simply not appropriate in the current market.

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you can focus manually
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.4")
doesn't have RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Sony TX5 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera should really come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Sony TX5 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it comes to a awful rating of 30.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of external mic jack
heavier than competitors (148 grams)

Sony TX5 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the TX5, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the category of Ultracompact.

The line graph down below provides you a summary of the TX5 compared to it's highest scoring competitors suggested previously.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might check out as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Make
Sony
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
Category
Ultracompact
Launched
2010-02-18
Physical type
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor Chip
Bionz
Sensor size
1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions
6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area
27.9mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Max native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
125
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.5-6.3
Macro focusing distance
1cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
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
Slowest shutter speed
2 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
2.90 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
148g (0.33 lb)
Physical dimensions
94 x 57 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
Other
Battery ID
NP-BN1
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Card slots
Single
Retail pricing
$239