- 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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- Size Comparison
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 #68 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & all-around #1017 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your customized requirements.
Here is a chart of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony TX5 family
The Sony TX5 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the complete range below.
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Sony TX5 Gallery
You can see the TX5 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Listed below is a photo of the Sony TX5 besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view directly below will provide the button design on the TX5.
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.
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.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Street photography with Sony TX5
Having a very good points tally of 63, 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.
Sports photography with Sony TX5
A awful sports photography points tally of 33 indicates the Sony TX5 is simply not appropriate for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony TX5
Portability is super important when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Sony TX5 gets a above average 62 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to buy for your holidays.
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.
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.
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.