Sony TX55 summary
Sony TX55 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera initially introduced on July of 2011. The camera has got a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The TX55 is rated #12 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over all #620 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Advanced camera filter to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
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Sony TX55 history
The Sony TX55 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can see all earlier and most recent models along with main specs.
Sony TX55 Gallery
You can see the TX55 from various angles in the gallery here.
Sony TX55 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Sony TX55 based on aspects which are generally considered crucial in a digital camera.
Sony TX55 Sensor info
The Sony TX55 houses the BIONZ chip. The measurement of the sensor on the Sony TX55 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4608 x 3456 pixels at 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 can cause cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16MP and provides a standard ISO range of 100 to 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the TX55's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The TX55 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is shown in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony TX55 dimensions
Sony TX55 has a weight of 0.24 lb (109g / 3.84 ounces) & has outer proportions of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5"). The weight of typical Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony TX55 is very much the same when compared to its competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Here is a picture of the Sony TX55 besides a soft drink to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view just below will show you the button design on the TX55.
Sony TX55 Lens info
The TX55 comes with an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which isn't outstanding but it could be handy in a few situations.
At the widest 26mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 and that's somewhat slow and not very good for low light situations and you will find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You might also need to raise the ISO causing noisy shots. On the tele end, 130mm comes with f4.8 which is pretty slow and you might need to choose slower shutter speeds.
Sony TX55 Connectivity
The TX55 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send files and in some cases adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.
Certain applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external display. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Sony TX55 Video info
The max video quality on the Sony TX55 is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality offers a decent balance for video quality versus file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means you have got no control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get another model should you need decent audio for your videos.
Sony TX55 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing for the Sony TX55 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Sony TX55 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony TX55 has got a 3.3 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 1,230 thousand dots.
Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can shift focus points as well as change settings with your fingers.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The ViewFinder specs for Sony TX55 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Sony TX55 Shutter info
Sony TX55 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.
Sony TX55 Flash and Hot shoe info
Sony TX55 features only inbuilt flash without external flash support.
Sony TX55 Autofocus info
Sony TX55 features just Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing.
The AF system has got 9 focus points to select from. Sony TX55 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is needed for low light situations or you want more accurate control on focus.
Sony TX55 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-BN) for the Sony TX55 is built to last for 250 shutters with respect to the CIPA measurements which is higher than standard in comparison to its class. The usual Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the maximum (320) battery life for this type of cameras.
Following is a number of Ultracompact cameras that have the highest battery life:
Sony TX55 for specific types of photography
The following illustration displays a rundown of the Sony TX55 for specific types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Sony TX55 Portrait photography information
The Sony TX55 receives a rating of 37 which is bad, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support plus the option to use external lighting.
Sony TX55 Street photography information
Coming in at a average points total of 58, the Sony TX55 is fairly suitable for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sony TX55 Sports photography information
A bad sports photography rating of 45 suggests the Sony TX55 is just not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony TX55 Travel photography details
Size is really important when choosing a travel camera. All things considered, the Sony TX55 gets a above average 69 as a travelling camera which is a respectable fit to take with you on your vacations.
Sony TX55 Landscape photography features
In case you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Sony TX55 with it's reasonable grade of 50 as a landscape camera is somewhat adequate in the current marketplace.
Sony TX55 Vlogging factors
A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Sony TX55 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad score of 34.
Sony TX55 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the TX55, below is a list of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Ultracompact.
The diagram down below will give you a bird's eye view of the TX55 vs it's highest ranked competitors listed previously.
Following are additional cameras you might have a look at as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.