Sony TX66 summary
Sony TX66 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera originally announced on February of 2012. It houses a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4896 x 3672.
The TX66 is positioned #2 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & overall #500 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.
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Sony TX66 history
The Sony TX66 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full range below.
Sony TX66 Gallery
You can check the TX66 from different angles in the gallery here.
Sony TX66 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Sony TX66 based on criterias that are oftentimes regarded as essential in a digital camera.
Sony TX66 Sensor details
The Sony TX66 is run by the BIONZ processor. The size of the sensor in the Sony TX66 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might cause cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 18MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 - 12800. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.
The graphic below shows the TX66's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The TX66 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony TX66 dimensions
Sony TX66 has a weight of 0.24 lb (109g / 3.84 ounces) & has outside size of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Sony TX66 is similar in comparison with its competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a pic of the Sony TX66 beside a soda to help you get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will highlight the button arrangement on the TX66.
Sony TX66 Lens specs
The TX66 includes a fixed lens and it has a focal range of 26-130mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which is definitely not very good however it is going to be handy in a few scenarios.
At the widest 26mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.5 making it kind of slow and not good for low light conditions and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You will probably also need to boost the ISO producing noisy images. On the tele end, 130mm comes to f4.8 which is pretty slow and you would need to set slower shutter speeds.
Sony TX66 Connectivity
The TX66 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer images and sometimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Many applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony TX66 Video specs
The highest possible video resolution in the Sony TX66 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance between video quality versus file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you have little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to consider an alternative camera in case you want good sound for your videos.
Sony TX66 Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Sony TX66 so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty situations.
Sony TX66 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony TX66 is equipped with a 3.3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 1,230 thousand dots.
Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you are able to switch focus point as well as change settings by using your fingers.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder details for Sony TX66 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be quite beneficial during bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony TX66 Shutter specs
Sony TX66 has the ability to shoot continuously at 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony TX66 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony TX66 has only built-in flash lacking external flash support.
Sony TX66 Autofocus specs
Sony TX66 has just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier & precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detection which is handy for portraits.
Sony TX66 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change focus points. It also has Tracking Auto Focus for moving things. Sony TX66 has got manual focusing when needed during low light scenarios or you need more accurate focusing control.
Sony TX66 Battery life
The battery life (NP-BN) in the Sony TX66 is made to last for 250 photographs as per the CIPA requirements which is above average ın comparison with its category. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the best (320) battery life within this category of cameras.
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Sony TX66 for different categories of photography
The following diagram shows a outline of the Sony TX66 for different categories of photography. To look at more, have a look at the specific section below.
Sony TX66 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony TX66 has a score of 42 which is lousy, meaning that it is simply not suitable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and capability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Sony TX66
Having a above average points tally of 65, the Sony TX66 is a good option for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sony TX66 as a Sports photography camera
A average sports photography rating of 50 means the Sony TX66 is fairly appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony TX66 Travel photography advice
Portability is extremely crucial when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony TX66 gets a nice 72 as a travel camera which is a fine choice to take with you on your journeys.
Sony TX66 as a Landscape photography camera
In case you're planning to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony TX66 with it's average grade of 51 as a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate among it's rivals.
Sony TX66 as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Sony TX66 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it receives a lousy score of 36.
Sony TX66 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the TX66, here is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall into the family of Ultracompact.
The line graph underneath gives you a bird's eye view of the TX66 vs it's highest rated competitors listed above.
There are a bunch of cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.