Cyber-shot Digital Camera TX30
It is a great camera, but the lowlight sucks
I had purchased the TX10 a few years ago, and it went through a lot, and it was time to retire it, so I purchased the TX30 about a month ago, and so far, I honestly enjoy the camera a lot.
*Amazing macro on Magnifying Glass Plus
*No 6 second delay for videos
*Great picture effects
*Weird water sound in the mic even before I took the camera under water
*Very loud sound in the mic when you take this camera under water
*the TX10 had great lowlight, and this camera is pretty bad
* Flash is too powerful
Overall, I would recommend this camera especially to people who take a lot of macro photography, and occasionally like to take a swim with it
January 13, 2014
Disappointed Bad Touch Screen & Poor Circuitry
Owned the camera for nearly 30 months with numerous problems, but it did have some fantastic features and cannot recommend buying.
- Beautiful look
- Good photos for Waterproof PS Cameras
- Excellent Video & Sound Quality
- Lots of features
- Quick startup
- Very light and easy to hold
- Solid build.
- Numerous circuitry problems to flash (common with Sony PS)
- Locks are not double sealed (easily corrected with tape)
- Slide cover jams with sand
- Strong flash (when working) washes out image
- Touch screen is useless underwater due to the cold water
- Confusing menu selections including locating the video
- Glass can easily break and scratch
- Poor battery approx. 1 hour video or 100 pics (slightly below average)
- Small buttons.
- Priced higher than other Waterproof PS.
Potentially this could be the best waterproof camera on the market.
If the can use buttons instead of touch screen, improve the circuitry (fixed 3X and now dead again after warranty expired) and improve the menu selection to be user friendly they would be ranked higher.
Don't be fooled by the beautiful look, the camera is frustratingly problematic. Good camera overall, but too many problems that keep this from being great. Do your online research and similar conclusions will support not to buy.
December 26, 2013
Loved it so much I bought it twice!
When I purchased this camera, I was looking for something small and light that I could carry around with me on vacations and other kinds of trips. I knew that the camera had an underwater feature, but didn't really intend on using it very much, because I was skeptical. My family takes most of our vacations in the Caribbean and spend lots of time in the water and at the lake. So i decided to very cautiously take my little camera for a spin in the water. I was so over joyed with the outcome I can not believe I ever doubted it for a minute. The pictures are flawless and completely amazing! The more I used this camera the more I fell in love with it.
If you plan on using this in the water a lot though I would be careful and do a check of all openings and crevices before entering the water. Sadly my first device became compromised and got water in it after 3 years, but I was so pleased with the camera I have purchased it again!
December 21, 2013
I had an older version of this camera (tx10) that I loved and used well until it leaked after 19 months. I hadn't bought the extended warranty on that one, so I replaced it with the tx30 and bought the warranty. Unfortunately it leaked after only 2 months of light use. I'm now in the process of having sony repair/replace it but I really would just like my money back.
This camera is not all the tx10 was. The flash on this one washes everyone out. Even people with darker complexions look ghostly white with the flash. I loved the 10shots/sec feature in the tx10. You got 10 clear crisp pictures. Unfortunately with the tx30 you just end up with 10 blurry pictures so it's useless. In any mode saving pictures takes several seconds so don't think you can capture two moments close together. I tried three cards (2 were new scandisk cards so this was the fault of the camera, not the memory.)
All in all just very disappointed and then it seals the deal by leaking in 1 foot of water after only having it for 2 months. Very disappointed.
December 16, 2013