Cyber-shot Digital Camera TX30
Major disappointment in DSC TX30
First of all, I am very very careful with my cameras and did not abuse it at all , especially since it was brand new. I bought it the week before going on vacation. This camera turned out to be a major disappointment as the camera lasted less then a week while on vacation. Here are the issues for anyone thinking of buying this camera. The camera got water inside and stopped working, dead. I did not open the battery compartment anywhere near water, but the weak seal let water in and destroyed it. The slide down front cover filled with sand while swimming even though I did not open it while getting out of the ocean. The swirling sand filled the front cover and was very difficult to get out. The top of the camera also filled with sand (the area just above the monitor) and I had to use a tooth pick to pry the sand out (when on vacation, you use any tool you can come up with). The controls do not work while in the water and the monitor is impossible to see when in direct sun light. So basically you have to have the camera set to exactly the type of shooting you will do before going in. No changing to panorama or underwater mode or back to auto mode as the camera will not respond when it is wet. And, you cannot see the monitor unless you get out of the water and find a very shady spot. The picture quality is also not very good, even though it has a Zeiss lens on it. If you do not plan on zooming in, the quality is still poor as most of the pictures in direct sunlight come out hazy. I love Sony and have always purchased their products, but this camera is a major disappointment and you should not waste your money on it.
March 30, 2014
Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30
Nice and small Camera that takes good pictures even in low light conditions and it is tough went through the washing machine and dryer with no problem started right up and kept on going.
March 22, 2014
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