Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 Review

May 19, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


Tougher than it looks with its neatly diminutive dimensions, Sony's TX5 is a camera you'll find yourself readily slipping into a pocket when heading out for the day. You may not take your best and most admired shots with it - you'll need a budget DSLR you could otherwise snag for a similar asking price for that - but with the camera about your person you're sure to take ones that you otherwise wouldn't have.

That's the case too with the TX5's less run-of-the-mill features such as Twilight and even more unique Panorama Sweep mode. Both of these encourage further experimentation, and that's not what we'd normally expect from a snapshot camera. Add in the fact that you can use this camera not only in the dark but also in the rain, the cold and at the beach, and you have a versatile travel tool that won't take up much space at all in your luggage. It shoots HD video too, so all the latest must-haves are covered in the one package.

The only real drawback then is the high asking price. The UK's largest e-tailer was selling the Sony TX5 for £299 at the time of writing though, which, as we noted at the outset, is much more like it. Sure, it still ain't cheap, but then sometimes you just have to bite the bullet to get mostly everything you could hope for from a pocket camera.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3