Sony Cyber-shot TX100V Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 16.2 Megapixels
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 25mm wide-angle lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3D still image mode
  • 1080p HD video (60p)
  • 3.5-inch touch OLED screen
  • 10 fps burst mode
  • ISO up to 3200
  • GPS receiver
  • Face detection
  • Panoramas
  • Captures to Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo/ SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-03-17
  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cyber-shot TX100V
16.2 Megapixels; Exmor R CMOS sensor; 4x optical zoom; 25mm wide-angle lens; Optical image stabilization; 3D still image mode; 1080p HD video (60p); 3.5-inch touch OLED screen; 10 fps burst mode; ISO up to 3200; GPS receiver; Face detection; Panoramas; Captures to Memory Stick Duo/ Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo/ SD/SDHC/SDXC; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Sony's flagship TX100V packs all the tricks into one compact package. It is built around the acclaimed Exmor R CMOS sensor (though a revamped 16 megapixel version), so it should be a fast performer and take great shots in all settings: indoor, outdoor, and in low-light. The sensor enables features like the 10 frame-per-second burst mode and 1080p video -- Sony claims this is the smallest camera that records 1080p video, and it's a believable claim. It records at a native 60fps, but if you set the frame rate down to 30 frames per second, there is a “dual record” function that allows users to snap 3-megapixel still images while continuously recording video. 

The 3.5-inch OLED screen is absolutely beautiful in person, with vibrant, accurate colors and little to no glare. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is functional as a touch screen too. The TX100V has an internal 4x optical zoom lens that seems to be on most of the Sony Cyber-shot digital cameras this year. It isn’t anything special, but it does have optical image stabilization and allows the camera body to maintain its slim profile. The Sony TX100V retails for $379, which we think is a bit much to pay for an ultra-compact camera. If you're mainly concerned with style and cool features, this takes the cake. But if your primary concern is taking great pictures, we'd lean toward a more photographically capable camera at this price point, like the Canon S95. The sexy do-it-all Sony Cyber-shot TX100V is available in red, black, and silver.

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