Sony Cybershot TX5
10.2 megapixels; 4x optical oom; Optical image stabilization; 3-inch touchscreen LCD; 720p HD video; Waterproof (10 ft), shockproof (5 ft), freezeproof (-14 F), and dustproof; Exmor R CMOS sensor; iSweep Panorama mode; Captures to Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo media and SD/SDHC memory cards;
All the cool kids are doing it, so Sony jumped on the bandwagon and released a rugged digital camera, too. The TX5 isn't as tough as competitors like the Olympus TOUGH 8010, but it is a whole lot sleeker. It's pencil thin (like T-series models are) and it features a spacious 3-inch touchscreen LCD, which manages to hold up to a surprising amount of abuse. But the best feature is the Exmor R CMOS sensor, which gives the TX5 the best image quality of any rugged camera, a genre typical known for dull, white-specked photos. If you're a mountain climber, look at a more rugged model, but the TX5 is rugged enough for all other purposes and takes the best pictures in its class.