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Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-TX10

Waterproof 16.2-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom (Blue)

4 Reviews

Item # 158TX10L

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Ready for the rough stuff
If your idea of a good time is going rock climbing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon, you need a special kind of camera that can keep up with you. The Sony DSC-TX10 is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and kid-proof. You can hand it to a child and not have to worry about what happens if it drops — or, even worse, lands in a puddle.

Ready for the rough stuff
If your idea of a good time is going rock climbing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon, you need a special kind of camera that can keep up with you. The Sony DSC-TX10 is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and kid-proof. You can hand it to a child and not have to worry about what happens if it drops — or, even worse, lands in a puddle.

Great low-light shots without a flash
With the DSC-TX10, you'll always be ready to capture vibrant, lifelike photographs of your favorite people and places — even when the lights get low. That's because this cam features a special image sensor designed for outstanding clarity, reduced grain, and excellent low-light performance. You'll get bright, clear photos in darker settings without using a flash. Plus, the 'TX10's versatile wide-angle 4X zoom lens makes it easy to snap beautiful landscapes, big group shots, or sharp close-ups of your subjects.

Use the touchscreen to search for smiles
The DSC-TX10 finds the faces in your frame and automatically adjusts its settings to give you crisp, attractive photos of friends and family. This camera can also help you capture a baby's fleeting smile — just touch the LCD to indicate your subject, and the camera automatically snaps a picture when it spots a grin. If your subject starts to squint as you take a photo, an anti-blink function snaps two quick shots, and then records only the one with his or her eyes wide open. That 3" touchscreen sports easy-to-use on-screen controls, so there's no need to fuss with tiny buttons. Its high-resolution display lets you review your still shots and videos in vivid color with ultra-sharp clarity.

High-def movies and breathtaking 3D panoramas
An impressive 1080i HD movie mode lets you shoot high-definition footage that'll look great on your HDTV. And the next time you find yourself admiring a stunning mountain vista or beautiful cityscape, you can put Sony's ingenious Sweep Panorama mode to good use. It lets you capture the scene around you by sweeping the camera across your field of view — the camera automatically stitches multiple shots together to form one seamless photo. The 'TX10 even lets you record your multi-shot panoramas in stunning 3D for playback on a compatible 3D television.


  • 16.2-megapixel effective recording
  • 4X optical zoom (4X digital)
  • 3" high-resolution touchscreen LCD (921,000 dots)
  • records photos and video onto optional Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ media, and SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 25-100mm
Special Features:
  • tough enclosure is:
    • waterproof up to 16-ft.,
    • shockproof up to 5-ft.,
    • freezeproof down to 14°F
    • dustproof
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080i resolution)
  • "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor for outstanding clarity, reduced grain, and excellent low-light performance
  • 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the scene, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image (3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D)
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes ultra-wide, multi-image panoramic shots with up to a 295-degree field of view
  • Background Defocus system blurs background detail while keeping main subject crisply focused
  • face detection controls focus, exposure, and color for detailed portraits
  • smile recognition technology detects smiles and automatically shoots when focus is fixed
  • anti-blink function captures two images and records the one with the least amount of squinting
  • soft skin mode reduces appearance of blemishes and wrinkles for pleasing portraits
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections and Dimensions:
  • USB port
  • HDMI output for connection to a compatible HDTV (HDMI cable not included)
  • 3-13/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 3/4"D
  • weight (with battery and media): 4.7 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable InfoLithium® battery (NP-BN1)
  • battery charger
  • USB cable
  • paint pen
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

I bought this camera specifically for a kayaking trip in Alaska. Sadly, there were small craft warnings the whole time we were in Ketchikan, so we couldn't do that. I did manage to take a few thousand photos, though, in the rain, etc and so far so good!!!!

CinWins, Albuquerque

What's in the Box:

  • Digital still camera (blue)
  • Wrist strap
  • Paint pen
  • NP-BN1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts/2.3 Wh/630 mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter (5V/0.5A)
  • 39" USB cable (has USB Type A connector on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
  • Cyber-shot software on CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Notes on the high-resolution panoramic image
  • PlayMemories sheet
  • Online registration sheet
  • Accessories catalog
  • Notes on the water-proofing

Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-TX10 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Cybershot DSCTX10

David from Selbyville, DE on 9/10/2012

I order this camera in December 2011 and have taken it on one sailing trip and several trips to farms. I have not used it underwater but it has been splashed numerous times and wiped clean. I never did a drop test! The photo quality is good once one learns how to best use the settings and the video quality is excellent. Unfortunately, some tiny plastic pieces have broken off the frame next to the latches for both the input/output door and the battery/memory card door. Now the doors won't close and the camera can't be used. According to Sony, this is not covered by the warranty. Despite excellent experiences with two previous Sony cameras (old Mavica FD series and a Mavica CD1000), I cannot recommend this one at all. A pity as it seemed to fit the bill initially.

Pros: easy to use, small and convenient, good still photo quality and excellent video quality

Cons: short battery life, poor workmanship

Love this little camera

Jenn from Manassas, VA on 11/25/2011

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I went back and forth over this camera. It was originally meant for my husband...but I think I've kind of taken it over. I've always loved my SLR camera...but this one is so easy and does so well taking photos that I put my SLR away. I love the intuitive menu - haven't had to look at an instruction booklet yet. The touch screen is very easy. I did buy a screen protector for it from another site, because I'd heard that the screen can be scratched easily. But, I've had no problems using the camera either underwater or at night in extremely low light conditions. I am shocked at how much I actually love this little camera. Get it, you won't be sorry.

Pros: I love the vivid colors and photo quality. It captures details perfectly! It even does great videos in low light - I was shocked that it could do this. I'm talking about being outdoors at night and it did GREAT!

Cons: There is a little bit of lag time from hitting the start on a video to when it actually starts recording... It is minor. I thought it was going to be a drag - it's not.

Great little camera

Christina from Warminster, PA on 7/31/2011

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I wanted something that was waterproof, drop proof but still took great pictures plus panaramic pics too. This does all that - takes great, clear pics; better than the Nikon I had. Not complicated to use at all, very easy function buttons; I also lke the touch pen that attaches right to the wrist holder for easy access. Fits in any handbag even when it's inside a camera case. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a great little camera to keep w/them at all times.



So far so good

CinWins from Albuquerque on 7/4/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this camera specifically for a kayaking trip in Alaska. Sadly, there were small craft warnings the whole time we were in Ketchikan, so we couldn't do that. I did manage to take a few thousand photos, though, in the rain, etc and so far so good!!!!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen Yes
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-100mm
Optical Zoom 4x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory 19 MB
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
Megapixels 16.2
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 3-13/16
Height (inches) 2-1/4
Depth (inches) 0-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.7
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Recording Features
View, Edit, And Print Images
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs
Supplied Software

Recording Features

3" LCD Touch Screen Display: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 digital camera has a 3" Xtra Fine LCD touch panel display with 921,600 dots. The camera does not include a separate viewfinder. A paint pen is supplied to allow you to operate the touch panel. It can be attached to the wrist strap for storage.

Rugged Design: The TX10 features a rugged design for use in extreme situations. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 16 feet, and can shoot a special underwater panorama. The TX 10 is shockproof from falls up to approximately 5 feet, dustproof due to its airtight construction, and freezeproof, withstanding temperatures from 14°-104° Fahrenheit.

Dual Media: This camera has an internal memory of approximately 19 MB. This camera is also compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Mark2 Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, and Class 4 or higher SD cards are recommended when recording movies.

Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG format. Movies are recorded in AVCHD format or MP4 format. Both formats feature MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression. The audio for AVCHD is 2-channel Dolby Digital, while MP4 movie audio is 2-channel AAC.

Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.77mm (1/2.3") color Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor with approximately 16.8-million gross pixels and 16.2-million effective pixels.

Lens: The DSC-TX10 camera features a wide-angle lens that works well for cityscapes, landscapes, or group portraits.  The lens has a 4x optical zoom and a focal length of 25mm to 100mm (35mm equivalent) for still images, 27-108mm for 16:9 movies and 33-132mm for 4:3 movies. It has an aperture range of F3.5 - F6.3 (W) to F4.6 - F6.3 (T).

Smart/Precision Digital Zoom: The camera has a Precision Digital Zoom of 4x. Combined with the 4x optical zoom, the maximum total zoom is 16x. The camera's Smart zoom technology intelligently uses the full image sensor to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size, thus avoiding the image degradation found in most digital zooms. The maximum zoom scale depends upon the image size:

Image Size Maximum Smart Zoom
10M 5.1x
5M 7.1x
VGA 28x
16:9 (2M) 9.6x

Note: Smart zoom is not compatible with 16M or 16:9 (12M)

Optical SteadyShot: With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, the DSC-TX10 uses a built-in gyro sensor to compensate for shaky hands, minimize blur, brighten images, and allow flash-free shooting to preserve the mood.

Still Image Size: When recording digital still images, the DSC-TX10 allows you to choose from six image sizes:

Image Size 19 MB Internal Memory Memory Card Capacity
2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
(4608 x 3456)
3 335 670 1350 2700 5400
(3648 x 2736)
4 430 860 1700 3450 7000
(2592 x 1944)
7 730 1450 2950 5900 11500
(640 x 480)
98 9600 19000 38500 40000 40000
(4608 x 2592)
3 355 710 1400 2850 5700
(1920 x 1080)
21 2100 4250 8600 17000 34500

3D Photo Recording: The TX10 can record 3D images in two sizes: 16M (4608 x 3456) for printing, or 12M-16:9 (4608 x 2592) for viewing on an HDTV or printing. You can view 3D images recorded on the camera in 3D format by connecting the camera to a 3D-capable TV via HDMI.

iSweep Panorama: You can create a panoramic image from composite images recorded by sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically. The camera continuously shoots at a high speed and then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image in the span of a second. There is a special Underwater iSweep Panorama setting which sets the white balance for shooting underwater. iSweep panorama image sizes are as follows:

  • Standard: Horizontal 4912 x 1080 or Vertical 3424 x 1920
  • Wide: Horizontal 7152 x 1080 or Vertical 4912 x 1920

Note: 3D Sweep Panorama recording is also available.

Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record moving images with sound onto a memory card, but not the internal memory. High Definition movies are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD) at 60 frames per second with 2 channel Dolby Digital audio. Standard Definition movies are also recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, but with 2-channel AAC audio. There are 6 available movie image sizes:

Movie Image Size Picture Quality Frame Rate 4 GB Memory Card
24 Mbps
1920 x 1080 60i 20 min
17 Mbps
1920 x 1080 60i 30 min
9 Mbps
1440 x 1080 60i 50 min
1080: MP4
12 Mbps
1440 x 1080 30 fps 40 min
720: MP4
6 Mbps
1280 x 720 30 fps 1 hr 15 min
3 Mbps
VGA size 30 fps 2 hrs 25 min

Note: You can shoot continuously for approximately 29 minutes. The maximum size of an MP4-format movie is approximately 2 GB.

Dual Recording: It is possible to shoot a still image while recording a movie. The image size is fixed to 16:9 (3M). When the movie image size is set to MP4 3M, the still image size is 4:3 (2M).

Burst Mode: The burst mode lets you shoot multiple images in succession when you press and hold down the shutter release. You can choose from a high speed burst of up to 10 images per second, or a low-speed burst of up to 2 images per second in succession.

Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture. You can also select two Self-Portrait Timer modes which will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one person or two people are detected.

Focus Modes: You can select from three auto focusing methods:

  • Multi AF: The camera focuses in nine areas around the center of the frame. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the frame.
  • Center AF: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
  • Spot AF: The camera focuses on a very small area in the center of the frame.

Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.

Anti-Blink Function: The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When Face Detection is active, and the Scene Selection is set to Soft Skin or Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot so you can determine whether or not you need to take another shot.

Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can select the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity to Slight smile, Normal smile or Big Smile.

Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition operates in Easy Mode, and automatically detects shooting conditions and selects the appropriate camera settings. Recognized scenes include: Portrait, Infant, Twilight Portrait, Twilight, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Macro, Close Focus, Spotlight, and Low Light. In addition, if the camera recognizes the need for a tripod, it will indicate it with an icon. You can choose from iSCN Auto or iSCN Advanced.

Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:

  • Soft Skin: Allows you to shoot faces with smooth-looking skin
  • Soft Snap: Allows you to shoot images with a softer atmosphere for portraits, flowers, etc.
  • Anti Motion Blur: For shooting indoor shots without flash to reduce subject blur.
  • Landscape: This mode is used for shooting landscapes at a distance.
  • Backlight Correction HDR: Shoots three images having different exposures to create a single image with a greater range of gradation.
  • Twilight Portrait: This mode is used for shooting people in the foreground at night.
  • Twilight: This mode is used for shooting a distant subject at night.
  • Hand-held Twilight: Allows you to shoot night scenes with less noise without using a tripod.
  • High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur.
  • Gourmet: Shoots food arrangements in delicious color.
  • Pet: Allows you to shoot images of your pet with the best settings.
  • Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or the lakeside.
  • Snow: This mode shoots snowy scenes clearly, preventing sunken colors.
  • Fireworks: This mode allows you to record fireworks in all their splendor.
  • Underwater: Allows you to shoot underwater in natural colors.
  • Hi-Speed Shutter: For capturing fast moving subjects outdoors or other bright places.

Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 3-1/4" to 12' 1-3/4" with the zoom set to wide and 1' 7-3/4" to 8' 10-3/8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:

  • Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark
  • On: the flash strobes with every shot
  • Slow Synchro: the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area.
  • Off: the flash does not operate

Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.

Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.

White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white fluorescent), Daylight, Cloudy, or One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source).

Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position.

Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.

In-camera Function Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The function guide can be turned on or off as desired.

Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along with the image. Using the included PMB software, you can print or save images with the date.

View, Edit, And Print Images

Viewing Images: The Sony DCR-TX10 allows you to view your images one at a time, 12 at a time in a 4 x 3 index view, or 28 at a time in a 4 x 7 index view. In the Date Select mode, a montage of thumbnail images are aligned along a time line. You can advance the time line by dragging your finger or the paint pen across the screen horizontally.

Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image in the portrait position.

Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.

Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose from the 4 selections. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder), All play (all images on the memory card), or This Date (all images from selected date). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.

Calendar: Thumbnail images can be displayed in a calendar format and searched by date. As you find the desired month, the images recorded during that month can be selected and viewed.

Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.

Retouching Still Images: You can add effects or make corrections to a recorded images and then record it as a new file while the original image is retained. You can use the following features to edit your recorded images:

  • Trimming: playback zoom is performed on the image and part of the image is cropped
  • Red Eye Correction: corrects the red-eye phenomenon caused by flash
  • Unsharp Masking: sharpens the image within a chosen frame

Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.

Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.

Battery Information

Battery Information: The DSC-TX10 is powered by the supplied NP-BN1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/2.3Wh/630mAh). Using the supplied AC-UB10 AC adapter and the supplied USB cable, the battery charges in the camera in approximately 210 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:

Function Battery Life Number of Images
Recording Stills Approx. 125 min Approx. 250 images
Playback Approx. 190 min Approx. 3800 images
Recording Movies Approx. 60 min ---

Inputs and Outputs

USB/AV Output: The Sony DSC-TX10 features a single proprietary jack (Type 3b terminal) on the bottom of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB or charge the battery. The USB interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible. You can also view your photos on a non-HD TV via composite video and stereo audio RCA when using an optional VMC-MD3 Type 3b-compliant multi-use cable.

HDMI: The camera is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting to an HDTV via an HDMI cable (such as the 119M2SHDMI). For viewing 3D images, a 3D compatible HDTV and compatible 3D glasses are required.

Supplied Software

Software: The DSC-TX10 comes with a CD-ROM containing the following:

  • Picture Motion Browser (Ver.5.5): compatible with Windows operating systems only
    • save and print images with the date
    • display images stored on a computer by shooting date in a calendar display
    • correct still images and change the shooting date and time
    • upload images to media services
    • create Blu-ray, AVCHD, and DVD-Video discs from movies recorded in AVCHD
  • Cyber-shot User Guide: a detailed instruction guide for uploading to your computer (html)
  • Product Registration: register your camera online

System Requirements: You can copy images from the DSC-TX10 to a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. The supplied Picture Motion Browser software can only be used on a Windows PC; it cannot be used on a Macintosh. The minimum system requirements are:

Windows: For PMB, Music Transfer and PMB Portable:

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP¹ (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), or Windows 7
  • CPU:
    • Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
    • Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster or Intel Core 2 Duo 1.20 GHz or faster for playing/editing high definition movies
    • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster required when processing HD FX/HD FH movies
  • Memory: 512 MB or more (for playing/editing high definition movies: 1GB or more)
  • Hard Disk: Approximately 500MB required for installation
  • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more

    ¹64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.

Macintosh: For Music Transfer and PMB Portable:

  • USB Connection: Mac OS X (v10.3 to v10.6)
  • Music Transfer/PMB Portable: Mac OS X* (v10.4 to v10.6)

    *Equipped with Intel Processor

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