Sony DSC-TX100V 16.2 Megapixel Ultra Compact Reviews Roundup

Sony today announces five new 16.2 Megapixels Cyber-shot digital still cameras - models DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9. These cameras features a "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor and are the world's first compact digital still cameras to include 3D Still Image mode for taking 3D images using only one lens and imager. They also have innovative Dual Rec (record) technology, for taking still photos during video capture.

The TX100V is the first Cyber-shot camera with a 3.5-inch OLED with touch screen that provides deeper blacks and more vibrant color contrast on the screen, all while being thinner and having a faster response time than most LCDs. It can also support full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video capability at 60p. The DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX9 cameras can record movies at 60i in 1080 AVCHD format. Additionally, the DSC-WX10 camera include a high-speed linear auto focus feature that provides quick and precise focusing similar to the speed of a DSLR camera.

Sony DSC-TX100V Camera Reviews Roundup


DPI - Jan 18 2012
"The Sony Cyber-shot TX100V is a feature-loaded compact digital camera. Besides its 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor and 4X zoom lens (a little small for a compact camera these days, even Sony's own super-slim TX55 has a 5X zoom lens), the Sony TX100V is dressed to impress with its 3.5 inch OLED touchscreen, intuitive touchscreen interface, multi-shot capabili..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Jul 12 2011
"Every digital camera manufacturer manages color interpolation slightly differently and experts can often guess with decent accuracy which brand of camera captured a specific (un-manipulated) image. I've felt for a long time that Sonys default color interpolation was the most saturated of any of the other major camera manufacturers, sort of like the Velvia s..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Jun 10 2011
"The TX100V is the world's first ultra-compact digicam to offer 16 megapixel resolution (via its 1:2.33 Exmor R CMOS image sensor) and it features a new 3.5-inch touch screen OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) monitor that completely dominates the back of the camera. OLED screens are known for outstanding blacks, high contrast, and accurate color reproducti..." More »
Not Rated
CameraGear - May 03 2011
"The 16.2MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor used in the TX100V sounds impressive, but the apparent increase in resolution is limited by the  1/2.3" sensor size. More pixels in this case theoretically means more noise, but Sony isn't going to let you see that noise because it aggressively smears out all the noise even starting at the TX100V's base I..." More »
90out of 100

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User Review of the camera - Sony DSC-TX100V

  • amazon
    amazon 2014-05-11 07:00
    AWESOME.....but for only two years., ed r.... fairfield ca
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    Camera served me very well for two years, hence: the five stars rating.... but yesterday the screen went dim.... it still takes pictures but no display. Could it be the lifespan of the OLED screen? Wonder how much it would cost to repair the screen?
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-02-22 08:00
    Good stuff, Alan
    Verified Purchase(
    I got this for my niece. She never complained about it. So, I assume it is good stuff. At least it is a reliable brand.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-02-22 08:00
    Good stuff, Alan
    I got this for my niece. She never complained about it. So, I assume it is good stuff. At least it is a reliable brand.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-03 08:00
    Point and Click, ED
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    This point and click camera is easy to use and fits nicely into a pocket. I wish it had a better zoom.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-03 08:00
    Point and Click, ED
    This point and click camera is easy to use and fits nicely into a pocket. I wish it had a better zoom.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-11-25 08:00
    GPS on camera works great., George Lysenko
    Verified Purchase(
    Product is compact, super quality and easy to use. The black is better than the silver for lessening reflections from flash.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-11-25 08:00
    GPS on camera works great., George Lysenko
    Product is compact, super quality and easy to use. The black is better than the silver for lessening reflections from flash.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-11-05 08:00
    Want crisp and clear pictures? DO-NOT-BUY-THIS-CAMERA, Diego I.
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    Bought it for taking pictures, but it's de worst thing it does. Hey, Sony... shame on you. My iPhone 3G take better pictures. I've put it away for good.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-11-05 08:00
    Want crisp and clear pictures? DO-NOT-BUY-THIS-CAMERA, Diego I.
    Bought it for taking pictures, but it's de worst thing it does. Hey, Sony... shame on you. My iPhone 3G take better pictures. I've put it away for good.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-09-28 07:00
    I bought this camera because it had 60p But found out later that, that was a joke., Katrina Benjamin
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    The frame rate can go as high as 60p but then you can't play it on anything. not even a bluray. Oh and it does look good when you do. its is probably just make all 3 frames next to each other the same because its not any smoother then other cameras I use. Plus with how nice smart phone cameras are getting I would think that its worth the small improvent in picture quality to keep in in my pocket.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-09-28 07:00
    I bought this camera because it had 60p But found out later that, that was a joke., Katrina Benjamin
    The frame rate can go as high as 60p but then you can't play it on anything. not even a bluray. Oh and it does look good when you do. its is probably just make all 3 frames next to each other the same because its not any smoother then other cameras I use. Plus with how nice smart phone cameras are getting I would think that its worth the small improvent in picture quality to keep in in my pocket.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-09-21 07:00
    Awesome camera, Wallflower
    Verified Purchase(
    This little camera is a gem! It takes great pictures, videos. You can email pics, edit. It's fantastic. It's such a nice size and super easy.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-09-21 07:00
    Awesome camera, Wallflower
    This little camera is a gem! It takes great pictures, videos. You can email pics, edit. It's fantastic. It's such a nice size and super easy.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-24 07:00
    Second one I've owned - quite pleased with it., leatherguyver
    Verified Purchase(
    I recently broke my previous cyber-shot after 4 years of regular use by dropping it once too often. I ordered this as a replacement. I've used it at 5 or 8 weekend events as well as in my work (photographing my leatherworks) and it works every bit as well as it's predecessor. I do think the controls and adjustments are a bit too complex to use on the fly, especially outdoors, but since I use it with the same settings 98% of the time, that's a minor problem for me. Pictures are clear and high res enough for post adjustments as wanted. Low light sensitivity is excellent, which I like as I dislike using flash.
    Pleased I got such a good price on the replacement.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-24 07:00
    Second one I've owned - quite pleased with it., leatherguyver
    I recently broke my previous cyber-shot after 4 years of regular use by dropping it once too often. I ordered this as a replacement. I've used it at 5 or 8 weekend events as well as in my work (photographing my leatherworks) and it works every bit as well as it's predecessor. I do think the controls and adjustments are a bit too complex to use on the fly, especially outdoors, but since I use it with the same settings 98% of the time, that's a minor problem for me. Pictures are clear and high res enough for post adjustments as wanted. Low light sensitivity is excellent, which I like as I dislike using flash.
    Pleased I got such a good price on the replacement.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-14 07:00
    Cute, compact, great yet frustrating, Al Abama "Al"
    Verified Purchase(
    This expensive and fully featured camera is made for people who have no idea about photography and don't care. In some ways it is remarkably capable and in other ways it is so dumbed down that the needs of precision are removed and the result is unsatisfactory.
    Some shots are breathtakingly beautiful. Colors seem to pop and the images seem to be larger than life and richer than the actual scene. At the same time I found focus to be very soft, some distortion on the sides and lots of time taken to store photos. But what I had the most difficult time was trying to get take indoor pictures without motion blur. Even the slightest motion caused images to appear out of focus. No matter what I did, even fast shutter settings, those objects not directly in front of the camera were badly out of focus due to motion blur.
    The real problem is nothing can be adjusted with this expensive camera. Need a higher ISO than the automatic is giving you? Can't do it. Need a faster shutter speed? No can do. If the camera decides it's not appropriate, you're out of luck.
    Other frustrations - no raw image results. Everything is a JPEG. And if that isn't frustrating enough, the choices of image sizes is limited both with pictures and movies. You can only shoot in 60p - you cannot shoot in 30p or 24p and make the most of your camera's small lens. If you want to shoot in other variations other than 60i, you can only shoot in non-full HD (14400 and less) and shoot MP4 movies. Why on earth did Sony limit the variations of what we can shoot?
    Photos are equally frustrating. You either get 16MP (which is maybe too much for this tiny lens) and only 10MP or less. There is no choice for 12MP or 14MP, common on many other cameras. With 16:9 photos you only get 12MP and then you go down to 2MP. Nothing is in between and it's frustrating.
    The full motion movies are very good for a camera this small. Still I don't think it captures scenes as crisply and clearly as a regular HD camera that has a larger lens and even just 30p. I think it does a much better job. Still, this camera's movies seem to be its strong suit - although you should know that the record/stop mode is stupidly on the touch screen -- not a hard button! There is noticeable time lag before the camera begins to record and after you press stop.
    The 3D can only be taken under certain circumstances. It's mostly gimmicky although it can be quite cool when it works properly.
    Bright sides are that the panorama mode does a very nice job. The movie mode (less than 60p recording) will also allow for lower but acceptable MP picture taking - which is very impressive.
    Summary: This is a very expensive camera that I couldn't get to take many good photos, except of still, non-moving objects. If you know how to use a camera to a small degree, this point and shoot will frustrate you because it is only point and shoot. You may need to shoot a LOT of pictures to make sure you don't get home to find blurring or the spots that appear as compensating for indoor lightning/darkness. If you want an OK camera with excellent movies capabilities, this might suit the bill.
    MESSAGE TO SONY: You desperately need to have a firmware update for this camera. Such a shame you've stupidly had the movie record button as a soft button (use the playback button) and stripped out all the meaningful controls even lower end cameras should have.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-08-14 07:00
    Cute, compact, great yet frustrating, Al Abama "Al"
    This expensive and fully featured camera is made for people who have no idea about photography and don't care. In some ways it is remarkably capable and in other ways it is so dumbed down that the needs of precision are removed and the result is unsatisfactory.
    Some shots are breathtakingly beautiful. Colors seem to pop and the images seem to be larger than life and richer than the actual scene. At the same time I found focus to be very soft, some distortion on the sides and lots of time taken to store photos. But what I had the most difficult time was trying to get take indoor pictures without motion blur. Even the slightest motion caused images to appear out of focus. No matter what I did, even fast shutter settings, those objects not directly in front of the camera were badly out of focus due to motion blur.
    The real problem is nothing can be adjusted with this expensive camera. Need a higher ISO than the automatic is giving you? Can't do it. Need a faster shutter speed? No can do. If the camera decides it's not appropriate, you're out of luck.
    Other frustrations - no raw image results. Everything is a JPEG. And if that isn't frustrating enough, the choices of image sizes is limited both with pictures and movies. You can only shoot in 60p - you cannot shoot in 30p or 24p and make the most of your camera's small lens. If you want to shoot in other variations other than 60i, you can only shoot in non-full HD (14400 and less) and shoot MP4 movies. Why on earth did Sony limit the variations of what we can shoot?
    Photos are equally frustrating. You either get 16MP (which is maybe too much for this tiny lens) and only 10MP or less. There is no choice for 12MP or 14MP, common on many other cameras. With 16:9 photos you only get 12MP and then you go down to 2MP. Nothing is in between and it's frustrating.
    The full motion movies are very good for a camera this small. Still I don't think it captures scenes as crisply and clearly as a regular HD camera that has a larger lens and even just 30p. I think it does a much better job. Still, this camera's movies seem to be its strong suit - although you should know that the record/stop mode is stupidly on the touch screen -- not a hard button! There is noticeable time lag before the camera begins to record and after you press stop.
    The 3D can only be taken under certain circumstances. It's mostly gimmicky although it can be quite cool when it works properly.
    Bright sides are that the panorama mode does a very nice job. The movie mode (less than 60p recording) will also allow for lower but acceptable MP picture taking - which is very impressive.
    Summary: This is a very expensive camera that I couldn't get to take many good photos, except of still, non-moving objects. If you know how to use a camera to a small degree, this point and shoot will frustrate you because it is only point and shoot. You may need to shoot a LOT of pictures to make sure you don't get home to find blurring or the spots that appear as compensating for indoor lightning/darkness. If you want an OK camera with excellent movies capabilities, this might suit the bill.
    MESSAGE TO SONY: You desperately need to have a firmware update for this camera. Such a shame you've stupidly had the movie record button as a soft button (use the playback button) and stripped out all the meaningful controls even lower end cameras should have.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-19 07:00
    better then ever thought it could be!!!, Bob B.
    Verified Purchase(
    had a older modle 3-4 years bak & ths 1 dose not even look like it came from the same model total upgrade
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-19 07:00
    better then ever thought it could be!!!, Bob B.
    had a older modle 3-4 years bak & ths 1 dose not even look like it came from the same model total upgrade
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-03-02 08:00
    I loved it!, Nirmal D.
    Verified Purchase(
    I love Sony compact cameras! Excellent photographs as well. I am happy for my purchase in cheap price. Delivery was also really fast.