My newest cool toy is my Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX30 MP Waterproof Digital Camera and I’m about to tell you why.
John and I spend as much time as possible on the Chesapeake Bay, either on his beautiful sailboat, Namaste, or tooling around on our jet ski so a waterproof camera was in my future for sure.
I compared many many underwater cameras before I selected the Sony DSC-TX30 from the pack. Here’s some of the reasons I love it so much:
Sony DSC-TX30 Pros
- This waterproof camera takes stunning panoramic views, on or off land. And, you don’t need a program to stitch the photos together like in the days of old.This camera even tells you how to pan from left to right, right to left, top to bottom, or bottom to top to get the perfect panorama shot.
- I love the small size of the DSC-TX30 camera. It’s small enough to slip into a jeans pocket or even in the top of a bathing suit.
- With an 18.2 megapixel shot, you’ll be able to blow up that picture of a starfish to poster size.
- This little waterproof camera is designed to take a beating and keep on shooting. It is waterproof to 30 feet. You can drop the thing from 1.5 meters (and more….) and it will be fine. It’s also freeze proof to -10F and dust proof.
- Shoots video and still pictures equally well.
- 5X zoom means you can get up close and personal with those sharks.
- My real complaint about the Sony DSC-TX30 waterproof camera is that I personally don’t like a touchscreen interface and this one has it. It comes with a cute stylus that is attached to the camera (whew – at least it won’t get lost). Also, the touchscreen doesn’t work underwater so you need to set it up for the shot when you’re above water.
- No GPS. Shoot. I really wish this waterproof camera had a built-in GPS so I could relocate the exact position of the shot.
- No view finder so you have to frame your photo in the large screen on the back. But, no camera in this class has a view finder….sigh.
Additional Reviewer Comments
I’ve been a fan of the Sony DCS mini digital cameras for ages, having bought my very first one about 15 years ago. I remember shelling out $500 for my first Sony mini camera which fit into my pocket (which had a lot more room after spending $500….). I’m now on my 3rd Sony waterproof camera and I’ve loved every single one.
You won’t go wrong with this waterproof camera. I sure didn’t.
Sony DSC-TX30 Waterproof Camera and Accessories
Sony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch Screen – Camera Case, Cleaning Kit & 8GB MicroSD Card & MicroSD AdapterSony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.3-Inch OLED (Black)Sony 32GB Class 10 Micro SDHC R40 Memory Card (SR32UYA/TQMN)Sony LCSTWP/B Compact Carrying Case for Cyber-Shot Digital Camera (Black)JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod (Black/Charcoal) and a Bonus Universal Smartphone Tripod Mount Adapter works for iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, HTC One, Galaxy s2, S3, S4, Blackberry Z10,Q10, Motorola Droid and Most SmartphonesWasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger for Sony DSC Cameras
And Some Other Highly Rated Waterproof Cameras
I don’t actually own these other waterproof cameras but I do have a subscription to Consumer Reports. I chose the below cameras based on Consumer Reports information coupled with Amazon.com reviews.
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16.1 MP Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Orange)Nikon COOLPIX S32 13.2 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Full HD 1080p Video (Blue)Olympus TG-3 Waterproof 16 MP Digital Camera (Red)Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera, Blue