If you've been searching for the best waterproof camera, the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20 is definitely one to take a look at! The quality of the photos produced by the DSC-TX20 is above and beyond what most other competing cameras on the market are able to deliver. Not only this, but it's very durable and has hundreds of settings that you're able to tweak until you get the result you're looking for.
This camera shoots in 16-megapixels and is able to clearly capture moments in and out of water. This CyberShot was made to work in both salt and fresh water and has excellent light detection thanks to the Exmore R CMOS sensor, so it's even able to take vivid photos in a party or restaurant with low light. Without using the sensor, the camera isn't the best in low light situations, but once you enable it, it makes a world of a difference!
As mentioned previously, there are hundreds of settings and options that come built-in, so you can do anything from taking panoramic photos, to continuous shot mode, to anti-blur and motion detecting. On top of all this, you also have the option of shooting video in full 1280 x 720 HD quality! If you're in need of magnification, the DSC-TX20 also offers a 4x optical zoom and a 16x digital zoom if you really need to get in close. Please keep in mind that as with any camera, the digital zoom tends to be rather slow and reduces the image quality, but that's to be expected.
Sony stands firm behind this product and even claims that it's, "practically everything proof". While that's a big claim to make, I must say that it might just be true! This camera is able to withstand anything from shock, water, humidity, and even snowstorms in the cold! The advertised operating temperature is anywhere from 14 degrees up to 104 degrees, so whether you take it skiing or on a dune buggy ride in the desert, it should be able to withstand just about anything you can. The best part about it is that if it gets dirty, all you have to do is wash it off with water and you're all ready to take more pictures or video!
One of the biggest requests from Sony's customers was to have various color options, so Sony answered and provided just that. This particular model is available in 5 colors which are black, silver, pink, green, and blue. On the back of it, there's a 3" LCD screen that's touch sensitive. This being said, you should keep in mind that there are some customers with bigger fingers who have claimed that they've experienced issues trying to select small icons at times. Also, a screen protector is recommended, especially since you're probably going to take this camera into some harsh environments. It would be wise to invest in one just to make sure you don't scratch it up while it's in your bag or pocket.
The DSC-TX20 actually weighs in at only 4.2 ounces and is less than 4 inches wide. This actually makes it one of the smallest and lightest waterproof cameras on the market today! The design is both slim and sporty and the fact that it's able to withstand up to 16 feet of water only adds more awesomeness to this camera! When using any camera that claims to be waterproof, keep in mind that none of them are completely waterproof and it would be wise to enclose it inside a waterproof case when you plan on submerging it in water.
Once you purchase the camera, there are multiple extras included in the box that you'll want to look out for. You'll find a rechargeable battery, a USB cable, a wrist strap, a stylus to be used with the touchscreen, the manual and installation CD, and lastly a charging cable. You should also keep in mind that there's a 1 year warranty which covers parts and labor. Depending on where you purchase your device, there may be extended warranty plans available, so look out for that. If for some reason you need to contact customer support, there is information inside the box about how to reach them via email, phone, or live chat. There's also a help and FAQ section on their website for those questions which may be more simple in nature.
Overall, for a camera that shoots in 16 megapixel resolution, is able to go up to 16 feet underwater, and has excellent support for the product, the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX20 is definitely one of the best waterproof cameras on the market today! The only complaint is that it's slow to load at times, but if you can handle that, then this is the camera for you!