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Sony DSCTX30B Digital Camera

technlologyx.com Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended
18.2MP 5x Sep 2013
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
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43 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites both endorsed this waterproof camera. This Sony digital camera received an Ephotozine "Recommended" award and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Technlologyx.com who wrote it was excellent.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including DP Review, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Chip.de this waterproof camera has an overall expert rating of 73%.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, DSC-TX30 owners rated this digital camera 87%.

Robust

A number of Sony DSC-TX30 owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Two years ago Neil F mentioned “Wicked little camera + waterproof to 10m - excellent !” in his Sony DSC-TX30 review. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30 “It is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof”. Technlologyx.com mentioned in their review “The TX-30 is waterproof”.

Four Sony DSC-TX30 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-TX30 “The Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 is a tough camera which was announced in February 2013” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars. Ephotozine.com also wrote “This doesn't mean the TX30 isn't tough”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Four people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images. Julie Mackenzie mentioned on Amazon “Takes excellent photos too!” in her review of the Sony DSC-TX30. Julie Mackenzie also said “Great photos, excellent choice of commands at fingertips”. Mr Wind wrote in his review of this digital camera “The images it takes are good (certainly good enough to print A4 size”.

Good Size

Some Sony DSC-TX30 reviewers who bought the product agreed that it was compact. Alicia mentioned on Amazon “It takes great shots, great zoom, compact and you can clunk it around a bit”. Martin Pedler mentioned “This is an amazingly clever bit of miniature technology”. Dpreview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on DP Review “One of the fastest growing segments in the digital camera market is compact, rugged cameras”.

Easy to Use

A number of people who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to use. Alicia said in her review of the Sony DSC-TX30 on Amazon “It's easy to use AND the best part”. Two years ago Martin Pedler mentioned “The x20 zoom is highly effective and easy to use”.

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Sony digital cameras and also specifically for Sony waterproof cameras and found that in both cases Sony had good ratings compared to other brands.

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Good Quality Lens

Several Sony DSC-TX30 reviewers who bought it agreed that it had a good zoom.

Nice Design

Some Sony DSC-TX30 owners who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good looking. Mr Wind said on Amazon “I'm pretty sure it'll work just fine” and gave the product a very good rating. Three years ago Digitalversus.com said in their review on expert website Digital Versus “The TX30 is a stylish, responsive, hard-wearing underwater snapper that's progressed in many ways”.

Good Product Quality

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Mr Wind wrote on Amazon “First impressions are a good quality, small”.

Good Battery Life

One person who reviewed the Sony DSC-TX30 thought it had a good battery life.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Sony DSC-TX30 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Mr Wind wrote on Amazon “A couple of cons though - the screen marks quite easily” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Support

One Sony DSC-TX30 owner thought this digital camera had good technical guidance. Martin Pedler wrote on Amazon two years ago “Very versatile with highly effective point-and-shoot through sophisticated manual modes” in his Sony DSC-TX30 review.

Good Connectivity

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Mr Wind rated the product as very good and he said “The supplied wire t charge is only usb (with no plug for the wall” in his review of this digital camera.

Very Large Screen Size

When compared to other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TX30, the DSC-TX30's screen size of 3.3 inches is one of the largest. The smallest screen size of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.8", the largest is 3.3", and the average screen size is 2.8".

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-TX30 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-TX30 also support Full HD video.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the DSC-TX30 has an image stabiliser.

Other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-TX30 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-TX30 also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Waterproof

The Sony DSC-TX30 is waterproof, as are most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of other waterproof cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TX30, the Sony DSC-TX30's digital zoom of 20 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-TX30 range from 2x to 20x, and the average digital zoom is 5.9x.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

When compared to other digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TX30 that we have assessed the megapixel count of, the DSC-TX30's megapixel count of 18.2 megapixels is one of the highest. The lowest megapixel count of similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-TX30 is 5MP, the highest is 23MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP.

If you want a higher megapixel count then you might also want to look at the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] (20.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-TX30 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TX30 is 4.6x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 10x.

Other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price], or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price] which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the EOS 7D[pl_420993_price], and the EOS 5D Mark III[pl_1357507_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the DSC-TX30 is more than most digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of this spec and age.

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Very High Display Resolution

Digital cameras of this spec and age have display resolutions of between 150,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels. When compared to other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the display resolution of the DSC-TX30 of 1,229,760 pixel is one of the highest.

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Six Aspheric Elements

Most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-TX30 have between 4 and 10 aspheric elements, including the DSC-TX30 which has six aspheric elements.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony DSC-TX30 is more than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-TX30. The white balance modes "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this camera.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture

The maximum apertures of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-TX30 range from 2.7 to 38, and the average maximum aperture is 7.2. The Sony DSC-TX30 has a quite small maximum aperture (8) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-TX30.

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Very Light

The lightest camera of a similar spec and age to the DSC-TX30 is 36g and the heaviest is 1.4kg. The DSC-TX30 is quite light (only 125 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 12,800, the Sony DSC-TX30 has one of the higher maximum ISO speeds amongst cameras of this age. The average maximum ISO speed of waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years is 7,900.

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OLED Display

The DSC-TX30 has an OLED display which is better than the LCD display found on most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

This digital camera's display (OLED) is in fact the best display amongst all waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TX30.

The worst display across comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

The average total megapixel count of cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TX30 is 15MP. The DSC-TX30 has a quite many total megapixel count (18.9 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-TX30.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The DSC-TX30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this camera. The ISO speeds 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Battery Life

The DSC-TX30 has a fairly long maximum battery life (4 hours) compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TX30. The average maximum battery life of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 87h, and the maximum battery lives range from 0.5h to 680h.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony DSC-TX30 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TX30.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports One Power Source

The Sony DSC-TX30 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras of this type and age. This Sony camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-TX30.

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Short

At only 59.3 millimeters, the DSC-TX30 is quite short compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-TX30. The average height of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 81mm.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2.8, the DSC-TX30 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TX30. Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the minimum apertures range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture is 3.4.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The smallest minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-TX30 is 50, the biggest is 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99. The Sony DSC-TX30 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed (only 80) amongst cameras of this age.

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Narrow

At only 96.4 millimeters, the DSC-TX30 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have widths of between 50mm and 160mm, and the average width is 110mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-TX30, the DSC-TX30 does not support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video recording including the Coolpix P7100[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-TX30, the DSC-TX30 does not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The DSC-TX30 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the Lumix DMC-FT3[pl_636880_price], or the Lumix DMC-FT5[pl_1943538_price] both from Panasonic which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-TX30, the DSC-TX30 does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price], or the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price].

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

This camera has a still image resolution of 640 x 480|2592 x 1944|3648 x 2736, which is the most frequently found still image resolution on cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the DSC-TX30 is more than most similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This Sony camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DSC-TX30 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

Waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TX30 have battery capacities of between 630mAh and 1,800mAh, and the average battery capacity is 880mAh. The Sony DSC-TX30 has a quite small battery capacity (only 630 milliamperes * hour) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the DSC-TX30 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this Sony camera. The image editing modes Trimming are also found on this camera.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-TX30

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that were launched more than two years ago. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Protection Feature
Snow Resistant
Freeze Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
AV Output
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Focal Length
Optical Viewfinder
Electrical Viewfinder
Conversion Function
Technical Details
Optical Sensor Size

2 Awards

technlologyx.com Editor's Choice Ephotozine Recommended

Expert Reviews

(21)
20 December 2013

Look around you and tell us if you also see these: hellish traffic, crowded streets and malls, mga mandurukot, and scary accidents!Sorry if we're being nega, bro! Again, look around you, this time... Read more…

If you seek the thrill and adrenaline of the great outdoors, the Sony Cybershot DSC -TX30 rugged camera is the one for you (even if you are just plain clumsy)!REVIEWIn this age where you take...

3 June 2013

One of our most popular reports on Technology X has been our review of the new Sony Cyber-shot TX-30 Digital Camera and the number of e-mails we have received, as well as product purchases... Read more…

8 May 2013

All the main camera manufacturers have produced waterproof cameras, but Sony's tend to stand out from the crowd as they look more like a normal camera, rather than some of the tough models that...

Ephotozine

2 May 2013

Why are people still buying these cameras? Is it the big screen, the colors? We know it's not the user experience. So... what then? We've heard it before: Touchscreens move units. But why? This...

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User Reviews

(88)
Reviewed 16 March 2015 by Derek
(Verified Purchase)

About 290 frames into my vacation, the camera completely gave up. The back panel stayed on and I couldn't turn the camera off. Tried pulling out the battery, which did shut everything down, but... Read more…

Reviewed 26 April 2013 by Spaceman
Spaceman would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

I use the camera solely as a quick candid catching camera when I don't want to lug around a larger SLR or medium size point-and-shoot. It's size, weight, and the no protruding lens feature are... Read more…

Reviewed 1 October 2014 by LGFEO
LGFEO would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

Just took it out for the test drive before a long carribean vacation and was thrilled with the images I got. Had it out on the water and the pictures were clear with good color. Even used it in... Read more…

Reviewed 5 December 2014 by LB Picture Taker
LB Picture Taker would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

I carry this camera with me daily, to capture local scenery, weather conditions, and events, and also use it to document my artwork and family activities. Video is typically of children's... Read more…

Reviewed 3 June 2014 by S.Waleck
S.Waleck would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 (Verified Purchase)

First off, you need to know there's always a compromise when it comes to camera sensor size and this camera has a small sensor. That being said, I am very happy with the results I have obtained... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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