The nice thing about a camera that you can lose in most women’s purses is that you can carry it everywhere! Not only did I go snorkelling with it, I just went photo happy.
The zoom is really quite serviceable for a pocket camera. 5x zoom gets you just that bit closer.
The zoom is not bad for such a small camera
However, I don’t JUST take photos of animals. Tried some photography in more of a dusk setting:
And then went really macro, but this colour was so technicolour that I’m not sure if the camera could handle it:
And also tried it out on landscapes. Colour rendering is good here in mixed light and the bright sunshine of the beach without being contrasty. (Does it sound like I know what I’m doing when I use words like “contrasty”?)
Buildings at an abandoned sheep shearing station
Lastly, one of the only “action” shots I took in Hawaii and it held up pretty decently:
Along with the butt shots of animals, the requisite “photo from a moving car”
So, in conclusion, the Sony DSC-TX30 is a very versatile camera for a wide range of shots. A lot of what I took is certainly suitable to frame and put on your wall, to gain some “oohs” and “aahs” as a computer wallpaper and to vividly bring your vacation back to life!
So the true test of my sony DSC-TX30 was to stick it underwater (that is, after all, the second main reason I bought it!). Took it to Hawaii and went out into the ocean with it and promptly forgot how to turn off the touch screen! Because it is a touch screen, it becomes a little difficult to change the settings when your fingers are wet. The screen is definitely not as responsive with wet fingers and when you want to take a photo underwater one minute and then above water the next, well…..Just leave it on underwater setting and live with it – it’s not bad.
Okaaay, underwater – here are things you need to know. It doesn’t matter about the screen – it’s not like you can see anything in it. This was a true “point and shoot” exercise. Between my snorkelling mask, refraction of the bright (bright!!!) sunshine and less than pristine water and composition went out the window. LUCKILY, the fish didn’t move AS fast as you think.
In this first photo, you can see how cloudy the water is especially close to the surface, yet the camera was still good enough to pick up the fish.
Just to be sure, took some shots of the bottom to make sure the camera was working.
And in the very shallow water (as I was being pushed around by all the waves), you get a decent vacation shot.
Really hoped the fish was in that general direction
Really pleased in quieter waters that it also picked up paler fish
And lastly, setting it to the underwater mode, and taking the photo in bright sunshine above the water, you still get a reminder of your exotic holiday.
Just as good above water
I bought a new camera! I love my huge SLRs, but I wanted one that I could slip into my pocket and not worry about it at the barn or when I go snorkeling. So I bought the sony DSC-TX30 in blue!!! (check out specs here) I haven’t had a chance to test it at the beach, but I did take it to the barn, where, as the cats were about to lick it and I pulled it back in horror, someone reminded it was waterproof and really, if Carson wanted to lick it, it would be allright (something to consider). So, this time around, I wanted to test the “pet mode”. As you can see, it works pretty darn well even on my horse who is technically “livestock”, not “pets”. All photos below were taken without flash. The first one was taken under fluorescent lights and the rest outside.
The camera has a good macro mode, but it doesn’t work that well with furry things that move. Carson was just waking up as a prelude to licking the camera.
Simon on the other hand, was nice and still except for the yawn and a moderately close range, the camera does produce nice results. Simon was in the shade and I still got a nice colour on his fur.
Larry on the other hand is “livestock” not “pet”, but the camera doesn’t care. In the full sun with quite a breeze blowing, it renders the blues, greens and browns nicely while still compensating for the movement of horse and my hand.
On a pretty good close up/zoom, it handled BT’s ever moving body and total furriness. It still captures his buff colour as well as really green grass.
On moderate close up (why do animals always want to come towards the camera????), it does do well even if Simon’s head comes out as a bobble head.