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3 December, 2010

a point and shoot camera

Some of you may remember that I bought a cheap compact (point-and-shoot) camera (Samsung L730) I bought in June 2008. Well, the main reason for getting that camera was the price and the compactness. Unfortunately, on the 3rd last day of the trip to Western Australia, the camera stopped working completely. I was unable to turn on the camera at all.

Does it worth fixing? Nah. Laurent and I decided that we shall get a new compact camera.

A compact point and shoot camera does a great job in many situations. For one, there are many situations I simply do not need the DSLR, or better yet, can't be bothered to carry the DSLR (and all the accessories).

So, we decided to get a replacement. Since I already have a few Sony branded cameras, to Don's dismay it makes sense to get another Sony brand camera. (Sony and Apple are pretty much Don's top two hated brands) Despite keeping in line with other Sony products, I am be sure that the very useful Sony GPS tracking device work with the picture taken on it.

The second requirement is waterproof. Why not? The waterproof would simply give us more freedom to use the camera near the water at very least. In Don's language, this waterproof feature means having extra option/ability which Don is very concerned.

And the candidate is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5. A high-ish end compact digital camera that has all today's modern features as well as the required waterproofing.

The important box shot:
Sony DSC-TX5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 contents:
Sony DSC-TX5 contents

Quick features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5:
waterproof (3 meters)
Exmor-R CMOS sensor
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
10.2 mega pixels
4x optical zoom
22mm wide-angle lens
and records movies at 720p (1280 x 720, 29.97fps)

Still, unlike Don, I don't own any camcorder at all.

One interesting thing about this Sony TX-5, it is smaller than Apple iPhone 4 (but a bit thicker (depth)).
Sony DSC-TX5

BTW, I bought it last month during Myer's special discount (15% off) and on top of that, I got a spare battery for free.

And finally, to Don: Antony is poor.

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related blog entries:
one more Sony (Sony DSLR α350) (15 November, 2008)
Samsung L730 (14 June, 2008)
goodbye Canon, hello Sony (Sony Cyber-shot DSC H9) (4 October, 2007)

Posted by Antony on 3 December 2010 8:43 PM | gadget
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What other recent purchase have you got hidden away, ready to announce?
Thank you for today's help.
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 3 December 2010 10:35 PM.
So how many cameras have you got now?
Well, I still need to fix my 10-year-old camera, can't afford a new one.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 4 December 2010 4:00 AM.
Only 3, Sony DSC-H9, Sony DSLR a-350 and Sony DSC-TX5, that's all.
I still can't afford a video camcorder.
Posted by Antony on 4 December 2010 2:33 PM.
Check your spam checker Ant! my comment is trapped there!!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 4 December 2010 6:50 PM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
You entered the wrong code. Anyhow, not many.
Posted by Antony on 4 December 2010 9:23 PM.
Ant,
are you aware that the faulty camera would have been covered by your commonwealth bank gold card extended warranty feature? You could have saved yourself ~$400 if you would have taken advantage of this feature, with no need to buy a new camera
Sam.
Posted by Sam on 5 December 2010 12:00 AM.
Sam,
Before you rushed to lecture me, perhaps you should verify if the warranty claim is valid or not. I clearly mentioned the date of the original purchase, and the standard warranty is only one year for the camera which cost just over $100. The extended warranty extends it another year, that was all.
Further, the need of new features is also warranted.
It seems clear to me that you only rushed to lecture me and ignored all other valid factors. Also, you can't measure everything just by its monetary value.
Posted by Antony on 5 December 2010 11:49 AM.
"...you can't measure everything just by its monetary value."
*
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ROFLMAO!!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 5 December 2010 12:32 PM.
So that's three Sony cameras, even though you only really need one?
Posted by Don_HH2K on 6 December 2010 9:35 AM.
Well, the Sony alpha-350 would be the preferred camera, however, due to the fact that it is a DSLR (bulky), there are times I would use a point-and-shoot one, that is Sony DSC-TX5.
Laurent uses compact point-and-shoot camera, so he would use this Sony DSC-TX most of the time.
As for the old Sony DSC-H9, it would be a great backup in case one goes wrong.
Posted by Antony on 6 December 2010 9:42 AM.
In that twisted consumeristic way that he has, it all makes sense!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 6 December 2010 10:51 AM.
Rev. Dr. Wu Yi,
Of course it all makes sense. Just that I don't have any twisted "consumeristic way".
Posted by Antony on 6 December 2010 1:00 PM.
When every other blog post is concerning some new (likely expensive) gadget you've bought, I would beg to differ.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 December 2010 1:25 AM.
I can't believe you agreed with Rev. Dr. Wu Yi.
Well, 1) Antony is a bargain hunter. 2) Antony is poor.
Posted by Antony on 10 December 2010 2:43 AM.
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