- Editor's Rating
- perfect sized pocket digicam
- easy to use
- tough enough to go anywhere
- poorly designed movie stop/start b
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 is the first ultra-compact camera to offer an 18 megapixel resolution and is small and durable enough to carry in the back pocket of a pair of jeans. The camera has a sliding front lens cover and a non-protruding 5x zoom lens and features a 3.2-inch LCD touchscreen display. With a price tag of $350 at the time of the review, the camera isn\’t a cheap digicam, but provides high quality performance in a tiny package.
DigitalCameraReview found the camera\’s touchscreen display to have poor responsive feedback, noting it often took multiple taps to reach a function. DCR was also frustrated by the location of the video start/stop button, which is a function of the touchscreen, and noted the button is not especially sensitive and its location in the top left corner of the screen makes it difficult for right-handed users to handle. The issues with the button impede the photographer\’s ability to use the camera appropriately. DCR noted the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 is best for auto exposure shooters, as it is difficult to adjust the exposure function. DCR also noted that the LCD screen has an impressive 1229K resolution which makes the screen super bright, fluid and hue accurate. However, DCR did comment that there is above average glare and reflections on the screen.
Overall, DCR found the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 to perform very well, producing consistently good to excellent images. DCR noted the camera was relatively fast, shot high quality 1080i HD video, and had accurate exposures and a very good zoom. However, DCR did find the device to have poor flash options and performance and an average or just below average battery life. The camera has an ISO range of 80-12800, but begins to distort when surpassing 400.
DCR commented that many consumers have resorted to using smartphones as primary cameras due to their portability and found that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 is both smaller and more portable and offers higher quality images. DCR noted that the TX 66 was designed for users looking for a \”tiny fully automatic high-end digicam\” and consumers in that demographic \”aren\’t likely to find anything better than the TX66.\”