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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Violet)

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Product Highlights
  • 18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 3.3" Xtra Fine OLED Display
  • 4.7-23.5mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
  • 1920 x 1080i HD Video Capture
  • 12800 ISO
  • Built-In Flash
  • Micro HDMI Output

The Sony DSC-TX66 Digital Camera is an 18.2Mp point-and-shoot with a number of things going for it, including superb high definition capture. Capable of capturing 1080/60i movies with dual record of stills and movies, the TX66 is an all-in-one memory making machine. Quality features like a large 3.3" OLED touchscreen, 5x optical and 10x clear image zoom, and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens all work hard to provide you with high-quality memories that will last a lifetime.



In addition, the TX66 is a super-slim camera. It's only as thick as a single AA battery, making the TX66 an ideal companion at all times. Other features include 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode, Picture Effect, and a feature called Background Defocus for images where the subjects pops out of the scene. Brightness, color, and vividness can all be adjusted with the Photo Creativity mode, and of course face detection and Smile Shutter technologies ensure that everyone looks their best in every shot.



iSCN automatically adjusts the camera's settings by detecting 36 different scene conditions and deciding what is best for that individual shot. Natural Flash, meanwhile, corrects color balance for lifelike shots. Anti-blink, Face Priority, Red-eye Reduction, Motion Detection and more save your memories from what used to be the hazards incumbent in shooting snapshots.

18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS Sensor
The 18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera's sharp 4.7-23.5mm (26-130mm (4:3) 35mm equivalent) Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels resulting in stunning low-light images with incredible details
Slim and Stylish Design
At just over 1/2" thin and only 3.3 oz, this stylish camera is the perfect size to take with you almost anywhere. Slip it into a pocket, purse, or backpack and be ready to shoot memorable moments
High Speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality images signals to the camera's BIONZ processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low-light
Full HD 1080/60i
Records crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD video. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Optical Zoom Plus Clear Image Zoom
Most digital zooms use electric cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos
Capture the Decisive Moment with Up to 10 fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured - such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of improved electronic image stabilization. Now it's easier than ever to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking
3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way
Picture Effect
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select models have up to nine effects
Photo Creativity
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera's monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting
Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now Sony's point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, indentifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear
Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 36 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select audit and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as Twilight and backlighting
Anti-Blink Function
It's frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 36 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. In auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult light (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects
Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection, adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces
Video Mode
AVCHD 60i: 24Mp FX / 17Mp FH (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 9Mp HQ (1,440 x 1,080/60i) / MP4:12Mp (1,440 x 1,080/30fps) / 6Mp (1,280 x 720/30fps) / 3Mp VGA (640 x 480/30fps)
AF Modes
Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus / Flexible Spot AF (Tracking Focus) / Flexible Spot AF (Face Tracking Focus)
Scenes Modes
High Sensitivity / Soft Snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet Mode
Convenience Features
Red-Eye Reduction: Auto / On / Off
Erase / Protect: Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD; Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 18.9 Megapixel
Effective: 18.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, MPO
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Max Resolution 18MP: 4896 x 3672
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Optics
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar, 12 elements in 10 groups
6 Aspherical
EFL: 4.7-23.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 26-130 mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) - 4.8 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Focus Range Wide: 1.18" (3.00 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 1.97' (60.05 cm) - Infinity
Wide: 0.26' (8 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 1.97' (60.0 cm) - Infinity 1
Please Note:

iAuto and Program Auto respectively

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Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-12800
Shutter 2 - 1/1600 seconds
1 - 1/1600 seconds 2
Please Note:

Auto and program Auto respectively

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Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent 3
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Also: One Push, One Push Set

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Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 16.2 MP for up to 10 frames
Self Timer 10 Seconds, 2 Seconds 4
Please Note:

Also portrait1 and portrait2

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Interval Recording No
Remote Control None
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.26 - 12.14' (0.08 - 3.7 m)
Telephoto: 1.97 - 8.53' (0.6 - 2.6 m)
Wide: Up To 17.06' (5.2 m)
Telephoto: Up To 12.14' (3.7 m) 5
Please Note:

ISO Auto and ISO 3200 respectively

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External Flash Connection None
Memory
Built-in Memory 19MB
Memory Card Type microSD
microSDHC 6
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Also: MS Micro, MS Micro Mark 2

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Still Images per GB JPEG: 3200
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.3" OLED Rear Touch Screen (1,229,000 pixels) 7
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Brightness Control: yes Grid Display: Yes (Off/On)

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Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1x AV Output
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0 8
Please Note:

A/V/USB/DC: combined in Multi Type3b port

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Connectors 1x USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Storage
-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Waterproofing Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power
Battery NP-BN Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 630mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UB10 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.7 x 2.1 x 0.5" / 92.9 x 54.4 x 13.4 mm
Weight 3.84 oz / 109 g with battery and memory card
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Violet)
  • NP-BN Battery
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Multi USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Paint Pen
  • Tripod Adapter
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyCyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Silver)
     
    4.3

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (9)
    • Good image quality (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
    • Large clear LCD (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (8)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Low light (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Wildlife (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Amazing!! Small yet powerful

      I bought this to take great pictures on an upcoming holiday. I've also purchased a 32gb SDHC, the first time not using Sony memory sticks. The capacity is 4923 pictures at maximum resolution....Read complete review

      I bought this to take great pictures on an upcoming holiday. I've also purchased a 32gb SDHC, the first time not using Sony memory sticks. The capacity is 4923 pictures at maximum resolution. I've used it every day and used most of the functions. The pictures are amazing and the camera has some truly useful functions. The imode accurately adjusts for each scene, and I recently discovered it is capable of detecting infants or adults in portraits. The camera is very slim and fits well in a pocket. The construction is very good.
      Having been to the B&H shop in New York, I wouldn't hesitate buying from them.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too thin...just too fragile

      I use my camera for family fun photos. The picture quality is pretty decent. Although not any better than my old camera. It is way to thin and I have small hands but...Read complete review

      I use my camera for family fun photos. The picture quality is pretty decent. Although not any better than my old camera. It is way to thin and I have small hands but the handeling is really very uncomfortable. It is taking some getting accustomed to as my pictures keep coming out with my fingers in the photo. Using the features are a bit cumbersome. I would have sent this camera back but unfortunately I registered it and the paper work says you cannot return once reistered.

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      4.0

      Small but Mighty!

      By JoMo26

      from Cape Cod, MA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Pink):

        I'm pretty new to this camera so I don't have a lot to comment on. But I have used it a couple of times and just love the pictures it takes. They are clear and look great. The camera is very small, a bit larger than a credit card. It's fine for me, however, people with big hands might not like the delicacy of it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lovely Camera

        By sofisc

        from Santiago, Chile

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Nice Pic Effects
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All
          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (White):

          This camera is coolYou can take pics with many effects, much better than instagram.Love the size also!It have a great Zoom

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Too thin...just too fragile

          By MellowGeek

          from Colorado

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Image Quality
          • Nice Body Color

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • To thinfragile

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Pink):

          I use my camera for family fun photos. The picture quality is pretty decent. Although not any better than my old camera. It is way to thin and I have small hands but the handeling is really very uncomfortable. It is taking some getting accustomed to as my pictures keep coming out with my fingers in the photo. Using the features are a bit cumbersome. I would have sent this camera back but unfortunately I registered it and the paper work says you cannot return once reistered.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 4

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          4.0

          Slick but hard to hold

          By Onemoresmapdi

          from Jackson, MS

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Hard to hold shoot pics
          • Lag / Shutter Delay

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Silver):

          Nice product overall but hard to hold it & shoot with one hand.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 4
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          my favorite camera thus far!

          By Enzo's Mommy

          from Flat Rock, MI

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Violet):

            Takes great pics in any lighting. Love the background defocus setting...makes pics look professional!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            satisfactory

            By Cintia

            from Brasil, Curitiba

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Pink):

              I loved the product, easy to use, photos are perfect

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love this camera!

              By Lily's Mom

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (White):

                I love this camera - it is small and takes extremely sharp photos. The menus are easy to navigate and the touch screen works very well!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Tiny Camera !

                By LarryD

                from Phila. PA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Records Zoom motor noise

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Silver):

                I use this camera as my hidden camera when I want to be unobtrusive. The things that one can do with this camera are almost unbelievable. The pictures are sharp, clear and of great color. 8x!0 prints compare favorably with pics I have taken with an SLR. Movies are excellent with the only drawback being recording of zoom motor noise.The camera is capable of more things than there is room here to list.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Amazing!! Small yet powerful

                By David

                from Chatham, England

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Silver):

                  I bought this to take great pictures on an upcoming holiday. I've also purchased a 32gb SDHC, the first time not using Sony memory sticks. The capacity is 4923 pictures at maximum resolution. I've used it every day and used most of the functions. The pictures are amazing and the camera has some truly useful functions. The imode accurately adjusts for each scene, and I recently discovered it is capable of detecting infants or adults in portraits. The camera is very slim and fits well in a pocket. The construction is very good.
                  Having been to the B&H shop in New York, I wouldn't hesitate buying from them.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Best 2nd camera to own

                  By Bronx guy

                  from NYC, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Digital Camera (Silver):

                      I use other, more sophisticated gear, but this is the best "6th man" on the team

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      Sony -  NP-BN1 Rechargeable Battery Pack
                      • You Pay: $31.38
                       
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                      Protect your LCD screen from scratches and finger prints.

                      GGI -  Digital Screen Care Kit
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                      Download your pictures faster and save battery life.

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                      • You Pay: $5.95
                       
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