Sony introduces world's slimmest waterproof camera

Sony introduces world's slimmest waterproof camera
The TX30 may even be tougher than Bruce Willis. We think

Sony has revealed a new tough camera to sit in its Cyber-Shot range of compacts. The TX30 features a 5x optical zoom lens and is the world's slimmest digital compact camera that's waterproof down to 10 metres (33ft).

The camera is also dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof, and is capable of recording Full HD video.

A new feature for Cyber-Shot cameras is magnifying glass plus mode, which enables you to zoom in and magnify a subject up to 15x for a "super size" view. The camera also features LED lights to illuminate dim scenes for detailed close-up shots.

Superior shooting

Inside the camera is an 18.2 million pixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and a Bionz processor. At the back of the camera, a 3.3-inch 1229k dot OLED screen can be found.

As with other new Cyber-Shots also announced today, the Sony TX30 features Enhanced Superior Auto mode, which automatically matches the best settings for the shooting situation in front of it.

The camera also features a number of other advanced modes and settings, including Picture Effects and Beauty Effects.

The Sony TX30 will be available from April 2013, but a price is yet to be determined.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.