Sony DSC-TX30/B 18 MP Digital Camera
Most waterproof/rugged cameras make it very obvious by their design what they are made to do. Some people like the chunky designs, but for those who perhaps want something a little more discreet, Sony's T-series cameras are a great choice. The Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is very slim and stylish, not really giving away that it can withstand getting wet and being thrown around a bit. It is waterproof down to 33 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof, and dustproof. It has an 18.2-megapixel image sensor and a 5x zoom lens with optical image stabilization.
The cameras autofocus works quickly in all lighting, and the photo quality produced by this camera is quite good for its class. It also includes a built-in front LED light for macro shooting, similar to the Pentax WG-3. Video is captured in 1080/60i with stereo sound, and is also of comparatively good quality. The Dual Record feature of the TX30 allows the user to shoot video and take still pictures at the same time, which is pretty handy. However, there are some issues that keep the Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 from ranking higher on this list.
First of all, there is no GPS, which is offered on every other rugged camera in this price range. Second, while the 3.3-inch touchscreen display looks fantastic and works great in normal conditions, it gets scratched easily and doesn’t work underwater - rendering the camera more or less useless. Overall, the TX30 is a stylish and competent little camera, but it's clearly not as focused on the rugged aspect as its competitors are. Less suited to being a dedicated underwater camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is a great choice if you a unit that can stand brief contact with water and won't break if it falls out of your pocket.