"This camera has horrible FISHBOWL effect"0.5 starson by YC77
Pros: Compact, exterior design and color look really good
Cons: Horrible FISHBOWL effect - image distortion of all straight objects.
Extremely fragile - can't cary in back pocket, No Dust and No Splash proof,
Summary: The bottom line: if image distortion doesn?t bother you and you don?t mind guessing 5 years from now if the buildings behind you on the pictures are really falling and people are leaning against invisible walls or if this is just badly designed lenses than this is your camera.
It does have all cool functionality the product description says it has and exterior design and color look really good. It does make good panoramic pictures in 3D, and quality of the high definition movies is good.
The ONLY MAJOR BAD THING about this camera it has horrible FISHBOWL effect!
Everything is stretched towards the corners and tilted towards the middle of the picture, so the buildings and trees look like Leaning Tower of Pisa - ready to fall. I will post some of these pictures on Amazon.
I contacted SONY support, they recommended to reset camera to initial factory defaults - didn't help much,
still making horribly distorted pictures, then they recommended to send camera to them.
After searching the internet I found out that this is the bad design of this and previous Cyber-shot models and not a defect. I will not waste my time sending it back to SONY.
I will simply return this camera to the store.
Don't just take my word for it search internet for "SONY TX9 FISHBOWL" you will find out that all TX7 and TX9 models have the same FISHBOWL issues due to wide angle lenses. This model is using the best German lenses and this should be an insult to Carl Zeiss brand to be used in such a bad SONY model.
I'm extremely disappointed with SONY for creating this badly designed camera, I'm really surprised that SONY has Engineers and Testers on staff who could design, test and approve the release of this camera to the market.