Sony's Underwater Cybershot TX200V Is the iPhone's Fat Photo-Taking CousinS

Sony's new glass-faced TX200V is a decidedly opulent stab at something we've been asking for around here: a waterproof camera that doesn't sacrifice optics and design. It's just that it does it at a pretty painful price point.

The TX200V has Sony's new 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, which has the hugest resolution in any point and shoot. It's also got a new processor, and has the superfast 0.1 -second autofocus of the TX55, and lowered low-light autofocus to 0.2 seconds. It shoots Full HD 1080/60p video, has 5x (35mm) optical zoom, a range of f3.5-4.8, and a 1,229,760-dot TruBlack OLED screen. The 16-foot waterproof spec is about half that of other rugged cameras right now, and it doesn't feature the shock-proof or drop-proof specs of those other cameras either.

We got a chance to play with some units that were unfortunately totally drained of battery, and the glass body feels surprisingly light, though that also makes it feel a little cheap. It's also a good deal fatter than you're used to from Cybershot cameras, sort of resembling a morbidly obese iPhone from the front.

It's out in March for $500, which is a little more expensive than other rugged cameras (which are, again, a good deal more rugged). [Sony]

Sony's Underwater Cybershot TX200V Is the iPhone's Fat Photo-Taking CousinS

Sony's Underwater Cybershot TX200V Is the iPhone's Fat Photo-Taking CousinS

Sony's Underwater Cybershot TX200V Is the iPhone's Fat Photo-Taking CousinS