If you’re anything like me and have been following Sony products its easy to tell that the model numbers associated with a device tell a story. Things seemed a little odd to me when Sony released the ultra-slim 1080 HD movie recording capable point and shoot camera DSC-TX7 at CES 2010, as it was a giant leap in model numbers from the original DSC-TX1 that they released last August. Well, I spoke to one of my major sources recently and there was some big hints towards a waterproof, underwater capable point and shoot camera coming called the DSC-TX5. When I heard this I was pretty amazed because such a feature like waterproof (presumably at realistic distances) is one thing, but to see it applied to a very slim, stylish camera such as the T-Series would be pretty wild. I decided to stay quiet about it but unfortunately the chatter has gotten too obvious now.

Sonyalpharumors, a site I have been noticing has been mostly correct lately about Sony’s camera strategy (and has been offering consistent leaks for a while) even wrote about the DSC-TX5 a few days ago. They stated,

The source says the TX5, Sony’s underwater point and shoot should be announced soon. “We can glean two things from the title. T means touch screen and since all of Sony’s touch screens are resistive they can actually work underwater and the X indicates the Exmor CMOS system, most likely the BSI R sensor. Don’t know pricing, or specs, though, based on other X series cameras it’ll be 10mp and likely the 4x Zeiss formula in the lens, though if it’s of the 25mm variety like the TX7 or the 35mm variety like the TX1, that remains to be seen. I am personally hoping for the former.”

I’m not going to say much more than I already have, and I find their words very interesting. I chose not to report on that because it wasn’t really enough to go with, but things got even worse when I noticed the DSC-TX5 on some Japanese tech blogs. Apparently the Apple Brothers blog uncovered it from a cached Colortec blog (C-TEC 3) link, where they basically state the images were available via Sony Europe’s press center for a limited amount of time. The images are no longer at the C-TEC 3 blog, but still exist at the Apple Brothers blog, and are the images you see in this post. We are very confident you will see this product soon, and will be available in Europe in the colors shown above – maroon, silver, black, pink and what appears to be a white color, but we’re unsure of what colors will hit the USA.

If we had to guess, price would probably be around $300.