The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 was announced in January 2013 and is a budget waterproof camera, which also has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom. It is available for around £140.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Features
The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is waterproof to 10m and is dust, freeze and shockproof. It has a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor and a 4x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 25-100mm. To reduce camera shake there is Optical SteadyShot.
When shooting there is Intelligent Auto mode which adjusts the camera settings automatically. There are also a number of scene modes and picture effects. There is also a Sweep Panorama mode - you just press the shutter and sweep the camera across the scene. When shooting portraits the camera can automatically remove skin blemishes, brighten teeth, widen eyes and reduce forehead shine.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD.
16.1 megapixel CCD sensor
4x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-100mm)
2.7 inch 460k dot LCD screen
Waterproof to 10m
Sand, dust and freezeproof
720p HD video recording
1cm minimum focusing distance
Intelligent Auto mode
Artistic picture effects
Sweep Panorama mode
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Handling
The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 has a plastic body, with a rubber grip on the front. Where your left hand holds the camera is also rubberised, with an indent for your right hand thumb. On top of the camera is an on / off button, shutter release and zoom rocker.
There is a button on the rear to switch between image shooting (this includes Intelligent Auto, P, scene and picture effect modes), panorama and video modes. Other buttons on the rear include playback, menu and ? / delete buttons as well as a d-pad for cycling through the menus.
The TF1 has an easy to use menu system, when adjusting the shooting settings there is a sentence to explain what each option does. The LCD is a little small at 2.7 inch, but has a decent 460k dot resolution, although it's a little hard to view in bright conditions.
Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to CIPA test results. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot without Flash
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous shooting records at full 16.1 megapixel resolution.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Performance
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Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Sample Photos
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with good colour reproduction. Portraits have good skin tones but there is lots of red-eye when shooting with the flash. Underwater performance is also good.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Lens test images
Lens Performance - Image detail isn't great, the pictures produced are best for sharing on the web rather than large prints. Purple fringing is kept under control. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, so you can take decent macro shots.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 ISO test images
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, but image quality starts to suffer at ISO 400. Images are soft ISO 800 with a substantial amount of detail lost at ISO 1600. Image quality is very poor at ISO 3200.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 White-balance test images
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights auto white balance (AWB) performance is good, as is the incandescent preset. The AWB setting also performs well under the fluorescent lights, the three fluorescent presets all take images with a colour cast present.
Standard Panorama | 1/500 sec | f/6.5 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Wide Panorama | 1/640 sec | f/6.5 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
360 Panorama | 1/1000 sec | f/6.5 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Panorama mode - Panorama images are stitched together really well, but detail isn't great, again, more for sharing on the web when resized.
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Digital filters
Digital Filters - There are few picture effects available, although not as many as there are on many other Sony compact cameras.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD. You're unable to use optical zoom during recording.
The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is available at a decent price for a waterproof camera but unfortunately image quality is poor. If you're looking for a waterproof camera and you only share images on the web, then you might be quite happy with what the images produced, particularly as colour reproduction is decent. Overall, we suggest you look around at the alternative waterproof cameras on the market.