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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.
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.
- 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor
- 4x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 25-100mm)
- Optical SteadyShot
- 2.7 inch 460k dot LCD screen
- Waterproof to 10m
- Sand, dust and freezeproof
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100-3200
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Intelligent Auto mode
- Artistic picture effects
- Sweep Panorama mode
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.
|Shutter Response||0.15 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.6 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||3.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||3.3 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||6.2 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.7 fps|
Continuous shooting records at full 16.1 megapixel resolution.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/3.9 | 10.1 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/500 sec | f/4.2 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Underwater | 1/10 sec | f/3.6 | 4.4 mm | ISO 400
Pet Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/4.7 | 17.7 mm | ISO 320
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
Wide Angle | 1/640 sec | f/4.2 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/640 sec | f/5.6 | 17.7 mm | ISO 100
Trees | 1/160 sec | f/3.6 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/40 sec | f/3.6 | 4.4 mm | ISO 100
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
1/10 sec | f/4.6 | 16.4 mm | ISO 100
1/25 sec | f/4.6 | 16.4 mm | ISO 200
1/50 sec | f/4.6 | 16.4 mm | ISO 400
1/100 sec | f/4.6 | 16.4 mm | ISO 800
1/200 sec | f/4.6 | 16.4 mm | ISO 1600
1/400 sec | f/4.6 | 16.4 mm | ISO 3200
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
AWB preset - incandescent preset | 1/20 sec | f/3.7 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent preset | 1/20 sec | f/3.7 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.7 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 1 - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.7 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 2 - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.7 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset 3 - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.7 | 7.6 mm | ISO 100
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
Picture Effect - Partial Colour | 1/20 sec | f/4.7 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Picture Effect - Pop Colour | 1/20 sec | f/4.7 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Picture Effect - Soft High Key | 1/25 sec | f/4.7 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
Picture Effect - Toy Camera | 1/20 sec | f/4.7 | 17.7 mm | ISO 400
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.
Value For MoneyThe Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is available for £140. Recommended waterproof cameras include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5, available for £295, the Nikon Coolpix AW110, available for £270 and the Canon Powershot D20, available for £260. For more waterproof cameras, have a look at the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras. If you are on a budget, the Olympus Tough cameras score well in our reviews, such as the TG-620 and TG-320.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 ProsOptical SteadyShot
Intelligent Auto mode
Screen has a decent resolution
Plenty of rubber grip
Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 ConsPoor image quality
Low battery life
Not much detail in panorama shots
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Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.6 - f/4.7|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 100mm|
|CCD pixels||16.2Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||2sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 800|
|Optical Zoom with Video||No|
|Battery Type||Lithium N NP-BN|
|Box Contents||Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), AC AdaptorAC-UB10/UB10B, Multi USB, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual|