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Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Review

Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Review - The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is a budget waterproof camera. Daniel Bell reviews.

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Sony Cyber-shot TF1 in Compact Cameras

Sony Cybershot Dsc Tf1 2

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.

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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.
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Key Features

  • 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
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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.

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 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

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
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
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
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.

Value For Money

The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is available for £140. Recommended waterproof cameras include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5available 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.

Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Verdict

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.


Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Pros

Optical SteadyShot
Intelligent Auto mode
Screen has a decent resolution
Plenty of rubber grip

Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Cons

Poor image quality
Low battery life
Not much detail in panorama shots


Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.6 - f/4.7
35mm equivalent25mm - 100mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution460k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest2sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting1fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • Micro SD
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium N NP-BN
Battery Life (CIPA rating)200shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN), AC AdaptorAC-UB10/UB10B, Multi USB, Wrist Strap, Instruction Manual

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