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Sony DSC-TF1 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x Feb 2013
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Model Highlights: - Certified waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof, 16.1 megapixels, 4x optical zoom, 720p HD Movie mode, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 360 Sweep Panorama,... More
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An Underwater Review of Sony's Water-Proof Cyber-Shot TF1 Camera
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Unboxing the Sony DSC-TF1
Sony Cyber Shot DSC TF1 Waterproof Review + BEST PRICE

26 Reasons For

Good Size

Some people who reviewed the product thought it was compact. Three years ago Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned “Nice compact camera - Adequate picture quality” in their review. Dr. D. E. Goldwater also said “Gives the best panoramic shots I have seen from a compact camera”. Dr. D. E. Goldwater also said “From a small, truly pocket compact camera, they are acceptable.2 small problems”.

One Sony DSC-TF1 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was thin.

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Robust

A number of customers who purchased it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. Dicko wrote “What is great though is the fact that it is waterproof to 10m and shockproof” and gave the product a very good review. Dicko also wrote “I've got some good underwater shots of fish using it”. Dicko also mentioned “If you're after a simple camera that is easy to use, gives good results and has the benefit of being waterproof, this is a good choice”.

A number of people said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Dicko said “Really handy rugged camera”. Three years ago K Wren mentioned on Amazon “Its likely rugged use, I would recommend a screen protector to guard against scratches” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1.

One Sony DSC-TF1 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Three years ago Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned on Amazon “This camera is beatifully built as one would expect from Sony” and scored this digital camera 4 stars.

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Easy to Use

Five Sony DSC-TF1 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use. Dicko gave the product a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Firstly, this is a basic camera with minimal controls which makes it really easy to use” in their review. Dr. D. E. Goldwater gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “Easily usable buttons make it a joy to use” in their review of this digital camera. Dr. D. E. Goldwater also mentioned “OK photo quality and a pleasure to use”.

Some people who purchased the product considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. K Wren wrote “This is a very slim camera (10x6x2.3cm), very lightweight at 150g, easy to hold, pocketable and it has a very clear 2.7" display” in their review of this digital camera.

One Sony DSC-TF1 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Three years ago Dicko rated the product 5 stars and said in their review on Amazon “The menus are simple and easy to understand”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who bought the product reckoned that it had a good screen.

Good Brand

Waterproof cameras produced by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all digital cameras (not just waterproof cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

Nice Design

One Sony DSC-TF1 owner who bought the product reckoned that it had a good case. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said on Amazon “A lovely proper metallic casing, big visible screen” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was good looking. Photographyblog.com said on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 presents itself as a simple yet stylish 16 megapixel palm-sized snapshot with added ‘proofing’ qualities, whilst design-wise the fact that it doesn’t readily resemble your ave” in their review.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of Sony DSC-TF1 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said “The photos are OK - not the best”. J M Alvarez V mentioned in their review “Could never get the right setting to get a good picture” .

One customer concluded that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “Is a budget waterproof camera, which also has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom”. One customer who purchased the Sony DSC-TF1 concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Sony TF1 has 16.1 megapixels”.

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Good Video Capture

A number of people who reviewed it concluded that it was good for video recording. Dicko mentioned three years ago “You can get some nice videos in good light” in their review of this digital camera. K Wren mentioned on Amazon “An error has occurred while attempting video playback” in their Sony DSC-TF1 review.

Good Quality Lens

One person said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Dicko gave it a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Focusing is fast.”.

CCD Sensor Type

The Sony DSC-TF1 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most cameras of this spec and age have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is in fact the best sensor type across all cameras of this type and age.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst sensor type is MOS.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Lumix DMC-FT3, or the Lumix DMC-FT25 both from Panasonic or the SeaLife DC1400 Pro ($703.59) which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The DSC-TF1 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-TF1 also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabiliser to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the TG-620, and the Stylus TG-2 both from Olympus or the Coleman C5WP ($67.38) is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-TF1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the TG-620, or the Stylus TG-2 both from Olympus or the Polaroid IE090.

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Waterproof

The Sony DSC-TF1 is waterproof, as are most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other waterproof cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the SVP AQUA-5500 ($149.99), and the Pentax Optio WG-3 is also worth considering.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

Across all the waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TF1 the megapixel counts range from 5MP to 23MP. The DSC-TF1 has one of the higher megapixel counts (16.1 megapixels) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

Other 16.1MP cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-FT25, or the Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95) both from Panasonic or the Olympus OM-D E-M5 ($499.99).

If you are looking for a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the WG-4 (16.79MP and higher rated), or the WG-4 GPS (16.79MP and higher rated) both from Ricoh or the SVP AQUA-5500 ($149.99) (18MP and higher rated).

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The Sony DSC-TF1 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst digital cameras of this age. The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras of this age and type is 0.15m.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Sony DSC-TF1 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Underwater" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Six Aspheric Elements

The DSC-TF1 is a six aspheric element digital camera. Most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-TF1 have between 4 and 10 aspheric elements.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-TF1 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. In addition, this Sony digital camera have still image resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this type and age.

A 480 x 480 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the DSC-TF1 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most frequently featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this camera. The flash modes Flash off and Flash on are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this type and age.

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TFT Display

The DSC-TF1 has a better display than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TF1 the best display is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony DSC-TF1 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras of this age and type. The auto focus "Centre weighted Auto Focus" and "Multi Point Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Sony DSC-TF1 has a greater number of power sources than most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This Sony camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Light

The DSC-TF1 is quite light (only 109 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-TF1. The average weight of waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TF1 is 260g, and the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg.

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15 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus this digital camera has an overall expert rating of 59 out of 100. Experts aren't convinced by this camera.

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 57%. Owners don't rate this Sony digital camera very highly.

Poor Product Quality

A number of Sony DSC-TF1 owners who purchased it considered that it was not good quality. Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned on Amazon “No steaming of the screen and nice quality shots with good colour balance” in their Sony DSC-TF1 review. J M Alvarez V mentioned on Amazon three years ago “Picture quality bad” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Ephotozine.com said “Unfortunately image quality is poor”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sony DSC-TF1 does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TF1 which support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to look at including the TG-620, the Stylus Tough TG-630, or the Stylus Tough TG-830 iHS all from Olympus.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support video recording. The DSC-TF1 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support video recording including the Olympus TG-620, the Fujifilm Finepix XP170, or the Polaroid IE090 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago, the DSC-TF1 does not have a GPS.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a GPS and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3, the Pentax Optio WG-3, or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-835 is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DSC-TF1 are not 3D compatible. The Sony DSC-TF1 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3, or the Nikon Coolpix AW110 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Sony DSC-TF1 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-TF1 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Coolpix P7100, the Coolpix AW110, or the Coolpix AW120 all from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At only 2 seconds, the Sony DSC-TF1 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-TF1 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.03s and 60s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 9.1s.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-TF1 range from 630mAh to 1,800mAh. At only 630 milliamperes * hour, the Sony DSC-TF1 has a fairly small battery capacity compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-TF1.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSC-TF1 supports a maximum video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. That's 75% less video resolution than the most common video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Sony camera also supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (320 x 240 pixels) is actually the worst supported video resolution amongst all waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TF1.

The best supported video resolution across similar types of camera is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the DSC-TF1 is more than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Sony camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on cameras of this spec and age. The shooting modes "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture

The maximum apertures of cameras of this spec and age range from 2.7 to 38, and the average maximum aperture is 7.2. With a maximum aperture of only 4.7, the DSC-TF1 has one of the bigger maximum apertures amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Only 200 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Sony DSC-TF1 is a digital camera that takes 200 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-TF1 take between 120 and 1,119 shots per battery charge.

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Only Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the DSC-TF1 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. The most commonly found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Rotating and Trimming are also found on this Sony camera.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-TF1

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Sony released the DSC-TF1.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the DSC-TF1 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-TF1.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 5x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III ($2,215.00) which has better reviews.

If this waterproof camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Ricoh WG-20 ($249.95) (6.7x), the Fujifilm FinePix XP150 (6.8x), or the Pentax Optio WG-3 (7.2x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Maximum Waterproof Depth

At 10 meters, the DSC-TF1 has a relatively standard maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-TF1.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 10m waterproof cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20, or the Fujifilm FinePix XP150.

If this Sony camera maximum waterproof depth is too low for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (13m), the Pentax Optio WG-3 (14m), or the Ricoh WG-4 (14m) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This digital camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Sony DSC-TF1 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-TF1.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the FinePix XP50, and the Finepix XP170 both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Stylus Tough TG-630 (3" and higher rated), the Stylus Tough TG-850 (3" and higher rated), or the Stylus Tough TG-830 iHS (3" and higher rated) all from Olympus.

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Average Optical Zoom

The DSC-TF1 has a relatively typical optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TF1.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (4.6x and higher rated), the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-630 (5x and higher rated), or the Fujifilm FinePix XP150 (5x and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Protection Feature
Freeze Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Histogram
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Focal Length
Panorama Mode
Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder
Electrical Viewfinder
Conversion Function
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Optical Sensor Size

Expert Reviews

(15)
5 August 2013

Toughened cameras are great for giving you the freedom to shoot in extreme conditions, but their lurid looks don't always lend themselves to every occasion. Try whipping out your... Read more…

5 August 2013

Toughened cameras are great for giving you the freedom to shoot in extreme conditions, but their lurid looks don't always lend themselves to every occasion. Try whipping out your... Read more…

23 July 2013

This little beach-goer did a great big belly flop in our review. The Cyber-shot TF1 is cute, waterproof and shockproof, but low-grade picture quality is the iceberg that sinks this tiny ship. It's...

21 June 2013

But wait! Before you sneak a Nikon D800E into your baby's basket of toys, you'll need to consider choking hazards and the fact that some children are a lot more careful (read: girls) than others... Read more…

17 May 2013

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...

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User Reviews

(13)
Reviewed 24 March 2013 by K Wren

0:00 0:00 This video is not intended for all audiences. What date were you... Read more…

Reviewed 17 April 2013 by Dicko

I've used this quite a bit on a recent holiday and have to say i'm quite impressed. Firstly, this is a basic camera with minimal controls which makes it really easy to use. The menus are simple... Read more…

Reviewed 16 December 2013 by Carly johnstone
(Verified Purchase)

We bought this camera for a holiday in the Caribbean for a snorkelling and scuba diving trip we organised.we decided to test the camera out prior to using it in the sea. After reading... Read more…

Reviewed 14 August 2014 by Peter G. Walter
(Verified Purchase)

I have just returned this camera for refund after having it for one year with it leaking in water , but only using it on 5 snorkelling dives of no more than 3 metres and it leaking in water though... Read more…

Reviewed 18 December 2013 by Jet
(Verified Purchase)

The camera was great for one pool session but then condensation started appearing in the lens. It got worse - it obviously wasn't actually water proof even at <6 meters.

Very... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dsctf1lceh, sony dsctf1, sony dsctf1r, sony dsctf1b, 4905524927894
Barcodes 00027242862302, 00027242862319, 00027242862326, 04905524927672, 04905524927702, 04905524927719, 04905524927726, 04905524927733, 04905524927863, 04905524927894

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