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Sony DSC-TF1
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Sony DSC-TF1 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x Jan 2013
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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23 Reasons For

Easy to Use

Several customers who reviewed the Sony DSC-TF1 agreed that it was easy to use. Dicko rated it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 “Firstly, this is a basic camera with minimal controls which makes it really easy to use”. Dr. D. E. Goldwater gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and said in their Sony DSC-TF1 review on Amazon “Easily usable buttons make it a joy to use”. Dr. D. E. Goldwater also wrote “OK photo quality and a pleasure to use”.

Two customers said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. One Sony DSC-TF1 owner who purchased it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Four years ago Dicko wrote in their review of this digital camera “The menus are simple and easy to understand”.

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Good Size

A number of people reckoned that it was compact. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said “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 mentioned “From a small, truly pocket compact camera, they are acceptable.2 small problems”.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was thin. K Wren scored it 80 out of 100 and mentioned “This is a very slim camera (10x6x2.3cm), very lightweight at 150g, easy to hold, pocketable” in their Sony DSC-TF1 review.

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Robust

Several people who bought it agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Dicko wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 “What is great though is the fact that it is waterproof to 10m and shockproof”. Dicko also wrote “I've got some good underwater shots of fish using it”. Dicko also wrote “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 few customers thought it was strong and durable. Dicko scored the product 5 stars and mentioned “Really handy rugged camera”. K Wren mentioned in their Sony DSC-TF1 review on Amazon “Its likely rugged use, I would recommend a screen protector to guard against scratches”.

One Sony DSC-TF1 reviewer who reviewed it said that it was well made. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said “This camera is beatifully built as one would expect from Sony” in their Sony DSC-TF1 review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some Sony DSC-TF1 owners who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good screen. K Wren wrote “It has a very clear 2.7" display” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 and gave the product a score of 4 stars.

Nice Design

One Sony DSC-TF1 reviewer who reviewed the product said that it had a good case. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said on Amazon four years ago “A lovely proper metallic casing, big visible screen” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1.

One person reckoned that it was good looking. Photographyblog.com said on expert review site 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 of the Sony DSC-TF1 and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

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Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

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

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Good Quality Pictures

Four people concluded that the product was able to produce good images. Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned on Amazon “The photos are OK - not the best”. J M Alvarez V mentioned “Could never get the right setting to get a good picture” however despite that they only rated it 40 out of 100.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com wrote in their Sony DSC-TF1 review 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 thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said “The Sony TF1 has 16.1 megapixels”.

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Good Video Capture

Several Sony DSC-TF1 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good for video recording. Dicko mentioned “You can get some nice videos in good light” and gave the product an excellent review. K Wren rated it 4 stars and wrote four years ago “An error has occurred while attempting video playback”.

Good Quality Lens

One Sony DSC-TF1 owner who reviewed the Sony DSC-TF1 considered that it had a good autofocus. Dicko scored it very highly and mentioned “Focusing is fast.”.

CCD Sensor Type

The DSC-TF1 has a better sensor type than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it 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 age and spec.

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

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT3, the Nikon 31, and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony DSC-TF1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-TF1 also have an image stabilizer.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Coolpix AW110, or the Coolpix AW120 both from Nikon or the Olympus TG-620.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-TF1, the DSC-TF1 has a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 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 DSC-TF1 is waterproof, as are most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other waterproof digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the Rollei AddEye, and the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 ($46.00) is also worth considering.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago is 0.01m, the largest is 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.16m. At only 0.01 meters, the DSC-TF1 has a quite small closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TF1.

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Six Number of Aspheric Elementss

The DSC-TF1 is a six number of aspheric elements digital camera. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age have between 4 and 10 number of aspheric elementss.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DSC-TF1 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras of this age and type. This Sony digital camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) is actually the best still image resolution across all waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-TF1.

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

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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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 typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Features Four Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DSC-TF1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Centre weighted Auto Focus, Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus and Tracking Auto Focus are also featured on this Sony camera.

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TFT Display

The Sony DSC-TF1 has a TFT display which is better than most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago 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. Digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-TF1 displays range from LCD to OLED.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Sony DSC-TF1 is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most frequently supported power source type supported by waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Light

The lightest waterproof camera that has been around for more than two years is 36g , the heaviest is 1.4kg, and the average weight is 250g. The DSC-TF1 is fairly light (only 98 grams) 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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17 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus this waterproof camera has an overall expert rating of 59 out of 100. If all the cameras of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the bottom 10%.

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this waterproof camera rated it as 54 out of 100. If all the waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are ranked by average owner review score then this Sony digital camera is in the bottom 7%.

Poor Product Quality

Four Sony DSC-TF1 reviewers who purchased it agreed that it was not good quality. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said “No steaming of the screen and nice quality shots with good colour balance” however despite that they rated it 80 out of 100. J M Alvarez V wrote in their review of this digital camera “Picture quality bad”. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote “Unfortunately image quality is poor” in their review and scored this digital camera 60 out of 100.

Does Not Support Video Capability

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

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Olympus TG-620, the Canon PowerShot D20 ($720.00), or the Polaroid IE090 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-TF1 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Panasonic DMC-FT3, the Nikon AW130 ($499.99), or the Canon PowerShot D20 ($720.00) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Sony DSC-TF1 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-TF1 also do not support Full HD video.

Alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to consider include the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Fujifilm XP170 which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D

The Sony DSC-TF1 is not 3D. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Nikon Coolpix AW110 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DSC-TF1 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the AW130 ($499.99), or the Coolpix AW110 both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 70D ($999.00) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TF1 have optical zooms of between 3x and 10x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the DSC-TF1 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (4.6x), the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-630 (5x), or the Fujifilm XP150 (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 2 seconds, the DSC-TF1 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TF1. Across all the digital cameras of this spec and age the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.03s to 60s.

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Only Features Three Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony DSC-TF1 is more than most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of this age and type. The flash modess "Flash off" and "Flash on" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the DSC-TF1 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-TF1. The shooting modess "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this Sony camera.

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Only 320 X 240 Pixels Video Resolutions

The DSC-TF1 supports a maximum video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. That's 92% less video resolution than a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras of this type and age. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Sony camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (320 x 240 pixels) is actually the worst supported video resolution across all similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-TF1.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is the best supported video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-TF1 is 2.7 and the smallest is 38. The DSC-TF1 has a fairly big maximum aperture number (only 4.7) compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TF1.

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Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most cameras of this spec and age take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the DSC-TF1 which takes 200 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Only Has Two Image Editings

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

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the DSC-TF1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-TF1

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four 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 pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-TF1.

If you would prefer a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Ricoh WG-20 ($249.95) (6.7x), the Fujifilm XP150 (6.8x), or the Pentax WG-3 (7.2x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16.1 megapixels, the DSC-TF1 has a pretty typical megapixel compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

We compared all the other 16.1MP cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the DMC-FT25, and the DMC-FT5 ($309.95) both from Panasonic or the Olympus OM-D E-M5 is also worth considering.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the WG-4 (16.79MP), or the WG-4 GPS (16.79MP) both from Ricoh or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 ($46.00) (16.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Waterproof Up to

With a waterproof up to of 10 meters, the DSC-TF1 has a relatively typical waterproof up to compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TF1.

Alternative 10m waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D20 ($720.00), or the Fujifilm XP150.

If you would prefer a higher waterproof up to then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (13m and higher rated), the Pentax WG-3 (14m and higher rated), or the Ricoh WG-4 (14m and higher rated).

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Sony DSC-TF1 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TF1.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including the XP50, or the XP170 both from Fujifilm or the Nikon Coolpix S8200 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-630 (3"), the Nikon Coolpix AW120 (3"), or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS (3") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Dustproof
Shock Resistant
Freezeproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Type
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Camera Playback
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Bluetooth
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

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

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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 sony dsctf1, sony dsctf1r
Barcodes 00027242862302, 00027242862326, 04905524927672, 04905524927702, 04905524927719, 04905524927726, 04905524927733, 04905524927863, 04905524927894

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