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Sony DSC-TF1 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x CCD Feb 2013
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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An Underwater Review of Sony's Water-Proof Cyber-Shot TF1 Camera
Unboxing the Sony DSC-TF1 | John Sison
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Sony Cyber Shot DSC TF1 Waterproof Review + BEST PRICE

20 Reasons For

Good Size

Several Sony DSC-TF1 reviewers who reviewed the Sony DSC-TF1 concluded that it was compact. Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned “Nice compact camera - Adequate picture quality” . 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 considered that it was thin.

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Robust

A few Sony DSC-TF1 owners who reviewed the product wrote that it was good at resisting water ingress. Dicko mentioned “What is great though is the fact that it is waterproof to 10m and shockproof” and gave the Sony DSC-TF1 an excellent review. Dicko also mentioned “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”.

Several customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Four years ago Dicko gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and said on Amazon “Really handy rugged camera”. K Wren gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review on Amazon “Its likely rugged use, I would recommend a screen protector to guard against scratches”.

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-TF1 was well made. Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned “This camera is beatifully built as one would expect from Sony”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Sony DSC-TF1 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use. Dicko said in their Sony DSC-TF1 review on Amazon four years ago “Firstly, this is a basic camera with minimal controls which makes it really easy to use”. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said “Easily usable buttons make it a joy to use” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1. Dr. D. E. Goldwater also wrote “OK photo quality and a pleasure to use”.

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-TF1 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”.

One person who purchased this digital camera thought it was easy to use the menus. Dicko said in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 on Amazon four years ago “The menus are simple and easy to understand” and scored the product 5 stars.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people who reviewed the Sony DSC-TF1 agreed that it had a good screen.

Nice Design

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

One Sony DSC-TF1 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was good looking. Photographyblog.com gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera 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”.

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Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

On average Sony waterproof cameras have good ratings compared to other brands as do all cameras manufactured by Sony.

Good Quality Pictures

Four Sony DSC-TF1 owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images. Dr. D. E. Goldwater wrote on Amazon “The photos are OK - not the best”. J M Alvarez V wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 “Could never get the right setting to get a good picture” however they gave it a score of 2 stars.

One Sony DSC-TF1 reviewer who bought the product concluded that it had a good image sensor. Four years ago Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “Is a budget waterproof camera, which also has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and 4x optical zoom” in their review but despite that they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

One Sony DSC-TF1 owner considered that it had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Sony TF1 has 16.1 megapixels”.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers thought it was good for video recording. Four years ago Dicko mentioned in their Sony DSC-TF1 review “You can get some nice videos in good light” and rated the Sony DSC-TF1 5 stars. K Wren wrote on Amazon “An error has occurred while attempting video playback” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good autofocus. Dicko rated the product as excellent and mentioned on Amazon “Focusing is fast.” in their review.

CCD Sensor Type

The Sony DSC-TF1 has a better sensor type than most waterproof cameras that have been available 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 similar 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 actually the best sensor type amongst all digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DSC-TF1.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type amongst comparable types of camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including the Panasonic DMC-FT3, the Nikon 31, or the SeaLife DC1400 which has better reviews.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type, the display diagonal of the DSC-TF1 of 6.7 inches is one of the largest. The smallest display diagonal of similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-TF1 is 1.8" and the largest is 7.7".

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony DSC-TF1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-TF1 also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the TG-620, and the Stylus Tough TG-630 both from Olympus or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 ($139.99) is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The DSC-TF1 is waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also are waterproof.

There are a number of other waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the TG-620, or the Stylus Tough TG-835 both from Olympus or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 ($139.99) which has better reviews.

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Very Small Closest Focusing Distance

The DSC-TF1 has one of the smaller closest focusing distances (only 0.01 meters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-TF1 range from 0.01m to 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.14m.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DSC-TF1 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. In addition, this camera 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 amongst all digital cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-TF1.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 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 the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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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 cameras of this age and spec.

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TFT Display

The Sony DSC-TF1 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most digital cameras of this type and age. 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 digital cameras of this age and spec the best display is OLED and the worst is LCD.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Sony DSC-TF1 is more than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-TF1.

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Very Light

Digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have weights of between 36g and 1.4kg. The Sony DSC-TF1 is one of the lighter comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago (only 109 grams) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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15 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

The average expert rating of this camera is 59% based on eleven expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus. Camera experts aren't convinced by this digital camera.

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, based on 13 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 54 out of 100. Owners don't rate this digital camera very highly.

Poor Product Quality

A few Sony DSC-TF1 reviewers who bought the product agreed that it was not good quality. Dr. D. E. Goldwater wrote on Amazon four years ago “No steaming of the screen and nice quality shots with good colour balance” in their Sony DSC-TF1 review. J M Alvarez V wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 on Amazon “Picture quality bad”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned “Unfortunately image quality is poor”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-TF1 have an image stabilizer, however the DSC-TF1 does not have an image stabilizer.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Olympus TG-620, the easypix W510, or the Polaroid IE090 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-TF1, the DSC-TF1 does not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which also support video capability to this camera and we think the Olympus TG-620, the SeaLife DC1400, or the Panasonic DMC-FT3 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the DSC-TF1 does 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, or the Olympus Stylus TG-2 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

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

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Fujifilm XP170 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 cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-TF1 also do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative digital cameras which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the AW130, or the Coolpix AW110 both from Nikon or the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 ($139.99).

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Not 3D

The Sony DSC-TF1 is not 3D, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-TF1 are also not 3D.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D then you might want to consider the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Nikon Coolpix AW110.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The lowest display resolution (numeric) of comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-TF1 is 460 pixels and the highest is 1,300,000 pixels. When compared to other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-TF1 that we have assessed, the display resolution (numeric) of the DSC-TF1 of only 460.8 pixels is one of the lowest.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The Sony DSC-TF1 has one of the shorter slowest camera shutter speeds (only 2 seconds) amongst cameras of this age. The slowest camera shutter speeds of cameras of this spec and age range from 0.03s to 60s.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modess

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

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 4.7, the DSC-TF1 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The maximum aperture numbers of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2.7 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.5.

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Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-TF1 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 Sony DSC-TF1 is more than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this Sony digital camera. The image editings Rotating and Trimming are also found on this Sony camera.

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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 Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Focus Adjustment
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
Camera Shutter Type
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)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
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 Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Aspect Ratio

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

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