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Sony TF1 review

A tough camera with stealth styling

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The Sony DSC-TF1 has judged the exposure well here. There's some subtle detail smearing, but at least the lens has good corner-to-corner sharpness.

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Backlit trees usually expose any chromatic aberration from a lens, but the Sony TF1 has put in a decent performance with only minor fringing.

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Colour reproduction is punchy without being unrealistic, and here close-up detail is impressive too.

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Despite being shot in harsh sunlight, the Sony TF1's exposure metering has got things spot on and retained good shadow detail while just avoiding blown highlights.

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Although the camera's LCD monitor made this shot look drastically overexposed at the time, it's actually not too bad, with plenty of dynamic range and minimal grain in the shadow areas.

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Good exposure metering again and very little purple fringing.

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With enough distance between subject and background, you can force the Sony TF1 to produce shallow depth of field effects like this.

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The mysterious lens fogging issue. Strangely the camera hadn't been underwater recently and there'd been no obvious temperature or humidity change either. Fortunately the problem resolved itself soon enough.

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Shot at maximum wide-angle, equivalent to 25mm.

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And zoomed 4x to the maximum 100mm-equivalent telephoto reach.

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The Sony TF1 plumped for ISO 400 to capture this scene. Noise is well controlled, but viewed at full resolution detail has paid the price and has gone AWOL.

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In good light fine detail is retained, best so in close-range shots like this.

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The camera's 1cm macro capability came in handy here.

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Accurate colour rendition and exposure metering have come together to produce a pleasing image.

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That reliable exposure metering has got the job done nicely again. Amazing how the sea managed to wash up the pebbles like that.

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If you're into Lomography then the low-res, low-detail characteristics of the Sony TF1's Sweep Panorama feature may appeal. Otherwise the results are just plain ugly, especially compared to what a half-decent smartphone can do.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot T
Image StabilizationElectronic, Optical
ColourBlue
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameSony
DurabilityWater Proof, Dust Proof, Freeze Proof, Shock Proof, Sand Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)109 g
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeSuper HAD CCD
Total Camera Resolution16.4 Megapixel
HDMINo
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BN
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), microSD Card, microSDHC Card, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height62 mm
Width102.4 mm
Depth22.7 mm
Product SeriesT
Focal Length4.43 mm to 17.70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-TF1
Product NameTF1 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCTF1L.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Discover your sense of adventure

Water? Snow? Dust? Accidental bumps? No problem. Meet the camera that's tough enough to keep up with the pace, whatever you're doing. Have fun shooting detail-packed photos, panoramas and smooth HD videos that capture the real beauty of the outdoors.

Battery Life200 Shot/1.58 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • TF1 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BN)
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10/UB10B
  • Multi USB
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Software Media
Display Resolution460800 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker