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Sony DSC-TF1 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16.1MP 4x Apr 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Good size
Expert reviews are poor
Poor product quality
28 Reviews

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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Eleven experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and Digital Versus have rated this camera on average 59 out of 100. If all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this digital camera is in the bottom 12%.

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, based on 14 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 57 out of 100. Owners don't rate this waterproof camera very highly.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 23,306 expert and owner reviews for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. However we also found that Sony has unexceptional reviews specifically for its waterproof cameras. 100% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Design

Poor Product Quality

Three people who purchased it said that it was not good quality. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “Unfortunately image quality is poor”. Dr. D. E. Goldwater said in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1 on expert website Amazon “No steaming of the screen and nice quality shots with good colour balance”. J M Alvarez V wrote “Picture quality bad”.

Robust

Two owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good at resisting water ingress. Dicko scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Amazon “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”. Dr. D. E. Goldwater gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Amazon “The waterproofing is very good”.

Easy to Use

Five customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Dicko mentioned on expert website Amazon “Really handy rugged camera” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1. They also wrote “Firstly, this is a basic camera with minimal controls which makes it really easy to use” in their review. Dr. D. E. Goldwater mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “A lovely proper metallic casing, big visible screen and easily usable buttons make it a joy to use”.

Has a Shock Resistant

The DSC-TF1 has a shock resistant, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Waterproof

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

There are a number of alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at including the Olympus TG-620 (£179.99), the Pentax WG-3, or the Polaroid IE090 (£52.99) which all of have better reviews.

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Average Waterproof Up to

At 10 meters, the DSC-TF1 has a relatively typical waterproof up to compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 10m waterproof cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the Canon PowerShot D20 (£189.99), or the Fujifilm XP150 (£173).

If you would prefer a higher waterproof up to then you might want to look at the WG-3 (14m and higher rated), or the WG-3 (£230) (14m and higher rated) both from Pentax or the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) (13m and higher rated).

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Dustproof

The DSC-TF1 is dustproof. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also are dustproof.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was compact. Four years ago Dr. D. E. Goldwater wrote in their review of this digital camera “From a small, truly pocket compact camera, they are acceptable”. They also said “Nice compact camera - Adequate picture quality” in their review, and also mentioned “A good small compact camera”.

Light

Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg. With a weight of only 98 grams, the DSC-TF1 is quite light compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-TF1 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support video recording.

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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 92% less video resolution than the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this digital 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 amongst all waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2014.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-TF1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including because of their better review scores, the Olympus TG-620 (£179.99), the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT25, or the Polaroid IE090 (£52.99).

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The DSC-TF1 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Good Quality Lens

Two people said in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. K Wren gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “There is minimal shutter lag, focusing is crisp” in their review of the Sony DSC-TF1. Dicko scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert website Amazon “Focusing is fast.”.

Good Quality Pictures

Four customers said in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Dr. D. E. Goldwater wrote in their Sony DSC-TF1 review on expert website Amazon “The photos are OK - not the best”. They also said “OK photo quality and a pleasure to use” in their review. J M Alvarez V mentioned “Could never get the right setting to get a good picture”.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The DSC-TF1 has a pretty average digital zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to consider the Ricoh WG-20 (6.7x and higher rated), the Fujifilm XP150 (£173) (6.8x and higher rated), or the Pentax WG-3 (7.2x and higher rated).

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera is 4x. The Sony DSC-TF1 has a quite small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

If you want a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT5 (£228.99) (4.6x and higher rated), the Fujifilm XP150 (£173) (5x and higher rated), or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830 (£232.79) (5x and higher rated).

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Six Aspheric Elements

The Sony DSC-TF1 is a six aspheric element digital camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 4.7, the Sony DSC-TF1 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera. The maximum aperture numbers of waterproof cameras that are a similar age to this camera range from 2.7 to 13.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-TF1 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have an image stabilizer.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to consider include the Olympus TG-620 (£179.99), the Coleman C5WP, or the Polaroid IE090 (£52.99) which all of have better reviews.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

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

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is actually the best still image resolution amongst all cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) is the worst still image resolution across similar types of camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 16.1MP cameras and we think the LUMIX DMC-FT25, and the DMC-FT5 (£228.99) both from Panasonic which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

If this Sony camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 (16.4MP and higher rated), the Polaroid IE090 (£52.99) (18MP and higher rated), or the Rollei Sportsline 100 (20MP and higher rated).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The DSC-TF1 has a relatively average display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 2.7" screen cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the XP170, the XP50 (£118), and the XP150 (£173) all from Fujifilm are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Stylus Tough TG-830 (£232.79) (3" and higher rated), or the Stylus TG-2 (3" and higher rated) both from Olympus or the Nikon Coolpix AW110 (3" and higher rated).

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The DSC-TF1 has a batteries included. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The DSC-TF1 has an HDMI. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have an HDMI.

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Camera

Has a Tripod Mountable

The DSC-TF1 has a tripod mountable, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-TF1 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard), including the DSC-TF1 which takes 200 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Product Identifiers

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

Sony DSC-TF1 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony DSC-TF1 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,674 product attributes, 178,028 digital camera reviews and 4,186,700 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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