Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1

Sony Alpha NEX-5T front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 front

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5T
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Announced August 2013
  • Earlier Model is Sony NEX-5R
Sony TF1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.6-4.7) lens
  • 152g - 102 x 62 x 23mm
  • Released June 2013
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Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Overview

Below, we are contrasting the Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Waterproof and both of them are created by Sony. The resolution of the NEX-5T (16MP) and the TF1 (16MP) is very close but the NEX-5T (APS-C) and TF1 (1/2.3") feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The NEX-5T was brought out 3 months later than the TF1 so they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony NEX-5T being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony TF1 being a Compact camera.

Before we go straight into a complete comparison, below is a short summation of how the NEX-5T grades vs the TF1 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5T over the Sony TF1

 NEX-5T TF1 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution922k460kClearer display (+462k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony TF1 over the Sony NEX-5T

 TF1 NEX-5T 

Common features in the Sony NEX-5T and Sony TF1

 NEX-5T TF1 
ReleasedAugust 2013June 2013Same generation
Touch display Easily navigate

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to lug around your camera, you have to think about its weight and proportions. The Sony NEX-5T offers physical measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs) whilst the Sony TF1 has measurements of 102mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs).

Compare the Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you have attached at the time. Below is the front view size comparison of the NEX-5T versus the TF1.

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-5T and TF1 is 89 and 94 respectively.

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to see the difference in sensor measurements just by viewing technical specs. The graphic here will help give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-5T and TF1.

As you can tell, both of those cameras have got the exact same megapixels but not the same sensor measurements. The NEX-5T comes with the larger sensor which is going to make achieving shallower DOF simpler.

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5T Portrait photography factors
Sony TF1 Portrait photography factors
focusing manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detect focusing
exports RAW files
good resolution (16MP)
features face detection focus
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5T as a Street photography camera
Sony TF1 as a Street photography camera
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW files
boasts focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
environment sealing
lighter than competitors in class (152g)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony NEX-5T
Sports photography with Sony TF1
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has tracking focus
sensor has phase detect AF
lack of image stabilization
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
environment sealing
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery (240 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5T as a Travel photography camera
Sony TF1 as a Travel photography camera
boasts focus by touch
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
missing Time Lapse mode
lighter than competitors in class (152 grams)
environment sealing
includes touch focus
good resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (25mm)
no Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (240 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5T Landscape photography details
Sony TF1 Landscape photography details
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
decent megapixels (16MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
missing Time Lapse mode
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
environment sealing
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
terrible battery (240 CIPA)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5T as a Vlogging camera
Sony TF1 as a Vlogging camera
selfie friendly screen
touch screen
has face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lack of image stabilization
missing mic port
decently wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
lighter than competitors in class (152g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic socket
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Sony NEX-5T vs Sony TF1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5T and Sony TF1
 Sony Alpha NEX-5TSony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5T Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Waterproof
Announced 2013-08-27 2013-06-21
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4912 x 3264 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 99 -
Cross type focus points 25 -
Lens mount type Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/3.6-4.7
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 121 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 922 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display technology Tilt Up 180° Down 50° TFT LCD TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) None
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 2 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 7.00 m (ISO100) 3.90 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x1080 (60p/60i/24p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 276 gr (0.61 lbs) 152 gr (0.34 lbs)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 102 x 62 x 23mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 78 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.6 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.0 not tested
DXO Low light rating 1015 not tested
Battery life 330 shots 240 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NP-BN
Self timer Yes ((10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
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