Sony TF1 summary
Sony TF1 is Sony's Waterproof camera originally revealed on June of 2013. The camera features a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The TF1 comes in at #34 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & overall #769 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your custom criteria.
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Sony TF1 Gallery
You can look at the TF1 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony TF1 Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Sony TF1 based on things which are usually considered necessary in a camera.
Sony TF1 Sensor features
The dimension of the sensor on the Sony TF1 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CCD sensor has 16MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath illustrates the TF1's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The TF1 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony TF1 dimensions
Sony TF1 weighs about 0.34 pounds (152 grams or 5.36 oz) & the dimensions of the camera is 102mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 196 grams and the Sony TF1 is less heavy as compared to its competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Here is a picture of the Sony TF1 besides a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view under will provide the button layout on the TF1.
Sony TF1 Lens features
The TF1 has got a built in lens offering a focal range of 25-100mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which may not be amazing however it can be valuable in some situations.
At it's widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f3.6 which will be very sluggish and not very good for low light occasions and you will find it difficult to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to increase your ISO resulting in noisy files. For the long end, 100mm comes at f4.7 making it really sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Sony TF1 Connectivity
The TF1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and oftentimes change settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Some apps also allow a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Sony TF1 Video features
The max video quality on the Sony TF1 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should strive for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The body does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to purchase another model in case you want better audio for your video clips.
Sony TF1 Weather Sealing
Sony TF1 features environment proofing which makes it a excellent choice for use for rough environments. This can be especially beneficial any time you are uncertain about the conditions you might encounter for outdoor photography.
Sony TF1 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony TF1 features a 2.7" fixed display screen having a resolution of 460k dots.
Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means that you are able to adjust focus points and adjust settings using your fingers.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder specifications for Sony TF1 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are pretty useful.
Sony TF1 Shutter features
Sony TF1 has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.
Sony TF1 Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony TF1 has just inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.
Sony TF1 Autofocusing features
Sony TF1 has only Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it helpful for portrait photography.
Sony TF1 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Sony TF1 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability can be good for low light or you want to have more precise depth of field control.
Sony TF1 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-BN) in the Sony TF1 is designed to last for 240 clicks according to the CIPA requirements making it less in comparison with it's rivals. The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 comes with the maximum (380) battery life for this kind of cameras.
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Sony TF1 for various types of photography
The following bar chart gives a rundown of the Sony TF1 for various types of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Sony TF1 Portrait photography advice
The Sony TF1 has a points tally of 36 which is horrible, meaning that it is simply not suitable for portrait photography. Shooting portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the potential to work with off-camera flash.
Street photography with Sony TF1
Having a above average points total of 69, the Sony TF1 is a very decent choice for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony TF1 Sports photography advice
A horrible sports photography score of 42 means the Sony TF1 is simply not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs great tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony TF1 as a Travel photography camera
Weight is really critical when buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony TF1 gets a nice 69 as a travelling camera which is a fine option for your vacations.
Sony TF1 as a Landscape photography camera
In case you're planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Sony TF1 and it's horrible score of 41 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable compared to its competition.
Sony TF1 Vlogging advice
A camera for vlogging really should have a moving screen, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Sony TF1 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it receives a horrible rating of 34.
Sony TF1 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the TF1, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the category of Waterproof.
The line graph below provides you a bird's eye view of the TF1 versus it's top ranked competitors suggested above.
There are more cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To go through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.