Sony TF1

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 front
 
  • 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
  • Announced June 2013
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
41
Features
34
Overall
38

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 #37 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & overall #779 out of 1422 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 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.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
comes with tracking autofocus
environment sealing
has built in flash
in built lens has zoom (25-100mm 4.0 x zoom)
lighter than competition (152 grams)
MP count good (16MP)
provides focus by touch
relatively wide (25mm)
touchscreen enabled
very good minimum ISO (100)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW support
does not have selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of manual focus
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.7)
missing external mic port
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing Time Lapse recording
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no manual mode
no shutter priority mode
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
terrible battery pack (240 CIPA)
tiny screen (2.7")
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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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.

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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.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

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.

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Here is a picture of the Sony TF1 besides a soda so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button layout on the TF1.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 topview buttons dials

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 screen and viewfinder Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

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.

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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.

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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.

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megapixel count decent (16MP)
provides face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

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.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
weather proofing
lighter than competition in class (152g)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

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.

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image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (240 per charge)
lack of phase detect autofocus

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.

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lighter than others (152g)
environment sealing
includes focus by touch
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
bad battery power (240 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)

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.

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rather wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
weather proof
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery (240 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse mode

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.

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reasonably wide (25mm)
has touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
lighter than competitors in class (152g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external microphone port

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.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1
Type
Waterproof
Announced
2013-06-21
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Highest native ISO
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points
0
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.6-4.7
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7"
Resolution of display
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology
TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
2s
Max shutter speed
1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.90 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
152 gr (0.34 lb)
Dimensions
102 x 62 x 23mm (4.0" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
240 images
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-BN
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Single
Retail pricing
$266