- 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
- 3" Fixed Screen
- ISO 125 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1280 x 720 video
- 35-140mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
- 142g - 94 x 58 x 17mm
- Released August 2009
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony TX1 overview
Sony TX1 is Sony's Ultracompact digital camera initially announced on August of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.4" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The TX1 is placed #117 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all-around #1170 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.
Below is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.
Sony TX1 history
The Sony TX1 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed range below.
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Sony TX1 Gallery
You can see the TX1 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony TX1 Pros and Cons
Below is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Sony TX1 based on things that are typically seen as crucial in a digital camera.
Sony TX1 Sensor info
The Sony TX1 is powered by the Bionz processor chip. The specification of the sensor on the Sony TX1 is 6.104mm x 4.578mm (1/2.4"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 3648 x 2736 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 10MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 125 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.
The image below illustrates the TX1's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The TX1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony TX1 dimensions
Sony TX1 weighs in at 0.31 pounds (142g or 5.01 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 94mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7"). The weight of general Ultracompact camera is 121g and the Sony TX1 is weightier when compared with its competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Below is a photo of the Sony TX1 alongside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its scale.
The top view directly below will illustrate the button design on the TX1.
Sony TX1 Lens info
The TX1 is equipped with an inbuilt lens providing a focal range of 35-140mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which might not be significant however it will definitely be convenient in certain cases.
At the widest 35mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 and that's quite slow and not great in low light conditions and you will likely find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to boost the ISO setting which results in noisy images. For the tele end, 140mm comes at f4.6 which is very slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.
Sony TX1 Connectivity
The TX1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily copy files and oftentimes change camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.
Certain applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB port.
Sony TX1 Video info
The highest video quality on the Sony TX1 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should try to get at least FUll HD quality for good video. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone jack which means you have no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to find a different camera should you need better sound in your videos.
Sony TX1 Weather Sealing
There is no weather sealing in the Sony TX1 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Sony TX1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony TX1 is equipped with a 3" fixed display boasting a resolution of 230k dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily adjust focus point and change settings using your fingertips.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder details regarding Sony TX1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders are very useful.
Sony TX1 Shutter info
The max shutter speed is 1/1250s.
Sony TX1 Flash and Hot shoe info
Sony TX1 has got only built-in flash without external flash ability.
Sony TX1 Autofocus info
Sony TX1 has got just Contrast Based Autofocus and doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and accurate when compared with Contrast Based focusing.
The AF system supports 9 focus points to select from. Sony TX1 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing mode can be useful in low light scenarios or you need more exact depth of field control.
Sony TX1 Battery life
The typical Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 has the highest (320) battery life in this range of cameras.
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Sony TX1 for different types of photography
The following diagram indicates a summation of the Sony TX1 for different types of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section below.
Sony TX1 Portrait photography advice
The Sony TX1 has a points tally of 20 which is bad, and means the camera is not really very good for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW files plus the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Sony TX1 Street photography details
Getting a moderate points total of 57, the Sony TX1 is somewhat suited for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Sony TX1 Sports photography advice
A bad sports photography points total of 25 suggests the Sony TX1 is not really very good for photographing sports. A camera should have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony TX1 Travel photography information
Portability is very critical when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony TX1 gets a moderate 51 as a travel camera which is fairly suitable to purchase for your holidays.
Sony TX1 Landscape photography factors
For anyone planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will be image quality. The Sony TX1 at it's bad grade of 32 for a landscape camera is not really very good within the current marketplace.
Sony TX1 Vlogging info
A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony TX1 is not really very good as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad score of 28.
Sony TX1 Alternatives
If you are searching for replacements to the TX1, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Ultracompact.
The chart underneath provides you a summary of the TX1 compared to it's top ranking competitors mentioned previously.
Following are several cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.