Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 Review

April 22, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |


For around £160 to £180 at the time of writing, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 presents itself as a simple yet stylish 16 megapixel palm-sized snapshot with added ‘proofing’ qualities, whilst design-wise the fact that it doesn’t readily resemble your average toughened camera – no square edges or front plate ‘rivets’ here – will appeal to those who like their snapshots to maintain a smidgeon of style. The softened rounded edges and gentling sloping front plate also, to be frank, soften and ‘feminise’ the camera somewhat, whilst the colour range on offer should ensure that both sexes find a model suiting their tastes.

Whilst the TF1 may enable you to take pictures in shooting scenarios you might not otherwise attempt – and this is the true value of the camera above all else, we naturally have to give a verdict based as much on image quality as handling. And whilst the camera is as easy to use as one would expect and features such as picture effects and sweep panoramas are a nice value added touch, stills image quality is, unfortunately, commensurate with a budget snapshot camera, being softer than we would have liked and displaying plenty of the usual artefacts under close examination. Make a purchase with this in mind however and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 won’t disappoint.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3
Value for money 3.5