Sony DSC TX1 Review

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Sony DSC TX1 Ease of Use 9
Features 10
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 9
Lowlight 8
Macro 8
Value for Money 8
10 Megapixels
4x Zoom
3 inch LCD Screen
93.8 x 58.2 x 16.5mm


The Sony Cybershot DSC TX1 breaks down a number of boundaries and is one of the most innovative digital cameras of 2009. This is a pocket digital camera with a difference. Well, quite a few differences to be honest. To start with it has a fast burst mode allowing you to take up to 10 shots per second. Next is a sweep panorama mode. This fires off a burst of photos as you sweep the Cybershot DSC TX1 round. The photos are then stitched together in camera to produce a single seamless photo. This is great for landscapes of cityscape photos.

Next up is a 720p, High Definition movie mode. There is also a handheld twilight mode. This aims to reduce the amount of noise in shots where light is low. The technique the camera uses to achieve this is to take a burst of six shots and then overlay them to get the best possible result. The three inch LCD is touch controlled. This removes more or less every button from the back of the camera leaving you to select the settings you require through the menu system.

Many of these new and advanced features are available because Sony has used a different type of sensor in the camera. This allows for the faster processing speed that underpins the burst mode, sweep panorama mode and handheld twilight mode.

Among the more standard features the Cybershot DSC TX1 has 10 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom lens and image stabilisation.

Why Buy The Sony DSC TX1

As you can see this is a digital camera that offers something very different from the majority of digital cameras on the shelves.

Main Features

LCD Screen:

3 inches
93.8 x 58.2 x 16.5mm

HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Memory Cards:

Lithium-ion Rechargeable
MS PRO Duo™/ MS PRO-HG Duo High Speed™/ MS PRO-HG Duo™

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

Outdoor 1 (Medium Zoom): As long as you are not planning to make extra large prints the Cybershot DSC TX1 is capable of handling this type of scene well enough. It does find it difficult to bring out a great deal of detail in the lightest and darkest areas of a scene. If you do blow up the photo up to a large size you may notice a touch of purple fringing here and there.

Outdoor 2 (No Zoom): I like the colours in this shot. The contrast between the blue sky and the darker foliage works well. Again the camera finds it difficult to bring out detail in darker areas. Sharpness is about average for this type of shot where zoom is not being used.

Outdoor 3 (Maximum Zoom): Pushing the zoom to its limits focusing is good, without being perfect. There is some slippage of sharpness towards the right hand side of the picture where the scene is more distant.

Outdoor 4 (Building): When the zoom lens is not pushed to either extreme the Cybershot DSC TX1 is capable of producing well focused shots, even when there is some distance between the camera and the subject. This photo has a pleasant, bright feel to it.


Outdoor Portrait: This is a fairly standard portrait shot. The levels of pink in the skin tones are about right. Focusing is crisp and you should have little problem with this type of photo.

Indoor Portrait with Flash: Overall this is a good effort. The eyes are sharply focused, but the hair lacks a little definition when the picture is blown up. I can also see a hint of red eye creeping in.

Indoor Portrait without Flash: The camera manages to inject a lot of brightness into the photo. Noise is controlled quite well, but still takes a slight edge off the shot.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Macro: As I have seen with other Sony digital cameras a slight purple tinge can appear in my macro shot. This is the way the Cybershot DSC TX1 reacts to the artificial lighting used. This is unlikely to be an issue under natural light. Aside from the lighting problem this is a good effort.

Colours: The strength of colour you like to see in a photograph is a matter of personal taste. The colours produced by this camera work well for me. They do not overpower and are well balanced.

Noise: I am not totally convinced by the Handheld Twilight mode. It does a fair job of controlling noise, but my efforts were a little blurred. I would suggest using a tripod or finding a surface to rest the camera on whenever possible in lower light.


Looking back through my test shots I am happy with the standard the Cybershot DSC TX1 produces. You should be able to produce plenty of good looking snapshots in a variety of situations.

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This is one of the slimmest digital cameras you can find. It has a sliding lens cover that helps to give the Cybershot DSC TX1 a sleek look. Grey, silver, blue, pink and gold models are available.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Fast

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.19 seconds
6.88 seconds
0.42 seconds
8.87 seconds
2.45 seconds

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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy I feel that Sony has improved the touch screen interface considerably over earlier versions. This helps to make the Cybershot DSC TX1 very easy to use.

Points I Like

Ease of use - features - design and style - minimal shutter delay - fast turn on time

Where it Could Improve

Very small built in memory


Taking into a count all the features the Sony Cybershot DSC TX1 has, plus the fast shutter response times I think this camera works very well. Picture quality is good without being perfect and I found very little to trouble me. All in all this is an impressive camera.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu setup

modes iso

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Review Date

October 2009

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