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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's the usual detail test shot of the West Window of Exeter Cathedral, for you to compare with other cameras. See below for a full res crop, or click to see the whole picture. The downloadable file is approximately 5MB.


Image quality is very good, with plenty of fine sharp detail.


The carl Zeiss lens produces little wide angle distortion.


Centre sharpness is very good.


Corner sharpness is particularly good, with no chromatic aberration.



February 3, 2010, 12:30 am

This is more like it.

Rather than falling for the 'more megapixels at the cost of quality' game, Sony have decided to up the style and desireability stakes.

There might be better 'compact' cameras out there but none as desireable.

Yes, a camera is ultimately about picture quality, but I would bet that Sony, despite being stylish, is not too shabby at taking pictures.

Now, if only Sony lost their memory stick and sported an SD slot ....!!!!


February 3, 2010, 1:46 am

Great review Cliff, as usual. It'll be interesting to see how this camera compares to the new TX7, with its Full HD recording, higher resolution screen etc.


February 3, 2010, 1:48 am

£209 from here. http://www.camerabox.co.uk/... Value should really be bumped up I think. I understand that your going by the RRP however, it's been a while since this camera came out and the price your reviewing it by is no longer relevant.

Martin Daler

February 3, 2010, 3:02 am


I think the DSC-TX7 will take both SDHC and MemoryStick


February 3, 2010, 4:09 am

The TX7 (and I think other forthcoming Sony cameras) support SD cards as well as Memory Sticks.


February 3, 2010, 4:10 am

Why has it taken 6 months to review this model? Come on guys hurry up, I've just ordered this camera based on your review, only to discover the TX7 has just been released!

Not happy!


February 3, 2010, 4:35 am

Huh when I read the article subheader ("breathtakingly expensive") I was expecting something more expensive than that. I guess compact prices have gone down since I bought my Panasonic LX01 a couple of years ago. Having a super-slim compact is nice because it means you'll bring it along more often. OTOH I already have a camera in my phone, obviously with a performance that's not remotely comparable, but still. IQ at ISO 800 and particularly at 400 isn't that great, IMHO, although the noise is fairly pleasant.

Cliff Smith

February 4, 2010, 9:11 pm

g00n3r - Many apologies for the delay. I've been after this camera since the day it was launched, along with the WX1 and HX1, but unfortuntely Sony's PR company were a bit slow in making press review samples available. If it's any consolation it's still a very nice camera six months after launch.

joose - It pays to do a bit of research into the reliability of online retailers, especially ones that seem to have unusually low prices.


February 5, 2010, 2:47 am

Fair point Cliff :)

Michael Atkinson

February 5, 2010, 4:57 pm

As an owner, and probably sony addict... I must say that the TX1 is really quite fantastic and I have no problems with the touch screen/ menus. Oh and the Panorama mode is quite absolutely a great idea and has been put to excellent use!


February 8, 2010, 3:25 am

Sony made an amazing product, but limitated.

Older Cybershots had "Manual Mode" and now Sony is removing this option from every new model.

For me, this Cybershot is a Toy without Manual Exposure.

My DSC-F88 with only 5 Megapixel takes better shots than newer 12 Megapixel models when in dark environments. Still, 30 Seconds Exposure images look better than a 2 seconds one with higher ISO levels (I don't like "Monet Paintings" when taking photos at night).

That's why I returned two DSC-WX1 to Sony.

Sony downgraded the Cybershot line.

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