Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 digital camera
A thin and quick camera with an advanced image processor
- Good low light shooting with new image sensor
- Bad image noise at high ISO settings
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is a super-slim camera that packs in a competent image sensor and takes reasonable photos. It's not particularly fast and its high ISO settings introduce significant noise, but it might be a decent camera to take out for a night on the town.
Price$ 599.00 (AUD)
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is a super-slim, 10.2-megapixel 'fashion' camera with the company's latest Exmor-R image sensor, which offers improved performance in dim lighting. It can comfortably fit into a jacket or jeans pocket and it captures good low-light photographs — making it a compelling choice for anyone keen on a big night out.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is seriously thin. At 14.1mm (excluding the sliding front cover, which acts as a power switch and lens cap), it's a similar thickness to an Apple iPhone 3GS. It's a far cry from the recently reviewed Canon PowerShot G10, which you can only fit in your pocket if you're rocking some mid-'90s fashion. We tested the blue model, but the camera is also available in two shades of grey and a sizzling hot pink. The only design feature we don't like is the large protruding lug for attaching the hand-strap — it's far too bulky and its purpose could have been achieved with a smaller hole.
The Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is relatively easy to use if you've played with a Sony camera before; it has the same tab-based menu system as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1. The DSC-TX1 differs to the DSC-WX1 in that its 3in widescreen LCD uses a touch-screen menu, without any controls on the rear panel. The touch menu is easy to navigate, but we would have liked the on-screen buttons to be slightly larger and incorporate some feedback — for the ham-fisted among us it can be occasionally difficult to scroll through options. The top of the camera still has a two-stage shutter button, a power switch and a zoom rocker, with the camera's playback button nestled on the top bezel.
The 4x zoom lens is built into the body of the camera, and it's not as versatile as we were hoping it would be. Whereas the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1 has an f/2.5 lens, the Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is only 35mm on the wide end with a maximum aperture of f/3.5. Given the camera's supposed ability in dim lighting — courtesy of the backlit Exmor-R sensor — we were expecting a much faster lens for capturing more light. The images it captures are reasonable though, with only a little barrel distortion and slight softness at the maximum zoom level. Colours were accurate, with a slight tendency to undersaturate scenes. The camera has a range of scene modes for specialised shooting, and limited post-processing adjustments for editing your photos.
The camera starts up quickly; it's ready to shoot in around a second. In low light, the camera's autofocus struggled occasionally, requiring a few seconds to get an accurate lock with the inbuilt autofocus illuminator. Capture speeds were consistently fast in good lighting conditions, with little perceivable shutter lag.
The 10.2-megapixel sensor of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 captures images that are good enough for printing at A3 size or smaller. At ISO 125 and 200, images are clean with a good amount of visible detail. Anything above ISO 400 will display grain when printing, with ISO 3200 being unusable for complex images.
At ISO 125 the DSC-TX1 has good definition between contrasting areas.
At the maximum ISO setting (3200) images lose definition and significant interpolation noise is introduced.
Like the Cyber-shot DSC-WX1, the DSC-TX1 has a range of fast-shooting modes. It can capture 10 frames in a single second, although it takes a few seconds to save them and clear the buffer. This is great for a kid's sporting game where you want to capture the perfect moment. The Hand-held Twilight mode captures several frames consecutively and stitches them together — it's a good choice if you're taking pictures of buildings or still objects in dim lighting, but any motion will cause the image to blur, so you'll want to use a tripod. The nifty Sweep Panorama mode is also implemented, allowing seamless panoramas to be captured without the use of a computer.
The DSC-TX1's Sweep Panorama can capture images at a 7152x1080 resolution.
Taken with normal settings, this image was exposed for 1.3 seconds, causing motion blur from shaking hands.
The Hand-held Twilight mode took eight shots at 1/8sec and combined them for a blur-free picture in dim lighting.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is a suitable purchase if you want a camera that will fit comfortably in your pocket. It's not a great all-round performer, but for party and candid shots it's a good choice.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Toys for Boys
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Bose SoundLink Micro
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- HP Omen laptops include a first: Nvidia Max-Q graphics technology
- HP's Omen X Compact Desktop can morph into a backpack VR PC
- HP reboots Omen desktop with more of what gamers love
- HP's Omen Accelerator can give your laptop some guts
- Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices
PCW Evaluation Team
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review
- The Best Australian Black Friday Tech Deals That Aren't On Amazon
- Wolfenstein The New Colossus Review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPTest ManagerQLD
- CCTechnical Team Lead/Application Developer Team Lead - Government OrganisationVIC
- CCSenior Business Analyst - Merchant acquiringNSW
- FTField Service TechnicianOther
- TPProject Manager - Records ManagementVIC
- CC.net DeveloperNSW
- FTInformation Security AnalystNSW
- CCIT Specialist - System ServicesNSW
- FTInformation Security ConsultantQLD
- FTSenior Salesforce DeveloperOther
- FTBusiness Analyst - PEGAOther
- FTSenior .Net DeveloperACT
- FTProject ManagerQLD
- FTCyber Security Team LeadOther
- CCICT Project Manager - Port Macquarie NSWNSW
- FTFrontEnd Angular DeveloperOther
- CCSenior Process SpecialistNSW
- FTCommunications ManagerOther
- FTDigital Account StrategistSA
- CCProcess Improvement Specialist - TelcoVIC
- FTLinux Systems EngineerOther
- FTBusiness Intelligence Analyst (Report Analyst)Other
- FTQuality Assurance ManagerNSW
- FTNetwork PlannerOther
- FTMultiple Infrastructure Engineer rolesACT