Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1

Last updated (13 April’10)
– Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 is a 10 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 4x optical zoom (35-140mm equiv); Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, HD Movie (720p), ISO 160-3200, Smile Shutter technology, Sweep Panorama mode, High speed shooting, and a 3-inch touch-screen LCD display for easy operation. This ultra-slim camera measures only at 94 (W)x 58 (H) x17 (D) and weighs approx. 119g (4.2 oz.)

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX1 is an awesome little gem. This camera out performs most all other models in its class, capturing beautiful 10-megapixel images, not to mention at up to 20fps (Sony claims 10fps) when using it’s Hi speed burst option. With pleasing build quality, a nice durable metal body, awesome HD video mode, and an effective iAuto exposure system, the TX1 delivers the goods.”
Rating: N/A

TrustedReviews reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 does offer a lot of camera for the money, with excellent build quality, surprisingly good handling and a range of useful high-tech features. Image quality is as good as any of its competitors, so if you can afford it you won’t be disappointed.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

MacWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“TX1 works great as a casual camera at times when you would rather socialize and enjoy your company than mess with a camera’s settings. It’s about the size of a mobile phone but it takes much better pictures, so you might consider leaving your phone behind and taking the DXC-TX1 to that party..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“The good: Well designed; several fun, useful features; improved touch-screen interface. The bad: Mixed photo quality. The bottom line: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is a first-rate ultracompact party companion that excels at snapshots, but those expecting superb photo quality for its price should pass on it.”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“The bottom line: The TX1’s slim body and design will appeal to the fashion-conscious crowd, but some users may not like the photo quality. .”

Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“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.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“The Sony TX1 doesn’t quite get the balance right between style and substance, price and features, which is a real shame given the excellent results that it produces. A step in the right direction then, and still worth a look if you want the best point-and-shoot pictures around at any expense.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 is such an amazing fusion of style and technology that it’s easy to overlook some pretty basic issues. It’s too easy to drop when you’re trying to slide the lens cover open, the 16:9 ratio LCD display is an inefficient size for showing stills, and the lens range is mediocre. The DSC-TX1’s brilliant at extraordinary things but only average at the ordinary ones”
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“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. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 and writes;
“ISO 125 shots have good detail over most of the image when printed up to 13×19 inches; however, corners at this size are a bit too soft. ISO 200 shots look better at 11×14, where the corners also look better, suitable for wall display, if not close scrutiny. ISO 400 shots lose some detail at 11×14, but still stand up to wall display. ISO 800 shots look surprisingly good at 8×10, with good color and detail, and only some noise in the shadows.”
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User Opinions

Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 User Reviews

Best camera I’ve had so far | Rating: ★★★★★
“I would definitely buy this camera again. And if you’re like me, on the fence trying to figure out a good thing for indoor use, I can say that this is the best I’ve ever used so far. “ – by John S.

Not overly impressed | Rating: ★★★☆☆
“… I’m hopeful I’ll be able to dial in what I need on this camera and be able to count on awesome shots, but so far, I’m not getting the quality of pictures I’d hoped for with this 10 megapixel camera. “ – by S. Potter

I would buy this again in a heart beat. | Rating: ★★★★★
“I took a chance on this camera after reading a couple less than stellar reviews on it. The touch screen works great for me and out of 1000 pics taken on a trip to Mexico i would say about 10 came out a bit blurry. Most action shots came out great. This thing turns on sooo fast and is ready to take great quick photos. I would buy this over in a second. Go to Best Buy and have them price match to get the best price and great support. “ – by PK

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Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 User Manual (PDF)

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Sony CyberShot DSC-TX1 Features

10.2-megapixel Back-Illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor Producing Stunning Images in Low Light

The TX1 features a 10.2-megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. . In addition, the combined “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 720p movie modes.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens with 4x Optical Zoom

The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up to just under 1/2-inch from the subject.

3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus Touch Screen

A large 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus touch screen display (230K pixels) allows you to scroll through images by simply touching the display. Thanks to a layer of hardened glass on the touch screen, the display of the TX1 is twice as durable as the DSC-T90 .

Stylish Ultra-slim Design

Measuring at just 3 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 2 1/32 inches, the DSC-TX1 is slim enough to slip into a pocket or purse, so you can take it with you wherever you go.

BIONZ Image Processor

The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera. Fast processing enables Sweep Panorama Mode to create the image in seconds, clear images in low light settings, and layering one image over another to create a photo that looks just like what you see with your eyes.

Handheld Twilight

Capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod. When set to Handheld Twilight Mode, the TX1 captures six images in a fraction of a second with one press of the shutter, and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise. With these modes, you can capture images in low light, without flash, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

Anti-Motion Blur Mode

Capture cleaner and sharper images, even when your subject is moving. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the TX1 captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shouter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and eliminate subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.

Sweep Panorama mode

Reach beyond the traditional wide-angle lens, and capture more breathtaking shots with Sweep Panorama Mode. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and ultra-wide options, the camera can take panoramic shots of up to 185 degrees. Now capturing wide landscapes is as easy as press and sweep.

High speed shooting

The DSC-TX1 can capture full 10.2-megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure that you capture the decisive moment such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, the DSC-TX1 employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

HD Movie (720p)

Capture more of your memories in high definition (720p) video. Record HD movies in 720p high definition MPEG4 format for stunning large-screen home movie playback. Record up to 29 minutes (or up to 2 GB) per movie in 720p format.

Easy Touch Screen Interaction

The DSC-TX1 now offers intuitive additions to the multi-purpose touch screen, such as the ability to select the focus point with a simple touch, scroll through images by sliding your finger across the screen and one-touch access to the MENU. The display also features improved readability with list view, index view as well as new colored icons.

Creative painting tools

Decorate your photos with words and drawings using the included paint pen. There are also more than 30 stamps and 15 types of picture frames.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.

High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200)

High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to High Sensitivity Mode (ISO), you can select up to seven ISO settings (Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200) when shooting in Program Auto Mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.

Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode

Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone, and less blur. By incorporating advanced features such as Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, iAuto mode lets you take advantage of the latest Sony Cyber-shot technology without leaving auto mode. Whether you’re shooting expansive landscapes, capturing playground action, or taking pictures at a birthday party or wedding shower, iAuto mode will optimize your camera’s settings to help ensure you come away with a great shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects nine different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings: Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a tripod, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, and Close Focus. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

Intelligent AF

Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child’s adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3 seconds.

Smile Shutter technology

Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Face Detection technology

Sony’s improved Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.

Motion Detection

Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces

Pet Mode

Pet-mode minimizes blur when shooting moving pets utilizing Motion Detection technology and automatically turns off the flash to reduce glowing pet eyes. AF illumination is also disabled so you can take more natural expressions avoiding startling your pets.

Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits or any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and performing additional image processing.

Easy Shooting Mode

With Easy Shooting Mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting Mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices and allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects the optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.

Viewing modes

Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.

In-Camera Retouching Tools

Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions.

Wide zoom display

To use the entire image area of your compatible HDTV screen (sold separately), Wide Zoom display automatically expands standard 4:3 and 3:2 images to 16:9.


PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).

PhotoTV HD

Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed photos

Function Guide

This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.

Lithium-ion battery

Included lithium-ion battery provides added convenience with longer lasting power than alkaline batteries.

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