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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 10MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Camera with 3-inch Touch-Screen LCD (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 10MP "Exmor R" CMOS Digital Camera with 3-inch Touch-Screen LCD (Silver)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 109 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 10.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Photo4.8   above average
Light4.7   above average
Size4.5   average
Video4.4   average
Quality4.2   average
Screen4.0   above average
Battery3.5   average
Lens3.5   above average
Setting3.5   below average
Image3.1   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Bought the camera and just before one year, the battery cover door broke -not due to mistreating-."
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"I bought a new second camera and the same problem - battery cover door broke- just before one year."
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"Only downside... battery only lasts about 80 minutes, but generics are cheap."
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"I used to always buy Casio for my point and shoots, my SLR is also a NIKON but I've only heard great things about Sony from my friends only downside being the battery life so I made sure to buy an extra battery...apparently they've improved on that issue and the battery life has been fine."
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"I used it as soon as I got the battery charged - and that, the battery, is the only thing I can say is a slight negative."
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"Free advantages, it uses the same USB cable as the DSC-T9, and the same batteries as the DSC-T900, both of which I already have, now spares of."
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"I love this camera, this is my second in four years....I dropped the first from my horse.....This camera has a great slim design that fits well into a pocket...it takes great pictures and the batteries last a long time."
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"The battery has a decent life as well."
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"I used to always buy Casio for my point and shoots, my SLR is also a NIKON but I've only heard great things about Sony from my friends only downside being the battery life so I made sure to buy an extra battery...apparently they've improved on that issue and the battery life has been fine."
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"I am yet to have a good knowledge about its battery usage though."
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Compact

Compact:
"Cons:Audio not so good when recording HD video, but most compact cameras are horrible at this task."
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"As with most compact cameras, image noise is a significant problem."
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"In summary, considering what the TX1 can do once the initiation process is completed, it is the best Sony compact camera offered despite being introduced well over two years ago."
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"This is the best compact camera video out there with all the desired features - small enough to hang around your neck with a lanyard, of course; great picture quality; and video camera."
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"I have the same camera in blue and am very pleased with it, since it's very compact and fairly easy to use."
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"The low-light modes are amazing, especially when compared to other compact cameras."
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"small and compact easy to take anywhere."
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Design

Design:
"The battery charger is well designed with no cord so it is easy to carry around."
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"Last, I cannot help but be amazed at the size and design of this camera."
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"Slim design for easy storage in camera bag."
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"I love this camera, this is my second in four years....I dropped the first from my horse.....This camera has a great slim design that fits well into a pocket...it takes great pictures and the batteries last a long time."
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"The slim design makes it easy to slip into a back pocket and the slide down power on function is very convenient."
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"While many of these styles of cameras deliver superb images with greater focal length range, by design, the mechanisms will become contaminated with dust and moisture."
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"I love the design and the style of the camera."
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Fit

Fit:
"The problem is the DSLR doesn't fit in my pocket."
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"It traveled so easy as it fits in a pocket and any sized purse."
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"I love this camera, this is my second in four years....I dropped the first from my horse.....This camera has a great slim design that fits well into a pocket...it takes great pictures and the batteries last a long time."
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"There are some things I love about this camera--the size (fits in my pocket), the quality of shots when it is working properly, the burst feature."
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"The still pictures are high quality and fit my unprofessional needs perfectly."
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"It fit in my pocket so easily to carry around."
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Flash

Flash:
"I was advised that this is a technical problem caused by the flash being to close to the lens."
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"twilight mode is amazing you don't need to use flash at all to take your pictures due to the great EXMOR R sensor and thats exactly what i have been waiting for in a camera all this time, i hate using flash truly because i feel that it ruins all the detail and the beauty of the picture."
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"My main problem with it (as with the T7) is that when you take pictures in very low light with the flash on, your subjects can look white and washed out if you're not careful."
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"The biggest negative I've noticed is indoor shots that require the flash are very grainy."
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"great day pics and motion pics night with out flash could be better video is amazing like it were a camcorder."
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"However, did you ever try looking at no flash shots vs. well balanced shots of a new Canon set to INDOOR or PORTRAIT mode?"
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"Works well in most lighting conditions with without flash."
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"twilight mode is amazing you don't need to use flash at all to take your pictures due to the great EXMOR R sensor and thats exactly what i have been waiting for in a camera all this time, i hate using flash truly because i feel that it ruins all the detail and the beauty of the picture."
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"In a room illuminated by only a thin string of Christmas lights, with the flash turned off, the TX1 could produce a good picture in its Hand-held Twilight mode."
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Focus

Focus:
"Parallax firmware can be utilized to overcome servo focus errors."
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"Then when you receive the camera back from the factory, the spots are gone, but you discover the focus is not as good as it was before you sent the camera for cleaning.... then back to the factory, etc."
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"I replaced a Canon SD1400IS with this one, because I have two little kids, and needed a super fast focusing camera to keep from missing shots."
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"Then, it completely kicked the bucket, vibrating uncontrollably and unable to focus."
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"Easy to use, nice pictures, and it's very fast to focus and shoot."
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"The digicam has a wealth of cutting-edge electronic features: digital panorama stitching in the camera, automatic multi-exposure low light shots, all kinds of shooting modes, blink prevention, smile detection, touching the touch screen to focus on things, nice playback controls such as a calendar display to view images and movies by the date they were taken, etc."
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"the focus works really well.. loved the smile detection :) and the intelligent mode.. it automatically changes the mode due to the conditing.. it also can focus to multiple faces if you're taking the picture to more than one person.. you can also choose the focus priority (child or adult)!"
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"I took panoramas, photos with the foreground in focus and the background unfocused and vice versa, and very clear macros (the canon could do all of these things, but it was a pain, and the macros were almost impossible)."
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"not kidding...- camera slideshow and editing capabilities- touch screen focus selectionWould I recommend: yes!"
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Image

Image:
"Fourth (and worst), the image size seems to change without my actually choosing it."
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"Third, when trying to get back to the settings I want in the middle of a photo opp, it can be confusing trying to find the right screen."
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"Disappointments are that while shooting video in HD is not that great compared to its photo taking abilities..."
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"Also, I usually back up movies and pics to DVD to watch later and it was super annoying that your computer has to be new to watch the videos."
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"My 5 year old Sony that finally broke was 7 mp and had much better still image quality."
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"The image quality is not going to be as good as a larger camera with a non-folded lens system and a bigger sensor."
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"Compactness, panorama, internal lens, durability all needed to combine to produce great images."
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"I've used stereo audio before which is nice, but versatility and image quality must prevail."
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"The resulting sweeps from these newer models are unacceptably distorted and soft compared to those from the TX1.Not believing I needed hand held low light capability, I was awed by the quality and ease of low light images snapped with the TX1."
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"While many of these styles of cameras deliver superb images with greater focal length range, by design, the mechanisms will become contaminated with dust and moisture."
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"great day pics and motion pics night with out flash could be better video is amazing like it were a camcorder."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"Stunning results in the bedroom even in low light :)In conclusion, aside from the HD video quality, my SONY comparison photos against the Canon SD940 or SD880 and FS7 LUMIX failed across the board.... indoor, outdoor, beach, sunset etc."
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"The biggest negative I've noticed is indoor shots that require the flash are very grainy."
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"For instance, indoor shots and low-lighting shots are amazing for a camera in this category."
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"This is by far the fastest and best for indoor shots."
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"- The indoor shots seem pretty good (I'm still working on this."
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"My older Sony Digital Cameras worked great in all conditions - low light, outside, indoors."
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"so here's the things I love about the camera:1.- Easy to use2.- Takes great panoramic photos3.- Captures great indoor pictures4.-good battery life5.-touch screen with a lot of great add ons (like basic picture editing features built into the camera) it even comes with a stylus pen."
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Lens

Lens:
"The rear element of the lens mechanism will get dirty."
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"I was advised that this is a technical problem caused by the flash being to close to the lens."
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"Only minor complaint is that the lens is located very near where you hold the camera (upper right-hand corner) so you have to be careful not to take a picture of your thumb or finger -- have done that a few times :)."
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"The image quality is not going to be as good as a larger camera with a non-folded lens system and a bigger sensor."
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"Compactness, panorama, internal lens, durability all needed to combine to produce great images."
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"Designers of future releases must make these user serviceable if the external lens style is to remain viable."
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"Second of all, this is a cybershot, in my book its a synonym of quality camera, right out of the box you can notice the carl zeiss lens which is internationally known as the best camera lenses...So as to functionality, this camera is very simple to use, I'm not a photographer but after using the SWEEP PANORAMA mode I felt like one, its very good in low light conditions and I have to say that the touchscreen display shows picture in good definition and works very well."
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"The Sony is very easy to pull out, flip up the lens guard and shoot."
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Light

Light:
"My main problem with it (as with the T7) is that when you take pictures in very low light with the flash on, your subjects can look white and washed out if you're not careful."
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"Still, it beats the pants off the T7, where I'd have to make several attempts to shoot a freehand picture in low light before I got one where my hand didn't shake."
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"Love the low light feature."
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"I got this camera primarily for its promised excellent quality in low light condition and I am very satisfied with its overall features!"
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"The resulting sweeps from these newer models are unacceptably distorted and soft compared to those from the TX1.Not believing I needed hand held low light capability, I was awed by the quality and ease of low light images snapped with the TX1."
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"Second of all, this is a cybershot, in my book its a synonym of quality camera, right out of the box you can notice the carl zeiss lens which is internationally known as the best camera lenses...So as to functionality, this camera is very simple to use, I'm not a photographer but after using the SWEEP PANORAMA mode I felt like one, its very good in low light conditions and I have to say that the touchscreen display shows picture in good definition and works very well."
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Memory

Memory:
"The only problem with it is you NEED to by a memory card, otherwise you can only store a couple of images on the camera's internal memory."
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"My only negative is it didn't have a Memory Stick included."
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"Some are complaining about lack of internal memory, seriously?"
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"The T9 isn't a great camera, in fact it's one of the worst at image quality of all of my cameras, and it's memory stick duo format is constantly a hassle."
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"Unfortunately this new TX1 still uses Memory Stick Duo, and is somehow just as bad in terms of image quality as the old T9."
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"The T9 isn't a great camera, in fact it's one of the worst at image quality of all of my cameras, and it's memory stick duo format is constantly a hassle."
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"I got the 8GB PRO - HG DUO memory card works well with the sony tx1 and comes with an USB adapter which is pretty useful ;).Overall Great Awesome Camera ;) To Own* 10MP is great and is more than enough ( unless your taking pictures for huge billboards )* Handles Well In Low Light Photography ( EMOR R )* Works Well With PRO HG DUO Cards* 720P HD Video ;) ( Crisp in low light )* Great Build Quality ofcourse Made In JapanThank You :)"
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"We do a lot of socializing and it's nice to have something easy to record the memories."
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").However, I wanted a true pocket-size camera that was good in low lights, had HD video for quick memory capture, and took overall really good pics."
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Photo

Photo:
"Stunning results in the bedroom even in low light :)In conclusion, aside from the HD video quality, my SONY comparison photos against the Canon SD940 or SD880 and FS7 LUMIX failed across the board.... indoor, outdoor, beach, sunset etc."
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"I bought this when it first came out a couple of years ago , It can take some really amazing photos and some times it takes bad photos not sure if it is me or the camera im kind of a newbie."
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"I recently got prints 20x30 pretty big the frames cost like $20 from this camera using iphoto and the photos look great have them hanging on my parents wall they like them alot .Also love the touch screen."
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"It does take great photos and video, however, the zoom toggle no longer works."
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"The camera is great for the functionality, clear photos and movies and the price was right."
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Quality

Quality:
"The only drawback is the outdoor quality under sunny conditions."
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"My 5 year old Sony that finally broke was 7 mp and had much better still image quality."
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"I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a very compact camera, with good quality pictures (maybe not the best, but definitely good), and more features then you could possibly imagine."
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"These functions really work as advertised, although the sweep panoramas I've gotten so far haven't been as good quality as what I could have stitched together on my PC."
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"The image quality is not going to be as good as a larger camera with a non-folded lens system and a bigger sensor."
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"The T9 isn't a great camera, in fact it's one of the worst at image quality of all of my cameras, and it's memory stick duo format is constantly a hassle."
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"There are some things I love about this camera--the size (fits in my pocket), the quality of shots when it is working properly, the burst feature."
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"I got this camera primarily for its promised excellent quality in low light condition and I am very satisfied with its overall features!"
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"There are appropriate modes for any setting you're in and for a decent great quality set of point and shoot pictures, Sony TX1 performance is worth it! "
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"The quality of the photos are very nice."
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"I've used stereo audio before which is nice, but versatility and image quality must prevail."
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Screen

Screen:
"Third, when trying to get back to the settings I want in the middle of a photo opp, it can be confusing trying to find the right screen."
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"Had it for less than 2 years- screen appears to be failing."
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"It will mar or scratch the film and possibly damage the very screen you are trying to protect!"
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"I was worried it would be hard to hold the camera without touching the screen and that not having physical buttons would be a hassle, however it has proven to be more fun to use and pretty simple."
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"This annoyed me as iAUTO couldn't get it right all the time, and I'd miss shots of a 2yr old trying to change setting on the touch screen, which kinda sucks as it gets so dirty from oily fingers."
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"I read in some reviews people complaining about it's touch screen.. but it works well with either with stylus or my finger..it's a cool camera and I recommend it to people who needs a small compatable stylish camera that can be slipped in the jeans pocket :) people who needs to shoot HD video with a small camera.. if you need a camera for stunning picture quality go for SLR coz this is not the one.. but for everyday use it's amazing :)this is a link for the video test I took with this camera :) hope it's helpful[...]"
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"I recently got prints 20x30 pretty big the frames cost like $20 from this camera using iphoto and the photos look great have them hanging on my parents wall they like them alot .Also love the touch screen."
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"They are easy to use, shoot nice movies, have a big screen and great results."
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"A perfect sized protector will slightly overlap the screen."
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"Don't worry about the weak adhesive contaminating the screen."
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"You should start at one end centering and aligning as best as you can overlapping the edges of the screen."
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Setting

Setting:
"Third, when trying to get back to the settings I want in the middle of a photo opp, it can be confusing trying to find the right screen."
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"In fact, all the auto settings are wrong."
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"Switching to any other mode defaults the settings to the terrible AUTO everything requiring the photographer to reset all those undesirable Sony auto settings."
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"The user calibrated setting unfortunately is entirely useless."
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"We set the camera to various ISO settings to try and minimize the noise, but no good."
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"First, it is all too easy while shooting to accidently change the settings and all too difficult to get back to what I want--after I realize what's happened."
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"There are appropriate modes for any setting you're in and for a decent great quality set of point and shoot pictures, Sony TX1 performance is worth it! "
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"Fortunately, P with some of the white balance settings used after experimentation will get you great shots.3) We all know about the infamous over priced Sony duo cards requiring even more slots in card readers."
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"Sony's 7 image combining firmware is nothing short of genius as well as the thrilling panoramics shot with the appropriate fixed 38 mm equivalent focal length used only on the TX1.The macro setting produces the best close-ups I've ever shot."
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"Touchscreen makes managing functions fairly easy, and camera's Easy mode performs very intelligently in most settings."
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Size

Size:
"Fourth (and worst), the image size seems to change without my actually choosing it."
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"I finally realize that SMALL is not so good when I buy a camera."
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"Last, I cannot help but be amazed at the size and design of this camera."
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"Lightweight & perfect size"
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"Its a older phone but for its size it does amazing job ,and if you want to take night pictures buy a tripod"
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"There are some things I love about this camera--the size (fits in my pocket), the quality of shots when it is working properly, the burst feature."
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"This Sony camera is a great small portable digital camera."
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"The video quality is exceptional for a camera of this size as well."
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Speed

Speed:
"I replaced a Canon SD1400IS with this one, because I have two little kids, and needed a super fast focusing camera to keep from missing shots."
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"Easy to use, nice pictures, and it's very fast to focus and shoot."
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"This is by far the fastest and best for indoor shots."
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"Super fast delivery, arrived in great condition and is lots of fun to use."
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"It has great quality picutres, easy to use, fast, etc! "
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"The speed and auto-focusing are good."
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Video

Video:
"Disappointments are that while shooting video in HD is not that great compared to its photo taking abilities..."
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"Also, I usually back up movies and pics to DVD to watch later and it was super annoying that your computer has to be new to watch the videos."
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"the one minor disappointment: the loss of stereo sound to go with the hi def video shooting."
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"Cons:Audio not so good when recording HD video, but most compact cameras are horrible at this task."
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"Every sony electronic I've ever bought has had complications or broken down on me in 1-2 years (video camera, laptop, desktop, etc."
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"I'll be brief and to the point - the video was pretty good, but the pictures were actually horrible."
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"Over all i think its a great product my mom has a sony camera newer then mine a it takes great video."
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"It does take great photos and video, however, the zoom toggle no longer works."
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"The camera is great for the functionality, clear photos and movies and the price was right."
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"They are easy to use, shoot nice movies, have a big screen and great results."
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"Video looks great."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The zooming capabilities are kept to a max of 4X Optical zoom, which is fine but not great, and whe shooting macro the camera takes a really long time getting the focus right (again wont work in low light and by low light i mean inside your house with the lights on) even when on macro mode instead of auto."
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"The zoom's a bit unresponsive, not allowing very fine adjustment."
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"The zoom slider is probably the worst physical part on this camera, not very sensitive, and then when you finally get it to zoom, it shoots quickly from the wide end to the telephoto end which means you are always overzooming and having to back off, which is frustrating when all you want is to frame the image."
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"The zoom slider is probably the worst physical part on this camera, not very sensitive, and then when you finally get it to zoom, it shoots quickly from the wide end to the telephoto end which means you are always overzooming and having to back off, which is frustrating when all you want is to frame the image."
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"It does take great photos and video, however, the zoom toggle no longer works."
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"So im pretty happy with this camera and if you are wondering whether to buy it or not I would say that if you want a portable very hi-fi camera than go for this but if you care a lot about zoom, amazing picture quality go for an slr even though it cost 3 times more haha."
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"Video quality is very good, and you can zoom in while recording."
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"I could take a picture and zoom in and it would be super clear for editing and cropping."
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"The photos do look great in a non zoom manner."
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