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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 758 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The portability and usability also get good views, whereas the sensor and viewfinder get mixed opinions. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer and shutter.

screen, usability, portability, image quality, battery

value for money, memory, features, shutter, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony's Touch-Screen Camera


The LCD on the 8-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-N1 doubles as a touch screen for selecting shooting options.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC N1


Maximum Resolution: 3264 x 2448 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 26 MB, Included Memory: On Board, Media Format: Mem...

Very good picture quality. Awesome 3-inch touch-screen LCD. Clever slide-show modes, with music.

Menus could be more organized. Clumsy stylus. Expensive, even for an ultracompact.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC N1 is a unique ultracompact that combines good shooting and photo viewing.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-N1


Three-inch touch-screen LCD; generally responsive performance; photo-album capabilities; point-and-select autofocus; decent high-ISO shooting.

All-menus-all-the-time touch-screen operation; no optical viewfinder; some purple fringing; lack of image details.

This camera isn't for everybody, but its huge touch-screen LCD and photo-album display will certainly catch the eyes of those who want something a little out of the ordinary.


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Sony DSC-N1


The Cyber-shot DSC-N1 is about the same size as a deck of playing cards and incorporates a high-performance, 8-megapixel digital camera, with a large, 3-inch, touch-screen LCD. The N1's album function automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite...

Bottom line - the Sony Cyber-shot N1 is a nice digital package that offers great image quality, speedy performance, and a very cool touchscreen LCD. Its 8M Fine images have more than enough resolution to create stunning 13x19-inch borderless prints. We fe

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1


Other features on the N1 include an 8.1 Megapixel CCD, 3X optical zoom lens, limited manual controls, VGA movie mode, and an AF-assist lamp

Very good photo quality ; Stylish, compact metal body ; Enormous LCD display (though see issue below) ; Impressive high ISO performance for a compact camera ; Snappy performance in most areas ; Some manual controls ; AF-assist lamp; good low light...

Redeye ; Custom white balance is badly needed ; Big LCD attracts fingerprints ; Sluggish burst mode; LCD blacks out between shots ; No optical viewfinder ; Flimsy cover over memory card / battery compartment ; Bundled software isn't the greatest, no...

About the only other complaints I have about the N1 are the lack of an optical viewfinder and photo editing software for the Mac. Yeah, there aren't too many negatives to come up with here! If you're after a stylish and compact camera with a BIG LCD,...

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Sony Cyber-Shot N1


The Sony N1 is an 8 megapixel ultra-compact camera with a huge 3 inch touch screen. You could say that this camera is a souped up W100. So how does this camera perform? Find out now.

High resolution sensor with ISO 800 ; Good battery life ; Large 3 inch LCD (It's a touch screen too!) ; Limited but nevertheless useful manual mode ; Fairly powerful flash range ; Unlimited VGA 30 FPS movie mode ; Fancy playback and slideshow features...

Slow and limited continuous shooting ; No white balance or manual focus controls ; Overall performance could be faster and better

The Sony N1 is a fantastic camera. It has two things which may fool you but the result is always otherwise and great: 1. The 8 megapixel imager produces surprisingly good images (at ISO 800 too!) and 2. the great 3 inch touch screen is sharp and...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1


A easy to use camera. Takes very good pictures. I liked this camera.

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"Great camera if found on sale/clearance."


I must start this review with stating that I bought this camera from a department store on clearance for under $80.00. I work in the electronics department at said department store, and I buy a lot of cameras on sale/clearance for friends and familty...

Huge screen, decent lense, mp3 slide shows. Good battery life.

Lense not as sharp as lower priced canons. Heavy.

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"very nice camera"


i like this camera,shoots some good pictures and video,took 2 memory sticks to disney and came back with over 600 pictures,also one cool thing is that i purchase a sony marine pack underwater camera case,is fun when you go underwater and take...

clear 8.1 mp

complicate to shoot pictures in low light

Consumer review by:

"If you find one BUY IT!"


I wonder ? is out of the market. To advance and good for 2005?

Friendly user, Had it since came out and still you compare to other and it has almost the same features. Should be cheaper now!.

Need to know about digital Images, You have to take care of the screen,

Product Specifications

Sony is adding more enjoyment and value to your digital photography with its new full-featured compact digital camera with built-in photo sharing functions that go beyond just picture taking. About the size of a deck of playing cards, the stylish Cyber-shot DSC-N1 camera is a high-performance, 8-megapixel model, with a large, 3-inch, touch-screen LCD, which is rare for a compact camera of this size. This model features an album function that automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite images in VGA resolution, and uses them to create dynamic slide shows with music and transition effects right in the camera.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1 / Sony NP-FG1/Sony NP-FG1/Sony NP-FG1 / Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:5.3oz/5.3oz / 332.9lbs

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Candle / Fireworks / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Landscape / Twilight portrait / Fireworks / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Candle / Beach / Snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick PRO Duo
Storage Capacity:256MB/256MB / 512MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.4
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8 / 1/1.8"/1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:8.1Megapixel

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX / MPEG-1/MPEG-1 / MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:6
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto/ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 160 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia/Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None