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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1027 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the responsiveness and image quality are overall positive. The screen and performance are also appreciated, whereas the contrast and shutter get mixed views. The image stabilizer and features get critical views.

lens, performance, screen, image quality, responsiveness

low-light, features, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Digital Camera Review


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Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 Camera


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is an expensive and unique hybrid camera. The $999 model has features that are common among advanced cameras: a fixed-lens design, and the ability to frame images on its pop-up, twisting 2-inch LCD or through its electronic...

Top-notch image quality

Autofocus is unpredictable Zoom range is limited

Using the joystick and wheel to navigate the menus was easy. Occasionally, I found the menu design annoying, however: Menus for changing the megapixel resolution, picture quality, ISO, and compression type (RAW or normal) were separate from many other...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1


This unique camera offers great image quality and some SLR-like features, but its zoom is limited.

For people who can live without changing lenses, Sony's DSC-R1 makes a versatile alternative to an SLR--but you'll have to pay an SLR-scale price for it.



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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-R1


This was one of the most anticipated digital cameras of 2005 and it arrived in November for under $999. The just-introduced 12.8MP Canon EOS 5D ($3,299) was the other object de lust since it's the world's “smallest and lightest” full frame D-SLR. With...

APS-sized 10.3MP CMOS imager ; wide-ranging built-in zoom

It's not a D-SLR

The Sony DSC-R1 has the potential to be our camera of the year.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 reviewed


If you've been waiting to see whether Sony's 10-megapixel, $1,000 DSC-R1 would emerge as a competitor for DSLRs, well, you can stop waiting. PC Magazine has reviewed the high-end EVF, and has declared it to be only fair. Sure, the reviewer liked the...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1


Type: Enthusiast, Maximum Resolution: 3888 x 2592 pixels, Megapixels: 10.3, Media Format: CompactFlash, Media Forma...

Excellent picture quality. Lots of external controls and options. Wide-angle end of the zoom gives you a wide 24mm view.

Very expensive. Quite heavy and bulky. Slow performance. No video capabilities.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 has a striking design, incorporates innovative features, and takes great pictures, but all that still can't justify such a high price.

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-R1


Excellent image quality; an impressively flexible LCD screen that's viewable from many angles; a sharp Zeiss lens; effective white-balancing features; a wide range of ISO sensitivity; quick performance.

With most heavy components on the left side, the chunky body is somewhat off-balance; can't shoot raw in burst mode; the in-camera review function magnifies to only 5X.

If you don't anticipate a need for multiple lenses--which many users won't, given the crisp 24mm-to-120mm-equivalent lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8--the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-R1 makes a worthy competitor to the dSLRs in its price range. It's a...

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Sony DSC-R1


Sony's latest top of the line Cyber-shot camera, the R1 is encased in a black, body, and is the first to use Sony's new 10.3-megapixel CMOS imager. Its also the first "APS-C imager" digital camera to offer live preview. The R1 features a Carl Zeiss T* 5x

With its APC-C sized image sensor, the Sony DSC-R1 defines a new category in the prosumer digital camera market and offers a compelling alternative to enthusiasts who might otherwise consider a dSLR. Thanks to its high quality lens and large image sensor,

Highly Recommended!

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Sony DSC-R1


Superb 24 - 120 mm F2.8 - F4.8 lens is worth the $999 alone, Good resolution, a slight advantage over the EOS 350D (not as much as we would like), Vivid, 'pleasing' color response, although may not be to everyone's taste, Low noise levels up to ISO...

In-camera image processor not making most of captured data (demosaicing, sharpening), Odd LCD location either difficult to get used to or a serious limitation (user dependent), Electronic Viewfinder is no substitute for an optical TTL viewfinder,...

I'll start as I shall no doubt finish this little piece of editorial, the lens is worth the price of the DSC-R1 alone.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Digital Camera Review: Overview and Highlights


Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is one of the latest in the long (and incredibly broad) line of digital cameras that reflects Sony's commanding position in the digital camera marketplace. The Sony R1 (considerably) extends the high range of the Cyber-shot...

(Almost) APS-C sized sensor in an all-in-one digital camera gives very good image noise levels, High 10.3 megapixel resolution, Very appealing tonality and color, Really excellent optical quality from the 24-120mm lens, Wider-angle zoom range than all...

Default in-camera sharpening leaves fine detail a little coarse looking, Limited buffer depth cuts short continuous shooting, Single-shot cycle time is slower than most digital SLRs, Shutter lag in AF mode is only average, not up to the levels of...

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Product Specifications

The bigger the imager, the better the image. That's why the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 incorporates an APS-class image sensor more than 12 times the size of the typical sensor. You'll get high sensitivity, low noise and a phenomenal 10.3 Megapixels of resolution. This is the world's first camera to combine an APS-class sensor with Live Preview of the scene, so you can compose your shot with full framing, exposure and white balance accuracy. The DSC-R1 incorporates a pro-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 5X Optical zoom lens with T (T-star) coatings. With its 24mm wide end (35mm equivalent) you can shoot wide angles that typical digital cameras just can't match, while maintaining plenty of telephoto reach. The Free-Angle 2.0" LCD monitor lets you shoot from waist height, over your head or even floor level. Adjust your exposure with 16-step aperture and 49-step shutter speed. Get more punch from your pictures with Advanced Gradation Control System. Achieve more expressive color with Sony's Vivid RGB mode. And take your pictures to a new level of professionalism with Sony's new Image Data Converter SR software for RAW image conversion.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FM50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO / Microdrive

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.8
Max Focal Length:71.5mm
Min Focal Length:14.3mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:14.4 x 21.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.4 x 21.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Resolution:10.3Megapixel

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 160 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO auto
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD