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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
4.6 out of 10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

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The Luminous Landscape
13 January 2009
  • Excerpt: It's the Sensor Size – StupidPart of American political folklore, and now of popular rhetoric as well, is the phrase – “It’s the economy, stupid.” It was made famous by political strategist James Carville, who put it on a sign in Bill Clinton's campaign office during the 1992 elections – to remind...
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Camera Field Test: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Pop Photo
16 December 2008
  • Excerpt: The most remarkable thing about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is not what it does, but how it does it. Yes, this is the first consumer-level, non-SLR digital camera to offer 10 mega­pixels of resolution and an equivalent-speed range of up to ISO 3200.
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Overall 10

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-R1 Review

17 November 2006
  • Conclusion: The DSC-R1 took great photos–as a $999 10-megapixel camera should. I highly recommend it for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a small fortune on lenses or doesn’t have any to begin with. The camera isn’t perfect but none are–it is heavy and a wider focal length would be a nice bonus.
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Overall 10
Design 9
Value for money 10
Ease of use 9
Picture quality 10
Durability 9

Expert Review

29 August 2006
  • Conclusion: Sony Cybershot DSC R1 - Extraordinary digital camera Let it be clear that the Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 is an extraordinary camera indeed. This doesn't just limit itself to the design, but also covers the optics.
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Sony DSC-R1: Going After SLRs

Tom's Guide
10 March 2006
  • Summary: Digital SLRs are superb cameras that are very popular with professional photographers, and are now becoming accessible to a growing number of amateurs. But fundamentally, they're also the basic component of what's known as a "system," in which the camera body is only one component among others -...
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Sony R1 Experience Report

Outback Photo
14 December 2005
  • Excerpt: As usual we work only with raw file. Once we have decided which RAW converter to use we will mention it in the text.
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DP Review
6 December 2005
  • Conclusion: 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. That fact is not to be underestimated, it's a great lens which provides you with a very useful 24 - 120 mm zoom range (which will be sufficient for the majority of users).
  • Pros: 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 400, usable but NR affected ISO 800, noisy ISO 1...
  • Cons: 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, Ridiculous maximum 3 frame buffer for continuous J...
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Overall 8

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 review

Camera Labs
1 December 2005
  • Summary: In use the R1 certainly feels like it's delivering the goods, starting quickly and feeling responsive under general conditions. The build quality and ergonomics are of a very high standard and the camera feels comfortable to hold.
  • Pros: Excellent quality lens with useful range, Large sensor for all-in-one body, High resolution beats 6 and 8 Mpixel D-SLRs, Flexible 2in display
  • Cons: Noise not as low as we hoped above 400 ISO, Harder to manually focus than D-SLRs, Tiny three frame buffer, No movie mode
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Overall 7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

11 October 2005
  • Summary: 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.
  • Pros: 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.
  • Cons: 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.
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Dc Resource
30 September 2005
  • Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 ($999) is arguably one of the biggest revolutions in consumer digital photography in recent years. While most companies continue to pile more and more pixels into small sensors (Sony has been guilty of this too), the DSC-R1 uses a new CMOS sensor that is dramatically...
  • Pros: Stunning image quality; high ISO performance rivals D-SLRs, High quality 24 - 120 mm lens, Very good performance (though see issues below), Large, rotating LCD (though see issues below), Full manual controls; shutter speeds as slow as 8 minutes, Manual zoom and focus rings, RAW image format suppo...
  • Cons: Pricey (though getting an equivalent lens on the SLR side will cost thousands), Unusual design: top-mounted LCD is awkward, button layout is cluttered, command dial needs a lock, Disappointing burst mode (only three shots in a row, RAW not usable), Buffer fills quickly when shooting in RAW mode, ...
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