Conclusion: Please note that the images used on this page (except for the noise example), though taken with the Sony R1,are not intended to illustrate any particular aspect of that camera’s performance.They are simply work done with that camera during the testing period, each for its own sake.
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.
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...
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.
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 -...
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.
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
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.