Excerpt: This is the first camera with 10 Mp CMOS matrix with large physical size, which is installed in a camera with irremovable optics. Another unusual feature - the rotating display is located on top of the camera.
Summary: Search in internet: Digital camera with zoom lens and big sensor. There exists just one answer and it is this camera. There is no more, there is no other option in the world. -Why Sony R1 is unique. I bought this camera used here in Amazon.
Summary: I have been using this camera for 5 years now, with over 7,600 shots taken. The only complaint I have is that the flash is just a little too bright, but the output is easily adjusted. When paired with Sony's close-up lens(VCL-M3367), it takes beautiful macro shots.
Excerpt: After waiting for two years for an improved F-828, I am glad that Sony came out with the R1 with the wider zoom of 24 mm, but disappointed that Sony cut short the telephoto to 124 mm instead of keeping it at 200 mm.
Great - proof Sony acquisition of Minolta was a tragedy
Robert W. Johnson, Amazon
13 September 2011
Summary: The Dsc-r1 is a very good to great camera and a fantastic value. This was the last camera produced by Sony before they acquired Minolta (I think) and if this camera was an indication of product development direction photo enthusiasts missed out on who knows what innovations.
Summary: With an array of DSLR's, Point & Shoots, and camcorders all in frequent use, I must say that the Sony R1 produces the best still image of the lot The camera takes a superb photo with remarkable depth and resolution in any lighting conditions, producing true colors and tones.
Summary: I am so happy with my R1 even now there are not a lot of cameras that can compare to R1 since it's not SLR. Clear photos. Over 23000 photos so far and no problems at all. Have this camera for 5 years and it is great for everything I need.
Summary: I had wanted this camera since I read about it a few years ago. Just seemed to fit my needs, with its high ISO and the LED screen that swivels around. I take pictures of a friend's rock band and need a camera that is fast. From what I read about this one is that it is.
R1 possible the best APCS sized sensor camera ever made
Malcolm Lyons "Outside the box", Amazon
29 July 2009
Summary: I have owned the R1 for 3 years. Its the best camera I have ever owned or likely to own. I also own a sony alpha A700 which is an excellent camera rated alingside the Nikon D300. But I have taken most of my best pitures with the R1.
Summary: I had my eye set on this camera when it first came out in 2005. It was quite expensive at that time. But I've just bought a used one recent at a famous auction site in 1/3 of it's original price. I am so happy with it even though it was introduced in 2005.