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. I was tempted for sigma dp1, but I really want an evf and not to be limited by a lens with just one focal length.
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. The color & clarity of the shots are outstanding. And, the battery life is exceptional. I often forget that it's not a DSLR!
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. Another area of regrate is the loss of the faily decent macro capability of the F828. After learning to manage with the video clip of the F828, I am also dismayed at the loss of this feature.
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. Sony cameras seem fine now but they look and perform pretty much like the rest of the pack. The R1 and some of its predecessors were unique and fine cameras.
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. OK, this gizmo lacks the cute stuff and all the bells and whistles of, say, my D Series Nikon, or my Canon EOS Rebel, but it takes one heck of a great still picture -- distant, mid-range or macro.
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. I consider my self mid-heavy photographer and just happy and nice moments with this camera. I would buy it again, no doubt!
Summary: I loved this camera when I had it. (I recently sold it on eBay so I could buy a higher MP camera). Dude! If you could see the pictures I was able to take with it! Many times people would compliment me telling me they were "Pro" quality. It was easy to use but had great manual settings and a wonderful sturdy build. The electronic viewfind was excellent. I would say the color was off in the viewfinder and screen, it was more saturated than the true pic.
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. I've only had it a couple of months, but have taken well over 500 pictures with it.