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.
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.
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: Initial reviews of this camera inspired me to believe that the new R1 camera would be less ergonomic than my old SONY F828, but I'm pleased to say that's not the case. The new R1 is better balanced, and very comfortable in the hand. The ability to use the camera with the viewing screen in a number of positions is an advantage. Buttons are positioned in more intuitive spots on this camera-- it takes less time to figure out where everything is.
I switched from a DSLR and have switched back again - But The Sony R1 rocks!!
Denis J. EVANS, Amazon
13 December 2006
Summary: I am an avid amateur photographer. This is my 5th digital camera. I currently own a Canon Pro1 and this Sony R1. I purchased the R1 after selling my dust prone Canon EOS 300D with FD 24-85mm USM lens. Yes after many years using SLRs (digital and film) I am finally fed up with dust problems on the (digital) light sensor and manufacturers who in the main (Olympus is the exception), try to pretend the problem doesn't exist.
Summary: I bought this camera based on the reviews and on the superb Zeiss T star lens that is 24mm-120mm (35 mm equivalent)-the range I normally shoot in. The camera has all the bells and whistles and more to satisfy the advanced amateur and pro. (A friend of mine wants one to shoot weddings.) I shot photos at 3mp and the prints were like postcards! It is a little bulky, but still light enough to carry.
Summary: Have been into top end photography at a Home User level over thirty years, from the Cannon A-1/F-1 to the big boomer Nikon film and digital cameras. The Nikon digital cameras did a good job but had severe limitations and inside photgraphy was a night mare, if you had time to "fiddle" with it it did a good job. Sony came out with this beauty and thought- Sony good stereos and impossible crack codes on DVD's that I can't break. But a camera?
Summary: Both Sony and Carl Zeiss deserve ample praise for producing the best high-end digital still camera currently available. Indeed, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 is the subject of a superb test report in the January/February 2006 issue of American Photo, in which the headline reads, "...combines the convenience of an electronic viewfinder camera with the image quality of a D-SLR".
Summary: I'll admit up front that I'm an optics snob. Having worked with the best optics ever made in my work has helped to refine my biases. So far, I've owned three of the DSC-series Sony cameras that used Carl Zeiss optics. First up was the DSC-F707, a 5 MP camera that we still have and use. It has taken over 11,000 images and is still going strong. I also had a DSC-F714 that met an untimely demise by bouncing down a cliff in the back country.