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!
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.
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. I decided to test the R1 against My alpha 700 using the stunning Sigma 50mm f2 macro lens which is of prime sharpnes. I was astonished to see that the R1 far outshone the A700 with the 50mm fixed lens in resolution, colour and dynanic range.
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. As far as image quality, this camera still live up to today's standard. What made this camera unique is the excellent Carl Zeiss zoom lens (24-120mm) matched with a large 10.3MP APS size image sensor.
Summary: I have had this camera for a while now...and I Love it! I bought this camera primarily to photograph landscapings, animals, the ocean and small insects for my art (I am a painter). I needed a camera that would capture the finest of detail on a butterfly, and I found it! This camera is heavy, like previously mentioned on other reviews, but it is truly an amazing camera.
Summary: This camera is the best thing i've ever invested in..Crystal clear photo's easy to operate and fun to shoot..I even bought an extra battery and fast action soccer photo's are fantastic..buy it..you will love this camera..video's are awsome too..oh yea the disk that organizes you film is supurb..enjoy..