Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-M1 is a solid digital camera, with good capabilities and features that make shooting both stills and video enjoyable. But it has a few drawbacks, especially the proprietary MPEG 4 codec that doesn't come with Windows XP.
Pros: Sleek, light and small. Unique, striking design; very good photo and video quality; special video presets, including two buffer modes.
Cons: Proprietary MPEG-4 videos require an MPEG 4 CODEC or Sony's software to view and convert. 3X optical zoom lens feels too short for video. Slow recycle time; too easy to cover the lens with a finger.
Excerpt: While it looks a heck of a lot like
a camera phone, the Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-M1 ($600) can't make or receive
calls. Rather, it's a unique combination of camera
and camcorder, though that's not necessarily how Sony
wants you to see it.
Pros: "Interesting" design - you love it or hate it, Excellent movie mode: long recording times, small file sizes, zoom during filming, stereo sound, Robust performance, Large, rotating 2.5" LCD visible even in bright outdoor light, AF-assist lamp, Magnifying glass mode reduces macro focus distance to ...
Cons: Expensive for what it does, Clumsy design: poorly placed controls, flash, AF-assist lamp; buttons are too small; poorly-designed battery compartment, Picture quality is disappointing: images seem soft and fuzzy, Redeye a problem, Weak flash, LCD doesn't "gain up" as much as I'd like, Manual contr...
Summary: The Cyber-shot DSC-M1 is a compact 5.1-megapixel digital still camera that features VGA resolution MPEG4 motion video capture at 30fps with stereo audio. The camera, a slim, matte-black device about the size of a deck of cards, is held vertically, and its 2.5-inch articulated LCD swivels upward and...