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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 5 x Optical Zoom) 2.0"

by Sony
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Battery Model: Camera Specific Powerpacks
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • CD-R / CD-RW: No
  • Camera Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2592
  • Camera Resolution Width in Pixel: 3882
  • Changeable Lens: No
  • Chip Type: CMOS
  • Compact Flash Card: Yes
  • Digital Zoom (Ratio): 10
  • Effective Pixel (in Megapixel): 10.28
  • Highest Focal Length in mm: 120
  • Image Stabiliser: No
  • LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel: 134000
  • LCD Monitor Size in Inch: 2
  • Longest Shutter Speed: 30s
  • Lowest Focal Length in mm: 24
  • MP3 Playback: No
  • Maximum Aperture Tele: 4.8
  • Maximum Aperture Wide: 2.8
  • Maximum Pixel (in Megapixel): 10.78
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: Yes
  • Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
  • Memory Type: External
  • Micro Drive: Yes
  • Mini Secure Digital Card: No
  • Movie / Voice Recording: Movie + Voice
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • Optical Zoom (Ratio): 5
  • PC Card: No
  • Photo Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2592
  • Photo Resolution Width in Pixel: 3882
  • PictBridge: Yes
  • RAW Format: Yes
  • Range Finder Type: Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
  • Reduced Size Multimedia Card: No
  • Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 2592
  • Resolution Width in Pixel: 3882
  • SLR / Compact: Compact
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Secure Digital High Capacity Card (SDHC): No
  • Sensor Size: 21,5 x 14,4 mm
  • Serial Shot Mode: Yes
  • Shortest Shutter Speed: 1/2000s
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Transflash Card: No
  • Video Resolution Heigth in Pixel: 480
  • Video Resolution Width in Pixel: 640
  • Weight in Grams: 929
  • WiFi Connectivity: No
  • XD Card: No
  • Zoom Type: Optical + Digital
  • microSD/ TransFlash Card: No

Product details

  • Item Weight: 721 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Item model number: DSCR1
  • ASIN: B000BN2USG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,789 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The Cybershot R1 camera is the world's first integrated lens digital still camera to combine a professional-grade, 10.3-megapixel image sensor and the flexibility of live preview while shooting. With its ultra-wide Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens (24mm to 120mm) and free-angle, two-inch LCD, the Cybershot R1 brings professional level imaging performance to mainstream consumers.;;A Class of Its Own;;Photo enthusiasts know that image sensor size is one of the most important influences on picture quality. Professional-grade image sensors, sometimes referred to as advanced photo system (APS) or APS-class, are many times the size of compact sensors used in point-and-shoot cameras; large sensors deliver extraordinary resolution, high sensitivity to light, and lower image noise or graininess for exceptional pictures. At 10.3 megapixels, the R1's sensor offers one of the highest resolutions available in the APS class.;;Unlike digital SLRs, the Cybershot R1 unit's sensor allows for a "live" preview thanks to Sony Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology. Until now, the extraordinary power consumption of these large sensors has limited their operation to image capture only--unable to support the benefit of a live preview. Sony's distinctive design is employed to reduce power consumption, as well as increase image processing speeds.;; The camera's electronic viewfinder or two-inch LCD lets you evaluate scene conditions, such as exposure and how color is rendered before taking a shot. Because the R1 camera can preview electronically, using the image sensor itself in real time, framing is always 100% accurate.;; Built Digital from the Ground Up;The R1's integrated Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens was carefully crafted to take full advantage of the resolution, clarity, and color performance of its APS-class CMOS image sensor. Because of the sensor's live preview capability, there is no need for the camera to have a traditional "mirror and prism" construction common to digital SLRs. This allows a lens-to-sensor distance of as little as 2 millimeters, optimising image quality and color accuracy.;; Another benefit of this structure is the ability to incorporate an extraordinary wide field of view and zoom range. The 24mm wide end of the lens is particularly suited for architectural photography, landscapes and large-group portraits, while the 120mm telephoto end is perfect for filling the frame with distant subjects. This is a range not easily matched by any other lens for use with cameras using large-scale image sensors.;; Furthermore, no mirror and prism construction means that the R1 is a quiet camera, perfect for shooting at a tennis match or in nature without disturbing wildlife.;; Get the Shot without the Backache;The Cybershot R1 sports a two-inch LCD screen that folds flat and swivels so you can shoot from nearly any position. This flexibility allows you to get the shots that other cameras miss. For example, you can hold the camera low--down to the ground--for eye-level view shots of kids and pets without having to bend yourself into a pretzel or crawling on the ground.;; The Power of Optimal Image ProcessingA 10.3-megapixel camera needs a fast processor. Sony harnessed the power of it Real Imaging Processor LSI to achieve fast response times, low power consumption and clear images.;;The new camera features a one-second shot-to-shot time, three-frame-per-second burst shooting, and a shutter-release time of only 7.5 milliseconds. Because it consumes 70 percent less power than Sony's previous processing circuitry, the camera has a battery life of up to 500 shots per charge, which can vary according to use and camera settings.;; For enhanced versatility, Cybershot R1 offers three different modes of color reproduction: Adobe RGB used for professional graphics and offset color printing, Standard sRGB for most computer-based uses, and Vivid sRGB for more intense primary colors.;; The camera's user selectable Advanced Gradation Control System (AGCS) optimises image contrast, in order to avoid "blown out" highlights in high-contrast scenes and "crushed" blacks in low-contrast ones. AGCS evaluates the distribution of brightness and then automatically applies the appropriate gamma curve to achieve better pictures.;; Users will also enjoy the added convenience of storing images onto Memory Stick PRO media, as well as CompactFlash Type I and Type II media or Microdrive media. The camera supports both JPEG and RAW formats, which can then be manipulated on a PC using the supplied Sony Image Data Converter SR software.;; Other Features;Dual Media Capability: If you've already invested in high-capacity Flash Memory cards, the DSC-R1 is the camera for you. It accepts Memory Stick PRO media, Compact Flash Type 1/II media, and optional Microdrive media. ;Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO Media: Digital. Powerful. Transportable. Memory Stick media is compact, portable, and rugged, connecting a variety of hardware and software applications. ;Three Color Modes and RAW Capture: Choose standard sRGB for accuracy, Vivid sRGB to emulate reversal film, or Adobe RGB for advanced applications. RAW mode brings the latent image into the Digital darkroom. RAW files must be converted with Sony's Image Data Converter SR software. ;Advanced Gradation Control System (AGCS): Enhances dynamic range, avoids crushed shadow detail and clipped highlights. ;Advanced Viewfinder/Monitor Displays: Choose grid lines, zebra stripes, and histogram. Enjoy full-time exposure indication of aperture, Shutter Speed and Exposure Value over/under. ;Advanced Creative Control: Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program shift, EV compensation, and full manual exposure control allow you to adjust quickly for a wide range of shooting situations. Capture fast action, control depth of field, and more. ;Versatile Manual Exposure: Adjust the aperture from f2.8 to f16. Set the shutter from 30 seconds to 1/2000 second, or choose Bulb exposure for up to 3 minutes! Adjust ISO from 125 to 3200. Choose Auto White Balance then fine-tune color temperature by hand. ;Live Histogram Display and RGB Playback: Available in capture and playback the Live Histogram displays the concentration of Pixels at each luminosity value making it easy to evaluate correct exposure. Histogram in Playback mode also includes RGB information ;5 Area Multi-Point AF System: By evaluating 5 separate focus areas of the frame, Sony's Multi-Point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background. In addition, you can manually select a point or position a point anywhere in the frame with Flexible Spot AF.; Manual Exposure Control: Flexible Exposure control is provided with Aperture Priority (f2.0 to f8.0), Shutter Priority (30 secibds to 1/3200 second) and Manual Exposure modes. Exposure Value Compensation (EV) and Flash output level control allow for even more control over your images. ;Slow Shutter Noise Reduction: During long exposures, those longer than 1/25 second, the camera captures two exposures with each press of the shutter button. The first exposure captures the scene, and the second exposure captures the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear. ;Raw Mode: Capture raw data directly from the CCD before any in-camera processing, while a separate JPEG is stored for viewing convenience. Sony's IDC RAW converter software provides extensive control of Gamma, White Balance, color, and sharpness for fine tuning the image.

Product Description

The Worlds first digital still camera that combines a large 10.3 effective Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a high quality 24-120mm (35mm) ZEISS zoom lens in the same body, allowing live viewing with the free-angle LCD screen. Features Large Sized 10.3 Effective Megapixel CMOS 24-120mm Carl Zeiss? Vario-Sonnar T* ? Lens High MTF Performance 2.0 LCD for Free Angle Shooting Dual Slot for Memory Stick - and Compact Flash - (typeI/II), Microdrive High Sensitivity ISO3200 for blur-free images Clear RAW NR (Noise Reduction) Up to 15x Smart Zoom, 10x Precision Digital Zoom Real Time Preview Stamina Battery Life (approx 500 shots by CIPA standard) Quick Operation (Start-up 0.68 sec, Shutter Time Lag 0.29 sec, Shutter Release Lag 0.0075 sec) RAW Data Recording Real Imaging Processor 3 Colour Reproduction Modes (Standard/Vivid/AdobeRGB) Advancved Gradation Control System (AGCS) Flexible Spot AF High Speed Burst 3.0fps RGB Histogram Real Time Histogram Zebra Display (White-out Alert) 100% Finder Coverage Aperture/Shutter Priority and Manual Exposure Mode Manual Focus Ring Manual Zoom Ring with Flexible Expanded Display Dual Command Dial Operation Time (Bulb) Shooting Conversion Lens Compatible (Optional) Advanced Accy Shoe AF Illuminator USB 2.0 High Speed Transfer Scene Selection Mode PictBridge Compatible 15 Menu Languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 14 April 2006
By Cake
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Firstly, in answer to a previous reviewer the Sony's RAW files can in fact be opened in Photoshop CS2, if you are not happy with the camera's own software which is in fact very advanced if not as quick. Alternatively, users of the earlier Photoshop CS can convert the files to Adobe DNG (digital negative) and work from there - advice on how to do this is on various R1 forums. (The DNG files can even embed the Sony RAW file for archving for future-proofing.)

Go for Memory Stick Pro rather than compact flash - it's a lot quicker in the R1. As the write speed is good but not stellar an ultra high speed stick is not required. Buy as big a card as you can afford though! Sony is building its future cameras around the DUO so you might want to consider going for the DUO stick with an adaptor for the R1 if you are Sony brand loyal.

The camera is sluggish in low-light to find focus but usually manages it. The Electronic viewfinder image though is almost unusuable in poor light and only when the focus assist lamp shines out can you start to frame which is not so good. Slow shutter speeds then cause the noise reduction processing to kick in which ties the camera up for a few seconds between shots. On the other hand at wider focal lengths the camera is stable enough for handheld at thirtieth of a second, which is excellent.

Shoot with sharpening on low setting and give it plenty of unsharp mask in PS and you will find the detail is breathtaking. Those ten megapixels are awesome. As, too, of course, is the Zeiss T lens which is practically distortion free. Having no mirror system means (apart from no mirror slap noise or vibration) that the lens can sit 2mm from the sensor!
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
There is already plenty of information about this camera on web sites such as imaging-resource.com, dcresource.com and dpreview.com, so I won't repeat what others have already said. Instead I'll focus on three areas, namely, the noise problem, the raw problem and the handling.
A lot of reviews have mentioned that noise at high ISO settings is bad. So it is, but this needs to be kept in perspective. All digital cameras exhibit noise as the ISO speed is cranked up, and the R1 is no exception. The reviewer in Amateur Photographer took pictures at 3200 and said, in effect, "look how bad these are". Ironically, Sony could have got themselves better reviews by limiting the speed to 1600. Instead, they have given us 3200 so that we can decide for ourselves what we want. In low light situations there is a choice: faster shutter speed and consequent noise or a slower speed and resulting camera shake. It's our decision; kudos to Sony to giving us the option. Bear in mind also that some cameras reduce noise by smoothing the image in software in the camera, resulting in loss of detail. Sony use very little noise reduction, so the picture stays sharp but grainy. If you want to reduce noise with software, then you can use Noise Ninja or similar programs. Again, kudos to Sony for giving us the choice.
The "raw" problem is slightly more serious. If you have read other reviews you will be aware that this camera appeals to photographers whose main concern is image quality. Now, people who want quality above everything are likely to want to shoot in raw mode. Unfortunately, Sony have made this difficult (but not impossible).
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sony DSC-R1 digital camera 1 Jun 2006
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An excellent camera in terms of optical quality producing first class results. I especially like the wide angle lens which is good for interior shots,parties,landscapes and architectual photography. The camera although relatively heavy is comfortable to hold, in fact the weight adds to stability combined with a modest telephoto lens means camera shake is well controlled. This camera oozes quality.

However, the digital view finder is no where near as good or as bright as an optical/mirror system, nor can it be said that it would be suitable for sports photography for reasons of shutter lag and slow auto focusing, but with heavy discounting it is a superb camera capable of excellent results within its design parameters.If one wants more go for a pricey digital SLR and add your own lenses.

Sony DSC-R1 is featured in the June 2006 Which magazine page 40.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony R1 - Stunning Results 16 May 2006
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I upgraded from a Canon G6, and received my first large 18 x 12 inch images back this week, and they are simply stunning.

One comment I heard was "It's like you're actually there".

If you simply want to go out and produce some of the best quality images possible with a digital camera then get one of these.

The handling could be better, but the results are unbeatable for the price.

I thought the pictures produced by my G6 were good - But this is a completely different league.

And Sony support is amazing - They've answered all my questions and even rang me up at one point.

There's a freepost address to use if you have any problems - But being a Sony this is unlikely - It's built like the proverbial tank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera holds its own against more modern examples
Having read favourable reviews on this camera and being well aware of the camera's history and pedigree I was extremely happy to receive this as a birthday gift in June this year. Read more
Published on 7 July 2012 by Wes Fazzani
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding. dsc-r1
im five years to late buying one, i wanted one when they launched, i can only say that after owning one now
i would say to anybody thinking about buying one, get it now. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Blix
I was a bit reluctant purchasing the Sony DSC R1. Although I had read excellent reviews on this camera, the sales assistant tried to persuade me to go for the new Sony Alpha DSLR. Read more
Published on 6 April 2007 by Alan Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic SLR-beater
This is a superb camera in many ways. It is discontinued in the UK but not in all countries. There is really nothing else out there quite like the R1. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2007 by TheProf
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Simply the best !' ....
I have had Five Digital Cameras now... all of them good, 3 SONY -F717-F828-and the R1. An Olypus MJU800 lovely point and shoot plus Camera and a Sony Alfa 100 which in some ways... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2007 by Veric
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm buying a second DSC-R1 in case...
I take mostly architectural subjects and the R1's distortion-free lens over its full zoom range in invaluable. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2006 by pjbw
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended...with some reservations
Every time I buy a new camera , I go through a long drawn out process of trial and error, which I attempt to make as inexpensive as possible.... Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2006 by V. Brean
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Dazzler!
This is the best camera that I have owned to date. It is substantial in build and weight. Not only looks great but performs at a very high level. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2006 by Mr. Lee Sharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is an incredible camera which produces incredible photographs. I'm still trying to get to grips with all the functionality, but this is a camera that can grow as you grow. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2006 by D. OSHAUGHNESSY
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