- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,938 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 5 x Optical Zoom) 2.0"
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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.
The bigger the imager, the better the image. That's why the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-R1 incorporates an APS-class image sensor more than 12 times the size of the typical sensor. You'll get high sensitivity, low noise and a phenomenal 10.3 Megapixels of resolution. This is the world's first camera to combine an APS-class sensor with Live Preview of the scene, so you can compose your shot with full framing, exposure and white balance accuracy.
The DSC-R1 incorporates a pro-quality Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® 5X Optical zoom lens with T* (T-star) coatings. With its 24mm wide end (35mm equivalent) you can shoot wide angles that typical digital cameras just can't match, while maintaining plenty of telephoto reach. The Free-Angle 2.0" LCD monitor1 lets you shoot from waist height, over your head or even floor level.
Adjust your exposure with 16-step aperture and 49-step shutter speed.. Get more punch from your pictures with our Advanced Gradation Control System. Achieve more expressive color with Sony's Vivid RGB mode. And take your pictures to a new level of professionalism with Sony's new Image Data Converter SR software for RAW image conversion.
Measuring 21.5 x 14.4 mm, the image sensor of the DSC-R1 is more than 12X the size of the typical digital camera sensor! You get higher sensitivity, lower noise and amazing resolution of 10.3 megapixels.
Sony's first digital camera with a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor, the DSC-R1 delivers fabulous detail, perfect for giant, poster-sized prints, professional 4-color offset printing and other advanced applications.
Pros count on being able to see what the camera sees. Live Preview in the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor shows 100% framing accuracy for total confidence. You can preview exposure and depth of focus so you know what you're getting before you take the shot!
The 5X Optical Zoom lens covers an incredible range from an ultra-wide 24mm to 120mm (35mm equivalent). Exclusive Zeiss T* (T-star) coatings reduce internal reflections, suppress lens "flare" and improve image contrast. The remarkably Wide 24mm Angle (35mm Equivalent) captures scenic and group photos beyond the reach of most D-SLR zoom lenses.
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.
SLR-style shooting gives you a more stable shooting platform, with elbows tucked in to reduce camera shake.
In addition to the eye-level finder, the DSC-R1 also has a built-in 2.0 LCD monitor that turns and twists through a wide range. So you can hold the camera overhead, position it at your waist, even lower it to the floor to get your shot.
Choose grid lines, zebra stripes and histogram. Enjoy full-time exposure indication of aperture, shutter speed and Exposure Value over/under.
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.
Adjust the aperture from F2.8-16. Set the shutter from 30 seconds to 1/2000 second, or choose Bulb exposure for up to 3 minutes! Adjust ISO from 160 to 3200. Choose Auto White Balance then fine-tune color temperature by hand.
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,1 and optional Microdrive media.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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).Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Clearly, for those wanting to change lenses or shoot rapid bursts this camera is not going to be of interest (burst is 3 shots, good enough for most, but not for sports action etc.) Similarly, it lacks a video mode that many people like in their digi cameras. As an amateur to semi-pro bridge camera it is outstanding however, and as with any camera it is image quality one eventually puts above all else - the quality of the R1s prints is out of this world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought one of these years ago,this is my second, my first which is still going, for interior shots, portraits, model building etc this does the job, although it has only 10... Read morePublished 5 months ago by stu
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 morePublished on 7 July 2012 by Wes Fazzani
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
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 morePublished on 6 April 2007 by Alan Paterson
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 morePublished on 12 Mar. 2007 by TheProf
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 morePublished on 24 Feb. 2007 by Veric
I take mostly architectural subjects and the R1's distortion-free lens over its full zoom range in invaluable. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2006 by pjbw
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
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 morePublished on 3 Oct. 2006 by Septictoe