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Sony DSC-R1 Cyber-shot


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Sony R1 wins DIWA Gold Award

Category: Prosumer - Advanced Amateur

The Sony DSC-R1 Cyber-shot is the first prosumer digital camera to use a large APS-sized image sensor (21.5 x 14.4 mm) that allows the use of high ISOs, up to ISO 3200. It has 10.3MP resolution and features a pro-quality Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 5x wide-angle optical zoom (24 - 120 mm, 35 mm equivalent) with T* coatings. The maximum aperture is F2.8 and the minimum aperture goes all the way down to F16. The lens accepts filters with a diameter of 67mm. On the lens barrel, there is a real manual zoom ring and a "fly-by-wire" manual focus ring.

Exposure control includes Program shift, Shutter-Priority (49-step shutter speeds from 30-1/2,000 sec.) and Aperture-Priority (16 Step, f2.8 - f16) modes. Images can be saved in the RAW file format.

The large 2.0 in. LCD monitor (resolution 134K pixels) is situated on top of the camera, and can be rotated and swivelled at different angles. An automatic eye sensor switches the view from LCD to the viewfinder when you put your eye to the viewfinder. The LCD also gives a live preview -- up to now "not technically feasible" due to the power consumption of large image sensors. Grid lines, zebra stripes (to indicate over/under- exposed areas), a histogram, and full-time exposure indication of aperture, shutter speed and Exposure Value over/under can be displayed on both the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor.

The Sony R1 has a hot shoe (situated on top of the handgrip) for using the optional high power Sony HVL-F32X external flash. It accepts both the Memory Stick and CompactFlash (CF) cards, including the Microdrive. Note that, similar to dSLRs, there is no movie mode.

Other features: Preview LCD mode provides a live DOF view; metal tripod socket aligned with the center line of the lens; optional Wide (0.8x) and Tele (1.7x) Conversion lenses; optional macro lens, ND filter, and Polarizing filter.

The Sony DSC-R1 Cyber-shot will appeal to advanced amateur photographers desiring a non-dSLR digital camera with low noise at high ISOs.

Sony R1 wins DIWA Gold Award...

Sony DSC-R1
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Image Sensor 10.3 Megapixel Effective (21.5 x 14.4mm) Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS)  
  Lens Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T*
(Filter Diameter: 67mm)
  Focal Length 14.3 - 71.5 mm (24 - 120 mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range f/2.8 (W) - f/4.8 (T)
16 Step, f2.8 - 16.0
  Optical Zoom 5x  
  Digital Zoom 2x, 0 - 15x Smart Zoom™ Feature (depending on resolution)  
  Macro 35 cm / 13.7 in.  
  Auto Focus 5 Area Multi-Point AF with Manual Select;
AF-assist lamp;
Minimum Focus Distance: 50 cm (19.7 in.) (Wide/Tele)
  Manual Focus Manual zoom and focus rings  
  Shutter Speed

30 - 1/2000 sec.;
Bulb: up to 3 minutes

  Exposure Control Program AE with shift, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual  
  Shooting Modes

Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape;

MPEG Movie Mode: N/A;

Self-Timer: 10 Sec

  Exposure Compensation ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Step  
  Light Metering Multi-pattern, Center-weighted or Spot metering  
  Flash Modes Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro  
  Red-Eye Reduction On/Off  
  Flash Effective Range WIDE" 1' 8" - 12' 10" (0.5 - 3.9m); TELE: 1' 8" - 7' 10" (0.5 - 2.4m)  
  Picture Effects Black and White, Sepia  
  Still Image Modes JPEG (Fine/Standard) and RAW  
  Microphone / Speaker N/A / N/A  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, One Push Custom;
(White Balance Adjustment: -3 - +3, by step)
  Viewfinder Eye-Level Finder: Hi-Speed TTL 0.44 in. 235K Pixels Precision TFT LCD;
100% coverage;
Eye sensor
  LCD 2.0 in. 134K Pixels LCD with Free-angle Rotation  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, 160, 200, 400, 1600, 3200  
  Storage Media

Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media, Microdrive and CompactFlash® Type I/II Media

Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 4 GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function

  Battery InfoLithium® NP-FM50 1180mAH Rated  
  Included Accessories
No memory card supplied
InfoLithium® NP-FM50 battery with AC adapter / charger
A/V Cable, USB 2.0 High-Speed Cable
Strap (shoulder), Lens Cap, Lens Hood
Software CD-ROMs: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), Sony Image Data Converter SRF v1.0 (Windows & Macintosh), USB Driver
  Dimensions (W x H x D)

139 x 97 x 168 mm /
5.5 x 3.8 x 6.6 in.


1047 g (2 lb 4.9 oz.) with battery, Memory Stick and lens shade

  MSRP US $999.95  

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