Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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+ This digital camera scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.3 out of 10 based on 18 reviews.
Sony Cybershot DSC-R1: 10.3 MP (Megapixels), 5x optical zoom, Micro Drive storage, No image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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carlos, UK Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
for me the best, and that Sony
Bad points:
NOT
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Review date: 26 May 2010

Andrew, Edinburgh Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is by far the best prosumer/nonDSLR camera going.
It has an APS-C size sensor, the same as used in many DSLRs. It has a Zeiss T* Vario-Sonnar 5x zoom lens 14.3-71.5mm (35mm equivalent is 24-120mm), probably the best lens for any camera including DSLRs. It uses either Sony's Memory Stick Pro or Compact Flash Type1 or Type2 or Microdrive cards... talk about versatile! The LCD screen hinges and rotates, I love using it as a waist level viewfinder similar to the finder on a Bronica or Hasselblad.
Bad points:
My only complaint with the Sony DSC-R1is that it doesn't have the 'NightShot' mode that other Sony DSC cameras had, i.e., the DSC-F828.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Review date: 14 Apr 2010

Pieter, Nottingham

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent lens and sensor. Good intuitive controls. Good build quality and ergonomics. The hinged screen allows you to take a photo from any angle without having to crane to see through the viewfinder - excellent for self portraits, if you're into that sort of thing, and taking pictures while using a beanbag for support. No chance of getting dust on the sensor, and no messing about changing lenses. Good wide angle to reasonable telephoto zoom range. 2 memory slots (in different formats though).
Bad points:
Very slow when using RAW, and unreasonably large RAW file size. RAW software isn't brilliant - I use Bibble now. Accessory lenses very expensive. Auto focus is slow and not nearly as good as a DSLR, especially in low light. Although night performance is good, the viewfinder goes very dark, if you're into very long exposures in near darkness, having no optical viewfinder will drive you potty. In essence, if any of the above is a show stopper for you, don't even think about buying this camera, if they don't bother you much, it's a wonderful picture taking machine!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Jun 2007

Fred, Thetford Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
A superb camera, Well built, but a little heavy, but that suits me. Good battery life
Bad points:
Yet to find any, but a bigger zoom range would have been nice.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 11 Apr 2010

nigel, bryant

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
fantastic all-round camera with 10/10 image quality
Bad points:
No anti-shake feature.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Oct 2006

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Clear & excellent shots, easy to navigate.
Bad points:
Very bulky, wish it is smaller.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Nov 2006

Mark, Peterborough Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Takes excellent pictures and has plenty of manual control.
Bad points:
Screen is quite small and camera does tend to get heavy when carrying around.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 03 Jun 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 3882x2592
Optical zoom ratio 5
Screen size (Inches) 2
Digital zoom ratio 10
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format Micro Drive
Media format Compact Flash Card
Media format SDXC Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Movie and Voice
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 1047
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/8
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 139.4x97.7x156
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f2.4-4.8
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 67
Built-in flash Yes
Release date 2005-11-11
Height in mm 97.7
Width in mm 139.4
Depth in mm 156
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Battery Model Camera Specific Powerpacks
Zoom Type Optical + Digital
Autofocus Yes
Range Finder Type Optical/Electronic Viewfinder + LCD
Changeable Lens No
Type of lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 120
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 24

Also known as: Sony DSC-R1, Sony Cybershot R1, Sony Cyber-Shot R1, Sony CYBER-SHOT DSC-R1

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