Oct 11, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 review

Now that the Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 is in the hands of many reviewers the rush is on to give us some reviews of the ground-breaking digital camera. This is the first all-in-one digital camera to utilize a large (APS size) sensor, to be precise a 10.3 megapixel CMOS unit measuring 21.5 x 14.4 mm which is essentially a slightly smaller version of the sensor used in the Nikon D2X. It's also the first APS size sensor to provide full time live preview to the camera's LCD monitor or EVF (electronic viewfinder). This means that there's no mirror box or prism making the camera more compact and allowing the lens to be positioned much closer to the sensor. Equally as important and interesting is the lens which provides a 24 - 120 mm (equivalent) five times zoom with a maximum aperture of F2.8 - F4.8. It sounds awesome.
Sony Cybershot DSCR1 10.3MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom

Sony Cybershot DSCR1 10.3MP
Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom

Today CNET posted their Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 review and rated it a 7.7 out of 10 or Very Good. Here is a portion of their comments-
"If you don't anticipate a need for multiple lenses--which many users won't, given the crisp 24mm-to-120mm-equivalent lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8--the Sony CyberShot DSC-R1 makes a worthy competitor to the dSLRs in its price range. It's a handy, versatile camera with excellent image quality.
The resulting images are impressive, and the Sony CyberShot DSC-R1 is relatively easy to operate once you've navigated through the slightly awkward interface a few times. It can take a while to sort through the features spread out among more than a dozen buttons and dials, but even relative newcomers to digital photography should be able to take decent photos right out of the box."

So, what do you think?
Will this camera suffer the purple fringing the DSC F-828 did? How much better will it be than the DSC-H1?