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Sony Cybershot DSC R1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Sony Cybershot DSC-R1 offers high resolution photos. Naturally, this high resolution of 10.3 Megapixels does require a thing or two when it comes to storage capacity. Sony has not equipped the Cybershot R1 with a memory card. Considering the maximum quality you should count on 5MB for an image with a resolution of 3888 x 2592, and 26.2MB for a combination of JPEG + RAW. A dual memory slot can be found behind the lid of the memory compartment, one for the Memory Stick card and one for the CF type or Microdrive. The types mentioned above are available in various speeds and in a large storage capacity.
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Sony DSC R1 memory card compartment
The memory cards are inserted in the compartment from the side. The compartment can be quickly opened and the cards are easily changed. A button on the back of the camera enables you to indicate on which type of memory card you would like to save your images. The Sony R1 also supports the Microdrive cards. Personally, I am not a fan of these rather vulnerable and energy-gulping mini hard discs. They greatly increase the chance of losing your (valuable) data as compared to a flash memory card. The Sony R1 supports FAT32 format, enabling it to work with memory cards larger than 2GB.

SanDisk Extreme III 4GB CompactFlash memory card
A manufacturer as SanDisk, one of the founders of the contemporary flash memory cards, has a broad assortment available for a camera such as the Sony R1. In practice I used a SanDisk Extreme III 4GB CompactFlash memory card, allowing me to take approximately 150 images RAW + JPEG or well over 770 images in highest JPEG quality. It is recommended to purchase a minimum of 1GB, or even 2GB if you can. Do also consider a fast version of an MS or CF card; in most cases this will make a considerable difference when emptying the camera's internal buffer.

Considering 1GB storage capacity:
3888 x 2592 (10M) - JPEG - Fine - 192 images - 5MB
3888 x 2592 (10M) - JPEG - Standard - 384 images - 2.5MB
3888 x 2592 (10M) - RAW + JPEG - Fine - 37 images - 26.2MB
3888 x 2592 (10M) - RAW + JPEG - Standard - 41 images - 23.8MB
3264 x 2176 (7M) - JPEG - Fine - 247 images - 3.9MB
3264 x 2176 (7M) - JPEG - Standard - 456 images - 2.1MB
3264 x 2176 (7M) - RAW + JPEG - 38 images - 24.9MB
3264 x 2176 (7M) - RAW + JPEG - 41 images - 23.2MB
2784 x 1856 (5M) - JPEG - Fine - 370 images - 2.6MB
2784 x 1856 (5M) - JPEG - Standard - 741 images - 1.3MB
2784 x 1856 (5M) - RAW + JPEG - Fine - 41 images - 23.8MB
2784 x 1856 (5M) - RAW + JPEG - Standard - 43 images - 22.7MB
2160 x 1440 (3M) - JPEG - Fine - 617 images - 1.6MB
2160 x 1440 (3M) - JPEG - Standard - 1235 images - 787K
2160 x 1440 (3M) - RAW + JPEG - Fine - 42 images - 22.7MB
2160 x 1440 (3M) - RAW + JPEG - Standard - 44 images - 22.2MB
1296 x 864 (1M) - JPEG - Fine - 1743 images - 557K
1296 x 864 (1M) - JPEG - Standard - 3705 images - 262K
1296 x 864 (1M) - RAW + JPEG - Fine - 44 images - 21.7MB
1296 x 864 (1M) - RAW + JPEG - Standard - 45 images - 21.3MB
Cybershot R1 - Slow processing speed
The Sony R1 offers most of what you will find in a digital reflex camera, a beautiful lens with a solid housing. As far as speed and the speed of processing of high resolution images in particular is concerned; the Sony Cybershot R1 doesn't quite make it. A larger buffer and a faster image processor would be needed to help the camera excel in speed. A series of images can only be made with a maximum of 3 images, after which the buffer needs to be emptied. I simply expected more here, especially when it comes to the series of JPEG images. The combination RAW + JPEG requires even more patience and can take a maximum of 2 images sequentially. The large size of the RAW files (26MB!) are a bit of a hurdle when it comes to the processing speed. Sony have not yet succeeded in making this combination work as it should.

Sony Cybershot DSC R1 - USB Hi-Speed interface
The images that have been saved can easily be transferred via the USB Hi-Speed interface. Transferring happens at an average speed of 2100KB per second, which is considerably fast for this type of interface. A disadvantage of transferring via the camera is that it cannot be used to take photos at the same time. Personally, I always use a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Multi-slot card reader, so that I can always use the camera by simply changing the card.

Sony Cybershot R1 - NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery
The Sony R1 gets its power via a heavy capacity (7.2V/8.6Wh - 1180mAh) NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery. Throughout the years, Sony have proven themselves able of taking a battery to its fullest capacity and giving the camera a cleverly thought-out power consumption management. Such is also the case with the Sony Cybershot R1. You should expect a minimum of 500 images with a fully charged battery and a play time of at least 11.000 images when using a Memory Stick or CompactFlash memory card. A Microdrive however, gulps energy and will reduce those amounts with approximately 40%! A disadvantage is that Sony does not supply an external charger, thus letting the battery charge via the camera. We will have to learn to live with that. There will be only very few occasions that require an extra battery, as the battery capacity of the Sony Cybershot R1 more than meets the requirements!
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