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Dennis Hissink : September 8th 2005 - 09:00 CET

Sony Cybershot R1 introduction

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SonySony Cybershot R1 introduction : Sony introduces the Sony Cybershot R1. The Sony R1 digital camera is the world’s first that combines a large 10.3 effective Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a high quality 24 - 120mm (35mm) Zeiss Zoom lens in the same body, allowing ‘live’ viewing with the free-angle LCD screen. It is the latest breakthrough in high-class image quality at an affordable price. Top-class image quality is guaranteed through the inclusion of a large-sized Sony CMOS image sensor (effective 21.5mm x 14.4mm), uniquely designed to significantly improve dynamic range, sensitivity, and signal-to-noise ratio. The signal is amplified within each pixel, resulting in ultra-fast signal transfer, no smear and ultra low power consumption.
Sony Cybershot R1 introductionSony R1 camera - 10.3 Megapixels
The large Sony CMOS sensor is able to capture more light, reducing noise levels, allowing higher shutter speeds, and therefore reducing the effects of handshake for beautifully clear, true to life pictures. Picture blur is significantly reduced because of the camera’s high sensitivity capability, with noise being simultaneously reduced as a result of the newly developed Clear RAW NR feature. The Sony Cybershot DSC R1 will be available throughout Europe from mid-November 2005.

Sony Cybershot DSC R1 - Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
The dedicated 24 - 120mm (35mm) wide-angle zoom lens of the Sony Cybershot R1 is integrated in the body of the camera. With its F2.8-4.8 aperture, the camera is designed to exacting specifications for optimum performance, reduced internal reflections and fast, quality photography, even at low light levels. Images taken by the Cyber-shot R1 camera are razor-sharp with excellent colour and contrast rendition. The unique ‘short back focus design’ of the Sony Cybershot DSC R1 also allows the last lens to be positioned immediately in front of the CMOS sensor, contributing to a reduction in chromatic aberration. On the R1 camera this distance has been reduced to an astonishing 2.1mm.

Cybershot R1 camera - Flexibility
The flexibility of the lens design also means there is no need to change lenses to capture the shot you want. This allows the Cybershot R1 to be exceptionally fast in use, faster than most other high-end cameras. For example, the Sony DSC R1 is capable of taking a macro of a butterfly, zooming in on an object in the distance, and then taking a wide-angle landscape shot, all within a few seconds without the need for changing lenses. The fixed-lens design of the Sony R1 digital camera provides enhanced durability, reducing the risk of dust or foreign bodies scratching or damaging the sensor as a result of multiple lens changes. The lens block designed specifically for the Sony Cybershot R1 is made up of 10 groups of 12 elements, four of which are aspherical.

Cyber-shot R1 camera - High sensitivity
Picture blur is significantly reduced because of the high sensitivity capability of the Cybershot R1 digital camera. Traditionally this would lead to an increase in noise, however with the use of the large size CMOS sensor, and the newly developed Clear RAW NR feature, the signal to noise ratio is improved. The Clear RAW NR original algorithm system reduces colour and luminance noise, enabling shooting with significantly higher sensitivity than current Cybershot models, using a selectable ISO sensitivity mode (up to ISO 3200). This ensures images with less noise and finer detail. This especially benefits customers when they shoot in low-light conditions, or when shooting moving objects.

Sony Cybershot camera - Image Data Converter SR
Of course, RAW mode is also available for the most demanding users, allowing the highest picture quality with no compression, and preserving the original RGB data and camera settings. The supplied RAW development software (Image Data Converter SR) is particularly versatile compared to competitors’ software. It incorporates fast processing, display and development, with improved operability such as dual view and navigator windows. The software allows adjustment of the white balance and exposure, colour modes such as Vivid or Standard, and provides high compatibility with Adobe Photoshop.

Cybershot digital camera - Accessories
Sony also includes a variety of accessories with the Sony Cyber-shot R1. These include InfoLITHIUM Battery, AC adaptor, video cable, USB Cable, shoulder belt, flower hood and Software. A choice of optional accessories is available including: Tele conversion lens (VCL-DEH17R), Wide conversion lens (VCL-DEH08R), ND filter (VF-67ND), PL filter (VF-67CP), Soft Jacket Case (LCJ-RA) and Hard Case (LCH-RA).

Sony Cybershot R1 specifications
- Large Sized 10.3 effective Megapixel CMOS Sensor
- 24-120mm (35mm) Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
- High MTF Performance
- Free Angle 2.0-inch LCD
- 3 Colour Reproduction Modes (Standard/Vivid/AdobeRGB)
- Advanced Gradation Control System
- High Speed Burst 3.0fps
- Dual Slot for Memory Stick and CompactFlash (type I/II)/Microdrive
- Zebra Display
- One Push AF
- Preview: start-up 0.68 sec, shutter time lag 0.29 sec, shutter release lag 0.0075 sec
- STAMINA Battery Life (approx 500 shots)
- RGB Histogram
- Real Time Preview
- Conversion Lens Compatible (Optional)
- Advanced Accy Shoe
- Real Imaging Processor
- Aperture/Shutter Priority and Manual Exposure Mode
- RAW Data Recording
- AF Illuminator
- USB 2.0 High Speed Transfer
- Scene Selection Mode
- PictBridge Compatible
- 15 Menu Languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Czech).

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