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SONY CyberShot DSC-R1 Introduction
Although I have visited the IFA 2005 event in Berlin, Germany, where Sony attended with a large booth, I had no chance to get some extra information due to the fact that there were, surprisingly enough, no Sony workers present at all! Sony were only showcasing their line up of digital imaging products. The IFA 2005 has just ended and Sony introduces a world premiere; the Sony Cybershot R1. It's the world's first 10.3 effective Megapixel digital still camera that combines a large 10.3 effective Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a high quality 24mm-120mm (equivalent to 35m format camera) ZEISS zoom lens in the same body, allowing 'live' viewing with the free-angle LCD display. Today's introduction is pretty exciting, it opens doors to a new generation digital cameras. It reminds me of the days when the first 5 Megapixel cameras were being introduced or more recently the 8 Megapixel digital cameras...
SONY CyberShot DSC-R1 full featured high resolution digital camera
SONY CyberShot DSC-R1  full featured high resolution digital camera
Shooting style revolution and advanced LCD - The Sony Cybershot R1 camera has been designed from the ground up with picture quality and operability number one priorities. The Free Angle LCD screen allows shooting from angles not possible with digital SLRs. The shutter release has been positioned in an ergonomic location, and creative flexibility controls such as ISO, WB, Flash Mode, AF Mode and one-push AF are all positioned within easy reach of the left thumb area. Primary shooting controls (shoot, playback, magnify, move/check focus, and delete) have all been placed around the right thumb area. You can view a "live" preview of the shot you are framing, so you can clearly see what the end result will look like before you take the shot. The improved display layout on the Sony Cybershot R1 shows the basic camera settings such as shutter speed, F number, and EV diagram in the bottom area of both LCD and EVF without overlapping the subject in the image area. In addition to the basic settings, the following functions provide further assistance when shooting: Histogram; the display shows a live histogram when shooting, ideal for adjustment of brightness. Additionally, in playback a histogram also appears for each of the three separate RGB colours, this is ideal for checking the detailed balance of each colour and then making necessary adjustments. Zebra Pattern; this uses black and white stripes (Zebra Pattern) to indicate areas where the brightness exceeds a certain level resulting in burnt-out highlights. The exposure can then be adjusted accordingly. Grid lines; this helps when photographing a horizontal or vertical subject. It can also be used artistically and creatively when composing a picture to a particular pattern.
Large 10.3 effective Megapixel CMOS Real Imaging Processor
SONY CyberShot DSC-R1 - 10 Megapixel camera SONY CyberShot DSC-R1 - CMOS image sensor
SONY CyberShot DSC R1 - 10 Megapixel camera SONY CyberShot DSC R1 - CMOS image sensor
The introduction of the Sony R1 digital camera 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 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 signal is amplified within each pixel, resulting in ultra-fast signal transfer, no smear and ultra low power consumption.
The Real Imaging Processor has been further enhanced for the Sony Cybershot R1 to provide more detailed, purer and vivid colours. The white balance accuracy has also been improved to differentiate between indoor and outdoor shooting, producing more precise colour. The microprocessor has been further customised for the large CMOS image sensor, resulting in a much shorter response time and greatly reduced image noise. With it's ultra-low power consumption, STAMINA power efficiency, and the use of an intelligent InfoLITHIUM battery, the Cybershot R1 digital camera can carry on shooting for an amazing 500 shots, without the need for recharging the battery.
Free-Angle LCD Storage & Connectivity Electronic Viewfinder
SONY R1 Shoot like no other SONY R1 Memory storage SONY R1 Improved Viewfinder
SONY R1 Shoot like no other SONY R1 Memory storage SONY R1 Improved Viewfinder
The inclusion of a large 2.0-inch "Over Head" free-angle LCD screen, facilitates a revolutionary approach to shooting with the Sony R1 digital camera, unique in its class. Combined with the ultra-bright (luminance 600 Cd/m2) screen, the swivel action allows you to shoot from horizontal or vertical levels, high or low angles or waist height, to maximise creativity.
Compact memory storage is provided by optional Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO, alternatively the Compact Flash (Type I/II) slot allows storage on Compact Flash or Micro Drive media. Connectivity options include Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and an enhanced version of the PictBridge interface provides a way for the Sony Cybershot R1 to connect directly to a compatible printer without the need for a PC.
The new EVF (Electronic viewfinder) on the Sony Cyber-shot R1 has an improved optical system with three lenses, for a lower distortion and aberration and better eye position. The image resolution is also higher than on previous models. The camera seamlessly switches between the EVF and the LCD using an eye sensor. Both can show zebra stripes as well as the newly designed information display.
Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens
Advanced Accessory Shoe
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SONY DSC-R1 Shoe for flash units SONY DSC-R1 Carl Zeiss zoom lens
Editors comment:
"At this moment the Sony Cybershot R1 has a pre-production status. As soon as we receive a full production model we will review this new high resolution camera and publish a Sony Cybershot R1 review. The Sony R1 digital camera will be available throughout Europe from mid- November 2005. "
SONY DSC-R1 Shoe for flash unit SONY DSC-R1 Carl Zeiss zoom lens
This shoe on top of the grip of the R1 digital camera supports wireless connections, pre-flash and automatic adjustment for the best exposure. It can also be used with conventional flash units for analogue cameras if they have compatible connections. Of course, the Sony Cybershot R1 also incorporates a strong pop-up flash unit for convenient low-light shooting on the go.
Working with Carl Zeiss, Sony has developed a highly qualified high performance lens to realize a higher contrast and resolution even at the edge of images. The lens of the R1 camera has been designed through simulating Modulation Transfer Function and chromatic aberration. Additionally, the Carl Zeiss T* multi layer coating ensures higher quality images with vastly reduced ghosting and flare.

Sony Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Quality and Flexibility - The dedicated 24 - 120mm (35mm) wide-angle zoom lens of the Sony Cybershot R1 is integrated into the body of the camera. With its F2.8-4.8 aperture, the R1 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 Sony Cybershot R1 are razor-sharp with excellent colour and contrast rendition. The unique "short back focus design" of the Cyber-shot R1 digital camera also allows the last lens to be positioned immediately in front of the CMOS sensor, contributing to a reduction in chromatic aberration. On the Sony R1 this distance has been reduced to an astonishing 2.1mm. The flexibility of the lens design also means there is no need to change lenses to capture the shot you want. This allows the Sony Cybershot R1 to be exceptionally fast in use, faster than most other high-end cameras. For example, the 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 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.
Sony R1 fast response and Bulb - The Real Imaging Processor at the heart of the Sony R1 camera has been enhanced further so in Preview mode the camera is ready to shoot a remarkable 0.68 seconds after it is switched on. The shutter time lag is only 0.29 seconds, shutter release lag is only 0.0075 seconds and the camera can take up to three photographs in quick succession at a speed of 3 fps in high speed burst mode. In addition to the manual shutter speed ranging from a flexible 30 seconds to 1/2000 second, the Cybershot R1 digital camera has a Time Exposure function which enables the user to control exposure time depending on their requirements, up to 3 minutes.
Image Data Converter SR and JPEG Colour - 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. Users now have a choice of three colour modes on the Sony Cybershot R1: Standard (sRGB); a Sony-developed colour arithmetic process used on all Cybershot cameras, giving natural and true colour reproduction, vivid (sRGB); lowers brightness and emphasises primary colour depth for impressive results with Reds, Greens and Blues, rather like a saturated slide film. Scenes like a deep blue sky, an intense red flower, and spectacular green scenery will be expressed with lively vivid colour, and Adobe RGB; increased gamut (colour range) for a larger colour space and better reproduction, to meet professional and high quality picture environments such as desktop publishing with Adobe Photoshop.
High ISO settings and Advanced Gradation Control System - Picture blur is significantly reduced because of the high sensitivity capability of the Sony Cybershot R1. 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. The Sony Cybershot R1 features an Advanced Gradation Control System to obtain optimal image contrast. The capability to evaluate distribution of the brightness on-screen and apply an appropriate Gamma curve (luminance distribution) means that images can be altered in real-time for a clearly defined image. For example shooting in difficult conditions such as a poorly lit subject and brightly lit background is not a problem for Sony R1 digital camera, using the A.G.C.S. feature, brightness can be balanced out, ensuring an evenly lit image.
Focus and Silent operation - When focusing with Manual Focus mode, the one-push AF (PUSH AUTO) button on the left side of the camera body can help focus the subject more easily and quickly. The focusing area can be adjusted using the focus frame and multi-selector that appears on the LCD screen, finally the focus can then be manually adjusted. Sony has developed an ultra-efficient Linear Focus system for the Cybershot R1 camera. This direct drive system uses a motor without gears, resulting a super-fast response and extremely accurate focus. As the Sony Cyber-shot R1 does not have a mirror and there is no shutter sound, you can discretely use the camera in situations where you would hesitate with a traditional camera, such as at a concert, in a museum, or on safari.
Rear synchro and monitoring mode - With Rear Synchro mode, the flash fires just before the shutter closes so that any light traces grow towards the back of a moving subject. This function can be combined with the regular Slow Synchro mode (flash produces a light trace in the direction of movement) for original and creative flash photography. The Cybershot R1 camera offers two different monitoring modes, Framing and Preview. The Framing Mode reduces flicker under fluorescent light, and the screen is brightened to view the subject more easily, so is ideal for use indoors or in low light conditions. Preview Mode, on the other hand, reflects the true camera settings such as the aperture and shutter speed so that you can confirm the real depth of field before shooting.
Sony Cybershot Accessories and User-friendliness - Sony also includes a variety of accessories with the Sony Cybershot R1. These include InfoLITHIUM Battery, AC adaptor, video cable, USB Cable, shoulder belt, flower hood and Software. A choice of optional accessories are 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). The Sony Cybershot R1 also features PictBridge, the standard for printing directly to photo printers, such as the Sony DPP-FP50. Pictures can be printed conveniently with the USB Direct Print option. Sony has increased the choice of local menu languages to a staggering 15 on the Sony Cyber-shot R1, another great solution to ensure easier operation. Menu languages now include: Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Sony Cybershot R1 Specifications
Carl Zeiss
- 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 Compact Flash type I/II, /Microdrive
- Zebra Display
- One Push AF
- Preview mode: 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.
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