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Review: Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

Sony Cybershot R1While not everyone needs a $1000, 10 megapixel camera, no one can deny that Sony’s DSC-R1 takes some really incredible pictures.

From PC Magazine:

Pros
Excellent picture quality. Lots of external controls and options. Wide-angle end of the zoom gives you a wide 24mm view.

Cons
Very expensive. Quite heavy and bulky. Slow performance. No video capabilities.

Bottom Line
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 has a striking design, incorporates innovative features, and takes great pictures, but all that still can’t justify such a high price.

From CNET:
“Yes, you could argue that anyone who’d spend $1,000 on a camera probably knows how to use the camera’s beautifully designed manual controls, without requiring such presets. But then again, anyone who’d spend $1,000 probably expects a better burst mode and interchangeable lenses. In this regard, the R1 sends out mixed signals, as though it’s not just a hybrid camera, but one designed for a hybrid photographer.”

But nevermind all that. Even if you don’t buy the R1, you may well buy its grandchild in 2008 or 2010. For that reason, even Sony’s sniping rivals should be grateful for Sony’s “see what sticks” philosophy. The core breakthrough of the R1 is a radically rethought, low-power chip that brings you truly brilliant photographs. And you know what? That will stick.

Posted by Jeff

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