Sony DSC-L1 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1



Record Mode Screens & Menus

(Note the screens shown here were taken from another Cyber-shot camera as the L1 does not have video out capability. They are representative of the L1's actual screens but not exact in all details.)

Sony CyberShot DSC-L1

The screen display when in the AUTO (point-n-shoot) mode. Minimal information is displayed and only a few parameters such as image size or recording mode can be changed. Upper left is the battery level and remaining time in minutes that's constantly displayed. Whenever the zoom setting is changed, the sliding gauge below the battery icon is displayed briefly. The image size is "4M"egapixels, the image folder is 101, there's 61 shots left and in the center are the AF target marks. The focus mode is Single AF.



Sony CyberShot DSC-L1

The Program AE mode is selected from the menu and is also an automatic mode but there are a lot more options available (see record menu below). Pressing the Monitor button will enable the live histogram display. The auto focus is locked (green "dot") and the shutter speed and aperture is being displayed because we have the shutter half-pressed.



Sony CyberShot DSC-L1

There is no dedicated Macro mode, it is automatic, the focusing range is 4.7- inches (12cm) to infinity at all focal lengths.



Sony CyberShot DSC-L1

After a picture has been captured it can be quickly reviewed by pressing "Left" on the 4-way controller.



Sony DSC-L1

Record options (other than Auto mode):

    Image Size - 4M, 3:2, 3M, 1M, VGA (these are selected by using the dedicated button, not the menu system)

    Camera - Choose from Auto, Program, or one of 7 scene modes

    Exposure Compensation - Offset the auto metering by +/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200, 400

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Normal, Burst or Multi Burst
    (The MultiBurst mode lets you record sixteen frames at high speed. The capture rate is selectable for 7.5fps, 15fps or 30fps via the menu. These 320x240 images are merged into one 1280x960 finished image. When the image is played in-camera it is animated in sequence.)

    Burst Rate - 7.5/15/30 frames per second (only when Multi Burst is active)

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Picture Effect - None, Sepia or B&W

    Saturation - Default is 0 but may be + or -

    Contrast - Default is 0 but may be + or -

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be + or -





Sony DSC-L1

Record SCeNe mode options:

    SCeNe - Select scene mode: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Beach, Snow

    Exposure Compensation - Offset the auto metering by +/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or fixed at infinity

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash

    ISO - Auto only

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Normal only

    Picture Effect - None, Sepia or B&W





Sony DSC-L1

The recording screen in the 640x480 "VX Fine" movie mode. The frame rate is 30fps and it requires the use of Memory Stick Pro media to insure that it can stream the data fast enough from the camera. The VX standard mode is also VGA resolution (640x480) but at a lesser 16fps frame rate so it can be used with regular Memory Stick media. The length of recording is limited only by the space available on the Memory Stick in either mode.

Movie clips can also be recorded at 160x112 resolution, these movies will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and more practical for e-mail purposes.



Sony DSC-L1

Movie mode options:

    Exposure Compensation - Offset the auto metering by +/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or fixed at 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m or infinity

    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Fluorescent or Incandescent

    Picture Effect - None, Sepia or B&W

    Image Size - 640 Fine, 640 Standard, 160 e-mail (these are selected by using the dedicated button, not the menu system)




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