Sony DSC-L1 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1

Playback 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.)

Playback screen has icons for battery condition, image size, folder number / total number of pictures. Across the bottom is the image file number and time and date.

Sony DSC-L1

Pressing the Monitor button toggles the display of the exposure compensation, ISO speed, flash mode, white balance, aperture, shutter speed and the histogram graph. Press it again to clear all of the overlay information for playback on the TV screen.

Sony DSC-L1

While viewing a picture fullscreen you can toggle the telephoto zoom control and zoom-in to the image in multiple steps up to 5x. Once magnified you can scroll around inside of the image using the 4-way selector.

Sony DSC-L1

Playback index mode, nine thumbnail size images are displayed per page. You can quickly search through the stored images and display one full screen.

Sony DSC-L1

Still image playback mode options:

    Folder - Change the current image folder

    Protect - Protect/unprotect images from accidental erasure

    DPOF - Attach DPOF printing information to image(s)

    Print - PictBridge USB direct printing (see next frame)

    Slide - Start slideshow, set interval time between images

    Resize - Resize image to 4M, 3M, 1M or VGA

    Rotate - Rotate portrait mode images for TV display

    Divide - Divide MPEG movie clips

Sony DSC-L1

The DSC-L1 can be connected directly to the Sony DPP-EX50 Picture Station photo printer (or any PictBridge compatible printer.) This is a personal 4 x 6" dye sublimation printer that makes photo-quality prints with the same permanence as regular film photos. (Note: Sony W1 camera shown here)

Sony DSC-L1

Plug the regular USB cable into any PictBridge compatible printer and you can make photo prints without need of a computer. Here are the screens shown during a PictBridge printing session.

Sony DSC-L1

The Resize option lets you create a smaller image when needed. A 4-megapixel image can be down-sized to 3M, 1M or VGA size.

Sony DSC-L1

The Rotate option lets you rotate portrait mode images for correct playback on the LCD or TV screen. (Note: Screen above taken from Sony W1.)

Sony DSC-L1

Movies are played back full-screen, audio is replayed through the speaker.

Sony DSC-L1

The Divide option allows you to edit the length of movie clips.

Sony DSC-L1

SETUP menu:

    AF Mode - Single, Monitor (continuous when LCD is on)

    Digital Zoom - Enable or disable the Smart or Precision digital zoom

    Date/Time - Enable date or time+date stamping on the image

    Red Eye Reduction - Enable/disable the flash Red-Eye mode

    AF Illuminator - Auto or Off

    Auto Review - On, Off (auto review after capture)

    Enlarged Icon - Momentarily displays large icon when changing options

    Format - Format the Memory Stick

    CreateREC.Folder - Create a new folder for storing images

    ChangeREC.Folder - Select a different folder

    LCD Backlight - Bright, Normal or Dark

    Beep - Camera "beep" sounds: Shutter, On, Off

    Language - Menu language

    File Number - SERIES (sequential auto number) or RESET

    USB Connect - PictBridge, PTP or Normal

    Clock Set - Set the internal clock

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