Sony DSC-R1 Review

Click for our main menu

Record Mode Screens & Menus

(All screens can be displayed on the LCD or EVF)

Here is the Auto mode screen display. 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 that's constantly displayed. The image size is "10M"egapixels, the image folder is 101, there's space for 170 shots, a graphical icon of the Memory Stick and in the center are the Auto Focus wide area target marks.

Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

This is a "P"rogram AE screen. Same icons across the top except a "P" for the exposure mode. On the bottom is the ISO speed, fixed to 160, the shutter speed, aperture value and Exposure Compensation.

The Program AE mode also allows the user to "shift" the shutter speed and aperture settings. By rotating the command dial you can select other combinations of shutter speed and aperture values.

Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

When you half-press the shutter release the AF marks will turn green indicating the area of focus, it will also show the selected shutter speed and aperture and the current exposure compensation setting.

Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

The Shutter speed priority mode allows you to select the desired shutter speed and the camera automatically selects the proper aperture. A slower shutter speed will let you capture motion blurring, a faster one will freeze the action.

Available shutter speed range: 1/2000 to 30 seconds (ISO 160 to 800) and 1/2000 to 8 seconds (ISO 1600 or 3200.) The "Time Exposure" function enables the user to control exposure time depending on their requirements - up to 3 minutes.

Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

In Aperture priority, you select the desired aperture and the camera selects the proper shutter speed. A large aperture (small f/stop number) will create a shallow depth of field, where a smaller aperture (larger f/stop number) will create a larger depth of field.

Available aperture range: f/2.8-f/16.0 Wide and f/4.8-f/16.0 Telephoto.

Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

Using Manual mode you select both the shutter speed and aperture value manually. Use the exposure compensation display as an exposure meter to see if the current settings produce an under or over-exposed picture.

Sony CyberShot DSC-R1

The realtime histogram graph can be displayed by pressing the Monitor button.

Sony DSC-R1

When in Manual Focus and turning the focus ring on the lens, the center portion of the image is enlarged to aid in critical focusing (if the Expanded Focus option is enabled in Setup menu.)

Sony DSC-R1

The ISO speed (160-3200 equiv.), White Balance (auto, sunny, cloudy, tungsten, flash, custom), Flash Mode (auto, auto+red eye, fill, fill+red eye, slow sync, slow sync+red eye, disabled), Metering Mode (multi, center-weighted, spot) and Drive Mode (single, continuous, bracket) are selected by pressing and holding the appropriate button and then turning the Main Command Dial and selecting the desired option on the LCD or EVF screen.

Sony DSC-R1

Record mode Menu options:

    Resolution - 10M, 7M, 5M, 3M or 1M
    Quality - JPEG quality, Fine or Standard
    Mode - RAW or Normal (compressed JPEG)
    BRK - AE Bracketing step value +/- 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0 EV
    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low
    Picture Effect - Off, Sepia, Black & White
    Saturation - Default is 0 but may be + or -
    Contrast - Default is 0 but may be + or - or *AGCS (see below)
    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be + or -
* Advanced Gradation Control System - 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 when using the A.G.C.S. feature, brightness can be balanced out, ensuring an evenly lit image.

Continue on to
Playback Features

Return To
Reviews Index

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.