Sony DSC-N1 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1

Playback Mode Screens & Menus

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

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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 slideshow playback on the TV screen.

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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.

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Press the telephoto wide angle button to enter index mode, nine thumbnail size images are displayed per page. You can quickly search through the stored images and display one full screen.

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Still image playback mode options:

    Album - Enter the Album mode to manage your favorites

    Slide Show - Start slideshow, set the transition effect and music

    Paint - Graphically "scribble" on the image

    Delete - Erase selected images

    Volume - Set the speaker output volume

    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)

    Resize - Resize image to 5M, 3M, 1M or VGA resolution

    Rotate - Rotate portrait mode images for TV display

    Divide - Divide MPEG movie clips

    Setup - Enter the Setup menu

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The Album option lets you view and manage the images you have in your Album.

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The Slide Show function is quite unique, it creates an automated playback of your images with your choice of transitions (simple, nostalgic, stylish, active) and music tracks which are ideal for playback on the LCD but they look even better on your big screen TV.

Click here to download and play an actual N1 slide show with pictures, transitions and music (6.2MB Windows WMV file)

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The PAINT option lets you use a stylus pointer to graphically draw and annotate your image.

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Using the PRINT option the N1 can be connected directly to the Sony DPP-FP50 Picture Station photo printer (or any PictBridge comatible printer.) This is a personal 4 x 6" dye sublimation printer that makes photo-quality prints in about 60 seconds that have the same permanence as regular film photos.

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The Resize option lets you create a smaller image when needed. A 8-megapixel image can be down-sized to 5M, 3M, 1M or VGA size.

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

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

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SETUP menu:

    AF Mode - Single, Monitor (continuous AF 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 - Autofocus assist lamp: Auto or Off

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

    Format - Format the Memory Stick

    CreateREC.Folder - Create a new folder for storing images

    ChangeREC.Folder - Select a different folder

    Copy - Copy images from internal memory to card

    Write in Album - Copy images to the Album

    Format - Format the Album memory

    Check Album - Checks data integrity in Album

    Download Music - Copy music files to internal memory

    Format Music - Format music for use in the Slide Show

    LCD Backlight - Bright, Normal or Dark

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

    Language - Menu language

    Initialize - Reset to default

    File Number - SERIES (sequential auto number images) or RESET

    USB Connect - PictBridge, PTP, Mass Storage, Auto

    Video Out - NTSC or PAL signal timing

    Clock Set - Set the internal clock

    Calibration - Calibrate the LCD touch screen

    Housing - Enable when using the underwater housing

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