At the tail end of August 2004 Sony announced the ultra-compact DSC-L1, a four megapixel digital camera featuring a new three times optical zoom lens which is considerably more compact than any Sony lens before it but provides a 32 mm wide (ish) angle. In many ways the DSC-L1 can be seen as a zoom version of the ultra-compact Cyber-shot U series, though it also sports a larger (1.5-inch) LCD screen and a couple of extra features. The DSC-L1 will be available in three colors / finishes (though what is available varies from region to region).

  • 4.1 Megapixel (2304 x 1728 Pixels)
  • 3X Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® optical zoom lens
  • 1.5" hybrid LCD monitor
  • Real Imaging Processor and 14Bit DXP A/D Conversion
  • 5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus
  • AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator
  • Multi-Pattern and spot metering
  • 7 Scene modes
  • Ultra-compact design (3.7 x 1.75 x 1 inch)
  • Captures 640 x 480 video at up to 30 fps

Sony DSC-L1 Key specifications

Street price • US: $299
• UK: £180
Body Material Metal
Sensor • 1/2.7" Sony Super HAD CCD, 4.3 million pixels
• 4.06 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 2304 x 1728
• 2304 x 1536 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480

Movie clips • 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 pixels @ 16fps
• 160 x 112 pixels @ 8fps
• MPEG1 (.MPG)
• Duration limited by card capacity (streaming)
Lens

• Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 32 - 96mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
• F2.8-F5.1
• Automatic ND filter switching (fixed aperture)

Focus • TTL autofocus
• 5 Area Multi-Point AF or Center focus
• Single/Monitor AF
• 12cm closest focus (Wide), 50cm (Tele)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program
• Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Landscape
• Soft Snap
• Candle
• Snow
• Beach
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
White Balance • Auto
• 4 presets
Image parameters

• Saturation (3 levels)
Contrast (3 levels)
• Sharpness (3 levels)
• Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)

Continuous • Burst mode (1.1 fps, max 4 shots at 4MP)
• Multi Burst mode (VGA only)
Flash • Built-in flash
• Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro/Red Eye on/off
• Range (ISO auto): 7.9" – 6.5 ft (0.2 - 2.0m)
Storage • Memory Stick Duo
• 16MB Memory Stick Duo supplied*
Viewfinder none
LCD monitor • 1.5" TFT, 78,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (
• DC-IN
Power • NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery
• AC adapter included (in-camera charging)
In the box*

NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery,
AC-LS5 Battery Charger,
Tripod Adaptor,
USB Cable,
Neck Strap,
MSAM16A Memory Stick® Media,
Memory Stick DUO Adaptor,
Software CD-ROM
: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.1 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)

Other features

Spot & Multi-pattern metering
PictBridge and DPOF compatible
Built-in speaker and microphone
• Autofocus Illuminator
Live (record mode) histogram
Optional SPK-LA Sports Pack

Weight (inc batt) 152 g (5.0 oz) inc media and neck strap
Dimensions 95 x 44.3 x 25.7mm (3.7 x 1.75 x 1in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area