Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1 Review
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
|Sensor|| 1/2.7" Sony Super HAD CCD, 4.3 million pixels
4.06 million effective pixels
2304 x 1728
|Movie clips|| 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps
640 x 480 pixels @ 16fps
160 x 112 pixels @ 8fps
Duration limited by card capacity (streaming)
Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 32 - 96mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
|Focus|| TTL autofocus
5 Area Multi-Point AF or Center focus
12cm closest focus (Wide), 50cm (Tele)
|White Balance|| Auto
Saturation (3 levels)
|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*
|LCD monitor|| 1.5" TFT, 78,000 pixels|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (
|Power|| NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery
AC adapter included (in-camera charging)
|In the box*||
NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery,
Spot & Multi-pattern metering
|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
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