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Rear of camera controls

The rear of the DSC-R1 looks quite unlike any previous Sony prosumer digital camera, and for that matter even a 'typical' digital SLR, because the LCD monitor is mounted on the top of the camera controls are more spread out across the back. One important and very useful addition to the rear of the DSC-R1 is the sub command dial which surrounds the multi-way controller. In shooting mode this dial can be used to adjust exposure compensation, in play mode it controls magnification. One other noteworthy change (compared to the F828) is that the R1's play mode is now shooting priority, that is there is no play mode on the mode dial, instead you enter play mode by tapping the play button, you can return to shooting by simply tapping the shutter release.

Exposure mode dial

Auto Exposure

This is the cameras 'point and shoot' mode, it has a much reduced menu system and access to other settings. You can select Image size, Flash mode, Macro focus, Continuous mode and Self-timer. All other settings are 'locked out'.

P Program AE

Standard program exposure mode, the camera selects shutter speed and aperture based on the metered exposure and ISO sensitivity. All camera settings are available in this mode. This mode is also 'flexible' which means if you turn the command dial you can select alternative combinations of shutter speed and aperture (indicated by P*).
S Shutter Priority AE

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera calculates the correct aperture based on the metered exposure and ISO sensitivity. All camera settings are available in this mode. Turn the main command dial to select shutter speed. Available shutter speeds:

30, 25, 20, 15, 13, 10, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 1/1.3, 1/1.6, 1/2, 1/2.5, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000 sec
A Aperture Priority AE

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera calculates the correct shutter speed based on the metered exposure and ISO sensitivity. All camera settings are available in this mode. Turn the main command dial to select aperture. The R1's "preview" monitor mode is especially useful in aperture priority because it allows you to instantly preview the depth-of-field effect of the selected aperture. Available apertures:

• W: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, F14, F16
• T: F4.8, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0, F9, F10, F11, F12, F14, F16
M Manual Exposure

In manual mode you can select any shutter speed or aperture, the difference to the metered exposure is indicated on the digital exposure meter from -2.0 to +2.0 EV. Turn the main command dial to select shutter speed, sub command dial for aperture. Note that manual mode also has a special 'TIME' exposure mode which allows you to take very long exposures of up to 3 minutes (press shutter once to start, again to stop).

Scene modes

In addition to the normal exposure modes the DSC-R1 also features four scene modes, each mode presets the camera for optimum results for a particular situation. The table below indicates what settings can be selected in each mode ('Yes' means they can be changed).

  Name Macro Flash White balance Burst / bracket
Portrait Yes Yes Yes Yes
Landscape - Some Yes Yes
Twilight portrait Yes Some Some -
Portrait -   Yes -


Monitor mode

In FRAMING mode the camera attempts to always produce an image bright and clear with which to frame the shot. In PREVIEW mode the image you see is most representative of the final shot (taking into account the final exposure). PREVIEW mode can be most useful in aperture priority where it effectively gives you a live depth of field preview, as you change the aperture you see the effect on depth of field instantly. Note you can't use FRAMING mode with manual focus.
Display output

The second switch selects the output screen, either the LCD or EVF or Auto mode, in the later the camera uses a proximity sensor to detect if you are using the EVF and switches output to it.
/ CF Storage select

Allows you to select between the Memory Stick or Compact Flash card for storage and display.


Metering mode

Hold button and turn command dial.

 • Multi-pattern
 • Center-Weighted Average
 • Spot

/BRK Drive / Bracket mode

Hold button and turn command dial.

 • Single
 • Burst (3.0 fps, max 3 frames, not in RAW mode)
 • Bracket

Self-timer / Thumbnail index

In shooting mode pressing this button engages or disengages the self-timer. In play mode it switches to a 3x3 thumbnail index view.

Digital Zoom / Magnify

In shooting mode this button engages or disengages digital zoom. In play mode this button is used to magnify the displayed image (you can alternatively use the sub command dial to magnify).

Multi-way joystick / AF area mode

The joystick is used to navigate menus, it can be pressed to select options. In shooting mode press the joystick in to change AF area mode (Multi-Point, Center AF, Spot AF). In Spot AF mode you can move the AF area around the frame (using the joystick) to an almost limitless set of positions.


Enter or leave the current mode menu, just like previous Cyber-shot digital cameras the DSC-R1's menu is presented as a bar along the bottom of the screen. If you hold this button for more than two seconds the camera jumps directly to the setup menu.
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Where to get Sony original np fm 50 battery for dsc r1, in india.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1: 14.3-71.5mm f/2.8-4.8
Zeiss 73.8∠5.11 ∅ 2.8 ev (Wide)
Zeiss 17.1∠14.9 ∅ 4.8 ev (Tele)

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We use this daily (2014). It is slow, but with 2 x 285HV (Original), for product shots. It does a very good job. The color is slightly off. It sits upon a Tiltall tripod from about 25yrs ago. (spotting a trend here). I figure that if I have the equipment sitting around, might as well put it to use.


Who’s “we”? Do you have a mouse in your camera bag?

Pascal Parvex

Had this camera before I bought my first DSLR, the 5D Classic. It is a capable camera, the first time I bought a Sony, as Canon did not have something comparable. I shot two Tokio Hotel concerts with this one, some pictures with 3200 ISO that turned out usable. Just the red tones are a little bit too speckled. Bought a DSLR afterwards because the R1 is quite slow.


Agreed about the speed of handling, and by today's standards, the higher ISO settings are quite poor.

But where these aspects don't really matter, its IQ from the superb Zeiss lens can still give a modern dlsr a run for its money. And it would have to be a top of the range one as well, with top jolly optics.

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