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
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
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).
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|
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.
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.
|/BRK||Drive / Bracket mode
Hold button and turn command dial.
• Burst (3.0 fps, max 3 frames, not in RAW mode)
Self-timer / Thumbnail index
Digital Zoom / Magnify
Multi-way joystick / AF area mode
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.