Sony today 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. Looks wise the DSC-L1 is closer to the DSC-U series but has a larger LCD monitor (1.5" vs. 1.0") and the zoom lens. The DSC-L1 will be available in three colors / finishes. We've had a pre-production camera for a couple of days now and have some hands-on images. Expected street price around US$ 329.
MORE ZOOM IN A SMALLER POCKET: SONY’S TINY CYBER-SHOT
DSC-L1 CAMERA GRABS FARAWAY DETAIL AND ADMIRING GLANCES
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 29, 2004 — The challenge to Sony engineers: pack a 4.1-megapixel, 3X- optical zoom camera into a hip little package a fraction the size of a candy bar. Their answer? The Cyber-shot DSC-L1 camera, an elegant confection that will come in four colors and finishes: brushed silver, dark blue matte, black and a striking dark red piano gloss.
The silver DSC-L1 camera will be available in mid-October, and the blue, black and red models will follow in January, each for about $300.
Measuring 3 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 1”, the L1 model is powered by Sony’s Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry, delivering outstanding shot-to-shot speed, stamina and quick start-up time for catching the action as soon as it happens.
For the first time in the ultra-compact class of digital cameras, the Cyber-shot L1 model delivers a 1.5-inch transflective LCD, making it easier to see what’s on the LCD even in bright sunlight.
It also has a new Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® 3X optical zoom lens, setting the stage for picture quality typically delivered by larger, more expensive digital cameras.
“Decades of expertise in miniaturization have enabled us to achieve a balance between fashionable design and such advanced features as the world’s smallest mechanical zoom lens,” said Greg Young, general manager for digital still camera marketing in Sony Electronics’ Personal Mobile and Imaging Division. “But size and features are only half the story. In the L1 camera, we’ve also created something that’s easy to grip and shoot, and takes outstanding pictures.”
Marrying High-Tech Features with Low-Tech Operation
Like all Cyber-shot cameras, the DSC-L1 model has speedy auto-focus and auto-exposure options to snap the best picture the first time. You can quickly select the best setting based on the shooting conditions by choosing from one of seven preset modes, including twilight, snow, beach and fireworks.
Four newly developed technologies – including a linear focus drive and a compact high-resolution optical system – combine to produce the ultra-small lens. This lets you zoom in for crisp images of a flower or zoom out for a far-away shot of the game-winning goal, all the while staying in sharp focus.
When used with Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media, the L1 camera’s high-quality MPEG Movie VX Fine mode captures and plays back high-resolution moving images with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory media card.
The L1 camera provides approximately 240 shots per charge of the InfoLithium™ battery, with a to-the-minute, on-screen display of remaining battery life.
Reveal New Sides to the Cyber-shot L1 Camera with Accessories
To get the most out of the new DSC-L1 camera, Sony will offer a variety of accessories, including:
- An accessory kit (ACC-CFT) with a leather carrying case and a spare battery
- A leather carrying case (LCS-UP) that was designed specifically to protect the L1 camera
- A gray polyurethane carrying case (LCS-UQ/H) designed for a more personal style statement
- A sportspack durable housing (LCS-UQ/H) to guard the camera in water up to three meters deep which will be available in October for about $100.
4.1 million pixels effective
|Lens|| 3x optical zoom
32 - 96 mm equiv.
F2.8 - F5.1
'Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar'
|Auto focus|| 5 area multi-point AF
|Focus range||12 cm - Infinity|
|Image sizes|| 2304 x 1728
2304 x 1536 (3:2 ratio)
1280 x 960
640 x 480
|Movie sizes|| 640 x 480, 30 fps (req. Memory Stick Pro Duo)
640 x 480, 16 fps
160 x 112, 8 fps
All limited only by storage capacity
All with audio
|File formats|| Still: JPEG (Fine / Standard)
|Exposure modes|| Auto
|Noise reduction|| Clear color
Slow shutter NR
|Metering|| 49 segment Multi-pattern
|Shutter speed||1 - 1/2000 sec|
|Apertures|| Wide: F2.8
Modes: On, Off, Slow Sync
Red-eye reduction: On, Off
Range: 2.0 m
|White balance|| Auto
|Histogram|| Live view
|Burst mode|| 4 MP, 1.1 fps, 4 frames
3 MP, 1.1 fps, 4 frames
1 MP, 1.1 fps, 10 frames
VGA, 1.1 fps, 30 frames
|LCD Monitor|| 1.5" TFT Hybrid (semi-reflective)
|Print compliance|| Exif Print
|Storage|| Memory Stick Duo (16 MB included)
Memory Stick Pro Duo
|Power|| Supplied Lithium-Ion NP-FT1 battery
AC adapter/charger cradle
|Connectors|| Video out (via cradle)
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (via cradle)
|Dimensions||95 x 44 x 26 mm|
|Weight (no batt)||122 g (4 oz)|
Importing, culling and tagging photos is about to get a whole lot faster and look a whole lot better with the impending arrival of Photo Mechanic 6.
On its own, the FTZ adapter retails for $250 and when bundled it dropped the cost to just $150. Now, Nikon is offering it for free with all Z6, Z7 purchases in the United States.
Profoto said it spoke with Godox back at Photokina 2018 and continues to contact Godox in an effort to stop it from marketing its V1 light.
Product renders in Italian publication Notebook Italia show an unusual design that conceals all cameras with the help of a slider mechanism.
Canon says its new EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and EF 600mm F4L IS III lenses can suffer from an intermittent flickering when shooting video in M or Av modes with certain cameras.
Leica recently announced the Q2, a digital rangefinder with a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. It's a heck of a lot of fun to shoot with, but is it right for you? Based on our time with the camera, and its specifications, we've examined how well-suited it is for common photography use-cases.
Now that our Panasonic Lumix S1R has final firmware, we couldn't wait to get out shooting with it - and we also tried the high-res mode, which combines files to get 187 megapixel images. Because sometimes, 47 megapixels just isn't enough.
DroneShield has announced a partnership with NASCAR to use its trifecta of drone-disabling technology at events held at Texas Motor Speedway.
In this article, travel and landscape photographer Mitch Green encourages us to spend more time in the the field.
the lens lacks any electronics whatsoever and is constructed entirely of glass and metal. Of course, that comes at the expense of weight — this thing weighs in at 1.1kg / 2.43lbs.
Drones can be useful tools in urban areas, where they're utilized for everything from news reporting to building inspections, but flying in these areas requires careful preparation. Here's what you need to know to do so safely.
Hasselblad has released a new cable release and USB double battery charger for its X1D medium format camera .
After a report published by NBC News, Flickr has taken heat for allegedly letting IBM 'scrape' photos for use in its facial recognition datasets. But the problem isn't what it seems on the surface.
Samyang has announced the impending arrival of the AF 85mm F1.4 FE lens for full-frame Sony cameras.
Some Photoshop shortcuts are simple and obvious. Others, not so much. Here are 15 shortcuts that are actually useful.
Twitter has redesigned its in-app camera for easier access from the timeline screen.
Independent cinema lens manufacturer SLR Magic has announced it will offer all of its existing MicroPrime range in the Fujifilm X mount and has even created a Fuji-specific 12mm lens.
We've updated our buying guides with three more cameras: the Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6 and Olympus E-M1X.
CFexpress 2.0 cards will come in three different form factors, each of which will offer different maximum speeds.
Lensbaby has added a third tilt lens to its Optic Swap system, this time a 35mm lens, adding to the existing 50mm and 80mm options.
Sigma has released firmware updates for a number of its lenses as well as its EF-E adapter to address various errors and features with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.
We've added the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony a6400 to our 'Best Cameras under $1000' buying guide. These two mirrorless models pack in a lot of features for just $900 body only.
Instagram, Facebook and other Facebook-owned services are down for users around the world.
Think Tank Photo has unveiled its new Vision series of shoulder bags, including the Vision 10, Vision 13 and Vision 15.
The OPPO Reno series will be launched on April 10 but some details have already been spotted on the web.
Insta360 has unveiled its latest camera, as well as a new VR headset app and a specialized smartphone cover that makes it possible to view 3D video on standard smartphones.
A fresh crop of ready-for-anything compacts has been added to our buying guide – just in time for Spring Break.
At the Hydrogen One launch RED promised a range of bolt-on modules designed to expand the device's feature set. However, there is now doubt if those modules will ever be released.
Due to growing concerns about drones around regulated airspace, no-fly zones in the United Kingdom will be more than four times larger than before starting March 13.
Huawei clearly hasn't learned its lesson and once again has been busted for trying to pass off DSLR photos as images taken with one of its upcoming smartphones.