Storage Compartment

The storage compartment is located in the side of the hand grip, just slide the door backwards to open, again a metal hinge but not sprung this time. Just like the DSC-F828 the DSC-R1 supports both Memory Stick (including Pro) and Compact Flash storage (type I or II). It also supports FAT32 for cards greater than 2 GB. Selection of media is facilitated via a small switch to the left of the compartment door (seen in these images).


On the left side of the body are all of the camera's connections, these are protected by a rubber cover which opens downwards. Behind the cover you will find (top to bottom); ACC (accessory) terminal, USB 2.0 port, A/V out terminal and the power-in port. My only niggle would be the location of the power-in port, because the battery is charged in-camera it's the most often used connection and should perhaps be easier to access.


With such a large sensor the DSC-R1 needs a fairly special lens, and by its specifications this 'Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar' does seem to fit the bill. It provides 24 mm wide angle coverage through to 120 mm telephoto (5x zoom) with a maximum aperture of F2.8 at wide angle and F4.8 at telephoto. The zoom control is mechanically linked (our favorite type) which provides for instant and precise control over focal length. At the rear of the barrel is a smooth running 'focus by wire' ring.

Carl Zeiss T*

Just like the DSC-F828 this lens carries the T* notation, this means that a special multi-layer anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens element designed to cut eliminate internal reflection, flare, increase contrast and sharpness.

Tripod Mount / Base

On the bottom of the camera you'll find a metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens. The rest of the base consists of a small foot surrounding the tripod mount and a single rubber foot set slightly further forward.

Pop-up flash

The DSC-R1's flash pops up and forward from its housing. It can be set to pop-up automatically or to only when the flash button on the side of the camera is pressed. At Auto ISO (up to ISO 400) the pop-up flash has a specified maximum range of 8.5 m (27.8 ft) at wide angle and 5.0 m (16.4 ft) at telephoto.

Flash hot-shoe

The R1's flash hot-shoe is mounted on top of the hand grip, an unusual location but the only choice when the LCD monitor is located on top of the lens. This advanced hot-shoe can be used with the Sony HVL-F32X Speedlights or simply to trigger a third party flash unit.

AF Assist lamp

The AF Assist lamp is located to the left side of the flash, unlike the DSC-F828's laser based Hologram AF the DSC-R1 has a simple bright orange lamp which triggers automatically when light levels are too low for the AF system.

Sony Accessories

LCS-RA Soft Carrying Case LCJ-RA Jacket Case
LCH-RA Kit Aluminum Carrying Case, 6.2 Kg VAD-RA Lens Adapter, 250 g
VCL-DEH17R Tele Conversion Lens (1.7x), 950 g VCL-DEH08R Wide Conversion Lens (0.8x), 390 g
VCL-M3367 Macro Lens VF-67MP Multi-coated Protector Filter
VF-67CP Polarizing Filter VF-67ND Neutral Density Filter

Supplied In the Box

Supplied in the box are:

  • Sony DSC-R1 digital camera
  • NP-FM50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
  • AC-L15A AC adapter / charger
  • Lens cap
  • Lens hood
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • Video-out cable
  • Power cable
  • User manual
  • CD-ROM's
    • Image Data Converter SR Ver 1.0
    • Picture Package Ver 1.6