Sony DSC-R1 updated to full production status, with sample images|
(Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 16:55 EST)
The Sony DSC-R1 stakes out a unique territory in the digital camera arena, offering a sensor nearly as large as those of most digital SLRs and an absolutely superb lens in a convenient all-in-one package.
You can buy a digital SLR kit (including lens) for less, but our lens tests reveal that you'd have to spend two or three times as much to get a lens of equal quality on that same budget d-SLR. Faced with the choice, there will clearly be many photographers who will opt to go the d-SLR route in the interest of future system expansion, or for the somewhat greater shooting speed and responsiveness most d-SLRs offer. By the same token though, our tests and shooting with the Sony R1 show that it will present a compelling proposition for a lot of advanced amateur photographers.
Read our Sony DSC-R1 review for all the details, but if you're thinking of upgrading to a d-SLR, you may want to give the Sony R1 some close attention in the process.