Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 review - In depth

In depth

Outdoor Results
 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Sony R1 crop 1
Canon EOS 350D crop 1
1/500, f8, 160 ISO
1/400, f8, 100 ISO
Sony R1 crop 2
Canon EOS 350D crop 2
1/500, f8, 160 ISO
1/400, f8, 100 ISO
Sony R1 crop 3
Canon EOS 350D crop 3
1/500, f8, 160 ISO
1/400, f8, 100 ISO

Resolution Results

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
1900 lpph, 14.3-71.5mm at 42mm, f8, 1/60, 160 ISO
1750 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 1/60, 100 ISO
Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
1800 lpph, 6.2-66.7mm at 11mm, f8, 1/40, 80 ISO
1700 lpph, 7.4-88.8mm at 11mm, f8, 1/25, 80 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
1950 lpph, 14.3-71.5mm at 42mm, f8, 1/60, 160 ISO
1750 lpph, 18-55mm EF-S at 35mm, f8, 1/60, 100 ISO
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
1850 lpph, 6.2-66.7mm at 11mm, f8, 1/40, 80 ISO
1750 lpph, 7.4-88.8mm at 11mm, f8, 1/25, 80 ISO
Noise Results
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 160 ISO (100 ISO not available)
Canon EOS-350D at 100 ISO
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 100 ISO
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 100 ISO
160 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
100 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 200 ISO
Canon EOS-350D at 200 ISO
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 200 ISO
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
200 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 400 ISO
Canon EOS-350D at 400 ISO
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 400 ISO
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
400 ISO
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 800 ISO
Canon EOS-350D at 800 ISO
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 800 ISO
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 - 800 ISO not available
800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO
800 ISO not available
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 1600 ISO
Canon EOS-350D at 1600 ISO
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 1600 ISO
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 - 1600 ISO not available
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO
1600 ISO not available
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 3200 ISO
Canon EOS-350D - 3200 ISO not available
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom - 3200 ISO not available
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 - 3200 ISO not available
3200 ISO
3200 ISO not available
3200 ISO not available
3200 ISO not available
Corner Sharpness Results
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 14.3mm f2.8
Canon EOS-350D at 18mm f3.5
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 6.2mm f2.8
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 7.4mm f2.8
14.3-71.5mm at 14.3mm f2.8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 14.3mm f8
Canon EOS-350D at 18mm f8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 6.2mm f5.6
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 7.4mm f5.6
14.3-71.5mm at 14.3mm f8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f8
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f5.6
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f5.6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 14.3mm f16
Canon EOS-350D at 18mm f16
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 6.2mm f8
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 7.4mm f8
14.3-71.5mm at 14.3mm f16
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f16
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f8
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f4.8
Canon EOS-350D at 55mm f5.6
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 66.7mm f4.9
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 88.8mm f3.7
14.3-71.5mm at 71.5mm f4.8
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5.6
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f8
Canon EOS-350D at 55mm f8
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 66.7mm f5.6
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 88.8mm f5.6
14.3-71.5mm at 71.5mm f8
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f5.6
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f5.6
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f16
Canon EOS-350D at 55mm f16
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 66.7mm f8
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 88.8mm f8
14.3-71.5mm at 71.5mm f16
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f16
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f8
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f8
Fringe and Macro Results
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
Canon EOS-350D
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 14.3mm f2.8
Canon EOS-350D at 18mm f3.5
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 6.2mm f2.8
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 7.4mm f2.8
14.3-71.5mm at 14.3mm f2.8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f4.8
Canon EOS-350D at 55mm f5.6
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom at 66.7mm f4.9
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 at 88.8mm f3.7
14.3-71.5mm at 71.5mm f4.8
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5.6
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7

 


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 macro comparison

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 macro testTo measure macro performance we photographed a custom chart using the bundled lenses at a distance and focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction. The dark lines are 10mm apart.The image left was taken with the Sony DSC-R1 from 25cm using its lens at 71.5mm f8 (120mm equivalent). Here the camera captured an area of 102x68mm which is the least impressive of the group, although in its favour, there’s little to no distortion.

 

Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S macro test
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom macro test
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 macro test
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
Max area of 66x44mm at 13cm
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
Max area of 50x38mm at 2.1cm
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f8
Max area of 86x64mm at 6.3cm
Geometry Results
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm lens wide angle geometry test
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom angle geometry test
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 angle geometry test
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f8
Distortion: 3.35% barrel
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
Distortion: 2.38% barrel
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f8
Distortion: 2.35%

 


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 telephoto geometry comparison,

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 telephoto geometry testTo measure geometric distortion we photographed a custom test chart consisting of a grid pattern with perfectly straight lines. Here are the results for the cameras at their longest focal length with an aperture of f8 in Aperture Priority mode. The images were analysed with Imatest using 5th Order line calculation and the full areas presented here at a reduced resolution.The image left was taken with the Sony DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f8 (120mm equivalent). Pincushion distortion was barely measureable at just 0.0082%. Geometry is almost perfect on the R1 at longer focal lengths.

 

Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm lens telephoto geometry test
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom telephoto geometry test
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 telephoto geometry test
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
Distortion: 0.389% pincushion
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f8
Distortion: 0.237% pincushion
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f8
Distortion: 0.317% barrel
Vignetting Results
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm lens wide angle uniformity test
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom wide angle uniformity test
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 wide angle uniformity test
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
Mean corner fall-off: 68.8%
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
Mean corner fall-off: 81.5%
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
Mean corner fall-off: 77.8%

 


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 telephoto uniformity comparison

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1 telephoto uniformity testTo measure lens vignetting and light fall-off we photographed a white target with a highly diffused custom filter. Here are the results for the cameras at their longest focal lengths with the apertures wide open and the focus at infinity. The images were analysed with Imatest and the full areas presented here at a reduced resolution. Bigger percentages are better.The image left was taken with the Sony DSC-R1 at 71.5mm f4.8 (120mm equivalent). The light falls off to 87.2% of the center measurement, which again while comparable to other good all-in-ones, is better than many D-SLR bundled lenses.

 

Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm EF-S
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Canon EOS-350D with 18-55mm telephoto uniformity test
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom telephoto uniformity test
Panasonic DMC-FZ30 telephoto uniformity test
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5.6
Mean corner fall-off: 83.8%
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
Mean corner fall-off: 91.5%
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7
Mean corner fall-off: 87.6%

 

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