Sony Cybershot DSCL1 4MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
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- 4.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 12 x 15-inch prints
- 3x optical zoom; Carl Zeis Vario-Tessar lens
- 1.5-inch Hybrid LCD monitor; high-speed USB connection; PictBridge compatible
- In MPEG Movie VX Fine mode, capture MPEG movies at a smooth 30 frames per second
- Memory Stick Duo media/Memory Stick PRO Duo media
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Display Resolution Maximum||78,000|
|Display Size||1.5 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||4.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type||automatic|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|Image Aspect Ratio||4:3, 3:2|
|Item Dimensions||1.73 x 1.02 x 3.74 inches|
|Item Weight||0.34 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1.36 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||68 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||12 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F5.1|
|Maximum Focal Length||96 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||2,304|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 MB|
|Minimum Focal Length||32 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||1 second|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||4 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||InfoLithium (NP-FT1) & charger|
|Video Capture Resolution||640 x 480, 30 fps|
This Sony Cyber-shot digital camera is small enough to take on trips, sports events—pretty much anywhere you want to take spectacular images. The DSC-L1 features 4.1 effective megapixel Super HAD CCD and 3x optical and 2x digital zoom. The camera comes with Memory Stick media and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Features include a 1.5" 78K pixel color TFT Hybrid LCD screen; MPEG VX fine with audio movie mode; 10-second self-timer and much more. Includes battery charger; USB cable; neck strap and software CD-ROM. Made in USA. 1-3/4Hx1Wx3-3/4L".
From the Manufacturer
The DSC-L1 is the full-featured Cybershot digital camera that is small enough to take anywhere. With a 4.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD, a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical zoom and Sony's own Real Imaging Processor, the DSC-L1 features image capture quality on par with a camera twice its size. Other features include PictBridge compatibility for easy printing without a personal computer and MPEG Movie VX Fine video recording when used with Memory Stick PRO Duo media (not included). The Sony DSC-L1 also comes in four colors: silver, blue matte, black, and red.
At only 3 11/15 by 1 3/4 by 1 inches, the DSC-L1 is small enough to be carried easily in your pocket or purse and, at only 5.0 ounces with body, battery, and Memory Stick Duo media, lightweight enough to be worn comfortably with the included neck strap. It is perfect for snap photography wherever you are, so you will always be able to capture life as it happens.
0-10x Smart Zoom feature (at VGA resolution)
Smart Zoom intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size--thus avoiding the image degradation of digital zooms.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens
The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still maintaining a compact design.
Real Imaging Processor
The innovative Real Imaging Processor in the DSC-T3 not only improves picture quality and clarity but also improves camera response time, decreases shutter lag, and improves battery stamina.
14-bit DXP A/D conversion
Sony's 14-bit Digital EXtended Processor (DXP) captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values for extended dynamic contrast and detail.
Five-area Multi-Point Autofocus
By evaluating five separate focus areas of the frame, Sony's Multi-Point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background.
AF (autofocus) illuminator
Briefly illuminating the subject in low- or no-light conditions, the AF illuminator helps establish a positive focus lock.
Independently light-metering 49 points of the frame, Multi-Pattern Measuring establishes the optimum exposure even when highlight and shadow isn't centered in the frame.
Scene Selection mode
With seven Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Snow, or Beach
Slow Shutter Noise Reduction
During long exposures, Slow Shutter NR captures the scene and then the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear.
Memory Stick Duo media
Digital. Powerful. Transportable. Memory Stick Duo media is compact, portable, and rugged--connecting a variety of hardware and software applications.
MPEG Movie VX Standard/Fine Mode with audio
Captures VGA (640 x 480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio-video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media. Video mail mode captures smaller file sizes suitable for email.
Connect to any PictBridge compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and print directly from the camera. Images can be viewed and selected for printing right on the camera's LCD, with menus for print quantity, date, and index print.
1/2.7-inch 4.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD
Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.
3x optical/2x digital/6x total zoom
Optical zoom helps you fill the frame with your subject for better pictures. And Sony's Precision Digital Zoom helps bring your subject closer with an extra 2x magnification.
Live Histogram display
Available in capture and playback the Live Histogram displays the concentration of pixels at each luminosity value making it easy to evaluate correct exposure.
Selectable focus mode
Monitoring AF (autofocus) helps you anticipate the action by focusing even before you press the shutter release.
With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and red-eye reduction ensure great flash shots.
Four-Shot Burst mode
Capture up to four shots at full resolution at 1.1 frames per seconf. Perfect for high-speed subjects or fast-moving action such as sports.
Captures 16 320 x 240 frames as part of a single 1280 x 960 image, which plays back sequentially in the camera. Selectable 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 second.
Super compact design
The DSC-L1/R is super compact (less than 100 cubic centimeters) and easy to use, helping you capture life as it happens. Small enough to wear, with colors to complement any fashion.
Rechargeable InfoLithium battery
Provides reliable, long-lasting power for continuous shooting without "memory effect." The supplied AC-LS5 adapter/charger provides stable power for USB transfer.
What's in the box:
DSC-L1 camera, NP-FT1 rechargeable InfoLithium battery, AC-LS5 battery charger, tripod adaptor, USB cable, neck strap, MSAM16A Memory Stick media, Memory Stick DUO adaptor, software CD-ROM
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Top customer reviews
When I used it in the snow I used the preset "Snow Function" and the pictures were amazing. It really contrasts the individuals from the extremely bright backgound.
In all, a great camera the size of a candy bar.
In this camera, Sony proves that size doesn't mean less capability. To be able to pack a 4M pixel camera with 3X optical zoom, and NTSC resolution full motion audio/video capture (with no time limit) in a form factor the size of a candy bar is pure genius.
The interface is easy to use. I picked up the camera and started using it without having to read the manual.
There are only 3 weaknesses with the camera:
1. the microphone is positioned on the top left hand side of the unit so it is easy to cover it up when you are holding the camera to take videos.
2. when in video shooting mode, zoom is fixed but autofocus continues to operate.
3. flash pictures in dark environments can sometimes yield lens flaring.
I recomended the camera to all my family.
Small LCD Screen & No view finder! Unusually, doesn't double up as a webcam. Also, what would be good; (though haven't seen in many other cameras) is for the light to work when capturing 'movies' at night time. Otherwise, it's too dark to see who's who. To reliably render faces you'd need as much light as is needed to read a menu. But, at least the audio compensates. Can be assured it's going to pick-up intelligible voices from across a table in a noisy restaurant.
V.Good Battery life. Excellent at capturing moving subjects in dim lighting! In fact, I find the muscle of this camera and the beauty of its photographs most apparent in low-lit conditions. On the movie function- there's no capture time limit. You can film so long as your memory stick permits! Ultimately, it's not a super-thin camera but it is small! It's just that it can stand on it's own without toppling! Trust me, I've seen other people's cameras do this just as the timer was about to snap a photo.
Heartbreakingly, I broke this camera's LCD after only 2 weeks of purchase but I'm still a satisfied customer. Anyway, it was my stupidly it broke and nothing to do with Sony.
I couldn't have the LCD replaced straightaway because it was far too expensive so I carried on using it as was.
It was very easy actually.. I estimated where to hold the camera and it was always on 'Auto'... (unfortunately with most of the option functions being displayed on the LCD menu, I never got any access to those either).
I've had the camera for one whole year now and I haven't felt a pressing need to replace it. Beautiful pictures and with little effort!! I do have an idea of what I'm taking a picture of especially at night time because the camera cleverly beams an infra-red light on to the subject. And I just snap blindly and everyone agrees the photos are excellently sharp and better than my friends' equivalently sized counterparts especially when taken in a club and people are dancing etc ie. lots of movement and dim light is concerned.
I'm really quite surprised some people claim it blurs. I mean could their 'conditions of use' be any harder than mine?! I have no LCD, no access to additional camera functions and what's more.. tend to take pictures when partying with my friends! And we aren't exactly still or taking pictures with a particularly steady hand at this point. Yet, the image quality and detailing is amazing! If you keep zooming in you can make out a single eyelash. Really flattering photographs!
I'm not giving it five stars because it's obviously physically fragile. Recently, I also managed to break the side flap where the memory stick goes.
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