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The DSC-L1 is Sony's latest ultra-compact 4 megapixel digicam. It features a 3x optical zoom in an attractive metal body that comes in 4 different colors (silver, black, blue, and red). In addition to a wide array of still recording modes, it offers a superb movie mode with unlimited video at 640x480 and 30 fps.


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In our review, we discovered some interesting things about this camera. For example, the L1 proves to be very responsive in terms of startup, shutter lag, and write times. It offers great features like an AF-assist lamp and the option to turn off the LCD backlight to save battery power. However, upon inspection of the L1's image quality, we were pretty disappointed. Throughout all the images that we took with the L1, we noticed a muddy quality that compromised detail. In addition, we found that whenever we took pictures with the lens extended to a telephoto position, the resulting images had significant blurring near the edges of the frame. Read on for a detailed review of this camera and its mixed performance.

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Sony DSC-L1 Specifications
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  • ksherman - Sunday, January 30, 2005 - link

    BTW #6-- to get to contact information, click on 'about' on the left hadn menu (second down) and then click on 'contactAnandtech' Reply
  • Xmate - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    Good review, camera seems weak to me (being a photographer) but for a digicam its good, and a good review of it.

    I notice that Anandtech has taken a liking to digital photography, having several reviews and essays on how to take better photographs and what to take them with. This is all very good. I am really happy that more people are getting involved into the world of photography.

    What I ask of Anandtech now, is to continue on their photography reviews, but to add some computer software preformance reviews. I am in the market for a new computer, and i am completely torn as to what CPU, motherboard, ram, graphics card HD to get. I will be using almost exclusively Adobe products on the computer (photoshop, illustrator, Golive Indesign, The whole Creative suite). I'd GREATLY aoreicate if Anandtech could have some benchmarkings of how different Hardware preforms in photoshop and more importantly their ram converter.

    Also, I ask that you could perhaps have some reviews of colour calibration devices, such as the Gretagmacbeth ones (www.gretagmacbeth.com) and also if you could tell us what monitors are the best to use for the most acurate colour rendition.

    It's great that you have more photographers articles, but people like me (you'd be surprised how many of us visit this site) really need advice on what PC hardware to get for the best and faster results, from cpu to graphics card to monitor to printer. I hope you take this into consideration.

    Stefan

    PS: I was looking for the 'Contact Us' for Anandtech, but I was unable to find it. If someone could tell me how to contact them directly then I'd greatly apreciate it. Thank you once again.
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  • melgross - Friday, January 28, 2005 - link

    As far as I am concerned, all of the test pictures are unacceptable. The outdoor pics aren't bad, though there are better images from others cameras in this price range.

    The indoor pics are all underexposed badly, and the flash calibration esp. at close distances is very poor.
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  • segagenesis - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Better and less than half the price of my old (4 years old?) DSC-P1. Guess it shows how quickly cameras are evolving.

    There will always be some edge distortion in smaller cameras, so when buying one this is a given. The lens is just too damn small!
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  • stephencaston - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    #1 thanks, its corrected now Reply
  • arfan - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Maybe it will be better if there is review for all digital camera from entry level until high-end. What about Canon A75 compare with this Sony ? Reply
  • cosmotic - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Are you sure you meant that the release date was Feb 2004? Reply

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