Sony DSC-L1 Specifications

Sony DSC-L1
Release Date September 2004
Price ~$275
Pixel Count 4.1 Million
Camera Type Ultra-compact
Highest Resolution 2304x1728
Lower Resolutions 2304x1536, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.7"
LCD Screen Size 1.5"
Optical Zoom 3x; 32 - 96mm equivalent
Focus Range 4.7" - Infinity
Macro N/A
Digital Zoom Smart: up to 10x; Precision: up to 6x
Lens Thread None
Auto Focus Yes
Auto Focus Type TTL
AF-assist Lamp Yes
Manual Focus No
Aperture Range f/2.8 - 5.1
Shutter Speeds 2 - 1/2000th sec.
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400
Flash Built-in
Flash Range W: 0.7 - 6.6'; T: 1.6 - 4.9' (Auto ISO)
Flash Compensation Yes, (+, Normal, -)
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3 increments
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent
Bracketing No
Metering Multi-pattern, Spot
Color Space sRGB
Aperture Priority No
Shutter Speed Priority No
Manual Exposure No
Continuous Drive Yes, 1.4 fps for 4 frames (2304x1536/Fine)
Self-Timer Yes, 10 sec.
Storage Method Memory Stick Duo
Storage Included 16MB Memory Stick Duo card
Compressed Format JPG
Uncompressed Format None
Quality Settings Fine, Standard
Video clips 640x480, Fine (30fps), Standard (16 fps), 160x112 (8 fps), w/sound, MPEG VX, unlimited duration
Battery Type NP-FT1 rechargeable battery
Charger Included Yes, 2.5 hours
PC Interface USB 2.0
TV-out No
Tripod Mount Yes, metal; comes with adapter
Weight (w/out battery or card) 4.0 oz.
Dimensions 95 x 44 x 26 mm

Included in the Box
  • Sony DSC-L1 Camera
  • NP-FT1 rechargeable battery
  • Battery charger/AC adapter
  • 16MB Memory Stick Duo card
  • Memory Stick Duo adapter
  • USB cable
  • Wrist strap
  • Tripod adapter
  • Instruction manual
  • Software: Sony Picture Package, ImageMixer VCD2, drivers

Index The Design: Sony DSC-L1


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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 ( 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.


    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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