DSC-L1: Sony's Latest Ultra-Compact Digicamby Stephen Caston on January 27, 2005 12:05 AM EST
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The Timing Tests* NOTE: For all of our time tests, the camera is reset to its factory default settings and set to record using the highest resolution and quality setting. It is set to record in Auto mode. Auto Review is set to Off. A Sandisk 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo is used.
Before reading our results, please refer to our Testing Procedures page.
Startup TimeThe startup time is recorded from the moment that the power button is pushed to the moment that the shutter sounds. The camera is set to record in Auto mode.
|Startup time (seconds)|
The L1 takes just 2.54 seconds to start up and take a picture. This is a very impressive time for a camera with an extending lens.
Shutter LagTo record shutter lag, we perform two tests with the lens at its widest angle setting. For the first test, we pre-focus the lens and measure the amount of time that it takes the camera to take a picture after the shutter button is pressed. The second test measures the time that it takes for the camera to take a picture after we press the shutter button without pre-focusing. Each test is performed 3 times and the results are averaged. For more information regarding our testing procedures, please refer to our Testing Procedures page.
|With Pre-focus (seconds)||Without Pre-focus (seconds)|
We were very impressed with the L1's shutter lag. Since our timer only provides us with hundredths of seconds, we can only state that the L1 has a pre-focused shutter lag of ‹0.01sec. When we allowed the camera to perform a full auto-focus, the time lag time was just 0.31 sec. Indeed, this is the fastest camera that we have tested so far with respect to shutter lag.
Write TimesWe recorded 5 different write times with a Sandisk 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo:
Single Shot - The time that it takes for a single picture to be written completely to the flash card (the time that the "activity light" is on).
Shot To Shot (STS) - The time until the second shot is able to be taken after the first (shutter to shutter).
Shot To Shot w/Flash - The time that it takes for the camera to take two pictures with the flash, starting from the moment that the first flash is fired to the moment that the second is fired.
Buffer Full to Next Burst - The time from the sound of the last shutter of a burst until the first shutter of another burst.
We performed each test three times and averaged the results. Below are the resolution, quality setting, and average file size used for the tests.
|Resolution (pixels)||Quality setting||Avg. file size (MB)|
|Single Shot||Shot To Shot||Shot to Shot w/Flash||Buffer Full to Next Burst|
The Sony DSC-L1 proves to be a fairly speedy little camera. It is able to write a single file in just 0.76 sec. and can shoot at 1.53 sec. between frames endlessly without filling its buffer. When the flash is used, the camera slows down considerably to 4.70 sec. between shots. When set to Burst mode, the L1 can shoot up to 4 frames at 1.4 fps, at 4M/Fine quality. After filling its buffer, the L1 needs 4.52 sec. before it is able to shoot another 4 frames. The camera will not let you shoot more frames until the entire buffer is cleared out to the flash card. In general, we are very impressed with the speed of the L1. Even with a slower shot-to-shot w/flash time of 4.70, this camera is on par or faster than other ultra-compact cameras in its class. For example, in a previous review, we found the Olympus Stylus Verve needed nearly 11.50 seconds between flash shots.