Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 is the first Wi-Fi enabled camera from Sony. With the G1, you can now upload your photos and videos to TVs and laptops wirelessly. The G1 integrates DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) wireless connectivity. DLNA is a superset of Wi-Fi, a feature that recognizes DLNA-enabled appliances such as TVs.

The G1 uses PS3 in order to display the photos wirelessly. However, those photos do not offer good quality. This is because the G1 displays the images that are stored in its internal memory, i.e., the albums, and they are of 640X480 resolution. In order to get better display, it requires a composite table that will help it access the photos stored in the memory card.

The G1 is capable of functioning as an MP3 player. Surprisingly, it does not follow Sony’s own ATRAC/ATRAC3 formats. Instead it follows the simple drag-and-drop format for file copying. It offers good sound quality. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 feature allows it to use its MP3 files as background music for the slide shows. This feature of the G1 allows the users to get their favorite music played along with the customized slide shows. THE G1 records movies using a special MPEG-4 encoding, viz., “MPEGMOVIE4TV”. With this feature, the data rate is reduced to about 370K/sec.

The bigger 3.5-inch LCD display is of excellent quality. The DSC-G1 uses the SteadyShot optical image stabilizer and a low-resolution sensor, and thus it produces excellent photos. The ISO performance is very high. It has a minimum shutter lag, about 0.4 second in optimal lighting and about 1.2 seconds in low-contrast conditions. It can shoot 3.8 frames per second in a continuous shooting mode. The G1 has a wide viewing angle, and it can be used in direct sunlight without any hassle.

The camera controls are very simple. The sliding latch exposes the lens, and it automatically assumes the shooting mode. The controls such as zoom, review, flash, macro, trash, etc. are very flat and so they occupy a comfortable position at the back of the sliding section. Other controls such as the Display, Back, Menu and Home sit on one side. There is a joystick provided along with them for better navigation. Contrary to the expectations of Sony camera fans, the G1 does not use the all-time popular touch-screen interface in it.

The negative features of the DSC-G1 are countable too. It is a bit overpriced. The G1 is offered in the range of $540 to $600. It is comparatively bigger, measuring 2.8 inches tall by 3.8 inches wide by 1 inch thick. The culprit for the bigger size of the G1 is none other than the LCD display. With these dimensions and an
8.3-ounce weight, it cannot be included in the category of compact cameras. Another drawback is its limited 2GB memory that is shared by the music and photo album. The G1’s battery life is considerably less. Its CIPA-standard capacity is only for 280 shots. This is comparatively lower a standard.

However, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 offers excellent picture quality and admirable shooting features that are typical of first-class cameras.