Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1

Sony DSC-N1Sony have just announced a funky new compact digital camera. The most interesting part of the DSC-N1 is the 3 inch touch screen that serves as viewfinder, picture viewer, and input device. It’s high time in my opinion that touch screen technology was implemented on a digital camera. Sure we need the basic functions to be available on buttons, but all the stuff that’s hidden away under menus seems appropriate to stick on a touch screen, leaving more room for a larger screen like the N1.

Despite the generous 8 megapixel resolution, the DSC-N1 seems squarely aimed at the novice user, with little or no manual adjustments (no shutter or aperture priority modes), but it does offer a nice wide ISO range (64 – 800), and several different scene modes. It also has 26MB of internal memory, which the camera uses for a nifty album mode:

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The N1’s album function automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite images for a “pocket full of memories.” By recording each image separately, once in full-resolution and again in 640×480-resolution, your favorite images accumulate for easy recall and sharing wherever you go.

When you release the shutter, the full-resolution image is saved to an optional Memory Stick Duo™ media card or in the camera’s 26MB of internal memory. Automatically, the image is resized to 640×480 and stored in the portion of the camera’s internal memory dedicated to the album.

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Overall it looks like a very nice camera. Time will tell if the image quality is up there with comparable compacts, but if this thing had some manual control, I’d be all over it.

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