Sony Cybershot DSC M1
Sony Cybershot DSC M1 Introduction
The Cybershot DSC-M1 is a compact 5.1-megapixel digital still camera that features VGA resolution MPEG4 motion video capture at 30fps with stereo audio. Sony DSC-M1 Cybershot Digital Camera is a remarkably tiny camcorder and digital-camera in one. A key reason is that video and still images are all recorded on MemoryStick or MemoryStick-Pro digital media.
Sony Cybershot DSC M1 Design
The camera, a slim, matte-black device about the size of a deck of cards, is held vertically, and its 2.5-inch articulated LCD swivels upward and rotates a full 270 degrees. This new shooting orientation provides more surface area to access both the menu navigation buttons and two “hot” buttons for direct access to recording stills and video. The screen can rotate – 270 degrees. The range of rotation goes from pointing at the subject all the way around to pointing at the ceiling. The screen itself is a hybrid type which means that it’s easy to see, even in bright outdoor light. It’s 2.5 inches in size and has 123k pixels, which sounds low but in reality the screen is plenty sharp.
Size: 51 x 114 x 28 mm / 2.0 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches (closed position).
Weight: 185 grams / 6.5 ounces (empty).
Sony Cybershot DSC M1 Features
The camera uses a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3X optical zoom lens, and the zoom operates even while capturing video. The M1 model also uses Sony’s Real Imaging Processor circuit, an ultra-fast processor that enables quick start-up and rapid shot-to-shot times. It also enhances the speed of advanced features that help the user get the picture right the first time, including sophisticated auto-exposure, auto-white balance and five-area, multi-point auto-focus features.
Sony Cybershot DSC M1 Performance
The M1’s enhanced video functions include recording with the new MPEGMovie 4TV feature. It significantly increases picture quality and resolution while dramatically reducing file size. Employing a reduced bit rate (from 11Mpbs to 2.5 Mpbs), MPEGMovie 4TV mode enables the recording of up to 27 minutes of VGA-resolution, 30-frames-per-second video with stereo sound on an optional 512 MB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card, or up to 54 minutes with the optional 1GB card.
Whats included in the package
Cybershot DSC M1, NP-FT1 Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery, AC-LM5 Battery Charger, UC-MA Cybershot Station, Stereo A/V Connecting Cable, USB Cable, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick Media, Memory Stick Duo Adapter, Software CD-ROM.
People probably won’t buy the M1 exclusively for its picture-taking abilities: they can get that elsewhere for less money. Instead, it’s for people who want to take higher quality movie clips with less of a hit on their memory cards. Since the M1 uses MPEG-4, you don’t need a fast Memory Stick Pro card to record video at the highest quality – any regular Memory Stick Duo card will work.