Pros sold my video cam and digi cam and got one machine!
Cons battery won't last that long, no eye viewer, only lcd screen
Summary I've owned 7 digicams since 2000. I know what works and doesn't work. With each purschase my cameras got better and better, but they were still lacking. Once I saw this camera I knew my preyers were answered. I had a nice sony digital video camera mini DV and a canon elph 4.0. The sony was nice, but no still photos and too bulky to take everywhere. My canon was good in terms of size, but 70% of the pics had red eye and 50% were out of focus. As for the sony... ready for this... 95% of the pics are IN focus and NO red eye (b/c of the strobe flash which the canon does not have, just that stupid red beam that does nothing). So that's great! better indoor pics, just as good outdoor pics as the canon. The MPEG4 format is incredible. the video quality is JUST AS GOOD as the sony mini dv I sold. Except they are going on my laptop and not on a tape. My daughter is 3, I have 20 DV tapes over the years... of which I have watched NONE. But since they are on my computer now, I do watch and email them all time to family and friends. Be prepared to buy a Gig memory stick or 2 x 512mb (cheaper alternative) as well as at least one extra battery. Yes, its a first generation camera of its kind, but its well worth it and I'm very happy with it! Beats both my old camera and I pocketed some money once I sold the old 2. at 512mb you will get 24 min of straight movie shooting at best quality. that's terrific! and it looks so darn strange that everyone always asks about the camera too, great conversation peice! Highly recommend! A+
Pros Great Mpeg4 Zoomable Video mode, compact, durable
Cons Pricey, photo quality could be better
Summary I have used several Sony Cybershot digital cameras. The DSC-V3, W1, P200, T1 and now the M1. Sony makes a well designed, solidly built, functional digital camera and the M1 adds to this long standing reputation.
The solid metal case gives you a comfortable grip on the unit although the swing out LCD may make the camera seem a bit awkward. I found no difficulty getting a good solid grip on the unit and had good access to the controls. Interestingly Sony's engineers like to borrow from their own technology pool. The M1's swivel and pivot LCD reminds us of their NX series Clie PDA which also had an open swivel rotate screen. The hinge on the M1 is very solidly made and doesn't hint of the weakness in the earlier Clie models.
Sony has added touch controls to the LCD so you can view your photos and navigate from photo to photo. This is a nice touch and only makes for greater ease of use.
Some users have complained that the controls on the camera are small and unintuitive. I find this comment to be contrary to the actual ease of access I have found. The controls that one accesses regularly are easily found, and the ones that should be avoided by accident are smaller. Great touch Sony!! The menu system was also criticized by some users, and I have found that these are equally simple to navigate. Perhaps as someone that uses gadgets on a daily basis (PDA's, notebooks, digital cameras, MP3 players) the M1 is a simple to use device with many features.
There always seems to be some form of tradeoff when products get miniaturized, and are built to address a variety of uses. Most digital cameras these days offer photo and video modes. This camera is no different offering various resolutions and a good frame rate of 30 frames per second. The great thing about the M1 is that it not only allows you to film to the memory sticks full capacity, but it allows you to zoom during filming. No other camera I have heard of allows you to do this. The other superb feature is that it captures Mpeg4 compressed movies. This allows you to fit more movie time on a memory stick. Many people have again complained that the format of the movies is proprietary, however there are many free shareware utilities which allow you to convert the clips easily. Sonys software is not necessary to do this and its simpler to work with the shareware out there.
The picture modes are very good, although I find that the flash modes need some manual coaxing and tend to overbrighen the images at close range (up to 5 feet). When I tinker around with the manual settings this limitation has been overcome.
The M1 is worthy of considerable praise and its superb design, quality build, and long list of well executed features make it a great buy. Some may feel that the vertical orientation is somewhat cumbersome (It takes a bit of getting used to, but works great)and the price tag may not be worth it. However I feel that an Mpeg4 movie mode and the ability to zoom during filming make this a close match to camcorder functionality. Therefore I believe that it is worth the price.
Pros Good alternative to tape/ mini DVD burning cameras
Cons no real image stabilization
Summary It is designed ot be a still camera, but for the occasional video need, this is a great option. The memory cards have gotten cheap enough to rival mini DVD and the files will not fill your hard drive as the Mini DVD files will. Editing is less of an option, but I don't plan to do more than cut the clips. The software it is packaged with is junk, do not install it. Instead, download the freeware MP4Cam2AVI from sourceforge.net and the files will not be bloated. Best of all, burn the resulting AVIs and they play in the phillips DVP642. This is a great gift for new grandparents that have limited computing skills but a willingness to try.
Pros The DSC-M1 is a very nice convergence of decent photo and excellent film making capabilities. Movie mode is perhaps the best out of all dedicated digital cameras out there, so this product makes for a very nice "convergence" product that lets you carry on
Cons Not the best 5 mega pixel out there in terms of picture quality, but a lot of its weaknesses can be made up with a $20 tripod and some manual adjustments pre and post photo taking. The DSC-M1 is a good camera in outdoor and daylight, but indoor and night
Pros Compact, ease of use, doubles as a camcorder.
Cons Takes some reading to get used to the controls, picture quality is slightly under par,
Summary I was pleased with the DSC-M1 camera. It is a great digital camera for the recreational traveler. While it doesn't quite perform as well as other 5.1 megapixel cameras, it comes very close to the picture quality of the standard 5.1 and also can make videos, which makes up for its shortfall in crisp pictures.
You can use this camera to make videos on the PSP, which is a major plus in my book, and ultimately why I bought this camera in the first place. It also uses the memory stick media, so you can use the same cards you use to save your games on PSP on your camera for picture/video storage.
If you plan to make home movies and put them on your PSP, while being able to take decent pictures, then this is the camera for you. However, if you are a professional or amature photographer who stipulates on crisp picture quality, it'd be in your interest to consider another camera.