"The first priority is supposed to be given to image quality! I've returned it."2.5 starson by Digital_Love
Pros: Many stylish features (touch screen, huge LCD, music, album, nice menu system, etc.)
Cons: Poor image quality; poor resolution; extraordinarily yellow images; especially low quality indoor images
Summary: Before I got this Sony DSC-N1, I had been tracking it for months, even much earlier than its marketing date (Mid. November). I kept checking relevant websites to find any news about this product. My eyes were shining with eager anticipation. The reason is simple: this Sony DSC-N1 has a lot of fancy features, large LCD (High resolution 3" LCD screen is actually a very rare eye catcher on cameras), touch screen, built-in album, very few buttons to press, all metal compact body, high megabytes (NOT high resolution!), etc.
The price is not a cheap one in P&S cameras. I ran to a local electronic store in the morning to buy this Sony DSC-N1. However, after I came home, my heart was broken when I saw the images I shot. I tried numerous combinations of various specs this camera offers. The only pictures without massive yellow area were shot using AUTO preset under no flash light, but they come with a very low resolution. If you look at the actual size image of 8M (around 3.4M actual JPG file size), you will notice that all edges are extraordinarily fuzzy. If you use other preset shooting modes, resolution might be somewhat improved but at an expense of serious large yellow area appearing on images. I could not figure out why this happended. I tried to adjust every different setting, the yellow images just persist. Situation becomes better only when sunny days are coming. I found many excellent photos of Sony DSC-N1 on Internet which were all taken outdoors in sunny days. The problem drove me nuts when I was using this camera indoors. Huge LCD, touch screen, music, built-in album, etc., so what? I buy camera to take photos, not to enjoy touch screen and huge LCD or whatever. If image quality is not acceptable, all these fancy stuff become piddling gadgets.
I believe the rate of 6.6 by Editor is reasonable (especially the rate of 6 for image quality of this Sony DSC-N1), although it surprised me very much until I tried this camera myself. I've returned this camera.