I bought the Sony DSC-R1 in 2005 and it was my final fixed-lense camera before I made the step to a DSLR. I really like Sony for trying out new things and the R1 is a great example. It was the first fixed lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor and the IQ it delivered was worlds apart from other 'compact' camera's. It had a superb T* Carl Zeiss lens and for that time great ISO performance. The only downside was that it wasn't as quick as a DSLR. A one of it's kind camera.
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