The larger a camera's sensor, the more detailed its shots and the more information it relays to the LCD viewfinder. The R1's 26-millimeter CMOS sensor is up to 12 times the size of the one in a typical point-and-shoot. It's the first time a large-format sensor has been used outside of a digital SLR. And since SLRs only use optical viewfinders, the R1 is the sole large-format sensor camera to sport an LCD viewfinder. f2.4â€4.8 5x optical zoom (24mmâ€120mm, 35mm equivalent); 10.3MP; $1,000
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