Sony DSC-RX1 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss lens
  • 1080/60p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • 3-inch LCD screen with 1.229 million dots
  • 5fps continuous burst
  • RAW Capture
  • Manual Modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-11-10
  • Final Grade: 87 B+

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Sony DSC-RX1
24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor; 35mm f2 Carl Zeiss lens; 1080/60p HD video recording with stereo sound; 3-inch LCD screen with 1.229 million dots; 5fps continuous burst; RAW Capture; Manual Modes; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The RX1 is essentially an RX100 on steroids, a rangefinder-esque camera without the rangefinder. Sony has managed to squeeze a full-frame 24 megapixel sensor into a body no larger than the recently announced NEX-6 with kit zoom. The caveat here, and indeed it's a big one, is that the camera uses a fixed 35mm f2 lens that cannot be switched out. The feature set and small size are undoubtedly impressive, but we have a feeling Sony will have a difficult time making sales. The high-end market is used to using a viewfinder (which the RX1 doesn't have), and there are other APS-C options, like Fujifilm's X100 or Leica's X2, that are functionally similar and at least $1000 cheaper. Expect the RX1's image quality to be stellar, autofocus to be snappy, and overall usability to be quite good, but we're still left scratching our heads: who's been asking for this?

In 2013, Sony introduced the RX1R, which isn't a full update, as both models will continued to be produced. The difference is that the RX1R removes the optical low pass filter, which results in a bit higher resolution and even more detail to the images.

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