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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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
Nov 10, 2012
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Sony has been a leader in the market for consumer electronics for the past 30 years. Sony has made cameras that are ideal for casual users, hobbyists, and professional photographers by dedicating themselves to making use of the latest technology with minimalist styling, resulting in an end result of the highest quality.
The Latest Innovation in Sony Digital Cameras
Sony announced the release of its latest camera, the Cybershot DSC-RX1, in September 2012. This is the world's first full-frame compact digital camera, according to Sony. A 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor attached to a capable 35mm f2 lens makes this camera very desirable. Being able to produce professional quality photos in a small package that can fit in your pocket ensure the popularity of this camera.
Consumer ratings point to the following cameras as two of Sony's best digital cameras of 2012:
* Sony Cybershot HX30V: This Sony digital camera produces fantastic video and photos in a package that's very compact, yet versatile, and perfect for someone on the go. The 18.2 megapixel camera is known for its fast performance, including full HD video capture and very fast continuous burst mode, on top of features like a GPS tracker. * Sony Cybershot HX200V: This model is rated by consumers as one of Sony's best digital cameras because of its extremely large 35x optical zoom and fast burst mode. The lack of RAW capture makes it obvious that Sony is aiming the camera at a more amateur market than some of the competition. The HX200's image quality is rated from good to excellent in Sony digital camera reviews, and video quality is one of the the finest on the market.
Sony has a wide range of digital cameras suitable for photographers of any skill level, and reviews of most of the cameras offered by Sony can be found on this site. No matter what Sony digital camera you choose, you will be pleased with the photos and videos you make.
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