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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Over the past three decades, Sony has taken the lead in the consumer electronics market. All Sony digital cameras demonstrate the company's commttment to using the latest technology together with a simple style to make high-quality compact digital cameras for casual users, hobbyists, and now professional photographers.
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Sony announced the release of the DSC-RX1, its latest camera, in September 2012. This will be the first available full-frame compact digital camera, according to Sony. A 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor attached to a capable 35mm f2 lens makes this a very desirable camera. Being capable of producing professional quality photos in a small package that can fit in your pocket ensure the popularity of this camera.
Two of the finest digital cameras by Sony of 2012 according to consumer ratings include the following:
* Sony Cybershot HX30V: This Sony digital camera is capable of fantastic video and photos in a very compact yet versatile package great for travel. The 18.2 megapixel camera is known for its fast performance, including full HD video capture and extremely fast continuous burst mode, as well as features like a GPS tracker. * Sony Cybershot HX200V: This model has been rated by consumers as one of Sony's best digital cameras because of its very large 35x optical zoom and fast burst mode. Lacking RAW capture, it's clear that Sony is aiming the camera at a market that's more amateur than some of the competition. The HX200's image quality has been rated from good to excellent in Sony digital camera reviews, and video quality is among the best on the market.
Reviews for most Sony cameras can be found on this site. They have a broad product line of digital cameras suitable for photographers of any skill level. You will be totally happy with the end result regardless of which Sony digital camera you decide on.
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