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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera

You Pay: $2,798.00
Product Highlights
  • Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor
  • JPEG, 14-bit RAW Image Capture
  • 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens
  • Xtra Fine 3" LCD Display
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24 or 60fps
  • High Speed AF
  • Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings
  • Full Frame 24MP Bursts at up to 5fps
  • Hot Shoe for External Flash, Viewfinder
  • Auto HDR Protects Highlight and Shadow

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera is the world's first fixed-lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor. This large 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor enables DSLR-quality imaging in a point-and-shoot form factor (4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8" / 11.4 x 6.6 x 7.1 cm). In addition to 24MP JPEG or RAW still images, the RX1 will also shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24 or 60fps. The 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens features a wide maximum aperture of f/2.0 with 9 iris blades, for reliable low-light performance and shallow depth of field with attractive bokeh (background blur). The multi-layered T* coating minimizes ghosting and flare caused by light reflection.

For framing and playback, the camera features a large 3" Xtra Fine LCD monitor with a 1,229k-pixel resolution. The screen uses WhiteMagic technology to improve visibility in bright daylight.

The RX1's sensor works with the BIONZ image processor to enable the camera to autofocus at high speed. Manual focusing is also available, and the camera has three distinct manual control rings for aperture, focusing, and macro.

The combination of the CMOS sensor and the BIONZ processor also allows for improved sensitivity, resulting in better low-light performance. The maximum selectable ISO setting is 25600, enabling low-light shooting without the camera's built-in pop-up flash. Also aiding you in darker conditions is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which enables clear, blur-free photos and video. SteadyShot also helps to eliminate motion blur when your subject or the camera moves during image capture.

The RX1 is capable of 5fps high-speed continuous shooting at full 24MP resolution, allowing you to capture fast action sequences. A multi interface hot shoe gives you the ability to attach optional accessories like an external flash unit or electronic viewfinder.

Auto HDR captures a greater dynamic range, combining the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second, and the best shadow detail from a third into a single image.

Full Frame CMOS Sensor
The RX1 is the world's first fixed-lens digital camera with a full-frame sensor. This large 24.3MP 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor enables DSLR-quality imaging in a point-and-shoot form factor (4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8" / 11.4 x 6.6 x 7.1 cm).
Fixed Carl Zeiss Lens
The camera is also equipped with a fixed Carl Zeiss f/2.0 Sonnar T* lens. The lens features a wide maximum aperture of f/2.0 with 9 iris blades, for clearly-exposed images in low-light conditions and shallow depth of field with attractive bokeh (background defocusing). The lens's macro capabilities allow focusing down to 5.5" (14 cm). A premium multi-layered T* coating also reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
JPEG and RAW
The DSC-RX1 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or 14-bit RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image in post.
3" Xtra Fine LCD Display
The 3" Xtra Fine LCD Display features 1,229k-dot resolution, and WhiteMagic technology increases visibility in bright daylight. Brightness Control: Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode.
Full HD 24p Video with Manual Controls
The RX1 can record video in Full HD 1920x1080p at 24, 25, 50 and 60 frames per second. Also records in 1080i. You can capture 1440×1080 video at 30 or 25fps, as well. Bit rates are as follows: For AVCHD: 28Mbps (1920×1080, 60p/50p), 24Mbps FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 17Mbps FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 24Mbps FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p), 17Mbps FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p). For MP4: 12Mbps (1440×1080, 30fps/25fps), 3Mbps VGA (640×480, 30fps/25fps). Video features include manual controls, an audio input jack and a multi interface shoe for mounting an external microphone or other accessories (sold separately). Manual Exposure, Program Auto, Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority exposure modes are also available for photos and video. Sound recording and playback are possible via a built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker.
High Speed AF
Autofocus at high speed. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver image signals to the camera's BIONZ processor, which provides response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.
Three Focusing Modes and Manual Focus Assist
The RX1 features the following focusing modes: Auto Focus (AF), Manual Focus (MF) and Direct Manual Focus (DMF). AF functions as AF-S in still image shooting and as AF-C in video recording. DMF first uses AF to focus on the subject and then enables fast switching to manual focus for precise adjustment. When activated, peaking helps define critical focus by highlighting the edges of objects that are in focus with your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). AF Modes: Multi-point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking).
Full Frame 24MP Bursts at up to 5fps
The BIONZ image processor enables up to 5fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.
Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings
RX1 features three distinct manual control rings for aperture, focusing, and macro.
Low-light Performance
The maximum selectable ISO setting is 25600, which enables low-light shooting without a flash. In addition, DSC-RX1 can capture six images in a fraction of a second and combine the data from all six to create a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity.
SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps you achieve clear, blur-free shots in low-light conditions or when your subject or the camera moves during image capture.
Shoe for Flash, Light or External Mic
The multi interface shoe provides a versatile connection for accessories like an external flash unit, an electronic viewfinder, an optical viewfinder, a thumb grip, a clip-on LCD monitor, an external microphone and more (sold separately).
Quick Navi
Pressing the Fn button activates Quick Navi, which allows the user to check camera settings at a glance and promptly change settings without having to search for dedicated menus.
Memory Recall
MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed, drive mode and metering modes. This enables quick switching of settings at the right moment.
Auto HDR Protects Highlight and Shadow
Auto HDR captures more dynamic range, combining the best highlight detail from one shot with the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third, for one output shot with up to 6 EV stops in a split second.
D-Range Optimizer
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto exposure difference, Exposure difference level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0-EV step).
Built in pop up flash
The RX1 has a built-in flash with Auto, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Fill-flash and Flash Off modes.
Dual Aspect Ratio Recording for Still Images
The RX1 can capture still images in either 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios, which allows you to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose.
Digital Level Gauge
Makes it easy to level the camera.
Conveniently Placed Dials
The camera features easily-accessible exposure compensation and focus mode dials.
Creative Styles
Control how the camera processes your images with 15 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Twilight, Night View, Autumn Leaves, B&W, Sepia, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
Picture Effect Mode
Picture Effects are a simple way to give scenes a heightened mood and emphasize certain attributes. Effects include Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.
Sweep Panorama Mode
Sweep Panorama Mode captures expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally, while the camera shoots continuous images and stitches them together.
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Automatically detects 33 different scene types for still images and 44 scenes for videos, then chooses the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera captures a single shot with the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, it takes a photo with the optimal settings and, in difficult lighting (low light or back light), immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting--allowing you to choose which one you want to keep.
Face Detection / Registration Technology
The RX1 can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash. This technology can even prioritize children or adults.
Auto Portrait Framing
Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with the rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides pleasingly composed and balanced, full resolution portraits. When activated, Auto Portrait Framing will save the optimally reframed image and a copy of the original. Landscape orientation is also available.
White Balance Modes
Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade, Filter, Color Temperature
Playback
Still Image Playback Options: Control for HDMI, Slideshow.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Sensor Full Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) CMOS
Bit Depth 14-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVCHD
Max Resolution 24MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Color Spaces Not Specified By Manufacturer
Optics
Lens 8 elements in 7 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 35 mm
Aperture: f/2.0 (W) - 22 (T)
Filter Thread 49 mm
Zoom Digital: 2x
Digital: 4x
Digital: 6.1x
Digital: 9.1x
Focus Range Normal: 9.45" (24 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 5.51" (14 cm) - 11.42" (29 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50-25600
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 sec
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent, Shade 1
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Burst Rate Up to 5 fps at 24.3 MP
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Interval Recording Not Specified By Manufacturer
Remote Control Not Specified By Manufacturer
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Fill-in
Off
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range 2.46 - 71.19' (0.75 - 21.7 m)
Up To 142.39' (43.4 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Memory
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Still Images per GB Not Specified By Manufacturer
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen (1,229,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
HDMI D (Micro)
Micro-USB
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Not Specified By Manufacturer
Certifications Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power
Battery NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 1240mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UD11 (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8" / 11.4 x 6.6 x 7.1 cm
Weight 1.06 lb / .48 kg
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera
  • NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • AC Adapter AC-UD11
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoe Cap
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SonyCyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 58 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (14)
    • Good in low light (12)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Great resolution (11)
    • Large clear LCD (8)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (12)
    • No viewfinder (11)
    • Price (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (15)
    • Travel (14)
    • Family photos (11)
    • Street photography (8)
    • Macro photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (31)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fun to shoot. Outstanding IQ.

    I purchased the RX1 primarily as a compact "carry-around" alternative to my DSLR. The selling point, for me, was the full-frame sensor. This was the first Sony camera product...Read complete review

    I purchased the RX1 primarily as a compact "carry-around" alternative to my DSLR. The selling point, for me, was the full-frame sensor. This was the first Sony camera product I've owned, so I was going into this experience with my mind wide open.

    Image quality is exceptional. Side-by-side, color rendering is on par with my Leica M-E and Summilux 35mm 1.4 attached. Granted, the Sony doesn't give you the "Leica look" (that subtle 3-D characteristic where the subject seems to pop out of a creamy background), but color contrast and minimizing of CA are splendid.

    Carrying the camera around is a joy if you're used the relative bulk of a DSLR at your hip. It's not as light as an Olympus OM5, but it also feels sturdier and stronger than micro four-thirds (and most other mirror-less) cameras. You don't get the impression that anything is made of cheap plastic...the camera feels like it was hewn out of a magnificent chunk of magnesium alloy.

    I've never met an electronic viewfinder I've liked, so my thoughts on it aren't worth much to anyone who likes using them. To me, I always feel detached from the scene when peering through one. But, nonetheless, as far as EVFs go, this one works seamlessly with the camera body...and it should if it's going to be sold as an accessory.

    If I want to hold a camera two feet out in front of my face for composition, I'll use my Iphone, not a nearly 3 grand piece of finely tuned digital optics. Come on Sony, throw the EVF in there with the package. This camera is too good to make the EVF an option.

    I've got no complaints with the Zeiss 35mm fixed lens. As stated previously, CA is well corrected, and while there might be some slight vignetting wide-open, it dissipates very quickly stopped down. No significant lens distortion from what I have been able to tell.

    Auto-focus is fast enough in situations with ample light to track random people along a city street. As light drops off, so does the speed of the auto focus...rather steeply I may add. In low light, the AF will dance with you...so if you plan on following your 5 year old nephew around indoors, bring your patience with you. Outdoors, it's a piece of cake, although obviously not even close to par with full frame DSLRs. This is not a replacement for sports photography.

    Whether you're a pro looking for a high quality reportage camera, a wealthy enthusiast, or a serious hobbyist, the camera is a joy to operate, and once you get a little accustomed to the menus (not a difficult task), walking around with this little guy is just plain fun.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    some what old er fashion cam need..

    need more time to test out the whole system..
    will post another review for it .
    Reason why I give 3 star is it take me more time to figure out why...Read complete review

    need more time to test out the whole system..
    will post another review for it .
    Reason why I give 3 star is it take me more time to figure out why things don't work .
    However, o ne thing for sure is it produce great color and very good contrast possible because of the good lens .
    Pro
    1 color and contrast .
    2.bulid quality .
    Con
    1.why at A mode shutter speed stay or stuck at 1/80 most of time .
    2.no image stabilization ,very shallow depth of field, i used to other smaller sensor cam.
    but that is good for portrait photo not macro.
    3 difficult to compose with the LCD in bright day. screen get warm after a continue use.
    4.too many options to choose from .not enough custom function buttons (need one more c-button )
    else has to go through the menu looking around .
    5.focus below other high end compact. Cannot focus if contrast bright say object next to a light. Slow as well compare to rx100.
    6.sony really need to improve & update the cam software. The sony-Raw conversion is even slower than the cam to focus even in my icore7 4gb RAM computer.
    It will take very long time to process every single thing for every picture!
    Wish list
    1 sony update this cam software soon
    (for faster focus ,release the limit of shutter speed at 1/80)
    2 get the wireless flash system to work.

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    4.0

    My go to camera

    By JCM in Berkeley

    from Berkeley, CA

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

          The sharpness and overall image quality of this camera are astounding - better than my other much more expensive cameras . Because of that it's the camera that I carry with me and use whenever possible. It's great for travel and landscapes.

          That said, it's useless for wildlife photography which demands long focal length lenses.

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          5.0

          Sony RX1

          By cheyes

          from Co

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

          awesome camera, still new to it. Sony Support was fast and efficient !
          i fear i will drop it ….because it seems to want to slip out of my hand .

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          4.0

          The world's smallest full-frame camera.

          By Teach Hart

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

          Truly a sensational shooting experience.The RX-1 packs a one of the finest full-frame sensors yet to hit the market. Couple this factoid with the fact that it is the world's smallest camera with a full-frame sensor and you have the recipe for a game-changer.The RX-1 performs incredibly well in low-light conditions, using only ambient light. Taking into consideration its portability, you will find yourself far more compelled to carry it along on night outings than you would, perhaps, your dSLR kit.Since being released, the RX-1 now has a brother named RX-1r, which is identical to its older brother, sans the AA (anti-aliasing) filter, allowing for sharper images but at the cost of some DoF (depth-of-field). While that can be perceived as an additional plus, to some shooters, it too can be con. No to mention, the fact that the Sony RX-1r lacks an AA filter also lends it a bit of a problem with moire. Sony made a stellar move by making both camera, the RX-1 and the RX-1s the same price. This is something Nikon should adopt, considering they already adopt Sony sensors into a vast majority of their products, including the D800 and it's AA filter-free counterpart.The camera handles incredibly well. As small of an addition it may be, the threaded shutter release button is something I wish Sony had carried into their full-frame mirror line - the A7x series.Some people may have issues with the fact that this camera lacks a built-in view find, but that would've added to the mass of the final product. To be frank, I think Son'y primary objective with this camera was to make it as small as possible. That being said, I personally like that the VF options are optional, considering you may not always want one mounted to it.Another thing some people may not like about this camera is that it sometimes hunts in no-light conditions. Personally, I'm far from surprised that it does hunt, considering nearly any other camera's AF system would respond in a similar fashion. That said, in my own opinion, this issue is moot.Now, what some may love about this camera is its form factor, internal UI (user interface), and the ergonomics. I cannot stress how utterly divine this camera feels in my hands.The focus wheel is fly-by-wire, meaning, that it is not mechanical - it is an electronic focusing system. If you are a Canon user and have used the 85mm 1.2L II, you will not be unfamiliar with this type of manual focus. Having shot with 85mm 1.2L II extensively as well as the RX-1, I can safely say that the RX-1 performs much better. I hardly notice the fact that it is fly-by-wire, to be honest.I'm going touch onto easily the most incredible part of this fixed lens system: the lens itself. The Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Sonnar with T* coating is by far, the best 35mm lens I have ever used. I say after having used Nikon's 35mm G offering, Canon's 35mm L offering, and the Carl Zeiss 25mm 2.0 for Nikon and Canon mounts. The lens, should it ever be sold standalone, would likely go for $1,800+. It is that good, people.Oh, and the leaf shutter? Utterly ridiculous. Gives this camera true stealth, of course after disabling the audio that occurs upon its actuation.As much as I love this camera, I'm giving it only four stars because Sony has failed to do any firmware updates for the RX series and frankly, that ticks me off. I want this product to be support like the prosumer product it is, considering we paid the prosumer premium for it.

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          4.0

          two words.....super sharp!

          By high on camera

          from CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              The RX 1 may seem like a novelty, however, some of the best images I've captured (consistently) have been from this camera in the past year I've owned it. The pure truth is in the product, which ultimately comes down to photo quality. Subjects in frame are crystal clear, sharp, with spot on color. I'm more of a hobbyist, and owning other higher end Canons with premium lenses, I wasn't getting the consistent quality of shots I get from this little handheld. It excels in low light where I can take clear shots without shutter lag and blur. Awesome for what I need, albeit, not perfect, but I feel it was worth the investment.

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              4.0

              One of the Best!

              By Zookeeper

              from New York City

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              Without question, it's the stunning image quality that is the main selling point for this camera, although the size, design and construction are stellar as well. I have a Nikon D700, and the low light capabilities of this Sony RX1 are right up there with it, particularly when using the multi auto ISO feature. In my opinion, the RX1 is too slow for action shots, or spontaneous street photos, but if you have adequate time to compose your images you will love this camera. One main point of concern. Apparently, there is a power issue where the battery drains when the shutter button is pressed even when the camera is turned off! What this means is that if you store your RX1 in a tight bag overnight where the shutter button may be depressed, you will wake up to a fully drained battery. I'm waiting for Sony to address this with a firmware update, assuming it is something that can be addressed with a firmware update. So far, nothing from Sony. Other than that, I absolutely love this camera.

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              5.0

              No regrets

              By Lane Maine

              from Kittery, ME

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor Image Stabilization
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Landscape
              • Still life

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              You already know from other reviews that the RX1is small, expensive and delivers great image quality. What I discovered when I started using it was that it reminds me of the best features of cameras I've used before. It feels like a Leica M4. It is understated and quiet like a Konica Hexar. It's about the same size as a Leica CL. Those parallels make it fun to operate. To that, it adds a host of modern conveniences like focus peeking, a conveniently located exposure compensation dial and a 21st century automation. The fixed lens is a little limiting, but I wasn't looking to replace my DSLR.
              This is the camera I take when I want to take pictures just for myself. It is utterly enjoyable to use. Then, when I get back home and see the raw files I realize how lucky I am to have this great little camera.
              Buy this if you can live with the fixed lens and steep price - you won't regret it.

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              4.0

              Excellent camers

              By arexone

              from Bergen

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              I use it to capture almost anything within its natural limitations -that is 35 mm f/2.
              Great : resolution , low light performance , compact , lightweight.
              Not so great : battery capasity , lack of timelapse , lack of weathersealing.

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              4.0

              My favorite camera

              By Andrzej Kyn

              from Framingham, MA

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              The reason I gave it 4 stars only is lack of wireless flash triggering firmware, similar to Sony a77.
              It's imposible to use a single external flash and the electronic viewfinder (FDA-EV1M) at the same time. Actually, I like the external EVF better and I wouldn't mind to use my HVL-F43AM flash attached to a bracket.

              These are the reasons I really love this camera:

              1. Compact size

              2. Excellent image quality (see cropped to 568x878 pixels section of 6000x4000 pixels photo - F/2 1/1600s ISO-100 ) - still sharp

              3. Macro mode of the Zeiss lens

              4. Leaf shutter that syncs flash at every speed (great with built in flash as a fill light)

              5. Convenient location of the shutter speed dial

              6. Shutter button accepts a mechanical (threaded) cable release

              7. Perfect location of the battery/memory card cover (it still opens with my tripod's quick release plate attached)

              8. Perfect location of the built in flash (not obstructed by hot shoe devices)

              9. Slim battery, which I can store in the SD card pocket of my bag

              10. USB battery charge inside the camera

              11. Easy to use Quick Navi menu

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              4.0

              Amazing quality in a small package

              By Hippoeater

              from Strongsville, Ohio

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              I am by no means a professional photographer but I love photography and this camera provides an incredible amount of enjoyment in that area.

              Build Quality is top notch. The camera has a great weight to it in your hands and feels incredibly solid - except for the back navigation wheel. Why sony felt the need to make it a cheap plastic when everything else is metal just blows my mind.

              Picture quality is absolutely amazing. The dynamic range this camera is able to produce is just something that I've never experienced in my use of my Canon 5dmk2, mk3, Nikon d80, d600, fuji xpro1.

              The carl zeiss lens is spectacular and really shows off it's uniqueness when used close up.

              At the end of the day I did end up returning the camera - I have difficulty taking steady shots when using a camera at arms length and not having the ability to hold it up close to my face to add stabilization. Yes the external viewfinders are options but I want something that is an all in one package.

              Maybe with the amazing reviews of the new olympus omd-em1 EVF we will get a next generation rx camera with one or something better built in.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              5.0

              Great P&S camera.

              By Khanh

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

              I've been with cameras for a long time, from Minolta (love its 28-70/2.8G lens) to Canon, Nikon D/SLRs and various P&S cameras. The first DSLR I bought was the Canon D30 back in the fall of 2000. Four DSLRs later, I still think the D30 was the "best" because it made me want to take pictures just to find an excuse to play with it. It took 13 years to find that feeling again, this time with a P&S, the Sony RX1.

              Here are my summary on the camera: It's amazing as a camera, slightly less so as a video camcorder.

              Pro:
              1) The Zeiss Sonnar lens: I think Sonnar design is a very good compromise between sharpness/flare and contrast/bokeh. Sharp across the frame at all apertures.

              2) The senor: It's very good in dynamic range with raw files. With adjustment brush, filters you'll think that you get an image with HDR. Full frame is a great.

              3) Leaf shutter: When you have to compete with the sun, you just can't do it with planar shutter, you need a leaf shutter. The shutter is also make a very pleasant sound and is very quiet.

              4) Spot metering: The spot meter cycle is well marked and covers the flexible focus point nicely.

              5) Built: The camera is very well built. Feel very solid in hands.

              Cons:
              1) It focuses at whatever aperture you set at. If you want to focus at night with f/5.6 you may run into trouble. Open up to f/2 then it's much better. I wish there's a custom function to open aperture wide for focus (closes down just before taking picture). There's no focus tracking in picture mode.

              2) Focus point selection: There are 3 options; Full auto, center and flexible. With center selection, the focus point is too large so it's hard to know if you focus on the face or on the eye. With flexible, the focus point is about the right size. When you first switch to flexible mode, you can move the selection around with the directional wheel (which is right) but when you are already in that mode, you can't use that wheel again to move the selection. You need to re-select the focus point mode in order to use the wheel.

              3) Flash mode: The slow-sync flash mode is not right. It does not slow-sync the way we typically think what slow-sync means (meter for ambient). For example if the frame needs ISO3200 at f/2, slow –sync will drop the ISO to something like 500 which darken the background. I had to set one of the quick selection modes to limit how low the ISO can go.

              4) Battery: the battery is tiny. Buy some extra.
              Over all, I'll get it again in a heartbeat. Even if Canon and Nikon came out with something similar next day, I don't see how Canon/Nikon can compete with Zeiss glass especially at the wide end.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
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              5.0

              BEST MACRO camera out there!

              By DocWedge

              from Sanibel Island, Florida

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Manual Control
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Stillabstract

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                The Direct Manual Focus combined with the "peaking" will give you the crispest focused macro subjects while leaving a wonderful de-focused B.G. or bokeh

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
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                • No

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                5.0

                A very BIG SMILE

                By Alan

                from Athens, OH

                About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Full Frame Sensor
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Razor Shape Lens
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                I am a very serious hobyist photographer, the only profesional cameras I have, have been 35mm film and view cameras. This is my first high-end digital camera, and I have puchased it after many, many months of making a big decision on what I really wanted. I certainly wanted a camera that was easy for travel and had a razor sharp lens and a full sensor. The RXI is just that--a Pocket Rocket.

                I own now for a little bit more than three month, and I managed to take a considerable amount of amazing shots with it. Still learning each and every day about digital photography. I love the fact that I can take a picture in any light conditions without the use of a tripod and fiddling around. I took the camera on an amazing trip to China for three weeks and took nearly 3600 photos. The camera is amazing and it is very nice to carry around especially for travel. The lens is razor sharp and the color is wonderful.

                I purchased the electronic view finder and additional batteries (3) for my trip and this worked out very well especially on the Great Wall or when photographing the Terracotta Soldiers in Xian.

                Overall superb camera.---

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                5.0

                Makes me happy all the time.

                By Thiago Zanetti

                from Curitiba, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                I´m not a professional or semi professional photographer, I just like to control exposure, speed, ISO in a fast and easy way to take my photos the way I want.
                This camera is amazing, the quality of images is perfect. Easy to use, buttons a little to small and battery life is short. Compact to take it every where. LOVE IT.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
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                1.0

                Major Design Flaw

                By JSM

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                      I purchased this camera and then returned it. The problem is that, if you're shooting a lot, the battery lasts for just about 2 hours and forty-five minutes, or about 200 +/- frames. So, you need to have at least 3 extra batteries. That's another $120+. But the problem here is that there's no external charger. You have to charge the battery in the camera. For me, given the price and quality of the camer, this is an unacceptable flaw. I hope that Sony gets this problem worked out.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
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                      5.0

                      super sharp image from a very small body

                      By yltangdds

                      from San Mateo CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No Viewfinder
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                      I have owned other full frame cameras ( Nikon D4 and Leica M9). This RX1 is my go to camera,super sharp image from an amazing full frame sensor. The image from this little guy is on par or even better than my D4 and M9.
                      The only complaints will be battery life and focus speed.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
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                      5.0

                      Superb low light performance

                      By Z

                      from NY metro area

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Resolution
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                        I am a hobyist photographer, the only profesional cameras I have, I inherited from my Grandmother, who was a professional photographer. This is my first decent digital camera, and I have puchased it because it was similar in philosophy with my favorite film camera (practika super TL with zeiss flektogon lens)

                        I own it for a little bit more than a month, and I managed to take a considerable amount of amazing shots with it. I love the fact that I can take a picture in any light conditions without the use of a tripod and fiddling around.

                        The only thing I would love to have is to have manual focus with focus distances engraved on lens. This way I could manually set the focus without looking at the lcd...

                        Overall superb camera.

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                        • 9
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                        5.0

                        Fun to shoot. Outstanding IQ.

                        By Amudgarden

                        from Phoenix, MD

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                        Pros

                        • Easy to operate
                        • Light
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • EVF not included

                        Best Uses

                        • Casual shooting
                        • Photo journalism

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                        I purchased the RX1 primarily as a compact "carry-around" alternative to my DSLR. The selling point, for me, was the full-frame sensor. This was the first Sony camera product I've owned, so I was going into this experience with my mind wide open.

                        Image quality is exceptional. Side-by-side, color rendering is on par with my Leica M-E and Summilux 35mm 1.4 attached. Granted, the Sony doesn't give you the "Leica look" (that subtle 3-D characteristic where the subject seems to pop out of a creamy background), but color contrast and minimizing of CA are splendid.

                        Carrying the camera around is a joy if you're used the relative bulk of a DSLR at your hip. It's not as light as an Olympus OM5, but it also feels sturdier and stronger than micro four-thirds (and most other mirror-less) cameras. You don't get the impression that anything is made of cheap plastic...the camera feels like it was hewn out of a magnificent chunk of magnesium alloy.

                        I've never met an electronic viewfinder I've liked, so my thoughts on it aren't worth much to anyone who likes using them. To me, I always feel detached from the scene when peering through one. But, nonetheless, as far as EVFs go, this one works seamlessly with the camera body...and it should if it's going to be sold as an accessory.

                        If I want to hold a camera two feet out in front of my face for composition, I'll use my Iphone, not a nearly 3 grand piece of finely tuned digital optics. Come on Sony, throw the EVF in there with the package. This camera is too good to make the EVF an option.

                        I've got no complaints with the Zeiss 35mm fixed lens. As stated previously, CA is well corrected, and while there might be some slight vignetting wide-open, it dissipates very quickly stopped down. No significant lens distortion from what I have been able to tell.

                        Auto-focus is fast enough in situations with ample light to track random people along a city street. As light drops off, so does the speed of the auto focus...rather steeply I may add. In low light, the AF will dance with you...so if you plan on following your 5 year old nephew around indoors, bring your patience with you. Outdoors, it's a piece of cake, although obviously not even close to par with full frame DSLRs. This is not a replacement for sports photography.

                        Whether you're a pro looking for a high quality reportage camera, a wealthy enthusiast, or a serious hobbyist, the camera is a joy to operate, and once you get a little accustomed to the menus (not a difficult task), walking around with this little guy is just plain fun.

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                        4.0

                        Small with picture quality!

                        By Ola

                        from Sweden

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Dynamic range
                        • Picture Quality
                        • Size

                        Cons

                        • Price for accessories

                        Best Uses

                        • Having A Camera With You

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                        We've now had the Rx1 for 3 months and 1400 exposures. We have used it as a tourist camera and for landscape and street photography.
                        Handled correctly the camera produces excellent picture quality. I've however noticed that I'm shooting it like a compact camera more than a camera. Auto ISO and P mode is where most of the pictures are shot. This is not the right was to use it. I think the reason this happens is that I normally shoot Canon 7D and the Sony user interface is not familiar to me.
                        Compared to the 7D I get a little bit less keepers. I think this is due to my behaviour mentioned above. Apart from the size, the best thing is the dynamic range in the raw-files. It's possible to bring things out of shadows and highlights like with no other camera I've had.
                        If you have the money to spend and have use for the size advantage I defently recommend getting the Rx1.

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                        5.0

                        Just as Good as the Big Boys

                        By Roy

                        from NYC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Street Photography

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                          Photography is a hobby for me and this is not my first full frame camera. I have to say that the picture quality is just as good as the Canon 5D3 and Nikon D600. Only negative is the fixed lens if you can call a Zeiss lens a negative. That said it helps you develop your photographic capabilities. Autofocus may not be as quick and there is no EVF but you can work around those things. It definitely is not a sports camera. But otherwise it's compactness, picture quality and portability is definitely worth the purchase. I have no regrets and will be keeping this camera for a very long time.

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                          3.0

                          some what old er fashion cam need..

                          By moleJoe

                          from Anaheim ,CA

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera:

                                need more time to test out the whole system..
                                will post another review for it .
                                Reason why I give 3 star is it take me more time to figure out why things don't work .
                                However, o ne thing for sure is it produce great color and very good contrast possible because of the good lens .
                                Pro
                                1 color and contrast .
                                2.bulid quality .
                                Con
                                1.why at A mode shutter speed stay or stuck at 1/80 most of time .
                                2.no image stabilization ,very shallow depth of field, i used to other smaller sensor cam.
                                but that is good for portrait photo not macro.
                                3 difficult to compose with the LCD in bright day. screen get warm after a continue use.
                                4.too many options to choose from .not enough custom function buttons (need one more c-button )
                                else has to go through the menu looking around .
                                5.focus below other high end compact. Cannot focus if contrast bright say object next to a light. Slow as well compare to rx100.
                                6.sony really need to improve & update the cam software. The sony-Raw conversion is even slower than the cam to focus even in my icore7 4gb RAM computer.
                                It will take very long time to process every single thing for every picture!
                                Wish list
                                1 sony update this cam software soon
                                (for faster focus ,release the limit of shutter speed at 1/80)
                                2 get the wireless flash system to work.

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