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

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

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


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
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Sony DSC-RX1 overview

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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.
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
Still Image Playback Options: Control for HDMI, Slideshow.
UPC: 027242863507

Sony DSC-RX1 specs

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: AVCHD
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lens 8 Elements in 7 Groups
3 Aspherical
Effective Focal Length: 35mm
Aperture: f/2.0 (W) to f/22 (T)
Filter Thread 49mm
Zoom Digital: 2x
Digital: 4x
Digital: 6.1x
Digital: 9.1x
Focus Range Normal: 9.45" to Infinity / 24 cm to Infinity
Macro: 5.51" to 11.42" / 14 cm to 29.01 cm
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 50 to 25600
Shutter 30 to 1/4000  
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

Also: Color temperature

Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 24.3 MP for up to Frames
Self-Timer 10 Sec
Flash Modes Auto
Second-Curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range 2.46 to 71.19' / 0.75 to 21.70 m
Up to142.39' / 43.40 m
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 3" LCD Rear Screen (1,229,000 Pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0 Micro-B
USB 2.0
Battery NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UD11 (Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8" / 11.4 x 6.6 x 7.1 cm
Weight 1.06 lb / .48 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 6.2 x 5.7"

Sony DSC-RX1 reviews

Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Compact Digital Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 65.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from two words.....super sharp! 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.
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb low light performance 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.
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I expected... and more I am primarily a studio photographer and up until now the only camerasI carried around on trips or on my person were point and shoot. The quality was always lacking so I never took them seriously. I had owned a Leica M6and missed it sorely. I tried using the digital Leica and found problems in focusing. (not as quick or precise as my studio camera - Nikon D4) The RX-1has solved a lot of my problems and I'm enjoying the almost analogue feel of the camera. The results I have gotten from the images are well worth the price.
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Image Quality I prefer compact cameras with fast prime lenses. To this the RX1 adds a full-frame sensor. Image quality is exceptional, as is the fit and finish of the camera and lens. AF is on the slow side but is very accurate. Metering and auto white balance are the best I've encountered. (My other cameras are a Canon 1Ds2 and a Panasonic GF1.) I don't need a built-in viewfinder, but I would prefer for the RX1 to be slightly larger. Adding a Gariz leather half case helped. If you can live with a single 35mm prime, then I highly recommend the RX1.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Photos (when it focuses!) I bought this camera because I was tired of lugging around a giant 5DMII. I have to say this Sony takes the most amazing photos in my library. The beautiful Carl Zeiss lens creates gorgeous bokeh and the shallow depth of field is stunning. The only caveat to this camera is that focus is sometimes off. It can often back-focus in low light (not just missing the face, but the entire body of the person). If you're patient and not shooting events or sports, you'll be thrilled with the amazing image quality of this camera.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full Frame, Small Size, Light Weight I bought this after having dived into the Sony NEX mirrorless system cameras. The RX 100 is a truly great camera but having something that size with a full frame sensor was too good to be true. The image quality with a Carl Zeiss T*-Sonar lens and Exmor chip makes the images exceptional. Build quality is equally good and the customization of the controls affords TONS of flexibility. The macro option is also an added plus. Very good when shot from a tripod (I use a Manfrotto with ball head). I think (for the price) Sony should have supplied a built-in viewfinder. I purchased the optional EVF viewfinder, which works great, but it shouldn't have to be an option.
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so good unfortunately Bought this camera for traveling light. The camera is small but kind of hefty (in good way). Image quality is great so is built quality except a flimsy plastic battery door. Handling and ergonomics are pretty good. However , there were some issues discovered and posted in various photo forums. 1. Uneven / asymmetrical aperture blades from F2.2 and down. 2. The shutter button is being activated even when the camera is turned off which can cause the battery drain when the camera in the photo bag. 3. Color casting in some lighting condition (color shift) 4. Slow auto focus. 5. AF area is too big for precise focusing and can't be adjusted in camera settings.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Camera With a Few Complaints Build quality is stellar. The feel of the focus ring, the aperture ring, buttons, even the all-metal lens cap, all feel top notch and worthy of the admittedly high price. Image quality is astounding. Even in low light, its hard to find anything wanting in the images it gives you. The noise levels rival full frame DSLRs.Also, the large f/2.0 lens together with the full frame sensor really expands upon what one expects from a small compact camera. You can get nice bokeh with narrow depth of field and take pictures in the dark no problem (when its able to focus, see below). Complaints are minor, but there are a few. First of all, as others have pointed out, the focus speed is not great. Perhaps I'm expecting too much from a small compact camera, but with the rest of the camera being so amazing, the slow focus speed really stands out and detracts from the camera's enjoyment. There will definitely be moments of hunting that are frustrating and cause you to lose your shot, no matter how strategic you are with your focus points. Another negative is that the lens cap (which is full metal and feels military-grade) doesn't seem to fit 49mm lens filters (definitely not the B+W one that I purchased with the camera). Not really a big deal because you can just get a generic lens cap for cheap, but its a shame because its a really unique and high-quality cap that comes with the camera. Also keep in mind, a battery charger is not included in the box. Just a cord, so Sony expects you to charge the battery in your camera. Awesome. Lastly, the official Sony accessories are priced with some sort of crazy tax.Despite these complaints, I still love the camera and have no regrets buying it. The image quality I'm getting in low light with buttery smooth bokeh, outshine the negatives by far. Yes, I'd rather use my much more flexible Canon 5DMII with my Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens in most situations, but with the Sony RX1 being so small, I'm waaaay more likely to have it on me when an unplanned shooting opportunity arises. And that right there is the entire point.PS: The smile detect mode (in which the camera waits for you to smile and then automatically takes a photo when you do) is simultaneously the most useless thing in the world, and also the most fun to play with. I mean, you know, for kids. If I had any. Does not work on dogs.
Date published: 2013-01-24
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