Sony RX1 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Resolution: 24.30 Megapixels
Sensor size: 35mm
(35.8mm x 23.9mm)
Kit Lens: Non-Zoom
(35mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / OLED
Native ISO: 100 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 50 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.7 in.
(113 x 65 x 70 mm)
Weight: 17.6 oz (498 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $2,800
Availability: 12/2012
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony RX1 specifications
24.30
Megapixels
Non-Zoom 35mm
size sensor
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RX1 Summary

With a full-frame sensor placed inside a compact body -- married with a fast, sharp 35mm Carl Zeiss lens -- the Sony RX1 achieves what was once almost unthinkable -- an almost-pocketable camera that delivers stellar hi-res images. The RX1 is the ultimate everyday street shooter or second camera for serious enthusiasts, pros (and trendsetters) alike, but its high price means it's not for everybody.

Pros

Full-frame, 24-megapixel sensor in a compact body; Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2 T* lens; Blazing fast autofocus; Impressive image quality that rivals (and sometimes surpasses) full-frame DSLRs; Customizable function buttons make it a breeze to use.

Cons

Fixed-length lens limits shooting flexibility; Some exposure bias, color shift, moire and video AF issues; Viewfinders (optical or electronic) only available as optional accessories; Extremely expensive for a compact camera.

Price and availability

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 began shipping in the U.S. market in December 2012, priced at US$2,800.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

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