It’s real: The nearly-pocketable Sony RX1 sports a full-frame sensor and 35mm lens


posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM EST


Only a handful of cameras have made me want to utter expletives of happy astonishment. "Holy Moly, they finally did it!" I thought (paraphrased). Yes, it's real: Sony has shoehorned a full 35mm-sized sensor with a fairly fast 35mm prime lens into a nearly pocket-sized camera called the Sony Cyber-shot RX1. It's official: you can go ahead and think of "RX" as code for Rex, because the King of Small Cameras is here.

I'd been expecting a super-pro digital SLR above the A99 (a camera we'd already seen, which was announced simultaneously), but I didn't expect a camera that would make all the early Sony RX100 buyers utter a few expletives of their own. But before you feel chagrined, note that the price of this 24.3-megapixel, full-frame, fixed-lens compact camera is a comparatively high $2,800. Whoa.

Price not an issue, or just want to salivate over how the other half shoots? Read our hands-on Sony RX1 preview for more on this stunning camera!

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Camera Type Mid-Sized
Manufacturer North America: RX1
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.7 in.
(113 x 65 x 70 mm)
Weight 17.0 oz (482 g)
Planned Price $2,800
Planned Availability November 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type Sony CMOS
35mm (approx. 1.69 in. diagonal)
24.70 megapixels (total)
24.30 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Focal Length Multiplier 1.00
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Dimensions 6000 x 4000 (24.0 megapixels)
6000 x 3376 (20.3 megapixels)
3936 x 2624 (10.3 megapixels)
3936 x 2216 (8.7 megapixels)
2640 x 1760 (4.6 megapixels)
2640 x 1488 (3.9 megapixels)
12416 x 1856 (23.0 megapixels)
8192 x 1856 (15.2 megapixels)
2160 x 5536 (12.0 megapixels)
2160 x 3872 (8.4 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 5.0 frames per second
Image Quality 3 levels
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.0 in. diagonal, 1,228,800 dots
Playback Zoom 16.7
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 35.0mm (actual)
35mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2 - f/22
Focusing System Contrast Detection: Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing Range Normal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 8.2" - 14" (20 cm - 35 cm)
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV steps, expandable to 50/64/80), Auto (100-25600 with selectable upper/lower limits); Multi Frame NR: 100-102400 (1 EV steps), Auto (100-25600 with selectable upper/lower limits)
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/2000 second
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 1200-zone Evaluative, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm white/Cool white/Day white/Daylight), Flash, Color Temp, Color Filter, Custom
Internal Flash Guide Number: 6
Modes: Auto, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Off, Wireless; Red-eye reduction: On/Off
Range: ISO Auto 0.75m to 21.7m / ISO 25600 up to 43.4m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- EV
Scene Modes Scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight; Sweep Panorama; Effects: Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Digital Zoom Up to 2x Clear Image Zoom, 1.4x/2.0x Smart Teleconverter, up to 9.1x digital zoom at lower resolutions
Self Timer Yes, 2, 10 seconds
Movie Format AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio :Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC with audio
Movie Resolution / Frame Rate 1920x1080 @ 60p/28Mbps/PS or 60i/24Mbps/FX or 60i/17Mbps/FH or 24p/24Mbps/FX or 24p/17Mbps/FH, 1440x1080 @ 30p/12Mbps, 640x480 @ 30p/3Mbps
Recording Medium Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format 14-bit RAW (ARW 2.3), RAW+JPEG, JPEG (EXIF 2.3)
Other Micro HDMI (Type-D), Microphone Jack
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary NP-BX1
Product Bundle
Software Software CD-ROM (includes Picture Motion Browser, Image Data Converter 4)
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control Yes, Threaded cable release
Waterproof No
Notes World's First Full-Frame Compact Digital Camera
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