• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • 35.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 35mm 847.3mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Sony RX1 advantages over Sony A7S

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/250 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Sony A7S advantages over Sony RX1

  • Less expensive
    $1998 vs $2398
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 8.40 vs 5.97 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,702 vs 2,534 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 380 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.27 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    62 vs 15 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    39 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    409600 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Outstanding high ISO performance; excellent dynamic range; 4K video recording (via uncompressed HDMI); XAVC S option for HD video; Slightly improved battery life over A7/A7R; Built-in Wi-Fi & NFC connectivity.

  • 4K video requires expensive external recorder; Sluggish startup time; Loud shutter; Silent Shooting mode hurts image quality; Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Leica M-E (Typ 220)

Sony RX1
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $4784
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7S
Leica M-E (Typ 220)
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $4784
  • 35mm
  • Thinner
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony RX1R

Sony RX1
Sony RX1R
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
Sony A7S
Sony RX1R
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Internal flash
  • Higher max flash sync

Compared to Leica Q

Sony RX1
Leica Q
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S
Leica Q
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $4495
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sony A7S II

Sony RX1
Sony A7S II
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Internal flash
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony A7S
Sony A7S II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2198
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Shoot 4K video

Compared to Sony RX1R II

Sony RX1
Sony RX1R II
  • $2531
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A7S
Sony RX1R II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3298
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
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