Sony Cybershot RX1 review at Pocket-Lint: It has its shortcomings, of which the steep price is the most serious one, but does other things so brilliantly it is enough for many people to fall in love with.

"Rating the world's most expensive fixed-lens compact camera is no easy task. For some it won't ever make it on to so much as a wish list, while for others it'll be what they've been waiting years for. But it's not without some bumps and blips.

The camera's 35mm fixed focal length may be a touch wide for some, though, who knows, perhaps there'll be a future version with a 50mm lens. Still, what the RX1's 35mm Carl Zeiss lens does get right it does so staggeringly well. The build

quality is second to none and both the manual aperture ring and focus rings are a joy to use. Pair an f/2.0 aperture with a full-frame sensor and, fill yer boots, that puts plenty of shallow depth of field control right at your fingertips. Although super-close-up focus isn't possible, the inclusion of a 20-30cm "macro" mode is certainly handy and puts this Sony ahead of the likes of the Leica X2 in terms of available focus distance.

Whether the absence of a built-in viewfinder is a problem is arguable. This is no Leica - how could it be, as it's not a rangefinder and doesn't have interchangeable lenses - so an optical finder has limited use due to no true feedback in the finder; instead the electronic viewfinder is our choice of the two - but it will push the overall price to nearer to the £3,000 mark. Ouch."

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