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Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
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  • 35mm full-frame 24.3MP Exmor® CMOS sensor,
  • ISO 100-25600,
  • 14-bit RAW image capture,
  • f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens with 9 aperture blades,
  • P/A/S/M modes,
  • Full HD 24p/60i/60p video with manual control
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1
Sony DSC-RX1


Description by Sony:

Introducing the Cyber-shot® DSC-RX1, the world's first fixed lens digital camera to sport a 35mm full-frame sensor. Perfectly pocketable, you can easily take it wherever you roam to capture gorgeous, high-quality 24.3-megapixel photos and Full HD video. Complete manual control puts the power to fulfill your creative vision in the palm of your hand, while the big, bright f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens delivers beautifully defocused backgrounds and macro capabilities. And it's an excellent video camera, too. Shoot stunning Full HD 24p/60i/60p video, and exercise creative freedom with manual control of P/A/S/M modes. The multi-interface shoe lets you add a variety of accessories to further enrich the capabilities of this incredible camera.

24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 25600, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise. The BIONZ® image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.

World’s first fixed lens 35mm camera
The DSC-RX1 is the world’s first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera which offers an uncompromising design that focuses on an intuitive, user-friendly operation. The camera fits in the palm of a hand and allows users to carry it nearly everywhere to capture any shooting opportunity that arises.

Bright f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens.
This is definitely not your standard point-and-shoot lens. A newly developed large-diameter f/2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens with 9 aperture blades delivers refined background defocusing and macro capabilities. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

Full HD 24p video.
It's like a high-end video camera that's as mobile as you. Experience Full HD 24p/60i/60p video with manual control and audio input, plus creative flexibility while shooting movies and stills. Enable the Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and exposure control, plus clear sound recording via the built-in stereo microphone.

Amazing low-light performance.
Now you can capture the mood of the moment without a flash. The combination of the RX1's large 35mm sensor and bright f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens with class-leading image processing and noise reduction deliver outstanding low-light performance to capture the moment as you see it.

Ultra-fast focusing speed.
So small, yet so quick. Focus as fast as 0.13 seconds with high speed AF. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera's BIONZ processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, accurate focusing speeds.

Add on with a multi-interface shoe.
The RX1 features a newly-developed multi-interface shoe that dramatically expands the camera's compatibility with a variety of accessories and raises its potential for photo and movie shooting. Available accessories include a powerful external flash unit, electronic viewfinder, optical viewfinder, thumb grip and clip-on LCD monitor.


Full frame burst shooting
High speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second (fps) is made possible by the BIONZ® processor and 24 megapixel sensor.


Quick Navi – settings at a glanceQuick Navi enhances direct control of your favorite functions. 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.


Expandable with multi interface shoe
The multi interface shoe allows easy connection with wide-ranging accessories expanding the range of photographic expression. Available accessories include a powerful external flash unit, electronic viewfinder,

Dual-aspect ratio recording for still images
Capture still images in either 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. This provides the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose.

Four focusing modes
This camera has two Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment.

Creative Style settings
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, saturation3 , and sharpness to your personal taste.

Face Detection/ Registration technology
The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults

Three control lens rings
Full manual operation is intuitive on the RX1. Users can keep their eyes on the subject and concentrate on the composition while comfortably adjusting the dedicated aperture, focusing, and macro switching rings.

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.

3” Xtra Fine LCD™ Display
The 3” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD™ Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview live Picture Effects. WhiteMagic™ technology increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.

Built in pop up flash
Enjoy the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go. Guide number is approximately 6*. Choose from Auto, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Fill-flash and Flash Off modes.

Digital level gauge
Digital level gauge to allow easier leveling of the camera

Picture Effect mode
Realize your creative potential with Picture Effect, a fun and simple way to convert ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Effects are 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.

Auto portrait framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.


High speed Auto Focus
Focus as fast as 0.13 seconds with high speed AF. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ® processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

Conveniently placed dials
Quick access to conveniently placed exposure compensation and focus mode dials.

Nine aperture blades
Nine aperture blades form a nearly perfect circle throughout the normally used aperture range of F2 to F22, resulting in background defocusing that is smooth and genuinely beautiful.

Auto HDR mode
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot (up to 6 EV stops), all in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Capture JPEG files, RAW files, or both
The DSC-RX1 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.


MF assist and peakingManual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot.


Sweep Panorama™ Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.


The Sony RX1 could be the ultimate 'Decisive Moment Camera' if it wasn't for some major niggles, like the lack of a built-in viewfinder, the subpar AF system, and that horrible orange bling ring around the lens. Common Sony, this isn't  a Hyundai Coupe, the owners of this camera already know they got a '35mm full frame CMOS image sensor' camera, no need to have a screamy text reminding them of it.

"At the start of this review we asked if the RX1 was a good enough camera to play in the same league as Leica. The answer is yes. The lens is excellent, as is the sensor (something that's not been true of digital Leicas so far), meaning it'll more than hold its own against the M-series cameras in image quality terms, even if it's not quite as engaging as a true rangefinder. Or, put another way, it's arguably the camera the Leica X-series aspires to be.

Post date: 20/02/2013 - 09:11

If you ever get bored by the 35mm Zeiss lens on your RX1, you can always use this nifty tool to change the lens to something wider or longer~

"As the RX1 is a Sony camera, it boasts a long list of other stand-out features. Shutter lag is only notable by its apparent absence, and image processing times are thankfully non-intrusive, even for the large Raw files that the RX1 produces. This camera really does deliver DSLR-like performance and image quality in a pocketable format, music to the ears of most enthusiasts, with the exception of the auto-focusing speed, which lags behind the very best contrast-based systems. It's certainly not bad enough to prevent us from recommending the RX1, but it does limit the camera's versatility somewhat. 

Post date: 07/02/2013 - 11:55

"The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is currently unique in being the only compact camera with fixed lens and full-frame sensor. Due to the expense of developing a camera like this, it's likely to be unique in its field for a long time to come, with APS-C sized sensor (or smaller) compact cameras being developed in greater numbers.

Post date: 02/02/2013 - 19:57

Btw, this is what Kai wrote about the RX1 when it was first announced:

"The Sony RX1 is possibly one of the most important developments in digital photography. Why? Because it is supposed to be a 24-megapixel full-frame compact camera. Not a DSLR, but a compact camera. You remember those old film compact cameras that used 35mm film? They were "full-frame" too, but it seems like APS-C sensors have become the limit for cameras smaller than the full-frame DSLRs and Leica M9. We've all come to accept that, and any such suggestions of a full-frame compact camera have been laughed off"

Post date: 19/01/2013 - 22:01

Just remember that you can buy ALL currently available Fujinon primes + the X-E1 body and come up with less money than needed  for the RX1 + viewfinder. While this is a quick review, it covers the essentials and is straight to the point.  Initially there's was some readers' uproar about the usage of Lightroom converted RAW files by Steve (X-E1 raws+Lightroom=meh), but then he posted a couple of OOC Jpegs and everybody went "oooh!"

"The RX1 JPEGS are much sharper than the Fuji’s and have that more “robust” look to them as well. As for AF speed, the Sony and Fuji are about the same with AF speed after the new Fuji firmware update of the body and lens and both seem to lock on well in my low light tests (see video above). After shooting them both and handling them both and processing files from both, for me the winner is the Sony. I much prefer the feel, build and lens on the Sony RX1. I also enjoy almost limitless DR and amazing sharpness in my files. I love the shallow DOF and the “Zeiss Pop” from the RX1 and with the Gariz case on my personal camera it feels like a work of art.

Post date: 18/01/2013 - 21:08

"The camera is weighty-feeling and very solid. It feels like a miniature M9. I was unable to obtain the EVF so used, in addition to the LCD, an optical viewfinder. I found after a few experiments that the Voightlander 28 mm finder gave the best match for the 35 mm lens field of view. I’m sure the Zeiss finder made specifically for the RX1 is nice but I think it somewhat over-priced. I fitted the lens with a 49 mm B+W clear filter and purchased a very inexpensive screw-in vented lens hood on Ebay for around $10. These two served to protect the front surface of the lens

Post date: 12/01/2013 - 14:53

"Ranking 4th overall in the DxOMark Sensor Score Ratings the Sony RX1 compact camera performs as well as and better than many professional DSLRs. Featuring the same full frame Sony CMOS sensor used in the Nikon D600 we already knew how impressive the results could be and engineering it into a compact shell with a fixed lens hasn’t negatively affected picture quality. ISO performance isn’t quite as good, but nearly, and Sony should be congratulated for pushing the boundaries of camera technology with the RX1.

Post date: 08/01/2013 - 19:06

"The EVF both could and should have been better. Not enough thought has gone into the way in which it or its case have been designed, nor into the way that it works as part of the system: the firmware tweak I suggest above is one example of this but another is the fact that neither the thumb-grip nor the flash  can be used in conjunction with the finder.

Those gripes aside, the finder does its job very well. It fulfills all of the major requirements a user will have of it and it unlocks

Post date: 04/01/2013 - 16:56

"Speaking of the screen, the 3 inch, 1.2 million dot TFT features Sony’s White Magic technology, which is designed to boost contrast. It’s a good performer, not suffering from reflection or glare in all but the very brightest of sunlight. There’s no viewfinder included as standard, but, unlike with the Sony RX100, either an optical or electronic viewfinder can be slotted into this port here.

Post date: 04/01/2013 - 09:30

"Overall, Sony RX1 is a definite winner. It might not be perfect, but never before could we buy a camera this small with such superb sensor and lens combination. Silent shutter makes it ideal for street or photojournalist work, and if someone finds the time (Sony are you reading this?) to develop hyperfocal on-screen distance scale in a form of firmware update, RX1 might become digital street camera unlike any before.

Image quality is in the same league with Nikon D600, D800 or Canon 5D MkIII used with similar high quality lens… in plain words there are only 5-6 cameras on the market today capable of competing with RX1 (excluding medium format) and 

Post date: 30/12/2012 - 00:00

"Overall I’d have to say this is a great beginning, but not something I’m interested in at this time. I loved the image quality and I commend Sony for using such a great lens. However, I need a zoom lens on a form factor like this and this is one camera that I’d actually consider buying if it had interchangeable lenses.

It’s just lame being stuck at 35mm only at this day and age, so at this price point it’s more of a proof of concept camera than something I desire to own. Hopefully Sony will respond to feedback like this and come up with an

Post date: 22/12/2012 - 00:00

"I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony RX1 presses all the right buttons for me – no pun intended. Built quality is exemplary, haptics are mostly excellent, as are control placement and customizability. The Zeiss lens is truly excellent, and having a full-frame 24MP camera that can fit in a coat pocket and go almost anywhere without being an encumbrance makes this camera greatly appealing. One can always find quibbles in any piece of equipment, but the RX1 is more operationally all-of-a-piece and desirable than just about any recent camera in my experience.

Post date: 19/12/2012 - 23:27

"Color rendition, as covered at the Introduction, isn't great. It tends towards yellow-green, and the colors just don't render as well as they do on my other brand cameras. For instance, most would be happy with the snap above, but if I had shot it on my Canon, Nikon or iPhone 5, the colors would be much more as I want them.

All brands are different, and tend to be similar within a brand. Sony's still cameras lack the chops of other makers. Look

Post date: 15/12/2012 - 01:21

"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

Post date: 08/12/2012 - 02:30

"To be totally honest, there has not been any camera that I have tested or owned  in recent times that has given me the visual rewards like the RX1 has. What I mean by this can be explained with a few reasons..1st one is ease of use. The ease in which it gives you beautiful quality and rich images huge in Dynamic Range is pretty sweet to have.

I also say this due to the size of the camera. No camera of this size can give you results like this. Period. You can get it with a Nikon D800 and Zeiss 35 f/2 but that combo would be much much larger, much much heavier and much much more expensive! After shooting with the RX1 for a few weeks I have grown to appreciate what it does and I seriously do not want to be without it! With most cameras, after I review them I am fine with sending them back to the manufacturer but not this time!"

Post date: 04/12/2012 - 21:31

"The RX1 is, for many reasons, a remarkable camera, and one which has been very difficult to score on account of it not having any obvious immediate rivals. While it's certainly true that it's expensive, it'd be difficult to find a full-frame DSLR and optic of equivalent performance for less. Its compact size and reasonably discrete styling means it also presents a very real advantage over full-frame DSLRs with similar lenses; for the reportage photographer in particular, there are many reasons why it should be the most desirable option currently available.

Post date: 01/12/2012 - 00:00

Maybe the biggest surprise of this years PhotoKina edition, this compact (relatively speaking) 24 Mpixel full frame camera, comes with a fixed Zeiss 35mm f1.4 lens, and many other goodies:

Post date: 12/09/2012 - 17:59


DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
DXO Dynamic Range: 
DXO Low Light Performance: 
2534 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
35mm full-frame (35.8mm × 23.9mm) ExmorTM CMOS Sensor
Effective Pixels: 
24.3 Megapixels
Total Pixels: 
Aspect Ratio: 
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Filter Array: 
Primary color
Sensor has dust removal: 
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
Yes Steady Shot
Active : [Still image] Optical [Movie] Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
BIONZ™ image processor
Focal Length details: 
35mm Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens)
Max Aperture: 
Min Aperture: 
Memory Card Type Details: 
Dual memory cards
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD Memory Card,
SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Exposure Control
Metering Mode: 
Multi segment
Center weighted
Exposure Compensation Details: 
+/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps
AE Lock: 
Shutter Type : 
Mechanical Shutter
Maximum shutter speed: 
1/2000 sec
Minimum shutter speed: 
30 sec
Shutter Speed: 
Program Auto (30-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000)
Shooting Modes: 
Scene Mode(s) :
Sports Action,
Night Scene,
Handheld Twilight,
Night Portrait
Drive Modes: 
Sweep Panorama
Continuous shooting: 
5.0 fps
Continuous Shooting Details: 
5 fps at 24.3MP
Self Timer : 
10sec. / 2sec.
ISO Range: 
100 - 25,600 ISO
ISO Sensitivity: 
Auto (ISO100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit), (Extendable to ISO50/64/80),
Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit) 100-102400
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Fluor (Warm White)
Fluor (Cool White)
Fluor (Day White)
Fluor (Daylight)
C. Temp., Filter
White Balance Personal: 
Focusing Type Details: 
Contrast Detect (sensor)
Multi point AF (25 points)
Center weighted AF
Flexible spot
Flexible spot (tracking focus)
Flexible sport (face tracking)
AF System Points: 
25 points
AF System Points Details: 
25 points
AF Modes: 
Single-shot AF (AF-S)
Continuous AF (AF-C)
Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
Manual Focus (MF)
AF lock : 
Manual Focus : 
Closest Focusing Distance : 
24cm to infinity (Normal mode), approx. 14cm to 29cm (Macro mode))
AF Assist Beam : 
Yes, built -in LED type
Viewfinder Type Details: 
Live View
Liveview Details: 
Full Time
Rear Screen Details: 
3.0" (7.5cm) (4:3) Xtra Fine TFT LCD
Resolution Details: 
Tiltable Monitor: 
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
Flash Hotshoe: 
Built in Flash: 
Flash Modes: 
Slow Sync
Rear Sync
External Flash Wireless Sync: 
Guide Number: 
ISO Auto 0.75m to 21.7m / ISO 25600 up to 43.4?
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
Still Image Size 16:9 :
L: 20M (6000 x 3376)
M: 8.7M (3936 x 2216)
S: 3.9M (2640 x 1488) Still Image Size 3:2 :
[3:2] L: 24M (6000 x 4000)
M: 10M (3936 x 2624)
S: 4.6M (2640 x1760)

Panorama Still Image Size :
Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856)
Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856)

Still Image Format: 
RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
28M PS (1920×1080, 60p/50p),
24M FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i),
17M FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i),
24M FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p),
17M FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p)

12M (1440×1080, 30fps/25fps),
3M VGA (640×480, 30fps/25fps)

Movie Format: 
AVCHD Ver2.0,
Movie Length: 
Up to 29 minute segments
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the User
Photo Effects: 
Toy Camera, Pop Color,
Posterization, Retro Photo,
Soft High-key, Partial Color,
High Contrast Monochrome,
Soft Focus, HDR Painting,
Rich-tone Monochrome,
Miniature, Watercolor,
Standard, Vivid, Neutral,
Clear, Deep, Light,
Portrait, Landscape, Sunset,
Night Scene, Autum Leaves,
Black, White, Sepia
Playback Zoom: 
Menu Languages: 
English, French, German,
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,
Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian,
Danish, Finnish, Polish,
Czech, Hungarian , Turkish,
Greek, Bulgarian, Croatian,
Computer Interface: 
Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
Other Conection Interface: 
HD Output : Micro HDMI
Microphone Input : Microphone jack
Power Source
Power Source: 
LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 (supplied)
Battery Life: 
Approx. 220 / Approx. 110min
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Weather Sealing Details: 

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