Sony Cybershot RX1 review by Ken Rockwell: It looks good, built good, but the user interface is awkward, and compared to a Leica that satisfies for decades, this seems like a toy to play with-for a few months, until the next model comes out.

"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

at the sample under Sharpness; the walls are supposed to be white, and look yellow-green. I haven't found the tweak for WB shift, but even if I did, the color rendition blahs go deeper than just a simple shift.
What is good about color rendition is that auto white balance works very well under crappy florescent light, better than most DSLRs do under this light.


Ergonomics are pretty good. The RX1 feels good and handles well. The RX1 shoots fast, has a nearly silent shutter, and has a smooth trigger pull. There are lugs and split rings for straps, not slots as I prefer. I'd rather use the LEICA strap with the RX1, but that would require trying to pry off Sony's split rings first.

There is no deeper detent at zero on the compensation knob, so it's difficult to set to zero by feel. There's a stupid orange advertising band around the lens which will need to be shoe-polished or taped for concealed use. I wasn't able to figure out how to set the M1 M2 and M3 positions on the top dial. TOo bad, as these are very useful features IF they recall everything about the RX1's settings.

The power switch is very good, copied from the LEICA M7. It doesn't get knocked by accident, and it's easy to set by feel. We can't easily change aperture with one finger; the ring is too stiff. There's also no ribbing on the bottom and no tabs on the side.

The trigger pull (shutter release feel) is excellent. It's easier to release smoothly than are LEICA's recent shutter releases. Fuji boxes their expensive cameras better than does Sony. There is still no shutter speed dial. The Sony RX1's exposure-setting ergonomics are poor compared to a real camera that has a shutter-speed dial and "A" settings on the shutter and aperture dials so we can get the various modes (Contax and Fuji do this much better). The RX1 handles swell for setting P and A modes, but setting the shutter for M and S modes results in more menu fumbling.

When you get bogged down with the menus, like most lesser cameras, there is so much junk that we can't easily find what we need."

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