Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1/B Black Digital Camera

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Sony DSC-RX1/B 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.
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Product Title Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1/B Black Digital Camera
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Lowest Price $1,849.00 from Abe's of Maine
Power Score 4.4 | 25 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review
4.5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Feb 23, 2013

The Sony RX1 has probably produced more excited commentary than any other camera announced in 2012. Having spent a good amount of time with it, we can say we're solidly among its fans, although our careful testing did reveal some shortcomings that have either been only lightly reported or not mentioned at all in other coverage. There's no question that the RX1's image quality is absolutely top-shelf, and we really liked the fluidity its highly configurable user interface brought to our shooting experience. As you'd expect from a $2,800 camera, build quality is excellent as well. Fitting all that into a body that's actually smaller than some high-end point & shoots is a phenomenal achievement. As noted, though, we did find a few items on the debit side of the ledger. Other reviewers have picked up on its short battery life, and a few reports have mentioned the subtle cross-frame magenta-cyan color shift, although it looks like we're the first to tie it to the camera's shading compensation. What we haven't seen mentioned elsewhere are the moiré issues we found with some subjects, especially in videos, the dropping of the still-capture continuous autofocus mode from production models, and the serious shortcomings we encountered with AF-C for video shooting. How might these issues affect your use of the RX1? Relative to our own shooting styles, we're still big fans, but read our Sony DSC-RX1 review for all the details, to make your own decision.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review
4.5 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Feb 7, 2013

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is the first ever compact camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor. Promising to combine high-end DSLR image quality with compact portability, the Sony RX1 also features a 35mm Carl Zeiss prime lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2, full 1080p high-definition video, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting modes, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO range of 50-25,600, and 14-bit raw support. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review to find out if it's the best compact camera ever made..

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User Reviews
The Perfect Field Camera for Biologists
5 Star Review   By TheCreativeAI on Sony - Official Store - Feb 3, 2014   

I recommend the RX1 for artistic and biologic pursuits, especially to anybody interested in field photography. I have taken the RX1 up mountains and through jungles for over a year and it keeps on taking flawless photographs. Its wide angle lens is perfect for landscapes, while the macro setting conveniently pushes the limits of close-ups with a simple twist of the ring around the lens. The super high resolution sensor gives you the flexibility to capture details in enlargements that you may not have noticed when you were shooting the picture. The RX1 is easy to carry around even though it has an extraordinary prime lens in it. In fact, I set it to stealthily shoot without a sound and that makes it easy to capture real life expressions. There are a number of accessories that can make it into a laboratory or studio camera, but the fun starts when you take it out of doors. Don't be afraid to fire away. It is sturdy. You don't have to worry about getting a mirror or sensor dirty because it does not have a mirror. It comes with a fixed lens, so you will never take it off to get dust on the sensor. I have taken thousands of pictures of everything from mountainous panoramas to bristles on flies, every one of them at perfect exposures with no detectable problems. The autofocus has been pinpoint accurate in macro and portrait photography. Videos are crisp and are easy to make with smooth digital zoom, but a tripod is essential. My readers tend to stand up and take notice of the RX1 images because everything that comes out of it has superb color and clarity. The RX1 is easy to use, lightweight, and compact; but the combined optics and electronic engineering make for equally high quality images. What's more, the RX1 is tough enough to take into the field around the world.

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A7r ..Superior Camera from Sony
5 Star Review   By AndyV on Sony - Official Store - Jan 3, 2014   

Outstanding performance in every way. Great Features. The battery charger cable does not work. Also, I did not receive an English Manual. It was French ?

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Excellent image quality - good luck with focus
3 Star Review   By RCM1 on Sony - Official Store - Oct 14, 2013   

I have had the camera for about 6 months now and it is a great compact camera, however I have missed many shots due to the slow focus speeds. It has been out over a year and still no firmware updates which is troubling given the cost of the camera. It makes me feel that there is no real support for this hardware. There are many people requesting a firmware update but Sony clearly stated they have no plans for this which is unfortunate. It's a 4 star camera but taking a star off for the lack of support.

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RX1 WITH INTERCHANGEABLE LENS
1 Star Review   By RENE on Adorama - Sep 15, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

MAKE IT INTERCHANGEABLE LENS VIA ADAPTERS FOR LEICA, NIKON, CANON AND SONY , AND IT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER.

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Great Product
5 Star Review   By SoapCakes on Sony - Official Store - Aug 9, 2013   

I've had this camera now for a few months and have no complaints. Its a great camera. Curious about a Firmware update tho?

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A fixed-lens Leica replacement
5 Star Review   By JZBuchwald on Sony - Official Store - Jul 26, 2013   

This RX1's lens is excellent, producing tack-sharp files with extraordinary resolution and dynamic range. It's a shame that the electronic viewfinder is not built in, but the addon eve,, though expensive, is better than any I've used before. There is one fault that really should be remedied as soon as possible: the focus distance scale behavior: 1. the scale only appears when the focus ring is turned. There should be an option to have it on all the time. 2. The scale is only in meters 3. The scale is pretty coarse 4. There is no indication of depth of field, as e.g. there is on the Fuji X cameras, which also have a much finer scale that can be switched to feet or meters. There's no reason not to remedy these problems with a firmware upgrade, which would make the camera nearly perfect.

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"bazinga" Power in your Hand
5 Star Review   By LAfur on Sony - Official Store - Jul 23, 2013   

This is a Camera that will take you further with your photograph´s. Excellent in Low light. Great Focus. Awesome Lens 35mm Zeiss. best regards Lafur Photography

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In A Word, "HOLY-MOLY!"
5 Star Review   By TopHeadphones99 on Sony - Official Store - Jun 2, 2013   

I recently sold my A77 to get this camera to compliment my Sony NEX VG900 camcorder. Like the VG900, this is a fantastic piece of engineering. The images that the RX1 produces are very sharp and detailed. I used both the RX1 and A99 with 24mm F1.8 in a local Sony Retail Store and I was surprised to find that the RX1 turned out to have better image quality, since both of the cameras have a 35mm sensor. This camera is nicely sized and fits into a coat pocket, but not in a pants pocket. That's one issue. It also has a high quality metal build and the bottom section is the only part that is plastic. The out-of-focus blur is very creamy and smooth and turns out to be extra-gorgeous in videos. The video quality is good. Low light performance is nice up to ISO 6400. Even 12,800 ISO photos were reasonably clean. The fact that the lens has a leaf shutter means that it was completely silent and I love that. The burst rate is only 5 FPS but I can live with that. The gripes are that there is no viewfinder. I purchased the EVF attachment and it is fantastic in terms of quality. I don't recommend the Zeiss optical viewfinder. I purchased all of the accessories for the RX1 and things like the lens hood and thumb grip are EXPENSIVE! The continuous autofocus in both photos and videos is a bit sluggish but the focus peaking aids me to compensate for that. But there is no focus peaking in video. The battery is the same as the RX100 and does not give you good battery life, but it is reasonable. I look at photos from this camera and they look very sharp but when I zoom in on them, every detail looks perfectly rendered. This camera looks very subtle as well. Everyone sees that I have a pocketable camera but they don't know that it has better capability of a full-frame DSLR. I love the fact that is has the aperture ring, exposure compensation dial, and macro switch. That means that I don't have to do menu diving. Also, I can adjust exposure in video recording, which IS important. The shutter button is a cable release style and is the best I've pushed. There is no other word that I can describe this camera other than AMAZING. I would recommend it in a heart beat. It's basically a Point and Shoot, but I feel insulted calling it that. It's way more impressive than that. Kudos to Sony for achieving an incredible piece of engineering.

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I'd have given it 6 stars if I could
5 Star Review   By allegretto on Sony - Official Store - May 13, 2013   

Fist of all, if you don't have the very best lens/body from Nikon, Canon, Leica etc, you will be very disappointed in the images from your current camera once you see these. Color balance a bit on the sat side for me, but that can be fixed in post. Good golly the sharpness and contrast, even in low light is amazing Very easy to handle if you have the thumb lever, still not too bad if you do not. Menus are easy to access ad understand. Only gripe is the obvious one about limitations of lens reach. has jiggled tele modes which are good, but not the real deal and not raw. A bargain at this price for the output quality of this thing.

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Extremely happy and satisfied
5 Star Review   By PascalIV on Sony - Official Store - May 5, 2013   

All around this is a great camera. I rented several cameras before purchasing the RX1, including a Leica M and Nikon D-800E. Although some may think the RX1 is expensive—it is, in fact, a bargain when you look at all that it has to offer. I made several image test with each of the rented cameras. Without a doubt this camera fulfilled most of my needs and was not short on quality in any category. The materials, finish and workmanship is excellent, it is easy to use and the images are equal to other cameras that I tested. Color differences between the rented cameras where subtle and easily fixed with processing. It is a mirrorless camera with 2 lenses in one (wide and macro), excellent optics, a large 24 MP full frame sensor, optional (but necessary) electronic viewfinder, electronic level and bright screen. It is very easy to operate and fits into my jacket pocket. There is no guess work while composing the image. I am very, very happy with the quality of images thus far. I am a still photographer so I have not used the video. I imagine the quality on screen is off the charts.

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Sony DSC-RX1/B 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.
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Product Title Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1/B Black Digital Camera
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $1,849.00 from Abe's of Maine
Power Score 4.4 | 25 Reviews
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review
4.5 Star Review  Imaging Resource - Feb 23, 2013

The Sony RX1 has probably produced more excited commentary than any other camera announced in 2012. Having spent a good amount of time with it, we can say we're solidly among its fans, although our careful testing did reveal some shortcomings that have either been only lightly reported or not mentioned at all in other coverage. There's no question that the RX1's image quality is absolutely top-shelf, and we really liked the fluidity its highly configurable user interface brought to our shooting experience. As you'd expect from a $2,800 camera, build quality is excellent as well. Fitting all that into a body that's actually smaller than some high-end point & shoots is a phenomenal achievement. As noted, though, we did find a few items on the debit side of the ledger. Other reviewers have picked up on its short battery life, and a few reports have mentioned the subtle cross-frame magenta-cyan color shift, although it looks like we're the first to tie it to the camera's shading compensation. What we haven't seen mentioned elsewhere are the moiré issues we found with some subjects, especially in videos, the dropping of the still-capture continuous autofocus mode from production models, and the serious shortcomings we encountered with AF-C for video shooting. How might these issues affect your use of the RX1? Relative to our own shooting styles, we're still big fans, but read our Sony DSC-RX1 review for all the details, to make your own decision.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review
4.5 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Feb 7, 2013

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is the first ever compact camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor. Promising to combine high-end DSLR image quality with compact portability, the Sony RX1 also features a 35mm Carl Zeiss prime lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2, full 1080p high-definition video, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting modes, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO range of 50-25,600, and 14-bit raw support. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review to find out if it's the best compact camera ever made..

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User Reviews
The Perfect Field Camera for Biologists
5 Star Review   By TheCreativeAI on Sony - Official Store - Feb 3, 2014   

I recommend the RX1 for artistic and biologic pursuits, especially to anybody interested in field photography. I have taken the RX1 up mountains and through jungles for over a year and it keeps on taking flawless photographs. Its wide angle lens is perfect for landscapes, while the macro setting conveniently pushes the limits of close-ups with a simple twist of the ring around the lens. The super high resolution sensor gives you the flexibility to capture details in enlargements that you may not have noticed when you were shooting the picture. The RX1 is easy to carry around even though it has an extraordinary prime lens in it. In fact, I set it to stealthily shoot without a sound and that makes it easy to capture real life expressions. There are a number of accessories that can make it into a laboratory or studio camera, but the fun starts when you take it out of doors. Don't be afraid to fire away. It is sturdy. You don't have to worry about getting a mirror or sensor dirty because it does not have a mirror. It comes with a fixed lens, so you will never take it off to get dust on the sensor. I have taken thousands of pictures of everything from mountainous panoramas to bristles on flies, every one of them at perfect exposures with no detectable problems. The autofocus has been pinpoint accurate in macro and portrait photography. Videos are crisp and are easy to make with smooth digital zoom, but a tripod is essential. My readers tend to stand up and take notice of the RX1 images because everything that comes out of it has superb color and clarity. The RX1 is easy to use, lightweight, and compact; but the combined optics and electronic engineering make for equally high quality images. What's more, the RX1 is tough enough to take into the field around the world.

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A7r ..Superior Camera from Sony
5 Star Review   By AndyV on Sony - Official Store - Jan 3, 2014   

Outstanding performance in every way. Great Features. The battery charger cable does not work. Also, I did not receive an English Manual. It was French ?

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Excellent image quality - good luck with focus
3 Star Review   By RCM1 on Sony - Official Store - Oct 14, 2013   

I have had the camera for about 6 months now and it is a great compact camera, however I have missed many shots due to the slow focus speeds. It has been out over a year and still no firmware updates which is troubling given the cost of the camera. It makes me feel that there is no real support for this hardware. There are many people requesting a firmware update but Sony clearly stated they have no plans for this which is unfortunate. It's a 4 star camera but taking a star off for the lack of support.

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RX1 WITH INTERCHANGEABLE LENS
1 Star Review   By RENE on Adorama - Sep 15, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

MAKE IT INTERCHANGEABLE LENS VIA ADAPTERS FOR LEICA, NIKON, CANON AND SONY , AND IT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOREVER.

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Great Product
5 Star Review   By SoapCakes on Sony - Official Store - Aug 9, 2013   

I've had this camera now for a few months and have no complaints. Its a great camera. Curious about a Firmware update tho?

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A fixed-lens Leica replacement
5 Star Review   By JZBuchwald on Sony - Official Store - Jul 26, 2013   

This RX1's lens is excellent, producing tack-sharp files with extraordinary resolution and dynamic range. It's a shame that the electronic viewfinder is not built in, but the addon eve,, though expensive, is better than any I've used before. There is one fault that really should be remedied as soon as possible: the focus distance scale behavior: 1. the scale only appears when the focus ring is turned. There should be an option to have it on all the time. 2. The scale is only in meters 3. The scale is pretty coarse 4. There is no indication of depth of field, as e.g. there is on the Fuji X cameras, which also have a much finer scale that can be switched to feet or meters. There's no reason not to remedy these problems with a firmware upgrade, which would make the camera nearly perfect.

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"bazinga" Power in your Hand
5 Star Review   By LAfur on Sony - Official Store - Jul 23, 2013   

This is a Camera that will take you further with your photograph´s. Excellent in Low light. Great Focus. Awesome Lens 35mm Zeiss. best regards Lafur Photography

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In A Word, "HOLY-MOLY!"
5 Star Review   By TopHeadphones99 on Sony - Official Store - Jun 2, 2013   

I recently sold my A77 to get this camera to compliment my Sony NEX VG900 camcorder. Like the VG900, this is a fantastic piece of engineering. The images that the RX1 produces are very sharp and detailed. I used both the RX1 and A99 with 24mm F1.8 in a local Sony Retail Store and I was surprised to find that the RX1 turned out to have better image quality, since both of the cameras have a 35mm sensor. This camera is nicely sized and fits into a coat pocket, but not in a pants pocket. That's one issue. It also has a high quality metal build and the bottom section is the only part that is plastic. The out-of-focus blur is very creamy and smooth and turns out to be extra-gorgeous in videos. The video quality is good. Low light performance is nice up to ISO 6400. Even 12,800 ISO photos were reasonably clean. The fact that the lens has a leaf shutter means that it was completely silent and I love that. The burst rate is only 5 FPS but I can live with that. The gripes are that there is no viewfinder. I purchased the EVF attachment and it is fantastic in terms of quality. I don't recommend the Zeiss optical viewfinder. I purchased all of the accessories for the RX1 and things like the lens hood and thumb grip are EXPENSIVE! The continuous autofocus in both photos and videos is a bit sluggish but the focus peaking aids me to compensate for that. But there is no focus peaking in video. The battery is the same as the RX100 and does not give you good battery life, but it is reasonable. I look at photos from this camera and they look very sharp but when I zoom in on them, every detail looks perfectly rendered. This camera looks very subtle as well. Everyone sees that I have a pocketable camera but they don't know that it has better capability of a full-frame DSLR. I love the fact that is has the aperture ring, exposure compensation dial, and macro switch. That means that I don't have to do menu diving. Also, I can adjust exposure in video recording, which IS important. The shutter button is a cable release style and is the best I've pushed. There is no other word that I can describe this camera other than AMAZING. I would recommend it in a heart beat. It's basically a Point and Shoot, but I feel insulted calling it that. It's way more impressive than that. Kudos to Sony for achieving an incredible piece of engineering.

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I'd have given it 6 stars if I could
5 Star Review   By allegretto on Sony - Official Store - May 13, 2013   

Fist of all, if you don't have the very best lens/body from Nikon, Canon, Leica etc, you will be very disappointed in the images from your current camera once you see these. Color balance a bit on the sat side for me, but that can be fixed in post. Good golly the sharpness and contrast, even in low light is amazing Very easy to handle if you have the thumb lever, still not too bad if you do not. Menus are easy to access ad understand. Only gripe is the obvious one about limitations of lens reach. has jiggled tele modes which are good, but not the real deal and not raw. A bargain at this price for the output quality of this thing.

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Extremely happy and satisfied
5 Star Review   By PascalIV on Sony - Official Store - May 5, 2013   

All around this is a great camera. I rented several cameras before purchasing the RX1, including a Leica M and Nikon D-800E. Although some may think the RX1 is expensive—it is, in fact, a bargain when you look at all that it has to offer. I made several image test with each of the rented cameras. Without a doubt this camera fulfilled most of my needs and was not short on quality in any category. The materials, finish and workmanship is excellent, it is easy to use and the images are equal to other cameras that I tested. Color differences between the rented cameras where subtle and easily fixed with processing. It is a mirrorless camera with 2 lenses in one (wide and macro), excellent optics, a large 24 MP full frame sensor, optional (but necessary) electronic viewfinder, electronic level and bright screen. It is very easy to operate and fits into my jacket pocket. There is no guess work while composing the image. I am very, very happy with the quality of images thus far. I am a still photographer so I have not used the video. I imagine the quality on screen is off the charts.

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No regrets!
5 Star Review   By Curtis on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Couldn't be more happy with this investment. Once you get up to speed on some of the basic tools it is a dream to shoot. It makes ordinary scenes pop with color and life. As an amateur photographer, and avid traveler this is my device of choice. Dragging

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Love the RX1..
5 Star Review   By Photomoll on Adorama - Mar 12, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Retired ....love the size of the RX1..it is sharp..easy to use..Great for travel and downsizing from my big DSLR's and lenses..

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An absolutely unique photographic tool w/out peer
5 Star Review   By TechnoGuy on Sony - Official Store - Feb 8, 2013   

If you managed to get this far through all the reviews of the camera, you're either a glutton for punishment, are you really are a researcher and aficionado of high-end digital photography. Let's assume it's the latter and get to the really interesting stuff. This camera is in a class of one. There's really nothing like it anywhere in the marketplace. It's absurdly expensive for a point-and-shoot, and yet it takes pictures that rival and in some cases exceed in overall quality what some of the very best full frame pro cameras are capable of generating . . . . . while fitting fairly comfortably in your jacket pocket. It looks like your neighbor's point-and-shoot $350 Canon, but costs more than your last vacation. It doesn't even have a viewfinder, either optical or electronic - although you can get a great electronic one, if you don't mind being soaked for another $450 on top of what you've already shelled out for this absurdly expensive but marvelous piece of technology. Or you can really get hosed completely by Zeiss, and get an optical viewfinder for another $650 - easily the most overpriced accessory in digital photography. It isn't the fastest focusing, and it requires you to move closer or farther to get the shot that you want instead of zooming in or out given the fixed focal length lens. It can be both maddening to use and at the same time . . . a breeze to use like any other point-and-shoot. It's like nothing else really. Its high ISO performance is equal to anything and I do mean anything out there. It's capable of taking very low noise images at ISO 6400, and with a little bit of cleanup and working in RAW, you can easily salvage high quality pictures at ISO 12,800 with lots of detail and very little loss of information due to noise. Overall, the camera is something of a walking contradiction in terms in many ways, and at the same time, it's a camera that's capable of inspiring enormous loyalty and probably will generate a truly cult-like following, while many other people may simply shake their heads at what they see as Sony's foolishness. Pros: 1) As good high ISO as virtually any full frame camera (with the possible exception of the Canon 1 Dx, Nikon D4 and D600 - and, at worst, it is very close to those benchmark systems in terms of low light ability - at best it is equal to any of them). 2) Capable of remarkable detail due to its 24 megapixel full frame sensor with excellent color and dynamic range. DxO sensor score of 93. 3) High quality Zeiss 35mm F 2.0 fixed lens that is sharp edge-to-edge (which for FF camera might cost $1200 or so by itself). 4) Intuitive but deep operating system and menu structures, immediately familiar to those coming from Sony Alpha background. Easy to run as full manual camera . . . or put on full AUTO, and all shades in between. Good aperture priority mode operation (my personal fav). 5) Capable of shooting 1080 at 60p and taking excellent videos in low light, and with full IS (image stabilization). 6) Remarkable compactness and portability for such enormous low light capabilities w/full frame sensor - an engineering tour de force in terms of cramming full frame capabilities into a point-and-shoot size and form factor (achievable only with a fixed lens). 7) Macro functionality in CZ lens. 8) Customizable buttons and other nice user config operating system features. 9) Crop/zoom functionality of x1.4 and x2.0 partially mitigates fixed lens restrictions (equivalent to 50 and 70 mm lens but with obvious loss of resolution). 10) High build quality w/ nice magnesium chassis - has very solid feel (it ought to for this much $!). 11) Decent flash. Cons: 1) Price. 2) Fixed focal length lens means extra work to get the shot properly framed - and forget about shooting subjects at a distance. 3) Tendency to underexpose one half to one third exposure value - why can't Sony for this much money get exposure values locked in? 4) Problems with focus lock in low light - mostly a standard contrast detection focus issue (but for example OM5 does better job). Fixable in firmware updates perhaps? 5) Likelihood of (or at least possibility of) planned obsolescence, as Sony may release a zoom lens version sometime in the next three years. 6) More than disappointing that Sony did not include an electronic viewfinder as standard equipment at this price. 7) Poor thumb grip with not enough contour - not easy to hold onto the camera with one hand. 8) No IS for stills - given that this is always sensor-based in Sony systems, not sure why omitted (hi ISO performance?). 9) Sony STILL hasn't made viewing photos and videos in any kind of alternating fashion easy - must surf menus or shoot video to get easy viewing access to videos on card. 10) Poor battery life. Must carry two batteries. 11) Lens zoom and crop functionality not available if shooting in RAW. 12) Flash has really modest output and no bounce functionality. Having more cons than pros doesn't mean that I don't like/love this camera. I'm a bit stunned by its capabilities on the one hand, and frustrated with its limitations on the other, but it's obvious that what makes it so remarkable actually locks in some of its limitations. You simply couldn't get this compact form factor with an EVF and even a 3x zoom lens. The lens alone would be huge, and this Zeiss lens itself is an engineering marvel, in terms of how small it really is for a FF sensor 2.0 lens. In the end, it's all about image quality, and here, both in stills and video, there is very little to complain about. And if you take this instead of your huge DSLR and bag of lenses, just because it's so damned convenient, isn't that the strongest endorsement you can make? I find that I am transitioning away from a very favorite Sony A65 as my default camera, just because this is so easy to carry. I'm still exploring the performance envelope of the RX-1, and will update this review as I go. It's a remarkable camera by any standard, and perhaps the most INTERESTING camera that has been made in the last 10 years, with the possible exception of the SLTs made also by Sony. Suggests that Sony is thinking outside the box and more creatively than anyone else.

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Great, great camera. Awkward messy directions
4 Star Review   By UncleRuddy on Sony - Official Store - Jan 16, 2013   

Can't say enough good about this camera. It is a huge piece of photographic technology in a very small and, for the most part, user-friendly, very well-performing package. But beware the user manual. It is clearly put together by a bunch of technologists who have no idea how to explain how to use this camera in a comprehensive, orderly, rational, step-by-step way.

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The best Snapshot Camera
5 Star Review   By dekkam on Adorama - Jan 3, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Remember the old folding Kodaks (and others) that used rollfilm and that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers carried on every trip, and how proud they were of the results -- especially if they were lucky enough to have good lenses built into their cam

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State-of-the-art images
5 Star Review   By Bayman on Sony - Official Store - Dec 16, 2012   

I took it out of the box, and did a few quick frames and discovered the finest quality digital files that I have ever produced. I have worked with many cameras, lenses, and digital backs over the years, including Nikon's D-4 and D800E, and in my opinion, this Sony betters them. The lens is razor-sharp and possesses that beautiful sense of space that only the best 35mm have. I closely inspected the images, that were shot at 100 ISO under normal daylight, and could not detect the slightest hint of noise! I plan to conduct tests to learn the extremes of the lens and sensor, but make no mistake, this camera is capable of producing professional or gallery-quality images. I only wish that it would be possible attach a viewfinder and an external flash at the same time. Currently, you must compose through the LCD screen when an external flash is attached. All in all, it's still a stunning camera, and when in hand, recalls the feeling of a Leica M2 that I once owned. It has a certain heft and cool metallic feel of a classic camera. And ooh, how those dials and ring click into place!

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Little Tiny with Big Power
5 Star Review   By Coach on Sony - Official Store - Dec 15, 2012   

The RX1 arrived a few days ago.. This will be my third day with it. At present, I can say that I will more than likely keep it. Aside from the convenience and the ease of use and the sharpness, and its ability to depict true accurate color, and the amazing color gradation, and the impressive ability to shoot in low light, and the lightning fast focus, and the physical solidness of the camera, and the amazing macro action and the sharpness, did I mention the sharpness--aside from all that, it's fun. It's fun! You point it and you shoot it. No lens to screw on and lens caps to misplace. But there is a multitude of do-dad settings from which to choose available to the photograph master if he/she so chooses. (On the first day, I used the setting that makes skin look softer--VERY impressive.) It is not to say that I'm giving up the DSLR--my tried and true 5D Mark III is still near and dear to my aperture-opened heart . And although it never ceases to astound me, the new RX-1 is also astounding me quite nicely as well. Now about the cost. Hmmm. That a bit of a boat load now, isn't it. But try this...price a full sensor camera, body only. Now, add a high quality lens and you won't be getting off easily (Sony didn't skimp on the RX-1 lens--it's a honey.) A lot of photography is capturing the shot. The RX-1 frees the photographer in so many ways. It rides along wherever you go. And it's available to capture whatever you see. How fast? In a flash! CLICK!

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RX1
5 Star Review   By Cole on Sony - Official Store - Dec 10, 2012   

This is a big time game changer from Sony like the RX100... Can't beat the IQ, UI, Quality...price could be better, but you won't find a better price either...I own the Nex-7 and the RX1 absolutely beats the Nex-7 at any level for IQ and High ISO performance...focus peaking works xclt as well...the RX1 will actually AF on Christmas Tree lights something the Nex System can't do...

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Wish Canon Had Done This
5 Star Review   By PACoug on Sony - Official Store - Nov 12, 2012   

I'm absolutely sure this is the flattest lens Zeiss could make to do justice to a camera of this magnitude. What you are looking at will not be significantly improved upon for years, if that has any value in your decision to spend such a huge chunk for such a tiny lump. I can see this in a well-funded event photog's bag, to get close candids and cake shots, etc. while leaving the big rig on the tripod. But mostly I see it as a reporter's rig in places where SLRs are routinely confiscated. Now sure, the Mac Daddy lens on this thing might prompt El Presidente's bodyguards to take it anyway. But it stands a better chance of staying in a reporter's hand than a 7D with a battery grip and a white lens! And by the way, just as capable of getting wonderful shots. I would use this camera for high school seniors' portraits, lightbox product photography, street shooting, outdoor panoramas...but not if I can't afford it, which I can't, even with the expected long service life. It is a wonderful tool. Too expensive to be a toy.

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Significant Camera in the history of photography
5 Star Review   By JSalk2011 on Sony - Official Store - Nov 5, 2012   

This is a significant camera in digital camera design. Sony has to be congratulated for this. I wish I had seen this before I purchased my Canon 5D Mark III. I would have stuck with my original 5D and bought this instead. I urge Sony to follow up with an interchangeable version. I would sell all my DSLR stuff and move to this.

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Publishable photodocumentation
5 Star Review   By RXIchiban on Sony - Official Store - Oct 7, 2012   

Sony has combined more than a big sensor with a prime lens into its RX1. There are also the internal computer workings, hardware and software, that add flexibility. For example, combining Clear Zoom with HDR will result in macrophotography without loss of resolution. Add to that, 25600 ISO, and natural lighting at 6 inches becomes a reality. Accessorizing with a ring flash that flattens macro images will not be required. Endowing the camera with digital zoom gives you the equivalent of three prime lenses in the palm of your hand. The images will be of publication quality for scientific documentation and large artworks. I intend to put the RX1 to work in the laboratory, for macrophotography, and out of doors, for panoramic landscape imagery. RX1 is 1/2" wider and longer than the Nex-5 with the pancake lens.

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Game changer
5 Star Review   By MarkY on Sony - Official Store - Sep 16, 2012   

Impressive full frame sensor point and shoot camera! This opens up a whole new market for point and shoot cameras. Not knowing what costs are for this camera I only wish it was under 2K to make it more affordable for me. I just bought the RX100 and t was okay with that price for a 1" sensor. I really like this camera for it's compact size and Zeiss zoom. If and when you develop a full frame senor with interchangeable lenses camera like the RX1 style do develop many fine Zeiss lenses!

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Most interesting camera of the year
5 Star Review   By salimmadjd on Sony - Official Store - Sep 12, 2012   

This could be the most interesting camera of the year if not in the past few years. I hope Sony will make a version with a 28/2 or 28/2.8 for street photography. 35/2 is great. But 28/2 might be more practical. With 24 MP there is room for cropping if you need a tighter shot but you can't expand 35 if you need a wider view.

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