Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

While the initial excitement surrounding the 24 megapixel RX1’s launch was based mostly on the fact that its compact body is built around a full-frame sensor, enthusiasm and respect, for this camera doesn’t stop there. Once you start shooting with the camera, you understand that beyond the sensor size, the RX1 is special from its solid build and design to the camera’s consistently amazing image quality. Given its specifications, quality build and especially price, the RX1 isn’t for everyone. Keep in mind that there are a number of extras you’ll want to have (including an EVF) that will bump the price up by hundreds of dollars. But this is, in many ways, a true photographer’s camera with its manual aperture ring and fixed lens. That may sound obvious, but not everyone will be excited about some of the RX1’s attributes. Although it costs more than some higher end DSLRs, the RX1 makes a great second camera for pros and semi-pros and will probably appeal to photographers who want excellent quality in a convenient, compact body.

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  • Pros

    • excellent image quality and lens sharpness
    • solid feature set
    • manual aperture ring
  • Cons

    • LCD difficult to use in bright light
    • movie record button awkwardly placed
    • autofocus somewhat sluggish in low light
    • relatively short battery life
    • expensive
    • fussy manual focus

Quick Take

The Sony RX1 has a full frame sensor and some amazing image quality. But will that be enough to justify the $2800 price tag?

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