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The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is the world's first digital camera to hold a 35mm full-frame sensor in a compact camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. This pocket-sized beauty is equipped with a 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, a BIONZ image processor and a newly developed Carl Zeiss 35mm f2.0 prime lens. Together, the above technologies ensure that images and full HD movies are sharp and full of life, even in low light. The RX1 is a highly advanced compact with intuitive manual controls, a wide ISO range from ISO 100-102400, a built-in flash, a minimum focusing distance of 20cm, high speed shooting at up to 5fps and full HD 24p/60i/60p video with manual control and audio input. Smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR currently on the market, the Sony RX1 offers exceptional image quality and performance, comparable to that usually found in a high-end digital SLR. More
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.
Full HD 24p video
Full HD 24p video with manual control and audio input.¹ For creative flexibility while shooting movies and stills, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and exposure control. Enjoy clear sound recording and playback via built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker. Additionally, an optional microphone can be plugged into the camera.
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 glance
Quick 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.
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.
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 dial
Quick access to conveniently placed exposure compensation and focus mode dials.
Nine aperture bladesNine 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 peaking
Manual 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.
Intelligent Scene Recognition mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for movies, and then selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.
Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens
Newly developed large-diameter F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing – bokeh, and macro capabilities. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
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.
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.
1. Records in 29 minute segments
2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately
You can view more of our RX1 sample images on our Wex Flickr page.
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Sony's hidden gem
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Black Digital Camera:
Near perfect travel camera for the enthusiast who puts picture quality first. Yes there are; smaller, lighter, and much cheaper options, but not carrying this quality of glass and a full frame sensor. The lens is an absolute gem, and the pictures pop at you with detail, sharpness and that difficult to describe colour quality that signifies a lens of true quality.You need to carry a spare battery or two, and it is a tight squeeze into a trouser pocket, but if you want photos rather than holiday snaps, this camera is the real deal.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Professional point and shoot
About Me Semi-Professional
After about a month of using the RX-1 the lightbulb clicked on and I realised that I should really treat this as a P&S camera. In the past I have never used small cameras with tiny sensors in this way: I've always worked in manual and RAW mode to exploit every last ounce out of the limited sensor. However, the RX-1 has arguably the best sensor available in the market today allied to an outstanding (albeit fixed) lens. So, why bother to cope with limitations when there are none, just set it to P mode and you'll never miss a good shot again.That said there is a lot to like about the completely manual control you can have over the camera which is quite astounding for its tiny size.I like the rugged but compact build, the screen, the highly useful features like the artifical horizon display and the marvellous auto-dynamic compensation which really does balance sky and foreground beautifully in landscape shots.You cannot review this camera without commenting on the cost. It all comes down to whether you want to fork out seven grand on a Leica M9 and a 35/ASPH or whether you want to pay a third of the price for a camera constrained to only one lens. Bear in mind that with a 24mp sensor you can happily crop as though you have a 50 or even 75mm lens and still retain oodles of detail.A very satisfying camera if you live within its constraints as it is capable of magnificent results. I think the lens alone will help this camera to maintain its value as well as its usefulness for many years.
(3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
from Riga, Latvia
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Semi-Professional
I like this camera very much
(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Professional
I purchased this camera to use along side my Phase One IQ 180 and it does not disappoint. It is a very well laid out and simple to use camera ...... I still have not read the instruction manual after three weeks! The image quality is superb using RAW files, I cannot comment on j-pegs as I do not shoot them.I use it in manual and aperture priority modes and exposure is very accurate and consistent. The lens is excellent across the entire range, I have just returned from a trip where I shot numerous landscape images in varying light with iso up to 2000 and it performed as well as my 5D mk3.My only negative about the camera is the cost of the accessories, however I think the camera is good value for money, but that is from a professional perspective. I would recommend purchasing a spare battery as it is a bit power hungry.I read a lot of reviews of this camera before my purchase and they are a mixed bag; many reviewers claim the camera cannot do some of the things it can and others say the lens quality is not so good. The best thing to do is read as many as you can and try to get a balanced view. I think this is an excellent piece of kit and maybe even ground breaking!
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