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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

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Overall 8
Design 9
Features 7
Performance 5
Picture quality 10
Video quality 9

Sony RX1 review: shooting like a pro with a pocket-sized camera

7 January 2014
  • Summary: It’s hard to shoot pictures in the dark. You typically have the choice of either taking a blurry, dim photo, or using a flash and ruining the ambiance. So you buy a DSLR and an appropriately bright lens, but then you're toting around a big, clunky, and very obvious camera setup. But what if you could get the same quality pictures in low light with a camera that is significantly smaller? That’s the Holy Grail for many photographers.
  • Pros: Amazing image quality, Compact, sturdy build quality, Lots of manual contols
  • Cons: Expensive with expensive accessories, Poor battery life, Inconsistent, slow autofocus, No ability to zoom or change lenses
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Overall 9

Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Review

18 June 2013
  • Conclusion: The more we mull it over, “suiting your vision” is an apt description for the RX1. This Cyber-shot is a wonderful photography tool and if you can imagine the shot, the camera will deliver it – within reason, of course. At this price, the RX1 is clearly for a very affluent shutterbug and perhaps our biggest complaint is the fact it’s so darn expensive. Yet Lamborghinis will always cost more than BMWs, and people will always want the best.
  • Pros: Full-frame, 24.3-megapixel sensor, Wonderful stills, superior videos, Terrific f/2.0 35mm lens, Excellent 3-inch 1,229K LCD
  • Cons: Battery life somewhat limited; Sony should supply an in-wall charger, LCD should tilt and be touch-capable, Poor placement of red-dot movie button
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Overall 8

Sony RX1 Review

Digital Camera Review
3 May 2013
  • Excerpt: Full-frame cameras are trending lately but Sony took the photographic world by surprise when they introduced the RX1--the first compact camera with a full-frame sensor. The camera's $2800 price tag may be out of reach for many people but even so, it's not so easy to dismiss the RX1 either for price or its fixed 35mm lens.
  • 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
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Overall 7

Full Frame of Mind

25 April 2013
  • Excerpt: Near-breathless anticipation is pretty much how you’d describe the mood when Sony announced plans for what, on paper, looked to be the most advanced compact camera ever . So magnificently crafted is the RX1, a pro-level shooter with a full-frame sensor and a fixed lens wrapped in a pocket-size body, even the $2,800 price tag couldn’t stymie the buzz. The high sticker probably even made it more desirable — for that money, hotness is all but guaranteed.
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Sony Cyber-shot RX1 – hands-down the most serious compact camera on the market

23 April 2013
  • Conclusion: The Cybershot RX1 went on sale a while ago, but even for what it offers, it’s quite expensive at $2800 (and 2800 pounds in the UK). The full frame sensor is great, but even with a high quality fixed lens, the options are really limited when you think about it. If this was an ILC, it would be a game changer, but as it is, it’s a compact camera for a limited number of professionals who can afford it.
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Overall 8

Sony Cyber-Shot RX1 Review

Digital Photography School
26 March 2013
  • Conclusion: excellent, sharp, accurate colour capture.
  • Pros: full list of features; nice lens; easy to use.
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Overall 8

A pricey slice of photographic heaven

26 March 2013
  • Summary: With a terrific lens and a great full-frame sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 delivers the best photos we've seen from a fixed-lens camera. But that doesn't come cheap.
  • Pros: Great photo and good video quality in a camera with a nicely functional and fluid shooting design are the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 's highlights.
  • Cons: It lacks a viewfinder, autofocus is sluggish, and there's no focus peaking in video mode.
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Overall 8

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

PC Magazine
11 March 2013
  • Conclusion: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is the smallest full-frame camera you can find right now, and while it pumps out gorgeous images, its price is likely to induce sticker shock.
  • Pros: Full-frame image sensor. Extremely sharp lens. Excellent high ISO performance. Fast burst shooting. Short shutter lag. Fast f/2 aperture. 1080p60 video capture. Top-notch control layout.
  • Cons: Expensive, and accessories are very pricey. No zoom capability. Slow to start and shoot. Lens shows some barrel distortion. No built-in viewfinder. External battery charger not included.
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Camera Test: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Full-Frame Advanced Compact

Pop Photo
19 February 2013
  • Summary: It’s hard to compare the Sony RX1 to other cameras because it really is unique. As such, it carries a hefty price tag. For significantly less money, you could opt for the Sony Alpha NEX-7 ($1,198, street, body only) paired with the new E-mount 35mm f/1.8 OSS lens ($448, street). You’d end up with the same pixel count (though notably less measured resolution in our tests), better noise performance, and better color accuracy.
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Sony Cyber-shot RX1

Camera Labs
1 February 2013
  • Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is the world's first compact camera with a fixed lens and full-frame sensor. Announced in September 2012, it brings the low light, high dynamic range and shallow depth of field benefits of a full-frame camera to a much smaller form factor than DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800. And while Leica has long offered its relatively compact full-frame M9 system with removable lenses to boot, the Sony RX1 is smaller and more affordable.
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