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.
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.
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
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.
Pros: Sharp, beautiful still images. Gorgeous bokeh. Solid build. External f-stop ring on lens. Crisp and bright LCD. Very low noise at high ISOs. Shoots RAW, RAW + JPEG and JPEG.
Cons: Slowish focus performance, especially in low light. Detachable electronic viewfinder is mostly unnecessary. Disappointing video performance. A fixed lens is “a fixed” lens and offers few options. Average output from pop-up flash.
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.
Sony's RX1 is a $2,800 point-and-shoot. Insane? Perhaps. It's also the best compact digital camera ever made.
2 March 2013
Conclusion: Okay, it probably wasn’t anything quite so fantastic, but we have to admit that we didn’t see the RX1 coming. While Sony was justly praised for putting a large 1-inch sensor in the Cyber-shot RX100 last year, the RX1 takes this concept to an entirely new level. The price is on its own new level, too; the RX100's justifiable $650 MSRP has ballooned to nearly $3,000 for the RX1.
Conclusion: The Sony RX1 is a remarkable camera in almost every respect, from the full-frame sensor hiding inside its incredibly compact body, through its excellent lens, great feature set, and superb image quality. Its fixed prime lens means you have to "zoom" with your feet, but it's a great focal length for street photography, and the camera's 24-megapixel sensor means digital zoom produces images with enough resolution to make good-looking prints at reasonable sizes...
Pros: Smallest full-frame camera on the market, by a wide margin, Fantastic image quality, Excellent, fast f/2 prime lens, Images are sharp corner to corner, even wide open, f/2 with full-frame sensor gives incredibly shallow depth of field, 9-bladed diaphragm, Exceptionally flexible user interface, superb handling, Manual aperture ring, Outstanding, solid build quality, Broad range of white balance settings, including three custom options, and manual tweaking for all WB mo...
Cons: Fixed, single focal length lens, Slight tendency to underexpose, Produces unattractive bokeh
when the subject is close to the lens, Focus can be slow under dim lighting, Subtle magenta/cyan tint across frame when shading compensation enabled in both JPEG and RAW files, Significant corner shading wide open without shading compensation, Moiré present in some shots with fine detail, as well as color aliasing, Video is prone to aliasing artifacts as well (we saw col...
Camera Test: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Full-Frame Advanced Compact
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.