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Sony RX1 Full Frame Compact Announced

Sony RX1 Full Frame Compact Announced - Sony has announced the World's first full frame sensor compact camera with a 24.3 megapixel sensor.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 in Compact Cameras

Sony has announced the World's first compact camera with a 35mm full frame sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 features a full-frame 24.3 megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, the same sensor will be used in the Sony Alpha a99, and Sony Handycam NEX-VG900E. Sony say the strength of this camera is in the fixed lens design, allowing a beautiful compact body. 

Sony RX1

Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Key Features:

  • 24.3mp Exmor sensor (same as alpha a99), same benefits to sensor development.
  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F/2 lens,
  • 20cm macro mode. 9 aperture blades for high class rounded bokeh.
  • f/2 - f/11 aperutre lens ring (closest to body) surround lens,
  • Macro ring (middle), focusing ring (at front),
  • AA lens (advanced aspherical lens)
  • BIONZ processor (same as a99), exposure comp dial on top, copper coloured ring represents all the full frame models from sony. model dial on top. on/off/ flash hot shoe.
  • ISO50 - 102400*multiframe noise reduction (extended range normally 100 to 25600).
  • Full HD PASM video, 24p,
  • Magnesium body, with customisable buttons, dial at front focus modes, control dial on top, control wheel at back.
  • 3 inch screen 1229k dot screen,
  • A number of new accessories will be available for the RX1: FDA-V1K OVF, lens hood, thumbgrip TGA-1, EVF available, leather case
A full frame compact camera didn't exist until now, so Sony are waiting to see who will buy it, however they expect professionals and high-end amatuers, for example men in their 40-60s, who own high end DSLR, have rich experience and knowledge in shooting, portrait, landscape, nature, and for interview use, etc. 

The RX1 will be available for an estimated price of £2600 in the UK from December. For more information please visit the Sony website.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 Specifications

Max Aperturef/2
35mm equivalent35mm
Optical Zoom0x
Image Sensor
Pixels24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6000
Pixels (H)4000
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)35.8mm
Sensor Size (height)23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,229,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus20cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS50i, 50p, 25p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
Battery Life (CIPA rating)220shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction Manual

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walkerr 15
12 Sep 2012 11:48AM
" ...A full frame compact camera didn't exist until now ..."

I call BS - what a terrible piece of reporting.

Leica M9?

Ok not cheap, but it does exist.
Please check facts before publishing.

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ChrisV Plus
11 2.1k 26 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 12:04PM
It's not really a camera for portraits is it? Unless you mean full-figure portraits the AoV of this lens is going to give horrible distortion.

I'm in two minds on whether or not a [probably stop slower?] lens more like a pancake wouldn't have made this a more portable and therefore more attractive package.

Nevertheless this does look like a fairly unique and fairly compelling camera. I can't help thinking that a top ISO of 25,600 is a bit disappointing given the size of the sensor. CaNikon go two-three stops better with their 35mm equiv and many APSCs [probably using Sony sensors!] are offering the same maximum sensitivity. That fast lens is still going to make it a great low-light performer, but it just seems a shame that they're unable to squeeze every last drop out of that.

I'm never likely to own one of these [poverty], but if I had unlimited cash, or was making a lot from the sort of photography this should be great for, I'd be in the queue.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
12 Sep 2012 12:16PM
Interesting until you see the price.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
12 Sep 2012 1:02PM

Quote:" ...A full frame compact camera didn't exist until now ..."

I call BS - what a terrible piece of reporting.

Leica M9?

Ok not cheap, but it does exist.
Please check facts before publishing.

It's not terrible reporting. It's our house style. We have (like most of the industry) split cameras into sectors / categories. The Leica M9 is a digital rangefinder, there also compact system cameras, single lens reflex cameras and compact cameras (fixed lens) to name a few

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