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Sony RX1 Hands-On First-Look Preview

We take a look at the new Sony RX1 - the first full frame compact digital camera.

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Sony RX1 Hands-On First-Look Preview: Sony Cyber Shot Rx1 (9)

We take a look at the new Sony RX1 - the first 35mm full frame compact digital camera with fixed lens, it features the same 24.3 megapixel sensor as the Sony Alpha A99, and offers 5fps continuous shooting, a 3 inch screen, built in pop-up flash, and Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 lens with 49mm filter thread. 

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

Sony RX1 Hands-On First-Look Preview: Sony Rx1 Hands On (7)

The Sony RX1 is being shown with the optional accessories, including a lens-hood (LHP-1), Thumb grip (TGA-1), and an optical viewfinder kit (FDA-V1K). There will also be available an electronic viewfinder kit (FDA-EV1MK), using the same high resolution XGA Trufinder technology as the A99, A77, A65, NEX-7 and NEX-6. The lens has a minimum focal distance of 20cm from the focal plane when the lens ring is switched to macro mode.

Sony RX1 Hands-On First-Look Preview: Sony Rx1 (1)
Sony RX1 Sensor next to the Sony NEX APS-C sensor, and the 1.0 type sensor used in the Sony RX100.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

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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Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
12 Sep 2012 5:34PM
At £2600 I`d expect to see the viewfinder built in.

The design is very similar to that of the x10, minus viewfinder.

The built in thumb grip is a nice touch.
joshwa Avatar
joshwa Plus
13 927 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2012 6:41PM

Quote:The built in thumb grip is a nice touch.

The thumb grip, optical viewfinder, and lens hood are all optional accessories.
Paul Morgan Avatar
Paul Morgan 22 19.9k 6 England
13 Sep 2012 6:08PM
I think its great apart from the price Smile
ian5986 Avatar
ian5986 20 31 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 4:24PM
This looks like a very interesting camera and if as claimed the image quality is higher than the new Nikon D800 (Sony sensor as well) it will prove popular with well healed street shooters.

I do wonder of this is Sony edging into a small compact full frame interchangeable lens camera?

If the optical viewfinder has a visible focus indicator (LED) it will prove popular but it looks too high when sat on top of the Thumb rest will prove expensive.

Can we expect to see a 50mm version following on as well?

It will be in high quality DSLR price category so suspect it will not fly off the shelves - time will tell and I for one will be watching as it would certainly be good for my street & landscape work.

571 Photography.
JJGEE Avatar
JJGEE 18 8.1k 18 England
14 Dec 2012 11:48AM
I have had a brief " hands on " with this camera but it did not have the viewfinder.

So, for me, the optional electronic viewfinder would be a " must have " as I found it impossible to compose / focus using the screen Sad

The 35mm lens is very good, but it is a Zeiss ! !

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