The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 has the impressive distinction of being the first full frame fixed lens camera to enter the market. That sizable 24.3MP sensor is paired with a 35mm F2 lens outfitted with a dedicated aperture ring. A high resolution 1.23 million dot display is provided, as is an accessory hot shoe able to accept both the FDA-V1K optical viewfinder and FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder accessories. A dedicated button stops and starts 1080 HD video recording. Overall, The RX1 is styled similarly to its Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 sibling, employing a control layout with lots of useful dials, including a ring on the lens that sets minimum focus distance and a focus mode dial on the front panel. There are five customizable buttons for the photographer to set as he or she sees fit.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Compact Camera
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“ Our impressions of the image quality are as positive as those about using the camera - the pictures are sharp, colorful and have the pleasant softness that a fast lens can give on a full frame camera.”
- 24.3MP full frame CMOS sensor
- 5 frames per second continuous shooting
- Fixed 35mm F/2 lens
- ISO 100-25,600
- 1080/24p HD video (MPEG-4/AVCHD) with manual control and stereo input
- 3.0 inch LCD with 1,230,000 dots
- Optional electronic and optical viewfinder accessories
- Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
- Built-in flash with hotshoe
- Five customizable buttons
- SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Other resolutions||6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 2640 x 1760, 2640 x 1488|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||25 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||35 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F2.0 - F22.0|
|Digital zoom||Yes (14x)|
|Normal focus range||25 cm (9.84″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Xtra FineTFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||6.00 m|
|External flash||Yes (via hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)|
|Videography notes||AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p/50p), 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 24M FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p), 17M FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||270|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||482 g (1.06 lb / 17.00 oz)|
|Dimensions||113 x 65 x 70 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.76″)|
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The RX1 is a small camera capable of astonishing image quality. Its handling marries classic camera ergonomics with a couple of cyber-shot quirks but it's still a lovely camera to shoot with. If a fixed 35mm lens will fulfill any of your shooting requirements, there's nothing to touch the RX1.
The best image quality of any carry-able camera.
Not So Good For
Fast action or anyone looking for flexibility. Video shooters.
Best camera ever (for people like me)
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This is a real quality camera. I just love to use it. the controls are relatively simple and the lens is of the highest quality. It is a real pleasure to use and has something of the feel and quality of the Leica about it, but much cheaper. Problems: bit slow on focussing
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Best Compact Camera? Yes and No
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How do you check shutter count for RX1?
I tried to search for how to check the shutter count for RX1, but I couldn't find anything working. Some suggested extracting EXIF info would do, but all I got a bunch of irrelevant meta data. I just got myself a new RX1 and I want to make sure if this is brand-new.
Why would you think they would send you a used one for? Just curious? I am sure it was probably tested at the QC level and then reset. Continue Reading
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Traveling to Scotland. WWYD
I appreciate everything that I learn in this forum. I need a little friend-to-friend advice. You don't know me and my priorities, but I'll give this a shot anyway. I am trying to decide on a kit to take to Scotland for a two week visit next month. This will be a trip with my wife. The trip is "majoring in tourism with a strong minor in hobbyist photography". So photography is important, but so is lightness and minimal fiddling. My wife is very patient, but will quickly tire of too many lens changes and of tripod lugging/using. My favorite subjects are landscape and architecture. Not too much into birding or sports. Don't do too much street shooting (of human subjects anyway) as I am uneasy with that for some reason. Don't want to get beat up, I guess. My tentative plan is a "two camera plan". This is based on two prior occasions of sensor failure on my E-M5 while on trips. On the latter occasion, an RX1 that I had along saved the day. Not so the first time when all I had was a Canon ...
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Perhaps you mean kilt, not kit. The former might make the taciturn locals chatty and welcoming. Don't make the trip's depend entirely on outdoor photography. Weather may not cooperate. Try some fly fishing, stone throwing, or golf. A distillery or two. Oh, and start the mornings with a big yummy plate of marag dubh. Go light on the cameras: one or two compacts enough. Continue Reading
It's always nice to have a longer lens for landscapes… castles on hills and whatnot, architectural details, etc.. HEAVY? You're kidding, right? You could get away just bringing this lens alone. Do you REALLY want to spend your life de-fishing fisheye shots? No thanks. Bring the 9-18mm. It's flexible enough to be a good walkabout lens in good light. I use the 7-14mm that way. Try an UltraPod II. It's simple, very light and compact and cheap (under $20). It practically disappears in your bag. I use it sort of like a monopod resting it on my shoulders and chest… 2 legs up, 1 leg down. It's surprisingly stable that way. You can strap it to things like branches and railings, too. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/239963-REG/Ultrapod_PD02010_2_Black.html One one level, that makes more sense. EM1 with 12-40mm and the 9-18mm or 40-150mm on the EPL5 and you're done. Continue Reading
18200--Wonderfully Versatile--Share Yours
Finally got a warm day outside. Took a walk with my 6 through my local town and, not knowing what I would encounter, slapped the 18200 on there. I really can't get enough of this lens. I remember being so scared to spend that much but in the end, its certainly won me over. I cant remember seeing a thread dedicated to this lens so maybe this could be it? How versatile has your 18200 been? (These are all original silver 18200 btw.) From Macro To Sports To Wide Angle To Portraits To Nature To a Grocery Store Every time I start to dabble in the mindset of a D7100 or an X100S or RX1, I think its this lens that keeps me sticking around. Fixed focal lengths or large cameras just don't do it for me. This lens helps keep me a Nexer.
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