Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Digital Camera

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The World's First Fixed Lens Digital Camera With a Full-Frame Sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 - A Full Frame Digital Compact Camera that's the first digital compact camera in the world with a fixed lens featuring a full-frame image sensor. It's large 35mm CMOS Exmor sensor delivers DSLR-quality imaging inside a point & shoot size (4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8"). Additionally to providing 24MP RAW and JPEG still photos, the RX1 has the ability to also capture Full HD 1080p movies at either 24 or 60frames per second. The f/2.0 Sonnar T* Carl Zeiss 35mm lens has a big maximum f/2.0 9 bladed aperture along with, providing reliable low-light photographs and very shallow field depth delivering beautiful bokeh (background image blur). A multi-layered T* coat minimizes flare and ghosting caused by reflecting light.

For framing and playing back, the camera has a big Xtra Fine 3" LCD screen containing 1,229k-pixels. The monitor uses WhiteMagic technology for improving visibility when in the bright daylight.

The sensor on the RX1 works hand in hand with the BIONZ imaging processor letting the camera autofocus at fast speeds. Also manual focusing is available, while the RX1 has three unique rings for manual control providing focusing, aperture, and macro mode.

The BIONZ processor and CMOS sensor combination also delivers enhanced sensitivity, resulting in improved low-light achievement. There's a maximum 25600 selectable ISO setting, allowing low-light photography without requiring use of the camera's on-board pop-up flash unit. Also to assist you you in poorer light conditions is the SteadyShot Optical image stabilization, which delivers clear, blur-free crisp photos and videos. SteadyShot additionally helps to cut down on motion blur when either the camera or your subject moves during shooting.

The RX1 is also capable of 5 frames per second of continuous high-speed shooting at a full 24MP image resolution, letting you acquire fast action sequences. A hot shoe with a multi interface allows you to attach additional accessories such as an electronic viewfinder. or external flash unit Auto HDR acquires a larger dynamic range, which can combine the the best mid-range-tones from one image, the greatest highlight detail from a second, the finest shadow detail from the third all into one single image. Sep 12, 2012 ✓

Body type Large sensor compact  
Max resolution 5472 x 3648  
Other resolutions 5472 x 3080, 4864 x 3648, 3888 x 2592, 3648 X 3648, 3648 x 2736, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2592 x 1944  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 20.9 megapixels  
Sensor size 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600  
White balance presets 9  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format RAW  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28 100 mm  
Optical zoom 3.6  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (14x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97")  
Number of focus points 25  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 1,228,800  
Touch screen No  
Screen type WhiteMagic TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F1.8 - F4.9  
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync  
Continuous drive Yes (2.5, 10 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Videography notes 1920 x1080 60p PS: 59.97fps Progressive (appx 28Mbps), 1920 x 1080 60i FX : 59.97fps Interlaced (appx 24Mbps), 1920 x 1080 60i FH : 59.97fps Interlaced (appx 17Mbps), 1440 x 1080 30p :29.97fps Progressive (appx 12Mbps), 640 x 480 30p :29.97fps Progressive (appx 3 Mbps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (Micro HDMI)  
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery and charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 330  
Weight (inc. batteries) 240 g (0.53 lb / 8.47 oz)  
Dimensions 102 x 59 x 36 mm (4.02 x 2.32 x 1.42")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5