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Sony DSC-RX1/B Cyber-shot Full-frame Digital Camera

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  • Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens with macro compability
  • World's first fixed lens 35mm digital camera - it's small
  • Full frame 24MP resolution with 14-bit RAW output
  • Accurate high speed auto focus (AF)
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is a full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm F2 lens. The camera features a 36 x 24mm CMOS sensor and a leaf shutter for near-silent operation. It includes a manual aperture ring and dedicated exposure compensation dial for direct manual control. It can also capture video at frame rates of up to 1080p60 and includes a series of video-friendly features.

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Product Details

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.8 x 2.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0097CXFCC
  • Item model number: DSC-RX1/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,215 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 11, 2012

Product Description

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From the Manufacturer

A+
Sony make . believe


DSLR quality. Wi-Fi convenience.

We've made the impossible possible. Once considered merely a dream
is now a reality that can sit in the palm of your hand. Introducing the
revolutionary RX1: The world's first fixed lens digital camera with a
full-frame sensor. Take it wherever you go and explore full manual
control photography that knows no bounds.
RX1  
Full Frame 24 Megapixel resolution
with 14-bit RAW output .
Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens
with macro capability .
World’s first fixed lens 35mm digital
camera – it’s small.
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 25600, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise.
F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing – bokeh, and macro capabilities.
The DSC-RX1 is the world's first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera which offers an uncompromising design that focuses on an intuitive, user-friendly operation.

Technology
24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 25600, & a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise. The BIONZ® image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.
F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens
Newly developed large-diameter F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing – bokeh, and macro capabilities. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
World's first fixed lens 35mm
The DSC-RX1 is the world's first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera which offers an uncompromising design that focuses on an intuitive, user-friendly operation. The camera fits in the palm of a hand and allows users to carry it nearly everywhere to capture any shooting opportunity that arises.
Full HD 24p video
Full HD 24p video with manual control and audio input.1 For creative flexibility, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and exposure control. Enjoy clear sound recording and playback via built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker.
Amazing Low-light performance
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
High speed Auto Focus
Focus as fast with high speed AF. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® CMOS sensor delivers high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ® processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

Product description and full feature list
The DSC-RX1 Digital Camera is equipped with the latest technology.
Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor
A whole new world of high-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 – 25600, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise. The BIONZ® image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.

Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss®
Sonnar T* lens

Newly developed large-diameter F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing – bokeh, and macro capabilities. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

World's first fixed lens 35mm camera
The DSC-RX1 is the world's first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera which offers an uncompromising design that focuses on an intuitive, user-friendly operation. The camera fits in the palm of a hand and allows users to carry it nearly everywhere to capture any shooting opportunity that arises.

Full HD 24p video
Full HD 24p video with manual control and audio input.¹ For creative flexibility while shooting movies and stills, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and exposure control. Enjoy clear sound recording and playback via built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker. Additionally, an optional microphone can be plugged
into the camera.


Amazing Low-light performance
Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)

High speed Auto Focus
Focus fast with high speed AF. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera's BIONZ® processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

Full frame burst shooting
High speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second (fps) is made possible by the BIONZ® processor and 24 megapixel sensor.

Three control lens rings
Full manual operation is intuitive on the RX1. Users can keep their eyes on the subject and concentrate on the composition while comfortably adjusting the dedicated aperture, focusing, and macro switching rings.
Conveniently placed dials
Quick access to conveniently placed exposure compensation and focus mode dials.

Quick Navi – settings at a glance
Quick Navi enhances direct control of your favorite functions. Pressing the Fn button activates Quick Navi, which allows the user to check camera settings at a glance and promptly change settings without having to search for dedicated menus.

Memory recall
MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed, drive mode and metering modes. This enables quick switching of settings at the right moment.

Nine aperture blades
Nine aperture blades form a nearly perfect circle throughout the normally used aperture range of F2 to F22, resulting in background defocusing that is smooth and genuinely beautiful.

Expandable with multi interface shoe
The multi interface shoe allows easy connection with wide-ranging accessories expanding the range of photographic expression. Available accessories include a powerful external flash unit, electronic viewfinder.

3" Xtra Fine LCD™ Display
The 3" (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD™ Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview live Picture Effects. WhiteMagic™ technology increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy
focusing operation.


Auto HDR mode
Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle—and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot (up to 6 EV stops), all in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)


Dual-aspect ratio recording
for still images

Capture still images in either 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. This provides the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific
shooting purpose.


Built in pop up flash
Enjoy the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go. Guide number is approximately 6. Choose from Auto, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Fill-flash and Flash Off modes.

Capture JPEG files, RAW files, or both
The DSC-RX1 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
Three focusing modes
This camera has one Autofocus mode, Single-shot AF (AF). It also has Manual Focus (MF) for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment.

Digital level gauge
Digital level gauge to allow easier leveling
of the camera.


MF assist and peaking
Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot.

Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with 15 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Twilight, Night View, Autumn Leaves, B&W, Sepia, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your
personal taste.


Picture Effect mode
Realize your creative potential with Picture Effect, a fun and simple way to convert ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Effects are Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.

MF assist and peaking
Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot.

Face Detection/ Registration technology
The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

Auto portrait framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.

Sweep Panorama™ Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.


1. Records in 29 minute segments

2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately

© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Cyber-shot, SteadyShot, Smile Shutter, Sweep Panorama, Exmor and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.

Product Description

World's first fixed lens 35mm camera. For a more in-depth look, check out the DSC-RX-1 brochure.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Yes, it's a fixed lens but I don't find the much of a problem, it's perfect for about 90% of the situations I'm in and the image quality is so good I can always do a bit… Read more ›
It's small but kind of hefty (in good way). Image quality is great so is built quality except a flimsy plastic battery door. Handling and ergonomics are pretty good. Read more ›
i was hesitant to spend the money on this camera but it is worth every dime. the photo quality is perfect. the size and weight are a bit more than the leica x2 but not so… Read more ›
People have already commented on the image quality (Outstanding), construction (High quality), and the size (Small for what it's capable of) so I won't go into those. What… Read more ›
My response, good pictures are intended to last a lifetime. The rest (price, AF, HD, zoom, etc.) are secondary. Read more ›
The second manual is complete but is in PDF format only and must be downloaded from Sony. For three grand I think they could throw in a nice glossy high quality manual. The… Read more ›
The 35mm Zeiss lens here is exceptional by itself but it is also very carefully matched with an exceptional full frame sensor and the current state of the art digital… Read more ›
I bought the RX-1 because like lots of photographers out…I loved the quiet shutter, the minimal form factor, the excellent lens and full frame signature of the images. B… Read more ›
Images are tack sharp, even at f/2.0. This may be the sharpest lens I own (for sure wide open), regardless of camera. I bought this in addition to a DSLR, I can take this… Read more ›
I just missed the X100's built in viewfinder, flash and overall feel too much that when I…I will miss the beautiful Carl Zeiss lens and awesome 24mp sensor of the RX1. T… Read more ›
The Sony has the…I was amazed when I pulled some of the images into the computer went to 1:1 - detail is excellent - easily as good as my 5dmkIII with my sharper lenses. Read more ›
The RX1 looks and feel like the "old" Leica MP, beautifully built, incredibly lens, i own few digital SLR but this one will beat all on them in term of quality, but one… Read more ›
Dynamic range seemed about the same. The only noticeable difference was the blurred background effect at f2.0 thanks to the full frame sensor. Yes, that was quite… Read more ›
The RX1 is one or the best full frame sensor 35mm camera under $10k. The only thing that didn't work for me was that in low light it tried to focus and re focus and… Read more ›
I previously used a Fuji X100s and was impressed with that but the details produced by the RX1r…The 24 MP full frame sensor without the AA filter really makes a difference. Read more ›
TRUE full frame quality from an amazing sensor & Zeiss lens combo. Read more ›
Now, when I travel, I drop my Leica M9-P with the 90 Cron (big lens for Leica M…35mm f2.0 Zeiss with a ridiculously good sensor, and 90mm f2.0 Cron is TOTAL FREEDOM. Ye… Read more ›
1) The cost…The amount of flexibility in playing around with whats in focus on the full frame sensor, through this f 2.0 lens with crystal sharp clarity makes it worth it. Read more ›
For this reason alone it's worth the price to me. The controls are also well placed. When you have time to setup a shot - and you're not relying on the autofocus - it… Read more ›
Really outstanding…The only "problem" I have run onto is that the auto mode is so good that I find I use it at the expense of setting up the exposure manually. B… Read more ›
Has a telephoto mode so you can digitally zoom also. Also has APS Crop mode which is nice at times when you can't get too close. The pictures this takes are fantastic. Read more ›
The Left, Right, Down buttons are programmable, I set them as AF, Metering, & Creative Styling (Vivid/Sepia/BW/etc). Menus are super intuitive similar to the RX100. Cool… Read more ›
Bottom line is that Sony made it too tiny. The NEX 7 is already small enough, and it has a great grip, controls, and room for an EVF AND hotshoe. This is a POINT AND SHOOT!!! Read more ›
Also the Sony NEX are great too. For full frame, the options to save money narrow but the expandability and capability of FF DLSRs offsets that. Read more ›
A lot of people complain about the auto focus, but honestly I have not had a problem with it at all (even in low light…Tack sharp autofocus on all of my ISO 6400 shots. S… Read more ›
The other half the time it was too slow to catch my…Plus with no focus priority setting, you have to carefully wait for the beep before you press the shutter all the way. Read more ›
I'm just a hack, and forgive me if this is common knowledge, but here's what I found…Does that mean that low light focusing is comparably fast to bright light focusing? Read more ›
(It's not as fast to choose autofocus points or achieve focus as the Panasonic micro 43rds cameras, but it is much faster than the X100 and certainly fast enough for most… Read more ›
(It's not as fast to choose autofocus points or achieve focus as the Panasonic micro 43rds…Autofocus tracking is easy to engage and works very well for focus-and-recompose. Read more ›
Sony: Why have you refused to provide any firmware updates for this…Those of us who paid $2800.00 deserve regular updates, particularly with common issues like focusing. Read more ›
the lens is sharper at wide apertures than the Canon. The high ISO performance is really amazing. Probably one of the best Full Frame cameras of any form factor with… Read more ›
It's an incredible little camera - very small, sharp at all apertures, superb low light performance, great ergonomics, plenty of unheard-of (by me) useful features (like… Read more ›
6,000K (flourescent store window lights) and 2,800-3,200K (incandescent lights)…I chalk this incredible low noise performance up to the RX1's superior upper ISO processing. Read more ›
As much as I loved each of these for their respective reasons, there was at least one or two things that made them fall short of perfection (low light performance, focus… Read more ›
In exchange for the awkward controls, you get outstanding image quality and excellent performance. The RX1 contrast-detect autofocus is reasonably fast and accurate even in… Read more ›
While I love the autofocus performance and sheer amount of accessories for Canon and Nikon, an afternoon spent with a friend's 5DIII and D7000 quickly dissuaded me of… Read more ›
The image is incredibly sharp. The colors are brilliant. The B&W conversions have tons of character. Read more ›
I do engage in a tiny bit of very basic PP, but shoot JPG only. The white balance is dead on accurate, the colors are nicely saturated. I particularly appreciate the… Read more ›
Sony made the RX1 perfect in so many ways. It is capable of making gorgeous photos, perfect colors, no need for any post processing. The camera itself is beautiful, the… Read more ›
4. Rich colors & creamy bokeh. The people at Zeiss got this lens right. Read more ›
I never take pictures using the viewfinder on my Sony a65 (waste of…The LCD screen works perfectly well both indoors and outdoors even on very sunny days (like Colorado). Read more ›
In my opinion, however, they do not compare with those from the 24-70 mm AF-S Nikkor lens I use on my D800, and there is simply no comparison (at least in my opinion)… Read more ›
ISO: The camera has great high ISO performance, with low noise, but in most situations your low light photography will be limited by the AF's inability to focus in low light. Read more ›
Yes the camera does default to F4.0 and 1/80 sec, but it's easy to set up F2.0 and 1/30th in the memory for indoor low light portraits, and let the camera default to the… Read more ›
As with the RX100 the white balance is perfect. What I gain is extreme sharpness at every ISO/Aperture. The bokeh is better then any of my Nikon gear. Read more ›
let me get this out of the way, If I were basing this camera solely on image quality, sharpness and high ISO performance, I would have given this camera a solid 5 stars!! Th… Read more ›
In a dim-normally lit room, the pictures shot at ISO 6400-10,000 at f/5.6 IQ was…IS0 6400 images perhaps are more like ISO 1600 images from NEX6/7 and ISO 2500 from XE1. Read more ›
I tried to take pictures with the Sony RX1R and set the Shutter priority (S), setting it to a good ISO to allow enough light in, but the lack of image stabilization really… Read more ›
What a revelation. Build quality is exemplary, photo quality is excellent, as are control placement and customizability. The Zeiss lens is truly excellent, and having a… Read more ›
I do a lot of portraits and sceneries, which the 35mm is perfect for. The build quality is superb, so nothing really to complain about there. Read more ›
The sensor is amazing and takes clear 2500 ISO pictures. The build quality is great. But focusing in even moderately low light (indoors at night) is an exercise in… Read more ›
The build quality is exceptional. Basically all is magnesium, rubber or glass, except for the battery door and plug input door, which are plastic. Read more ›
I can shoot all the way up to 12,000 ISO and be confident that the file will hold up in post. The build quality is beautiful!! Every button and dial is tight, solid and… Read more ›
I feel confident shooting in low light, without using the flash. • Great metal build. It's not heavy, but it feels sturdy in your hands. Read more ›
- the image quality is amazing (the sony sensor and Zeiss lens are as good as you'll find in/on any DSLR), - the video quality is great, - and the camera is capable of… Read more ›
I can strap it on my side and take it everywhere. The video is amazing and the Carl Zeiss lens can do macro and shallow DOF shots at 28 mm. The ISO is not bad for such a… Read more ›
Lastly, while I'm no videographer, I ideally would like to have a camera that take really good video (maybe not movie-quality, but much better than typical home movie… Read more ›
Good aperture priority mode operation (my…6) Capable of shooting 1080 at 60p and taking good video in low light, and with full IS (image stabilization) but see cons. 7)… Read more ›
In the end, it's all about image quality, and here, at least in stills if not in video (which is a bit disappointing frankly - like the A99 video), there is little to… Read more ›
One also wonders how much the somewhat fuzzy video could be fixed in future firmware - it would appear that the A99 has been saddled with the same weakness, suggesting that… Read more ›
Nice camera, great price and great seller Read more ›
A…When I walked into Best Buy, I bought the Sony RX1r with the intention of returning the camera while I shopped around for two weeks for a great price on the Sony A7. Read more ›
You…Fortunately, they can be purchased on the secondary market for a reasonable price along with the wall charger that you should have received from Sony to begin with. F… Read more ›
I was able to get really good price from amazon warehouse and was able to pay with discounted gift cards which I was able to get from many other deals around… Read more ›
In my opinion my Fuji X100 with all of its faults…Save your money and wait for Sony or another manufacturer to produce a reasonable priced full frame compact camera. Un… Read more ›
The RX1 is expensive and I don't think it is a good value. For the same cost, you can likely get as good pictures with the Nikon D600 (same sensor) and… Read more ›
I have been shopping for a portable…I own 3 Nikon DSLRs but sometimes I need a small unit, easy to carry that still takes great pics and has features that I typically use. Read more ›
Even though I listed its weight/compactness as a weakness in the "Bad" section, it is…The fact that it is so small and compact makes it easy to carry around all day long. Read more ›
It turns on quickly and captures images quickly. Its a great camera to carry daily and capture the things you would miss. The image quality is very good. Read more ›
I find that I am transitioning away from a very favorite Sony A65 w/a very fine 16-50 2.8 as my default camera, just because this is so easy to carry, and makes the DSLT… Read more ›
The small size of the camera means that it's easy to carry around and, when using time-tested techniques to bolster your body when shooting, you'll find that you can get… Read more ›
Against a…The RX1 is easy to carry around and, even with so much glass, the shutter releases with barely a whisper--an unobtrusive feature for wildlife photography. In… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

639 of 698 people found the following review helpful By Gear Addict on December 4, 2012
Style Name: DSC-RX1/B Verified Purchase
I purchased and received this camera from Amazon.

I also own a Canon 5D Mark II, Olympus OM-D E-M5, and Sony RX100

I must say I had really high hopes for this camera. I hoped for a low-light monster that would provide the critical image quality that I turn to my 5D Mark II for, just in a more portable package. For reference I also own the Canon 35mm L f/1.4. For better or for worse, this review will be based on my experience with the RX1 compared to the 5D, OM-D and RX100.

First the good...

1.) The image quality is really that good. If you read Steve Huff and look at his samples, they are representative. I must admit the lens/camera combo *is capable* of producing images better than my 5D Mark II (see negatives). the lens is sharper at wide apertures than the Canon. The high ISO performance is really amazing. Probably one of the best Full Frame cameras of any form factor with respect to ISO performance.

2.) It's well built, if not perfect (more on this in the negatives). It feels much more solid than the RX100, but not at the level of the 5D or the OM-D.

3.) The ergonomics and controls are pretty good for the small form factor. I like the manual aperture ring and exp. comp. dial, but really I still prefer the ergonomics on both the 5D and OM-D

4.) Good Auto features for deep pocketed amateurs. In truth I did not test these features extensively

Now the Negatives...

1.) The camera struggles to focus in anything but good and great light. In low and moderately low light (read normally lit interior of a home) the camera misses focus on anything that is not static or has high contrast.
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Watt on February 6, 2013
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If you managed to get this far through the enormous number of reviews of the camera, you're either a glutton for punishment, are you really are a researcher and aficionado of high-end digital photography. Let's assume it's the latter and get to the really interesting stuff.

This camera is in a class of one. There's really nothing like it anywhere in the marketplace. It's absurdly expensive for a point-and-shoot, and yet it takes pictures that rival in overall image quality - and in many cases equal or even exceed - what the very best full frame professional cameras are capable of generating . . . . . while fitting fairly comfortably in your jacket pocket. It looks like your neighbor's point-and-shoot $350 Canon, but costs more than your last vacation. It doesn't even have a viewfinder, either optical or electronic - although you can get a great electronic one, if you don't mind being soaked for another $450 on top of what you've already shelled out for this expensive but marvelous piece of technology. Or you can get really hosed by Zeiss, and get an optical viewfinder for another $650 - easily the most overpriced accessory in digital photography. It isn't the fastest focusing, and it requires you to move closer or farther to get the shot that you want instead of zooming in or out given the fixed focal length lens. It can be both maddening to struggle with under the wrong circumstances . . . and at the same time a breeze to use like any other point-and-shoot. It seems wildly overpriced in some sense (compared to any other compact?), but is a genuine bargain in terms of what you are getting (best current 35mm 2.0 lens, best 24MP FF sensor in tiny package with highly customizable operating system).

It's like nothing else really.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Eric M. Joyner on April 20, 2013
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Recently purchased this camera as I have been searching for quite some time for the ultimate carry-around body. To provide perspective, I am a photographer that has done some pro work (mainly weddings), but the majority of my time is spent in serious amateur mode. In addition, 35mm has always been my preferred focal length (enables enough background to give perspective to the subject while not having the subject get lost in the background or requiring the photographer to get uncomfortably close).

I have spent the last 2 years evaluating many different camera systems to find something that best meets my needs. In addition to some travel, I have 2 children (4 and 2) and capturing their lives is of the utmost importance for me. This means I need something that has fast focus, can be easily carried around, has great imagine quality, shallow DOF, and take great photos indoors (in low light). In addition, I prefer shooting with a viewfinder so that I can really view the image prior to capture. Lastly, while I'm no videographer, I ideally would like to have a camera that take really good video (maybe not movie-quality, but much better than typical home movie quality).

My evaluation set has been:

Nikon D700 (which I had for years with many pro-grade lenses)
Olympus E-M5
Fuji X100
Fuji X-Pro (with all 3 lenses)
Sony RX-1 (most recent)
Panasonic GH2

I have purchased and owned all of those cameras, each for more than a year (i.e. I didn't buy and play for a weekend, then send them back - I really used them actively). I'll cut to the chase - I have sold every one of those cameras and lenses on eBay in the last 2 weeks except for the Sony, and the E-M5. However, my day-to-day is now the RX-1.
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