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Sony DSCRX1R/B 24MP Compact System Cyber-Shot Digital Still Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

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  • 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
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Price $ 2798.00 $ 948.00 $ 798.00 $ 797.99
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Color Black Black Black Black
Optical Zoom 1 x 2.9 x 5.8 x 3.1 x
Viewfinder Electronic and Optical (optional) electronic viewfinder LCD LCD
Max Resolution 24.3 MP 20.1 MP 20.9 MP 12.8 MP
Video Capture Resolution 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) other 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480
Image Stabilization None Information not Provided Optical Optical
Battery Description Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery Sony NP-BX1 NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger Panasonic DMW-BLG10
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Flash Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SDXC;;; SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Dimensions 2.56 inches x 4.45 inches x 2.76 inches 2.95 inches x 6.1 inches x 4.65 inches 2.28 inches x 4.02 inches x 1.61 inches 2.6 inches x 4.53 inches x 2.17 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution 24.3 MP 16.8 MP 20.9 MP 12.8 MP
Optical Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS CMOS CMOS
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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview Gold Award February 2013
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.
Richard Butler Richard Butler Lars Rehm Lars Rehm


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.

Reasons to buy

  • Excellent image quality, high ISO performance in both JPEG and Raw
  • Dedicated aperture and exposure compensation controls
  • Exceptional build-quality - solid feeling without being too heavy
  • Good level of customization to tune camera to your needs

Things to consider

  • Autofocus not fast enough for moving subjects
  • No built-in viewfinder (and accessory options rather expensive)
  • Multiple button presses required to move AF point
  • Disappointing video quality

Suggested for

The best image quality of any carry-able camera.

Not suggested for

Fast action or anyone looking for flexibility. Video shooters.
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Product Description

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Product Description

Discover astonishing picture clarity and fine-tuned performance without the optical low-pass filter (OLPF). In a land where detail is king, we've completely maxed out image sharpness by removing the OLPF. What's left is a full-frame, 24.3-megapixel marvel that captures amazing detail resolution-and fits right in your pocket.

From the Manufacturer

Sony make . believe

Sony’s passion for quality and compactness culminates in the world’s first 35mm full-frame camera with bright lens and palm-sized dimensions. The DSC-RX1R leaps far beyond other compact cameras to deliver emotionally charged photographs of truly extraordinary quality wherever you go. Make your dreams come true with the RX1R.

DSC-RX1R: Ultimate resolution

The DSC-RX1R is a special edition of the RX1 for photographers who want to take full advantage of the sensor’s capabilities. The optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter has been removed from the RX1R, allowing the full resolution of the sensor to be achieved without compromise. This results in resolution and sharpness when image
details matter.


Full frame burst shooting

When subjects are moving quickly, you can capture the decisive moment by shooting continuously at 5 frames per second — while maintaining maximum image quality at full 24.3 effective megapixel (approx.) resolution made possible by the BIONZ® image processor.

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 as 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 DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

Additional Features

New 35mm full-frame 24.3-megapixel Exmor™ CMOS sensor*

Sony’s high-quality 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor captures every detail of your scene with remarkable accuracy. Its 24.3 MP resolution (approx.) is ideal for gallery-quality stunning large-format prints. Razor-sharp alignment of the sensor and optical components brings out the full potential of the lens to the very edges of your photos.

Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F2 fixed focal length lens

Carl Zeiss lens expertise meets Sony optical precision in a sophisticated large-aperture lens offering remarkable brightness reminiscent of the sun. The design of this lens includes a slim advanced aspherical (AA) lens element of micro precision that delivers stunning image sharpness and brightness while contributing to a short lens barrel.

High-fidelity BIONZ™ image processing engine

From vivid colors to smooth skin tones, every nuance of your scene is reproduced throughout an extremely wide dynamic range with BIONZ image processing engine. Even processor-intensive tasks are handled with speed and precision, including 5 fps continuous shooting at full 24.3 effective megapixel resolution, 14-bit RAW and high ISO shooting.

Full HD 24p video and stereo input

Create movies of amazing clarity at Full HD resolution with manual control and stereo recording. Movies can be recorded at 60i for super smooth playback or 24p for a cinematic look. You can also use P/A/S/M modes to expand your moviemaking creativity. The DSC-RX1R Multi-interface shoe has been upgraded to record stereo sound when using the optional ECM-XYST1M external microphone.

Full frame burst shooting

When subjects are moving quickly, you can capture the decisive moment by shooting continuously at 5 frames per second — while maintaining maximum image quality at full 24.3 effective megapixel (approx.) resolution made possible by the BIONZ® image processor.

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.


The DSC-RX1R support Sony’s proprietary TRILUMINOS Color technology, allowing you to experience photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a TRILUMINOS Display. The expanded color gamut immerses you in those unforgettably colorful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the delicate skin in a baby’s face.

Expressive Full HD movie recording

As when capturing photographs, you can take full advantage of the bright lens and sensitive 35mm full-frame sensor to create movies of breathtaking quality in various lighting. Movies are recorded at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixel) in the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 progressive format, and movies can be recorded at 60i or 60p for super smooth playback or 24p for a cinematic look, or other frame rates for other effects. Full-time continuous AF ensures clear results even when capturing fast-moving subjects. Moreover, Creative Style settings and Picture Effect expand your moviemaking creativity while P/A/S/M modes enable manual exposure control.

Customizable buttons personalize operation

For the ultimate in user-friendly operation, you can easily reassign five buttons to activate other functions you frequently use. These buttons (Custom, AEL and Left/Right/Down) can be reassigned to activate any of the following functions: Drive mode, Flash mode, Autofocus Area, Face Detection, Smile Shutter, Auto Portrait Framing, Soft Skin Effect, ISO, Metering mode, Flash Compensation, White Balance, DRO, Auto HDR, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Image Size, Quality, Registration, AEL hold*, Spot AEL hold*, AEL toggle, Spot AEL toggle, AF/MF Control Hold*, AF/MF Control Toggle, Smart Tele-converter, Zoom, Focus Magnifier, Aspect Ratio, Monitor Mute and Not set.
* Cannot be assigned to left, right and down buttons.

Bright high-resolution display

The 3.0” (1,229k-dot) Xtra Fine LCD™ enhances shooting ease by displaying scenes with impressive brightness and accuracy. Brightness is boosted by the white pixels of WhiteMagic™ technology, while blacks are displayed blacker thanks to various Sony technologies including an AR (anti-reflection) coating on the LCD surface and a layer of resin between the LCD and reinforced glass that together suppress light reflection even when shooting outdoors. An illumination intensity sensor also optimally adjusts brightness depending on your shooting environment.

Quick Navi simplifies navigation

Easier to navigate than conventional menus, Quick Navi lets you confirm current camera settings at a glance and promptly change settings with the cross keys and control dial/wheel. User-friendly icons further contribute to easy operation that doesn’t require looking into menus — a capability that especially comes in handy when using the optional viewfinder.

Memory Recall (MR) memorizes combined settings

Whenever you find a perfect combination of camera settings for a certain type of shooting situation, you can save it in memory by using the Memory Recall mode. Should a similar situation arise, you can immediately activate the saved combination via dial. This mode can memorize up to three groups of settings (including exposure modes, shutter speed, Drive mode, ISO, White Balance, Metering modes, etc.).

Grid lines support balanced compositions

You can display grid lines on the LCD to support more accurate horizontal and vertical alignment of the camera with walls, streets and other elements in your scene. There are three styles to choose from (Rule of 3rds Grid Line, Square Grid Line, and Diagonal + Square Grid Line). For extra assistance, the Dual-axis Digital Level Gauge can be used to check for camera roll and pitch.

Finer focusing via MF Assist and Peaking functions

During manual focusing, use MF Assist to enlarge the displayed image up to 11.7x (approx.) and more clearly see the results of your finest focusing adjustments. A Peaking function can also be activated to enable focusing confirmation at a glance by colorizing the most sharply focused areas.

More natural gradations through D-range Optimizer (DRO)

In difficult lighting conditions such as backlit scenes, DRO analyses and corrects your image in real time to achieve smoother, more natural gradations with more detail in the highlights and shadows that more closely match what you see with your naked eye. You can choose the amount of correction up to 5 steps and even apply DRO during continuous shooting to achieve better results during sports photography.
Note: The effects of DRO vary depending on the scene and conditions.

White balance versatility for desired color tones

Auto White Balance (AWB) produces more natural colors by compensating for the type of lighting in your scene. The RX1R also provides a full range of white balance presets (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, etc.) a Color Temperature & Color Filter function, and Custom white balance adjustment options. You can even intuitively adjust white balance on a chart — in the amber-blue and green-magenta directions — during real-time monitoring of your scene* to achieve desired colors.
* When a flash is used, the color tone can be adjusted after the image is shot.

Image Data Converter Ver. 4.2 RAW image development software

This powerful PC software provides advanced features for developing, editing and managing your 14-bit RAW (Sony ARW format) images. For example, you can expertly adjust exposure, white balance, tonal curves and more to match your creative intentions; convert the color space; save images in the JPEG, 16-bit TIFF and other formats; create thumbnail portfolios with image ratings; or apply Creative Style settings. The software can be downloaded for free from the Internet.


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1. Via optional ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, BIONZ, Cyber-shot, Smile Shutter, Sweep Panorama, Exmor, Xtra Fine LCD and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. Carl Zeiss is a registered trademark of Carl Zeiss, Inc. 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.

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.8 x 2.6 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 26, 2013

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167 of 175 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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692 of 755 people found the following review helpful By Gear Addict on December 4, 2012
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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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62 of 64 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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