Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 – Full Frame Compact Digital Camera

Sony DSC-RX1

Product Summary

Product Highlights

  • Full Frame 24MP Sensor with 14-bit RAW
  • Fixed f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens
  • Full HD 24p Video with Manual Controls
  • High Speed AF as Fast as 0.13 Seconds
  • Full Frame 24MP Bursts at up to 5fps
  • Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings
  • Shoe for Flash, Light or External Mic
  • Auto HDR Protects Highlight and Shadow
  • Xtra Fine 3″ LCD Display
  • ISO Range 100-25600

Detail Features

The Sony DSC-RX1 Full Frame Point & Shoot Digital Camera is the world’s first fixed lens, digital camera with a 35mm sized sensor. Sony has put DSLR quality imaging technology into this compact camera. In addition to 24MP JPEG or RAW stills, the RX1 will also shoot Full HD 1080p video. The fixed lens is a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* with full manual controls.

Full Frame Sensor and Fixed Carl Zeiss Lens

The RX1 features a 24MP digital 35mm sensor and a fixed Carl Zeiss f/2.0 Sonnar T* lens. The lens features a maximum aperture of f/2.0 with 9 iris blades, for shallow depth of field with attractive bokeh. The lens’s macro capabilities allow focusing down to 7.87″ (0.2 m). A premium multi-layered T* coating also reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

Full HD 24p Video with Manual ControlsThe RX1 can record video in Full HD 1080p at 24 frames per second. Video features include manual controls, an audio input jack and a multi interface shoe for mounting an external microphone or other accessories (sold separately). Manual Exposure, Program Auto, Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority exposure modes are also available for photos and video. Sound recording and playback are possible via a built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker.

JPEG and RAWThe DSC-RX1 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or 14-bit RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image in post.

High Speed AF as Fast as 0.13 Seconds – Focus as fast as 0.13 seconds with high speed AF. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver image signals to the camera’s BIONZ processor, which provides response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light.

Four Focusing Modes and Manual Focus Aids – The RX1 features for focusing modes, Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus and Direct Manual Focus. Users can deploy auto focusing to focus on the subject and quickly switch to manual focus for more precise adjustment. When activated, peaking helps define critical focus by highlighting the edges of objects that are in focus with your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow).

Full Frame 24MP Bursts at up to 5fps – The BIONZ image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.

Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings – RX1 features three distinct manual control rings for aperture, focusing, and macro.

Low-light Performance – The maximum selectable ISO setting is 25600, which enables low-light shooting without a flash. In addition, DSC-RX1 can capture six images in a fraction of a second and combine the data from all six to create a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity.

Shoe for Flash, Light or External Mic – The multi interface shoe provides a versatile connection for accessories like an external flash unit, an electronic viewfinder, an optical viewfinder, a thumb grip, a clip-on LCD monitor, an external microphone and more (sold separately).

Quick Navi – 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.

Auto HDR Protects – Highlight and ShadowAuto HDR captures more dynamic range, combining the best highlight detail from one shot with the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third, for one output shot with up to 6 EV stops in a split second.

3″ Xtra Fine LCD DisplayThe 3″ Xtra Fine LCD Display features 1,229k dot resolution, and WhiteMagic technology increases visibility in bright daylight.

Built in pop up flash – The RX1 has a built-in flash with Auto, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Fill-flash and Flash Off modes.

Dual Aspect Ratio – Recording for Still ImagesThe RX1 can capture still images in either 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratios, which allows you to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose.

Digital Level Gauge – A digital level gauge makes it easy to level the camera.

Conveniently Placed Dials – The camera features an exposure compensation dial and a focus mode dial.

Creative Styles – 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 – Picture Effects are a simple way to give scenes a heightened mood and emphasize certain attributes. Effects include 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.

Sweep Panorama Mode – Sweep Panorama Mode captures expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter and sweep vertically or horizontally, while the camera shoots continuous images and stitches them together.

Face Detection/Registration Technology – The RX1 can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash. This technology can even prioritize children or adults.

Auto Portrait Framing – Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with the rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides pleasingly composed and balanced, full resolution portraits. When activated, Auto Portrait Framing will save the optimally reframed image and a copy of the original.

Pricing and Availability

The Cyber-shot RX1 compact, fixed lens camera will be available this November for about $2800.

The FDA-EV1K electric viewfinder and FDA-V1K optical viewfinder will each be available at launch for about $600 and $450, respectively.

The thumb grip, lens hood and jacket case will also be available at launch for about $250, $180 and $250, respectively.

Sony DSC-RX1 Specifications

Brightness Control: Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode

Drive System Shutter Type: Program Auto (30-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000)
Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 fps at 24.3MP
Self-timer: 10sec. / 2sec
Advanced Features Sweep Panorama: Sweep Panorama
Face Detection: 8 Faces (Off / On(Registered Faces) / On)
Image Stabilization: SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Intelligent Auto: Yes
Picture Effects: Yes, 13 effects
Media Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
SDXC Memory Card
Still Image Mode JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Still Image Size 16:9 L: 20M (6000 x 3376)
M: 8.7M (3936 x 2216)
S: 3.9M (2640 x 1488)
Still Image Size 3:2 L: 24M (6000 x 4000)
M: 10M (3936 x 2624)
S: 4.6M (2640×1760)
Panorama Still Image Size Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856)
Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856)
Video Format 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)
MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 30fps/25fps)
3M VGA (640×480, 30fps/25fps)
Focus Control Focus System : Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus (MF)AF Modes : Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)
Flash Flash Modes : Auto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off/Wireless
Flash Coverage : ISO Auto 0.75m to 21.7m / ISO 25600 up to 43.4
Interface Memory Card Slot: MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
HD Output: Micro HDMI
USB Port(s): Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
Microphone Input: Microphone jack
Accessory Shoe: Multi Interface Shoe
Power Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 (supplied)
Power Consumption (in Operation): Approx. 1.5W
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.7″ (113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm)
Weight Weight: 17 oz (782g)
Weight: 16 oz (453g ) main unit only


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Purchase options

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