Steve Huff of SteveHuffPhoto.com got his hands on the new Sony RX1 fixed lens digital camera for an exclusive first look. Sony touts the RX1 as the World’s First Full Frame Digital Camera, as it sports a full sized 35mm Sony Exmor CMOS sensor, and there’s no doubt that this little beastie can produce some of the finest quality images that you’ll ever see – on par with or even surpassing the DSLR market. Steve even mentions that he feels the RX1 produces better images than the A99, which is equipped with the same sensor, and the RX1 comes in a much smaller and more portable package.
Here’s some links to Steve’s full review and test images:
Sony have taken a bold step with the RX1. They’ve essentially created a premium/pro quality compact point and shoot style camera, but with much more control over settings, etc. Although the camera has a fixed lens, it is a very high quality Carl Zeiss lens, and that may appeal to a lot of people. But it also comes attached to a hefty price tag, nearly $2,800 USD, and the only way you can get an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) is to tack another $700 on to that price. In producing the RX1, Sony may… or may not… be carving out a whole new niche. Only time will tell if there is a market for a camera like the RX1.
Who is this camera for?:
If you’ve got a nice chunk o’ change burning a hole in your pocket and you want to get your hands on a high quality imaging machine, but you don’t feel like fiddling around with a lot of lenses, then the RX1 may be just what you’re looking for. If this one high quality lens will be enough, then the expense of the RX1 almost makes sense… almost, because you’ll get everything you need for $2,800 ($3,500 with the EVF) vs. spending $2,000 plus for a premium DSLR body and tacking on the expense of several premium quality lenses. You’ll also get some nice video features like a mic input, etc. But will that one lens be enough, especially at that price? It will be interesting to see what happens with the RX1 and to watch where Sony goes from here.
At $2,800, it’s unbelievable that this (or any) camera wouldn’t come with an EVF, and unless you want to blow up your images to huge proportions to display on say… your garage door, the 35 mm “full frame” sensor really shouldn’t make much of a difference for you. In fact, of the two cameras that Steve shows off in the video, we would recommend saving $1,800 and going for the Sony NEX 6, which is another dynamite new camera with loads of new features, such as a built in EVF, Tilt Screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and a barrage of apps on the way that will no doubt take it’s functionality to new and higher levels altogether… and it’s 16 mp sensor will be more than enough for 99% of the people out there. Of course, if image quality is your thing, then we might even recommend checking out the Fuji X-Pro1 or even the new X-E1, both of which cost thousands less than the RX1 – and the Fuji sensors pop out even better images than the Sonys (in our opinion), and the Sonys produce AMAZING pictures! If you’ve really got your heart set on the fixed lens scenario, your really like the RX1 but you don’t have $2,800 to pony up, then you might even want to check out the RX1’s little brother the RX100, which has a 20.2 Exmor CMOS sensor.
Check out the RX1 and our other recommended cameras below: