Sony RX1 Hands On Review – DRTV Style

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Kai, Alamby, Lok C and DigitalRevTV hit the bowling alley, and they bring along the Sony RX1 to give it the DRTV Treatment.

Sony call the RX1 “the world’s smallest full-frame digital camera” – and Kai and Co. test it out to see if it’s as awesome as a full-frame compact should be.

DRTV writes: We want to know just good it is. Does it perform well enough to justify the price? Does it focus well in low-light? Watch the video to find out.

My 2 Cents

The Sony RX1 is our pick for the best compact camera of 2012 (and one of the best cameras period).  It’s aimed squarely at the pro photographer or serious enthusiast who wants a second “go anywhere” system to take along while traveling or attending an event where a larger, interchangeable lens system just isn’t realistic.

To paraphrase Kai, “Props have to go to Sony for daring to create the RX1.”  Sony got a lot right with this camera, from the quality of the materials that went into it to the quality of the images that come out of it. It’s pricey at about $2800 USD, and even more so when you consider the a ‘la carte options like an Electronic Viewfinder ($449.99), Metal Lens Hood ($179.99) or the thumb grip ($249.99) , and I think that Sony intend it to compete with the likes of the Leica M. By packing that much pixel power into a compact body, Sony have a great achievement on their hands, and I can’t help but wonder if an interchangeable lens version is that far off… — SG

Check out the Sony RX1 Here. If it’s not in the budget, you might want to consider the Sony RX100 or Panasonic Lumix LX7 (tied for second best compacts of 2012).

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