Rated 5 out of 5 by Otamad Simply Amazing
This camera deserves much praise however, it comes with some frustration.
The good: The IQ is mind boggling. It's better than any full frame DSLR I've used. The handling is great and the layout of the controls leaves little to be desired. The camera feels great and it reeks of precision. It is unobtrusive and it rarely causes a second look unlike a big DSLR. It's small enough that it can be a constant companion. Mine lives in my daily backpack. The 35mm focal length is ideal. The external articulated ELV is great. Some feel it should be built in. Those same people might complain that the camera is to large or wish for an articulated ELV. I like it the way it is. Also, the camera is dead quiet.
The (not real) bad: the lowlight performance is excellent but the lowlight AF is compromised. My Olympus MFT has better lowlight AF. I typically revert to MF with peaking for lowlight close ups. The battery life is short but it's to be expected when considering size. A bigger battery means a bigger camera! The raw + JPEG only gives a med JPEG. The cost of accessories is high, if you don't like it make your own.
The wish list: An articulated touch screen, IS & dust/moisture proofing.
Buy this camera if want a high precision compact camera with a mind boggling IQ. If you can afford it, don't hesitate, just do it.
October 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Louslens Over the top
I have bee interested in photography since I was 11, I'm now 74. I have had many cameras and lugged around lens and equipment. I ordered this camera in July and received it late August. It was worth the wait. I am not a professional photographer, but this is the best camera I have ever used. Sony your to be congratulated.
September 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by parkerjake almost perfect
This is a very high quality camera , lens, and sensor combination capable of state of the art 35mm digital photography. The electronic viewfinder is a must have accessory as is a lens cap, but the Sony cap is ridiculously expensive and there are good alternatives. In fact, a lens cap should be included, and the packaging should be upgraded to reflect the high qualities of the camera. I would gladly purchase a fixed lens moderate telephoto version, say 80-90mm, because the lens sensor combination is likely to remain superior to any interchangeable lens version.
September 11, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by KatieC video recording unacceptably bad
The RX1R is identical to the RX1 but this camera is minus the AA filter. How I wish I had gotten the RX1!!! Video recording has severe moire issues and any tilts or pans will accentuate even more.
SONY are you doing anything about this with any kind of software update, if not, can I trade this in for the RX1? Please?
Not happy at all about spending 3k on a camera that boasts HD video and gives me horrible image quality.
Photos are great, but AF not very reliable - action photography should not even be attempted.
September 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Django292 Omission
I just purchased this camera, so don't have a lot to say as of yet. However, when I went to process the first Raw files from this cutting edge camera, I was disappointed to find that Sony has not yet released the RAW support file needed for Mac-based computers and photo editing products. They have one out for Microsoft operating systems, but not for Mac OS. Guess they haven't realized that a high percentage of their customers are using Macs. Hope they correct the problem in short order.
October 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dhammawitt Best photos taken in the palm of your hand..simple
Everything about this exudes quality. From the feel of the soft buttons, shutter to the heft of the full magnesium alloy body, they put thought into this camera, It's not just a luxury item, its for those who appreciate quality. It feels as if the CEO himself wanted this camera to exist. Its a no-compromise of quality camera system you can always take with you at the expense of compromising the features we're used to. Its not for full-on photography. It will however get you the best 35mm shot to exist.
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by cas578 Excellent Quality
Although it is pricey, the quality and features on the camera are so phenomenal. I had just received my Sony RX1R a week ago and the quality of the images are distinct and capture great detail. I am not a professional photographer or an individual in the graphic arts industry, however it really doesn't take much skill to observe high quality work and innovation. I am just a regular college student that will be using this product for my future endeavors. I would recommend this product for beginners interested in utilizing their skills in photography.
September 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by werson69 wonderful
it is waonderful i hope to find it here in brazil soon!
June 28, 2013