Rated 5 out of 5
by AndyV A7r ..Superior Camera from Sony
Outstanding performance in every way. Great Features.
The battery charger cable does not work.
Also, I did not receive an English Manual. It was French ?
January 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bayman State-of-the-art images
I took it out of the box, and did a few quick frames and discovered the finest quality digital files that I have ever produced. I have worked with many cameras, lenses, and digital backs over the years, including Nikon's D-4 and D800E, and in my opinion, this Sony betters them. The lens is razor-sharp and possesses that beautiful sense of space that only the best 35mm have. I closely inspected the images, that were shot at 100 ISO under normal daylight, and could not detect the slightest hint of noise! I plan to conduct tests to learn the extremes of the lens and sensor, but make no mistake, this camera is capable of producing professional or gallery-quality images.
I only wish that it would be possible attach a viewfinder and an external flash at the same time. Currently, you must compose through the LCD screen when an external flash is attached.
All in all, it's still a stunning camera, and when in hand, recalls the feeling of a Leica M2 that I once owned. It has a certain heft and cool metallic feel of a classic camera. And ooh, how those dials and ring click into place!
December 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PascalIV Extremely happy and satisfied
All around this is a great camera. I rented several cameras before purchasing the RX1, including a Leica M and Nikon D-800E. Although some may think the RX1 is expensive—it is, in fact, a bargain when you look at all that it has to offer. I made several image test with each of the rented cameras. Without a doubt this camera fulfilled most of my needs and was not short on quality in any category. The materials, finish and workmanship is excellent, it is easy to use and the images are equal to other cameras that I tested. Color differences between the rented cameras where subtle and easily fixed with processing. It is a mirrorless camera with 2 lenses in one (wide and macro), excellent optics, a large 24 MP full frame sensor, optional (but necessary) electronic viewfinder, electronic level and bright screen. It is very easy to operate and fits into my jacket pocket. There is no guess work while composing the image. I am very, very happy with the quality of images thus far. I am a still photographer so I have not used the video. I imagine the quality on screen is off the charts.
May 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RXIchiban Publishable photodocumentation
Sony has combined more than a big sensor with a prime lens into its RX1. There are also the internal computer workings, hardware and software, that add flexibility. For example, combining Clear Zoom with HDR will result in macrophotography without loss of resolution. Add to that, 25600 ISO, and natural lighting at 6 inches becomes a reality. Accessorizing with a ring flash that flattens macro images will not be required. Endowing the camera with digital zoom gives you the equivalent of three prime lenses in the palm of your hand. The images will be of publication quality for scientific documentation and large artworks. I intend to put the RX1 to work in the laboratory, for macrophotography, and out of doors, for panoramic landscape imagery. RX1 is 1/2" wider and longer than the Nex-5 with the pancake lens.
October 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PACoug Wish Canon Had Done This
I'm absolutely sure this is the flattest lens Zeiss could make to do justice to a camera of this magnitude. What you are looking at will not be significantly improved upon for years, if that has any value in your decision to spend such a huge chunk for such a tiny lump.
I can see this in a well-funded event photog's bag, to get close candids and cake shots, etc. while leaving the big rig on the tripod. But mostly I see it as a reporter's rig in places where SLRs are routinely confiscated. Now sure, the Mac Daddy lens on this thing might prompt El Presidente's bodyguards to take it anyway. But it stands a better chance of staying in a reporter's hand than a 7D with a battery grip and a white lens!
And by the way, just as capable of getting wonderful shots. I would use this camera for high school seniors' portraits, lightbox product photography, street shooting, outdoor panoramas...but not if I can't afford it, which I can't, even with the expected long service life.
It is a wonderful tool. Too expensive to be a toy.
November 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JZBuchwald A fixed-lens Leica replacement
This RX1's lens is excellent, producing tack-sharp files with extraordinary resolution and dynamic range. It's a shame that the electronic viewfinder is not built in, but the addon eve,, though expensive, is better than any I've used before.
There is one fault that really should be remedied as soon as possible: the focus distance scale behavior:
1. the scale only appears when the focus ring is turned. There should be an option to have it on all the time.
2. The scale is only in meters
3. The scale is pretty coarse
4. There is no indication of depth of field, as e.g. there is on the Fuji X cameras, which also have a much finer scale that can be switched to feet or meters.
There's no reason not to remedy these problems with a firmware upgrade, which would make the camera nearly perfect.
July 26, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by RCM1 Excellent image quality - good luck with focus
I have had the camera for about 6 months now and it is a great compact camera, however I have missed many shots due to the slow focus speeds.
It has been out over a year and still no firmware updates which is troubling given the cost of the camera. It makes me feel that there is no real support for this hardware. There are many people requesting a firmware update but Sony clearly stated they have no plans for this which is unfortunate. It's a 4 star camera but taking a star off for the lack of support.
October 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TopHeadphones99 In A Word, "HOLY-MOLY!"
I recently sold my A77 to get this camera to compliment my Sony NEX VG900 camcorder. Like the VG900, this is a fantastic piece of engineering. The images that the RX1 produces are very sharp and detailed. I used both the RX1 and A99 with 24mm F1.8 in a local Sony Retail Store and I was surprised to find that the RX1 turned out to have better image quality, since both of the cameras have a 35mm sensor. This camera is nicely sized and fits into a coat pocket, but not in a pants pocket. That's one issue. It also has a high quality metal build and the bottom section is the only part that is plastic. The out-of-focus blur is very creamy and smooth and turns out to be extra-gorgeous in videos. The video quality is good. Low light performance is nice up to ISO 6400. Even 12,800 ISO photos were reasonably clean. The fact that the lens has a leaf shutter means that it was completely silent and I love that. The burst rate is only 5 FPS but I can live with that. The gripes are that there is no viewfinder. I purchased the EVF attachment and it is fantastic in terms of quality. I don't recommend the Zeiss optical viewfinder. I purchased all of the accessories for the RX1 and things like the lens hood and thumb grip are EXPENSIVE! The continuous autofocus in both photos and videos is a bit sluggish but the focus peaking aids me to compensate for that. But there is no focus peaking in video. The battery is the same as the RX100 and does not give you good battery life, but it is reasonable. I look at photos from this camera and they look very sharp but when I zoom in on them, every detail looks perfectly rendered. This camera looks very subtle as well. Everyone sees that I have a pocketable camera but they don't know that it has better capability of a full-frame DSLR. I love the fact that is has the aperture ring, exposure compensation dial, and macro switch. That means that I don't have to do menu diving. Also, I can adjust exposure in video recording, which IS important. The shutter button is a cable release style and is the best I've pushed. There is no other word that I can describe this camera other than AMAZING. I would recommend it in a heart beat. It's basically a Point and Shoot, but I feel insulted calling it that. It's way more impressive than that. Kudos to Sony for achieving an incredible piece of engineering.
June 2, 2013