Rated 5 out of 5
by TheCreativeAI The Perfect Field Camera for Biologists
I recommend the RX1 for artistic and biologic pursuits, especially to anybody interested in field photography. I have taken the RX1 up mountains and through jungles for over a year and it keeps on taking flawless photographs. Its wide angle lens is perfect for landscapes, while the macro setting conveniently pushes the limits of close-ups with a simple twist of the ring around the lens. The super high resolution sensor gives you the flexibility to capture details in enlargements that you may not have noticed when you were shooting the picture. The RX1 is easy to carry around even though it has an extraordinary prime lens in it. In fact, I set it to stealthily shoot without a sound and that makes it easy to capture real life expressions. There are a number of accessories that can make it into a laboratory or studio camera, but the fun starts when you take it out of doors. Don't be afraid to fire away. It is sturdy. You don't have to worry about getting a mirror or sensor dirty because it does not have a mirror. It comes with a fixed lens, so you will never take it off to get dust on the sensor. I have taken thousands of pictures of everything from mountainous panoramas to bristles on flies, every one of them at perfect exposures with no detectable problems. The autofocus has been pinpoint accurate in macro and portrait photography. Videos are crisp and are easy to make with smooth digital zoom, but a tripod is essential. My readers tend to stand up and take notice of the RX1 images because everything that comes out of it has superb color and clarity. The RX1 is easy to use, lightweight, and compact; but the combined optics and electronic engineering make for equally high quality images. What's more, the RX1 is tough enough to take into the field around the world.
February 3, 2014
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