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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 58 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the responsiveness and image quality are on the whole positive. The design and lens are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and focus.

portability, lens, design, image quality, responsiveness

value for money, performance, battery, focus, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1


Is the full-frame Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 a great camera? Sure it is. But that's almost beside the point; at about $2,800, the real question becomes, "Is it $1,500 better than its APS-C competitors"? Despite the squirming of my inner budgeteer, I have...

Great photo and good video quality in a camera with a nicely functional and fluid shooting design are the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 's highlights.

It lacks a viewfinder, autofocus is sluggish, and there's no focus peaking in video mode.

With a terrific lens and a great full-frame sensor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 delivers the best photos we've seen from a fixed-lens camera. But that doesn't come cheap.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is the smallest full-frame camera you can find right now, and while it pumps out gorgeous images, its price is likely to induce sticker shock.

Full-frame image sensor. Extremely sharp lens. Excellent high ISO performance. Fast burst shooting. Short shutter lag. Fast f/2 aperture. 1080p60 video capture. Top-notch control layout

Expensive, and accessories are very pricey. No zoom capability. Slow to start and shoot. Lens shows some barrel distortion. No built-in viewfinder. External battery charger not included

Sony's decision to develop the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 ($2,799.99 direct) is a bold one. It's a seriously expensive camera that appeals to well-heeled enthusiasts, but is likely to be a constant companion for those who embrace its design. The RX1 packs a...

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Sony RX1 review: shooting like a pro with a pocket-sized camera


It's hard to shoot pictures in the dark. You typically have the choice of either taking a blurry, dim photo, or using a flash and ruining the ambiance. So you buy a DSLR and an appropriately bright lens, but then you're toting around a big, clunky, and...

Amazing image quality ; Compact, sturdy build quality ; Lots of manual contols

Expensive with expensive accessories ; Poor battery life ; Inconsistent, slow autofocus ; No ability to zoom or change lenses

The RX1 is a photographer's camera — a really wealthy photographer's camera



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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1


We were surprised (and delighted) when Sony decided to create the RX100 - its first compact camera for serious photographers, but that's nothing compared to our surprise when we were told about the RX1. This isn't just Sony's most serious compact...

Excellent image quality in both JPEG and Raw ; Full frame in a compact, well-built body ; Dedicated aperture and exposure compensation controls ; Exceptional build-quality - solid feeling without being too heavy ; Superb high ISO output in both JPEG...

Autofocus speed not fast enough for moving subjects ; Autofocus struggles in low light ; Significant vignetting (as with similar lenses), corrections 'baked into' Raw files ; Multiple button presses required to move AF point ; No built-in viewfinder...

The RX1 is a small camera capable of astonishing image quality. Its handling marries classic camera ergonomics with a couple of cyber-shot quirks but it's still a lovely camera to shoot with. If a fixed 35mm lens will fulfill any of your shooting...

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1 Preview


For fall 2012, Sony has unveiled a game changer in the Prosumer camera niche with the most powerful non-interchangeable lens point-n-shoot to ever to grace the face of the earth; the new Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1. Just a few months back we learned about the...

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Sony RX1 Review


Full-frame cameras are trending lately but Sony took the photographic world by surprise when they introduced the RX1--the first compact camera with a full-frame sensor. The camera's $2800 price tag may be out of reach for many people but even so, it's...

excellent image quality and lens sharpness ; solid feature set ; manual aperture ring

LCD difficult to use in bright light ; movie record button awkwardly placed ; autofocus somewhat sluggish in low light ; relatively short battery life ; expensive ; fussy manual focus

All technical and pricing issues aside, one of the things I love about the RX1 is that, in this digital world, it brings me back to thinking before I shoot, much like the Leica M9 does. Sure, there are faster and more clever digital cameras than the...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1


Sony's RX1 is a $2,800 point-and-shoot. Insane? Perhaps. It's also the best compact digital camera ever made.

Sony's RX1 is a halo product

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Sony RX1 review


In our Sony RX1 review video, Amy Davies tests whether Sony's small full-frame camera offers the image quality it promises.

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Sony RX1


While “hands-on” might be a bit of a stretch for this article, I wanted to pass along my thoughts from actually putting my hands on the Sony RX1 at PhotoPlus 2012 today – even though the camera didn't have a battery in it because Sony didn't want to...

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"To date, my camera of choice!"


I've used the Sony's RX1 & RX1r on several occasions. To date, even with the cons above this is my favorite camera. In the 1980's, I learned photography on a Canon F-Series film camera. When the digital era erupted I purchased a Canon P&S but...

Gorgeous Lens

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Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor / LCD Viewfinder


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled / No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:35.8 x 23.9 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-BX1


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes