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Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX1
24-megapixel full-frame compact digital camera
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Item #: 158DSCRX1
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Original Price: $2,799.99
Never has so much imaging power come in such a small package. The Sony DSC-RX1 redefines what is possible from a compact digital camera. The full-frame — that's right, full-frame — sensor and fixed 35mm premium Carl Zeiss® lens let you capture shots detailed enough to make gorgeous blown-up prints. This small-profile camera is perfect for moments when you don't have time or patience for an SLR and multiple lenses, or just want to travel light. Yet your photos will be vibrant and free of noise, whether it's a finely detailed macro shot of an insect on a flower or a wide-angle group shot at a gathering of family and friends.
The RX1's fixed f/2 lens is bright enough for shooting in almost any lighting. So even when the lights are dimmed or the sun is setting, rest assured you'll still capture vivid portraits and stunning landscapes. The full-frame Exmor® CMOS sensor offers incredible light-gathering ability for stellar performance in poorly lit settings, with selectable ISO from 100 to 25,600. The RX1's exposure controls also include a manual ring to adjust the aperture's nine-blade iris to create smooth background defocus for outstanding portraits and close-up shots.
If you're preparing to shoot your child's birthday party, you'll no doubt be prepared for the big shots before they happen. The RX1's manual focus ring lets you dial in your daughter as she prepares to blow out the candles, with customizable focus assist peaking to highlight focused edges as you frame the shot. But sometimes you don't have time for total artistic control. That's when the RX1's high-speed auto focus serves you best, so you'll be ready for quick shooting when your son suddenly takes those first steps. You can even combine auto and manual focus, using auto mode to focus in on the subject before switching to the manual control ring for creative fine-tuning. Continuous autofocus can track moving subjects, perfect for firing off a burst of five frames per second at this powerful camera's full resolution.
The RX1 allows you to keep it simple by combining point-and-shoot convenience with professional-grade photo quality. However, if you want to expand the RX1's capabilities, use the multi-interface hotshoe to add optional accessories such as an electronic or optical viewfinder, external flashes and thumb grips. The microphone jack gives you powerful audio-capture possibilities, perfect for use with an optional mic while recording 1080p video with the RX1.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
Raw images fantastic, speed of auto focus average. fill flash excellent and powerful. overal this is the best point and shoot pocket sized camera anyone can find at this time. The images are better than some of the best SLR digital cameras unless you get into medium format digital cameras.
Pros: Image quality
Cons: the rear display showed too many none essential info and does not display the aperature and f stops. detailed owner instruction is not included. Raw file conversion software is not included but can be found by doing a little reading.
First off, let me state that I am a long-time Leica user & I have a M9-P. I'm replacing that with the new Leica M (body-only - $6,950). So why would I want the RX1? There are 2 main reasons: 1. The RX1's autofocus makes it much easier to take good photos quickly. 2. Convenience - Smaller size & lighter weight - When traveling, it is much easier to take the RX1 than the M9-P. It has an adequate built-in flash so no need to lug along an external one.
What about quality? There are two aspects: 1. The RX1 construction & design are superb. People have called in "Leica-like" & it is. 2. The RX1 & Leica M both have 24MP full frame CMOS sensors. The difference is in the lenses. The RX1 has a built-in Zeiss lens which does a very nice job. But it is a tad below the Leica lenses (legendary but frightfully expensive).
In the end, probably only a few professionals will be able to detect differences between the RX1 & the Leica M photos. Both are genuinely exceptional, & both allow you to export RAW images for professional editing.
The RX1 & the Leica M both take 1980 x 1080 HD movies. However, movies on the Leica (no autofocus) are likely to be of poor quality if the subjects are moving. The movies on the RX1 are very, very good.
In summary, the Sony RX1 is a superb professional camera that is both fun & easy to use. Amateur photographers such as myself also will be delighted with the RX1. It is worth every penny, & you simply cannot beat Crutchfield for their service and support.
Pros: Autofocus Light weight Superb construction Easy to use Built-in flash Small size
Cons: Only one lens
Received the Sony RX1 about 2 weeks ago and have been very satisfied with the results. The image quality is as good if not better than anything I have owned. I have had 2 other full frame sensor cameras and the Sony RX1 is the one I would choose over the others. Yes, the dslr's certainly have their advantages but I wanted something portable and also a camera that is not so imposing. I am aware that with photographers in particular, that SIZE does matter. I have seen many photogs lusting over big lenses and chunky slr bodies. I can only say that the RX1 does exactly what it was intended to do. The leaf shutter is nearly silent and the Zeiss glass is as good as it gets. I have already made prints of 48x60 and the WOW factor is there for sure. The price for accessories and low light autofocus are the only reasons i can't give it 5 stars. But in all fairness, I knew this going into the system. Metering is spot on the jpeg images are awesome. Noise is not a factor and I haven't hesitated to shoot at 12800 iso. I would certainly recommend this camera to anyone who understands what they are buying. I have seen people list cons such as NO ZOOM, NO VIEWFINDER. These are not cons. It has a fixed lens and you certainly can add a viewfinder. But my guess is that someone willing to spend this much for a camera would already know this and not be surprised to find those features missing. Enough said. Try it, you'll like it. Remember, if you buy a Ford, don't complain that it's not a chevy
Pros: Image quality superb. Low low low noise. Quiet so very quiet. It wouldn't wake a sleeping baby if you put it to their ear. So small but yet so sturdy on the build quality. ZEISS ZEISS ZEISS!
Cons: Accessory prices. It does hunt in low light but I have found that if you set the focus to center focus it does much better.
Sony did an amazing feat squeezing a full frame sensor into such a compact package. Plus Sony has mated an outstanding Zeiss prime lens with this sensor. The image quality is truly outstanding.
Sure it has it quirks, focusing is not as fast as DSLR's, but there are certain compromises you have to make to squeeze so much technology into this little body. But boy, the image quality is second to none.
In my opinion, this is the BEST camera Sony has made up to date.
Pros: Outstanding image quality
Cons: Sometimes AF can be a bit slow in low light conditions
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||35mm|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||24.3|
|Highest Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||17|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony DSC-RX1 is a compact digital camera with high-end features. It has a 35mm full frame, 24 mega-pixel image sensor, and a bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss fixed focal length lens. The BIONZ image processor allows you to take full resolution photos at up to 5 frames per second.
Full Frame Image Sensor: The DSC-RX1 features a 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm). It has approximately 24.7-million total pixels and 24.3-million effective pixels.
Carl Zeiss Lens: The camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (T-star) 35mm F2.0 lens. This large-diameter lens delivers refined background defocusing (bokeh) and macro capabilities. The multi-layered T* coating dramatically reduces ghosting and flare, caused by reflecting light.
3" LCD Screen: The RX1 uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,228,800 dots. You can easily scroll through menus and preview live Picture Effects. WhiteMagic technology increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant still images and movies, and lets to you obtain sharp focus.
Optional Viewfinders: Several accessories have been created exclusively for the RX1, including two optional viewfinders. The FDA-V1K is an optical viewfinder kit, and the FDA-EV1MK is an OLED electronic viewfinder kit. These optional viewfinders mount to the top of the camera using the Multi Interface Shoe.
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options: Graphic Display, Display all information, No display information, Digital Level Gauge, and Histogram. The digital level gauge indicates whether the camera is level in both horizontal and front-to-back directions. The indicators turn green when the camera is level in one of the directions. The histogram displays the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exist in the picture.
Live View: The RX1's Live View displays the effect of a function, such as exposure compensation, on the screen before you shoot.
Lens Ring Controls: The lens has three manual control rings that allow you to make adjustments without taking your eye off the subject. You can manually set the aperture between F2.0 and F22 in 1/3-stop increments with the inner (aperture) ring, set the macro function with the middle ring, and manually adjust focus with the outer ring.
Custom Button: In the menu, you can assign a frequently-used function to the top-mounted Custom Button (C-button). Some of the functions that can be assigned to the button include: Drive Mode, Flash Mode, Autofocus Area, Soft Skin Effect, Smile/Face Detection, Auto Portrait Framing, ISO, Metering Mode, Flash Compensation, White Balance, Auto HDR, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Image Size, Aspect Ratio, and Image Quality.
Control Dial: The Control Dial on the back panel can be used for multiple functions, depending upon the set mode. In Shutter Priority and Manual modes, you can adjust the shutter speed by using the control dial. In playback mode, you can select an image by turning the dial. When using the Quick Navi Screen, you can make adjustments to the function selected.
Quick Navi Screen: The Quick Navi Screen enhances control of your favorite functions by displaying camera settings on the same screen, and allowing you to adjust them without having to search for dedicated menus.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and ExtraFine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the built-in Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes:
|Large||20M: 6000 x 3376||24M: 6000 x 4000|
|Medium||8.7M: 3936 x 2216||10M: 3936 x 2624|
|Small||3.9M: 2640 x 1488||4.6M: 2640 x 1760|
|RAW||20M: 6000 x 3376||24M: 6000 x 4000|
Panoramic Photos: The Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. You can sweep left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom, or bottom-to-top. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
Movie Recording Formats: The RX1 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies in AVCHD 2.0 with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|AVCHD 60p 28M (PS)||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4: 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080 (30p)|
|MP4: 3M VGA||3 Mbps||640 x 480 (30p)|
Dual Media Options: The RX1 camera has a single slot for a digital media card, which accepts two types of media for capturing still images and movies. The camera will accept Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards.
SteadyShot Image Stabilization: SteadyShot Image Stabilization can be turned on to help reduce the effects of camera shake while shooting movies.
Auto Portrait Framing: When taking a photo of a person's face, the Auto Portrait Framing feature analyzes the scene and saves another image of the face with a more impressive composition. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technology, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced, full resolution portraits. This feature can be turned off, if desired.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
Focusing Modes: The RX1 has 2 autofocus modes: single-shot AF (AF-S) and continuous AF (AF-C) which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual focus, using the focus ring on the lens, and Direct Manual Focus, which first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, but let you use manual focusing for more precise focusing or when you wish to focus on something else in the frame.
Exposure Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, the camera offers the following exposure recording modes:
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). With the top-mounted exposure compensation dial you can set the amount of compensation up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, B & W, and Sepia.
Picture Effect: You can select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic expression. There are several Picture Effect options, including Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually (ISO 100-25600) or automatically (with selectable lower and upper limits), depending upon the exposure mode.
Flash: The DSC-RX1 has a built-in pop-up flash. You can manually open or close the flash as desired. In addition, the camera has the Multi-Interface Shoe, which allows you to use many of the Sony flash units, video, and ring lights. The RX1 offers the following flash modes:
Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view 4 or 9 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The DSC-RX1 provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. The output resolution can be set to 1080p, 1080i, or Auto. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
InfoLithium Battery: The DSC-RX1 is powered by the NP-BX1 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
LCD Quality: High
|110 min||220 images|
LCD Quality: Standard
|135 min||270 images|
|Viewing Still Images||230 min||4600 images|
|Recording Movies||30 min||---|
|Continuous Shooting Movies||60 min||---|
Charging: You can charge the battery in the camera using the supplied AC-UD11 AC adapter and USB cable. It takes approximately 155 minutes to fully charge the battery in this manner. You can also charge the battery (in approx. 135 minutes) in the optional BC-TRX battery charger.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
Built-in Application Software: The DSC-RX1 comes with application software built into the camera.:
Image Data Converter:
Compatible Operating Systems (for USB Connection):