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Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby Gordon Laing » Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:08 pm

Hi everyone, Sony has announced the first compact camera with a fixed lens and full-frame sensor!

See my Sony RX1 preview for more details.

I'll expand this into a more detailed report as soon as I can! There's a lot going on right now...

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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby pierovera » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:21 pm

Looks like a really interesting camera, I'll be looking forward for more info on this camera :)
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby RexGig » Sat Sep 15, 2012 3:31 pm

Conceptually, I am quite interested. This does not necessarily mean I would purchase an RX1, if I had the money. I will need to learn more about it, and read user reviews, plus, of course, handle the camera itself. The manual controls are a positive, as I do not really like menus and touch-screens. I do not anticipate being able to afford such a purchase until 2014, or later, so there is plenty of time to read, learn, and see what other manufacturers might announce.

The EVF, which is an accessory, is quite expensive! I would have to really love the concept to pay the price of a Canon 5D Mark III for an RX1 and EVF!
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby pierovera » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:53 pm

I agree, personally, I'd never buy this camera, but it looks quite interesting and I might borrow it to test it out, have a field day with it :)
By the way, I'd never pay the same price that a Canon 5D MKIII costs just to get this camera, I think the price is quite high.
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby podperson » Sun Sep 16, 2012 4:02 pm

I just don't see anyone buying one of these over, say, an XE-1.

The conspicuous Zeiss branding on the lens, along with the orange ring — surely the latter is like those blue stickers point-and-shoots are festooned with, only engraved on the freaking camera — indicate a camera specifically targeted at poseurs.

But if they're after poseurs, it's poseurs who wouldn't prefer to spend less money on a fixed lens Leica (say for technical IQ reasons) but won't pick a cheaper Fujifilm system for technical IQ reasons.
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby RexGig » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:29 am

I just carefully read the preview at dpreview.com, and looked at product images several places, and I can certainly say that my interest in trying an RX1 is increasing. My Canon 5D has taught me to appreciate full frame, and f/2 is certainly fast enough for much of my shooting; I tend to stop my 1.2, 1.4, and 1.8 lenses down to 2.0 to 2.8 in low light, unless I absolutely need a wider aperture. While there is only one possible focal length, it is a very useful focal length.

The RX1, or a potential derivative model, might finally extinguish my desire to eventually acquire a Leica digital rangefinder, though this is largely dependent upon what Leica and other manufacturers might announce in the next couple of years.

I certainly do not consider a Sony to be a poseur's camera, at least not in my circle of photographer acquaintances, where Sony tends to be the butt of jokes.

The cost, compared to a 5D Mark III, which I mentioned earlier, does not seem quite so excessive, upon further reflection, considering the sensor and the lens. A Zeiss 35mm 2.0 lens, in Canon mount,
plus a 5D Mark II or III, would be quite a sum of money.

The negatives, from my point of view, are:

(1) One must choose between the accessory thumb rest, or the external EVF. This is a quite small camera body, and may be too small to balance the lens. Of course, there are generic external grip options that can thread into the tripod mounting hole, and in the future, there may well be grip or thumb rest options tailored to the RX1. I consider the EVF to be very important.

(2) When I spend this much money, to get a full-frame digital camera, I would like a second memory card slot, as with the current Nikon and Canon full-frame DSLRs. That may be, however, asking too much from such a tiny body, and in reality, I have yet to lose images due to a corrupted card.

(3) I prefer mechanical control of aperture and focus. The RX1 lens appears to be fly-by-wire. This is not, however, a deal-breaker, just a preference.

Moreover, the 5D3 seems to perform very well in low light, which is a major priority for me. (See the image of the cat that Jiko posted in the official 5D3 thread!) The RX1 is competing with it for available funds, and its low-light abilities are as yet unknown.
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby pierovera » Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:21 am

Well personally I think that if you can afford it, it wouldn't be such a crazy price, but if you're on a budget (like me) it's outrageous to pay so much for a camera that isn't really that much. I'd like to try it out but still I think it's just too expensive, that's just my point of view.
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby Nexmanden » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:16 am

If I have to buy new it must be better than my current Sony Nex-7. Unfortunately I have not enough money for Sony RX1, but if I had, I might buy it. Have seen some test photos and they look just fantastic, better than Sony A99 test photo :lol:
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby Bhavana » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:06 pm

Hi..
As I like to read about the latest and different cameras. As Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is world’s first fixed lens 35mm full frame digital camera that apparently produces stunningly detailed images and records Full High-Definition videos.
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Re: Sony Cyber-shot RX1 - official thread - announced!

Postby optiman » Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:10 pm

I'm not really into Sony, but can't wait to see the review for the RX1 MK2.
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