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Eighteen Industry Awards

Digital camera experts really like this digital camera and have given it eighteen awards.

PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, Good Gear Guide.com.au, CNET.com.au, Photoreview.com.au, Ferra.ru, Log.com.tr and Reviewed.com all thought that this camera was brilliant and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Five additional expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this digital camera. This Sony camera received a "Recommended" award from Ephotozine, Akam.no, Hi-tech.mail.ru/, Hardwarezone.com.ph and Fotovideo.nu.

This camera was given a "Gold" award by both What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which wrote that this Sony digital camera was marvellous.

The experts at two more expert review sites both said that this compact camera was carefully designed. Hardwarezone.com.sg and 3dnews.ru both gave this camera an "Innovative Design" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on fourty-four expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com the average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 82%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 98 user reviews the average user rating of this Sony digital camera is terrific.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who purchased it considered that it had a good lens. Virtua wrote on Amazon “This is an amazing camera - the lens and the sensor go together very well” in their Sony DSC-RX1 review. Virtua also said “Its portable with an amazing lens”. Also three years ago Ephotozine.com mentioned “The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is currently unique in being the only compact camera with fixed lens and full-frame sensor” in their review of the Sony DSC-RX1.

One Sony DSC-RX1 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera said that it had a good autofocus.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was able to produce good images. Birminghambloke said in their review of the Sony DSC-RX1 on Amazon “Photos are fantastic” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Peter Allen mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “That missing 10% is where a lot of nice photos live”. This year Sanjay Gurung said in their review of the Sony DSC-RX1 on Amazon “You can take brilliant photos with very basic knowledge about photography”.

A number of people who reviewed the Sony DSC-RX1 reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Peter Allen mentioned in his review of this digital camera three years ago “The sensor captures a breathtaking dynamic range, at least in comparison with my previous camera (the Sony Nex5, itself a fine machine” . Virtua mentioned “For what your getting I think it's ok - theres a full sensor in there”. Cnet.com mentioned “With a terrific lens and a great full-frame sensor”.

A few Sony DSC-RX1 owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Peter Allen said three years ago “A bit more grip would make one handed shooting easier” in his review of this digital camera. Four years ago Ephotozine.com wrote “Offers 5fps continuous shooting”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their Sony DSC-RX1 review “The RX100s compact size, high resolution”.

One person who bought the Sony DSC-RX1 said that it was good in low light.

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Good Size

Several customers reckoned that it was compact. Birminghambloke said “Way more compact” and scored the Sony DSC-RX1 very highly. Whatdigitalcamera.com said in their review on expert review site What Digital Camera “As an increasing number of compacts and compact system cameras have adopted APS-C sensors, focus has shifted on the prospect of full-frame alternatives trickling down in the same way”. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine “The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is the World's first compact camera with a full-frame sensor”.

A few people said in their reviews that it was good structurally. Expert review site Smh.com.au mentioned “Construction is superbly retro and the quality is outstanding, with all controls”.

One Sony DSC-RX1 owner wrote that the product was a good body shape. Three years ago Ukreviewer gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “When you consider what you would have to pay for a lens of this quality on a full frame body then it looks very reasonable” in their review.

One Sony DSC-RX1 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was a good depth. Cameralabs.com wrote “It brings the low light, high dynamic range and shallow depth of field benefits of a full-fra”.

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Easy to Use

Several Sony DSC-RX1 reviewers who bought this digital camera thought it was easy to use. Peter Allen wrote three years ago “The aperture ring on the lens works nicely, its really intuitive” in his review of this digital camera. Sanjay Gurung said “This is a beautiful small size full frame camera and it's very easy to use”. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au said “Has a control scheme that’s easy to understand” in their review and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Several customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to use the menus.

One Sony DSC-RX1 owner who reviewed the Sony DSC-RX1 mentioned that it had a good experience. Peter Allen said in his Sony DSC-RX1 review “Believe me, in your hands I am sure it would do better! In my experience this is a product that will improve your photography over time”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Birminghambloke wrote on Amazon “Its easy to forget its there so comfortable enough” in their Sony DSC-RX1 review and rated this digital camera as excellent.

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Robust

A number of Sony DSC-RX1 reviewers said in their reviews that it was well made. Three years ago Peter Allen said “The camera is solid and very well-made, as you'd expect for the price” in his review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Ukreviewer mentioned “The build quality is excellent” in their review of this digital camera. Ukreviewer also said “If you have ever used a Fuji X100 I would say it is similar in speed to that.I really wish they had made it with a built in viewfinder”.

Nice Design

Five Sony DSC-RX1 reviewers reckoned that the product was good looking. In October Howard Barnett Wedding Photographer mentioned on Amazon “Beautiful images” in his review. Peter Allen gave it a rating of 5 stars and he mentioned “Brilliant and beautiful”. Peter Allen also wrote “The images it pumps out beautiful and brilliant”.

Some Sony DSC-RX1 reviewers thought it was smooth. Expert review site Smh.com.au mentioned “The quality is outstanding, with all controls and menus smooth and lu” in their review of the Sony DSC-RX1. One customer concluded that the Sony DSC-RX1 was luxurious. Expert review site Hardwarezone.com.my wrote “Is a luxurious second (or twenty second) camera for the perso” in their Sony DSC-RX1 review.

One Sony DSC-RX1 reviewer reckoned that it was neat. Virtua mentioned “Greatly benefit from that lens and the neat feature of adjusting the shutter speed to give slower movement” and gave this digital camera a very good review score.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers thought it was good quality. Peter Allen said on Amazon three years ago “This really is DSLR quality in a small” in his review. Ukreviewer wrote on Amazon “Outstanding Image Quality” in their Sony DSC-RX1 review and gave the Sony DSC-RX1 a score of 80 out of 100. Ukreviewer also mentioned “You certainly won't be disappointed with the image quality from this camera”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of people reckoned that the product had a good viewfinder. Mr. K. J. Cox mentioned in their review “Panasonic gx7 do the opposite give a great viewfinder rotating screen then cap you on censor size” however they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Peter Allen scored this digital camera 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-RX1 “Unless you are a die-hard viewfinder user, I'd recommend not getting the electronic viewfinder”.

One Sony DSC-RX1 reviewer who reviewed this digital camera mentioned that it had a good screen. Ephotozine.com said on expert review site Ephotozine “A 3 inch screen, built in pop-up flash”.

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Good Support

Several customers who reviewed it agreed that it had good technical guidance. Peter Allen said “A proper manual focus, instead of fly by wire, would have been really nice”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said three years ago “Buying Guide Best compact camera Sony is very keen to prove itself as a serious player in the imaging market” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

On average Sony compact cameras have good reviews as do all digital cameras produced by Sony.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers thought the Sony DSC-RX1 was good for video recording. Three years ago Virtua scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “The movie quality is good, perhaps not great with autofocus in low light - it does”. In the same month expert review site Photographyblog.com rated the product 5 stars and wrote “Full HD movies at 50p/60p or 25p/24p”.

Good Technical Features

Some customers thought the Sony DSC-RX1 had good features. In October last year Birminghambloke wrote in their Sony DSC-RX1 review on Amazon “The auto features make it even better than the 5D” and gave the Sony DSC-RX1 a score of 5 stars. Imaging-Resource.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-RX1 “The Sony RX1 is a remarkable camera in almost every respect, from the full-frame sensor hiding inside its incredibly compact body, through its excellent lens, great feature set” .

Acceptable Noise Level

One Sony DSC-RX1 owner considered that this digital camera was quiet. Expert website Luminous-Landscape.com said in their review “Which features an integrated 35mm f/2 silent leaf shutter Carl Zeiss lens”.

Good Flash

One Sony DSC-RX1 owner who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good flash.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-RX1, the DSC-RX1 supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-RX1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-RX1.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the DSC-RX1 has an image stabiliser.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The DSC-RX1 has one of the highest megapixel counts (24.3 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. Compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-RX1 have megapixel counts of between 10MP and 29MP.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

At 9.1 times zoom factor, the DSC-RX1 has a quite big digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-RX1. The smallest digital zoom of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2x, the biggest is 490x, and the average digital zoom is 31x.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The DSC-RX1 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-RX1.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the DSC-RX1 is more than most compact cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats JPEG XR and RAW are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-RX1 the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 1,229,000 pixel, the DSC-RX1 has a fairly high display resolution compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

The DSC-RX1 has one of the more total megapixel counts (24.7 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 33MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP.

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Quite High Maximum ISO Speed

The DSC-RX1 has a quite high maximum ISO speed (25,600) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The maximum ISO speeds of cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-RX1 range from 3,200 to 52,000.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture

When compared to other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the DSC-RX1's maximum aperture of 22 is one of the smallest. Compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-RX1 have maximum apertures of between 1.8 and 22.

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6000 X 4000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DSC-RX1 has a 6000 x 4000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. Most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The DSC-RX1 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. Most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

A ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is actually the best light exposure correction across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-RX1.

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across comparable types of digital camera.

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Supports Twenty-Four ISO Speeds

The DSC-RX1 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Sony digital camera supports a 160 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO speeds "100", "125", "200", "250", "320", "400", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400", "12800", "16000", "25600" and "Auto" are also supported by this digital camera.

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TFT Display

The DSC-RX1 has a better display than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This digital camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony DSC-RX1 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Sony camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus and Multi Point Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The DSC-RX1 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-RX1 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the Sony DSC-RX1 does not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony DSC-RX1 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact cameras that came out more than two years ago are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The DSC-RX1 does not have a GPS, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-RX1, the Sony DSC-RX1 is not 3D compatible.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths of between 28mm and 1,300mm. At only 35 millimeters, the DSC-RX1 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-RX1.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony DSC-RX1 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The flash modes "Fill-in", "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Heavy

Compact cameras that have been around for more than two years have weights of between 130g and 630g, and the average weight is 310g. With a weight of 453 grams, the DSC-RX1 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Very Short Maximum Battery Life

Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-RX1 the maximum battery lives range from 1.8h to 520h, and the average maximum battery life is 66h. At only 1.83 hours, the Sony DSC-RX1 has a quite short maximum battery life compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Only Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the DSC-RX1 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-RX1. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Thick

Digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have depths of between 16mm and 110mm, and the average depth is 47mm. With a depth of 69.6 millimeters, the DSC-RX1 is one of the thicker cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-RX1 amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

The minimum ISO speed of cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-RX1 range from 80 to 160, and the average minimum ISO speed is 100. The DSC-RX1 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (100) amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of 35 millimeters, the DSC-RX1's minimum focal length is one of the longest amongst cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-RX1. The shortest minimum focal length of comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-RX1 is 18mm and the longest is 35mm.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distances of compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DSC-RX1 range from 0.01m to 0.24m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.098m. The Sony DSC-RX1 has a very large closest focusing distance (0.24 meters) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-RX1.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-RX1

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-RX1 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the DSC-RX1 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This camera supports an MS Micro (M2)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Other Features
Aperture Range
Macro Focusing Range

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Expert Reviews

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Reviewed 24 January 2013 by JDL
JDL would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 (Verified Purchase)

Build quality is stellar. The feel of the focus ring, the aperture ring, buttons, even the all-metal lens cap, all feel top notch and worthy of the admittedly high price. Image quality is... Read more…

Reviewed 4 July 2013 by Amudgarden
Amudgarden would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 (Verified Purchase)

I purchased the RX1 primarily as a compact "carry-around" alternative to my DSLR. The selling point, for me, was the full-frame sensor. This was the first Sony camera product I've owned, so I was... Read more…

Reviewed 13 January 2013 by Tommy
Tommy would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 (Verified Purchase)

The RX1 is a fabulous and misunderstood camera. First: Why it is great. - One of the finest 35mm focal length lenses ever made - Sharp, Sharp, Sharp! f/2 through f/16 - Outstanding bokeh - One of... Read more…

Reviewed 4 August 2013 by Z
Z would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 (Verified Purchase)

I am a hobyist photographer, the only profesional cameras I have, I inherited from my Grandmother, who was a professional photographer. This is my first decent digital camera, and I have puchased... Read more…

Reviewed 16 April 2013 by Alan
Alan would recommend the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1

I have had my RX1 for about 2 months, and I can safely say that it is the most enjoyable camera that I have ever owned, even more so than my beloved Contax G2. The mere fact that Sony was able to... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers dscrx1, dscrx1diyg, dscrx1cee8
Barcodes 00027242863507, 04905524919417, 05013493227538

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