The lens has a focal length of 35 mm and aperture f/2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Sample Images page, 1,920 x 1,080 (Full HD), 1,440 x 1,080 (Anamorphic HD) and 640 x 480 (VGA) recording, MPEG-4 AVC/ H.264 compression, either High Profile (AVCHD) for Full HD, or Main Profile for lower-res video, AVCHD recorded at 60p, 60i or 24p on NTSC models; 50p, 50i or 25p on PAL models. Here in the Sony DSC-RX1, the company is showing off exactly what it can do. Test Notes. The Sony RX1 features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. The front of the Sony RX1 is pleasantly simple, with a small leather-like grip, a bold but simple product name and an AF-assist lamp. The other three directions carry no labeling at all. So, with the advent of this technology, Sony does not need to release two versions of the camera, such as the RX1R/RX1; instead, it has a single version, the RX1R II. tracks the subject and adjusts the focus automatically even when the subject is moving, The focus setting for the first shot is used for following shots, we couldn't get the RX1 to track a person moving at a, RX1 Accessory Kit (battery, charger and cable) (~US$70), Smallest full-frame camera on the market, by a wide margin, Images are sharp corner to corner, even wide open, f/2 with full-frame sensor gives incredibly shallow depth of field, Exceptionally flexible user interface, superb handling, Broad range of white balance settings, including three custom options, and manual tweaking for all WB modes separately, Automatic correction for shading, distortion and chromatic aberration generally works very well, and can be individually controlled, 5 fps full-resolution continuous shooting speed, Large, bright LCD that's surprisingly visible in sunlight, Handheld Twilight mode for sharp hand-held images in low light conditions, Sweep Panorama for both wide and tall subjects, Charges battery via USB (but see Con about standalone battery charger), Very nice EVF, albeit an added-cost accessory priced at US$450, Flash syncs at up to 1/4000s (thanks to leaf shutter), Produces unattractive bokeh ISO 800 yields a sharp 20 x 30, with crisp detail and again only minor softening in the red channel. Upload Settings USB Connection USB LUN Setting USB Power Supply PAL/NTSC Selector (only for 1080 50i-compatible models) Audio signals Version Language While we are not able to objectively test this, the theory behind the larger-than-normal separation of the left and right microphones is to provide a better stereo effect. It is quite evident throughout the test in many areas of the house, and while you may not always be shooting architectural objects, the issue is prominent enough to affect a lot of potential shooting situations, where any geometric patterns are present in the shot. For example, suppose you shot some photos, then a couple videos, followed by a few more photos. Much to our surprise, we couldn't get the camera to track focus at all in continuous shooting mode, regardless of the tracking AF setting! Be sure to rotate dial to this mode in order to use the full range of exposure modes for video recording. Beyond its basic picture-taking chops, the Sony RX1's broad array of scene modes and custom filter settings enable a lot of creativity in-camera, while special multi-shot modes like Handheld Twilight and Sweep Panorama expand shooting opportunities in genuinely useful ways. The video moiré seems more severe. Speaking personally, I'm much more interested in photos of people and nature than I am shots of city scenes, so the level of moiré the RX1 seems prone to wouldn't be an issue for me. One added note about Sweep Panorama, that accounts for some of why I find it so handy: Most people only think of panoramas for horizontal shots, but they can be incredibly useful for vertical shots as well. Then there's the lens. Unfortunately, the EVF stills falls prey to the dynamic range limitation it shares with every other EVF I've ever looked through. In digital images, you'll typically notice aliasing in three ways, either as raggedness ("stairsteps") in angled high-contrast edges, in the form of moiré patterns or as color artifacts (really a subset of moiré patterns). Like most people, I prefer the color in my photos to be slightly brighter than life, a preference most cameras on the market accommodate to one extent or another. Both the DRO and HDR options have an available Auto setting as well. We clearly remembered seeing an AF-C (continuous AF) option on the camera somewhere, but couldn't find it on our production sample. The Sony RX1R II is the kind of camera that turns heads. A while ago we got some hints about the replacement of Sony RX1R II camera. Recent advances in sensor technology have made ISO 1,600 look a lot more like ISO 100, but there are still cameras whose quality starts to fall apart at this setting. COMPARISON! What's remarkable to me is just how well the Sony RX1 stacks up against the best the field has to offer. ISO 12,800 prints a crisp 5 x 7, with generally nice detail and only minor softness in our red swatch. It basically gives you a less accurate view, with vexing parallax issues for close subjects, and none of the incredibly useful information readouts available on the LCD or EVF. The RX1 can record audio via an internal stereo microphone system comprised of two small mics on top of the camera on either side of the hot shoe mount. Overview by Roger Slavens and Dave Etchells Posted: 06/27/2013. Imaging Resource © 1998 - 2021. RX1R. If a standard-def TV is your only choice, though, you're out of luck, as the RX1 doesn't offer any form of standard-def video output connectivity. The controls of the Sony RX1 continue the sense of quality, with just the right balance between stiffness and ease of use. The technical term for this is "rolling shutter artifacts," but many users simply call it the "Jello effect," because the image can jiggle and sway like Jello as the camera is moved. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R doesn't replace its near-clone the RX1, but sits alongside it at the top of Sony's Cyber-shot lineup. There's also almost no chroma noise, so high-ISO shots look great when enlarged. The high video quality of the mk3 that DPreview called "a game-changer" even when compared to full-frame cameras, was also a strong selling point. With the RX1, Sony has thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the camera industry; it'll be interesting to see who, if anyone, rises to the challenge. (It should be noted here that both the NEX-6 and NEX-7 offer live focus peaking both before and during video recording. (The slightly dark corners in the shots seen here were caused by uncorrected shading (aka vignetting) in the camera itself.) The RX1 is a photographer’s camera. Ultimately, it all comes down to the pictures a camera can deliver, and the RX1 delivers in spades across the full spectrum of lighting conditions and subjects. This means exposing shots a fair bit darker than you would if you were just looking for pretty pictures to use straight from the camera. It was a bright, sunny day, so dynamic range was an issue with a lot of subjects. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony RX1 among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality. Image Quality improvements don’t just come down to photo quality but video quality as well. At 1,440 x 1,080 pixels or below, the RX1 still uses MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 compression, but abiding by the Main Profile type. While the Sony RX1's optional Zeiss viewfinder is a beautiful piece of optics, I still honestly didn't see the appeal of it. Today's ISO 3,200 is yesterday's ISO 1,600 (well, almost), so below are the same crops at ISO 3,200. If you're that type of shooter, you'll be happy with the RX1's uncompensated exposure choices; if you're not, just dial in +2/3 EV of exposure compensation as your personal default. Removing AA filters seems to be very fashionable at present. Those shooting video will do well to remember to remove the strap and D-rings before shooting anything important on a windy day. Stereo audio is recorded during movie capture, encoded as Dolby Digital (AC-3) for AVCHD and AAC-LC for MPEG-4. The only audio options available are to disable audio recording altogether or to switch on a Wind Noise Reduction filter. NOTE: These images are best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction. It's ultimately a matter of personal preference, but for my part, I found the RX1's controls just about right. Note that it isn't a matter of just using clever image processing algorithms to get rid of them. The 30p MP4 and 24p AVCHD test videos showed more rolling shutter artifacts than the 60p AVCHD video, which is similar to what we've observed in other cameras. Imaging Resource © 1998 - 2021. On most cameras, most of the buttons and controls have labels associated with them. Another possible workaround is to use a small aperture if the extra depth of field and longer exposure aren't detrimental to the shot. Sony RX1 R II camera finally discontinued by a Swedish retailer, it’s a kind of silent confirmation that Sony is clearing up the stock pipeline for its next Fullframe Compact Camera, Sony RX1 R III announcement. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is a full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm F2 lens. The 5D Mark III is perhaps a bit smoother overall. As a result, I think a lot of my pleasure in using the Sony RX1 came down to its ultra-configurable user interface. ). Others with different shooting preferences obviously might feel differently. Why not on a camera selling for several times the price?) Introduction Launched in October 2012 the Sony RX1 is the world’s first compact camera with a full-frame 24x36mm CMOS sensor. We strongly suspect this is the case; we checked two samples, the one Sony sent us to test, and one that senior tech Luke purchased for himself at retail. (Actually, these were shot interspersed with the first set of examples, with both shots in each camera orientation taken together.). (See the image crops below for specific examples, or help yourself to our Comparometer to compare all our test images, to your heart's content.) The Sony RX1 is a $2,800 fixed-lens point-and-shoot. Almost all video-capable still cameras on the market distort moving objects, or the entire scene, if the camera is being panned quickly to some extent. Speedy AF, a retractable electronic viewfinder and the world's first optical variable low-pass filter let you see how seamlessly cutting-edge performance and all-around convenience can co-exist. Looking in many areas considerably less processed than fine elements of the RX1 image, the Nikon D800's detail holds up surprisingly well despite a greater level of luminance noise. Some have remarked that Sony AF systems seem to have a fairly large focus area, and so sometimes focus on the background rather than the subject. If you want to avoid the issue entirely, you're going to have to turn shading compensation off, even if you're shooting RAW, and then handle any shading corrections in Photoshop. Having the images inverted next to each other makes it relatively easy to see the subtle differences between them in their unmodified state, but the saturation-boosted versions don't need any close juxtaposition to see the differences. With shading compensation enabled, we got relatively uniformly-exposed frames, but also with the color tints. In my shooting with it, the RX1 did really well in this regard, whether coping with daylight, incandescent, fluorescent or awkward mixtures of any or all of these. ), Macro focus setting doesn't get you very close, 1/2000s max shutter speed at f/2, but "extended" ISO 50 helps, No continuous AF in still capture mode, continuous AF in video mode doesn't work, "Off" High ISO noise reduction setting applies stronger NR to red channel than "Low" or "Normal", Sluggish buffer clearing (does not take advantage of UHS-I cards), Standalone battery charger is optional (should be included), Plastic LCD screen: Should really be Gorilla Glass at this price point, Pricey to some, especially when you consider the cost of the optional, dedicated accessories. Well, almost. If it bothers you, you're going to have to give up some sharpness to get rid of it, since the only cure is an image with less high-frequency detail. Look familiar? With shading compensation off. Det er der ikke noget andet kompaktkamera, jeg kender, der bare er i nærheden af. The table above shows thumbnails of original images displaying the problem, as well as versions of the same shots that had their color saturation boosted by 100% in Photoshop to make the color tinges obvious. The camera's premium quality is … Posted 02/23/2013. We think that people interested in shooting sports or video will likely be attracted to other cameras in the first place. Continuous movie recording is limited to approximately 29 minutes regardless of file format, and the maximum movie file size is 2GB. Sony engineered the body and optic so tightly around the large sensor, they say there was no way to make it an interchangeable lens system. 1080/60p video recording; Wi-Fi with NFC; Though the RX1R II bears more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor, there are a lot of changes. The mix of sunlight and shadows, combined with a clear blue sky also meant that white balance was pretty variable, so I assigned the down-button to white balance. The RX1's optional FDA-EV1MK EVF has all the usual benefits of its class, including the ability to simulate exposure effects (including picture styles and creative filters), the (optional) availability of all the camera status indicators normally seen on the screen, as well as things like the camera orientation display to help you keep your horizons flat and verticals vertical. A few in the press room at launch barely stifled a few guffaws at the price, because up to that point we'd been thinking it compared to the RX100, which comes in at a high $650 relative to its pocket competition -- but not that high. It includes a manual aperture ring and dedicated exposure compensation dial for direct manual control. It is an expert-level compact with a 24 megapixel full size sensor (notably used by the Sony α99).The sensitivity ranges from 100 to 25600 ISO. Say what? The ability to assign specific functions to various user-interface buttons is nothing new, but the Sony RX1 gives you more options (a total of 25 can be randomly assigned to buttons) and lets you configure more of the available buttons than is common. Three custom presets are like having three different bodies set up and ready to go for different shooting situations. is that the RX1R lacks an anti-aliasing filter on its 24MP CMOS sensor. It's made for those who would gravitate to the Leica M9, or who, back in the film days, would have spent a lot of money on a Contax G or T-series film camera -- cameras with their own acclaimed Carl Zeiss lenses. Its DSLR brother the A99 got high marks from us in the video department, as did its little brother, the much lower priced RX100, but despite all that, the plain fact is that the RX1 is nearly unusable as a good video camera, because its autofocus tracks painfully slowly, if at all. The word I keep coming back to is "liberating": The RX1 liberated me from a whole range of concerns I'm accustomed to dealing with, and let me concentrate on taking the pictures I wanted. In the face of ongoing consumer demands for crisper-looking high resolution images, manufacturers have been backing off on the strength of the low-pass filters in their cameras, and in some cases, eliminating them entirely. 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