Sony RX1 – World’s First Compact Digital Full Frame Camera

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Sony RX1

Sony RX1

 

12 September 2012, Singapore –  Sony is going all the way with their new Full Frame 35mm Exmor CMOS sensors, with announcements for their new Sony Alpha 99 full frame DSLR and NEX-VG900 E-mount interchangeable lens Full HD camcorder with full frame sensor. In addition to these products launched, Sony also unveiled the world’s first compact digital full frame camera, the Sony RX1. Priced at US$2,800 and available from November 2012, the Sony RX1 is a good compact secondary camera for professional photographers.

 

Key Features of Sony RX1

  • Full-frame imaging from a compact camera that is drastically smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR
  • Exmor CMOS sensor with approximately 24.3 effective megapixels for flawless, detail-packed photos and Full HD video
  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm F2 prime lens; with Macro mode for 20cm minimum focusing distance
  • Extremely wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 – 25600
  • Intuitive manual controls with aperture and focus mode dial
  • New Multi Interface Shoe compatible with optional flash, electronic viewfinder, optical viewfinder and clip-on LCD monitor
  • Focus range switch for focus down to 0.2m
  • Dedicated aperture ring
  • Five user-customizable buttons
  • 1.23M dot RGBW ‘WhiteMagic’ LCD
  • 1080p60 HD movies in AVCHD
  • Focus peaking to aid manual focus
  • Bulb mode and threaded cable release socket in shutter button

 

Specifications of Sony RX1

Model DSC-RX1
Image Sensor 35mm full-frame (35.8mm × 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS Sensor, aspect ratio 3:2

(Effective resolution) Approx. 24.3 megapixels

(Gross resolution) Approx. 24.7 megapixels

Lens Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*, 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens); maximum aperture F2; focal length = 35mm (Still Image 3:2)
Zoom Clear Image Zoom (still image): 2x

Digital Zoom (still image): 24M approx. 4x / 10M approx. 6.1x / 4.6M approx. 9.1x

Screen 7.5cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Image stabilisation Electronic type (for movie)
Focus Type Contrast detection AF
Focus modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus (MF)
Focus area Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
Light Metering Mode Multi segment / Centre weighted / Spot
White Balance Mode Auto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor (Warm White)/Fluor (Cool White)/Fluor (Day White)/Fluor (Daylight)/Flash/C. Temp./C.Filter/Custom
Shutter Speed Program Auto (30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000)
Sensitivity (still image) ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV step, expandable to ISO 50/64/80)

Auto: ISO 100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit

Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit), 100-102400 (1EV step)

Continuous shooting Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.5 fps

Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)

Image Control Creative Style, Quality (RAW/RAW&JPEG/Extra fine/Fine/Standard), Long Exposure NR (On/Off), High ISO NR (Normal/Low/off), Multi Frame NR
Shooting modes Program Auto (Program shift available), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, MR (Memory Recall) 1 / 2 / 3, Movie, Sweep shooting, Scene Selection, Intelligent Auto
Creative Style modes Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia
Picture Effect modes Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Flash GN6 (in metres at ISO 100);

Flash modes Auto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off/Wireless

Other Shooting functions Smart Teleconverter (approx. 1.4x / 2x), Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Quick Navi, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, Flash Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Portrait Framing
Recording format Still Image: JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Movie: AVCHD Ver.2.0, MP4

Number of recorded pixels (still image size) [3:2] L: 24M (6000 x 4000) / M: 10M (3936 x 2624) / S: 4.6M (2640 x1760)

[16:9] L: 20M (6000 x 3376) / M: 8.7M (3936 x 2216) / S: 3.9M (2640 x 1488)

[Sweep Panorama] Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856) / Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856)

Movie record PAL/NTSC Selector: [PAL] mode

AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 50p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 50i) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 50i), 24M FX (1920×1080, 25p) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 25p)

MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 25p) / 3M (VGA 640×480, 25p)

PAL/NTSC Selector: [NTSC] mode

AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i), 24M FX (1920×1080, 24p) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 24p)

MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 30p) / 3M (VGA 640×480, 30p)

Battery life [Still Image] Approx. 220 / Approx. 110 min. (LCD brightness level: max.), Approx. 270 / Approx. 135 min. (LCD brightness level: standard) – CIPA standard compliant

[Movie] Approx. 30 min.(Actual usage) / Approx. 60 min. (Continuous movie recording)

– Shooting movies continuously with factory preset mode. The size of a movie file is limited to approx. 2GB (MP4).

Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm
Weight Approx. 453g (body only)

Approx. 482g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)

Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction Manual
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