Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Full Frame Digital Camera, 24.3MP, Exmor CMOS Sensor, 3" Xtra Fine Display, F2.0 Carl Zeiss Lens - Black

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About the Sony DSC-RX1


It might have a compact body, but it’s got the soul of a photography studio with no borders. Meet the SONY DSC-RX1 DIGITAL CAMERA, a camera with so many state-of-the-art features that you’ll wonder how they got it all to fit within a compact camera’s shell.

Product Highlights

  • The camera is fast, whether you’re talking about the AF speed of some 0.13 seconds or the full-resolution burst rate of 5ps, or the full HD 24p video. Everything about the Sony DSC-RX1 is fast, inside and out.
  • Image quality is spectacular thanks to a full-frame 24MP sensor that offers a consistency in brilliance that you’ll find trouble rivaling even with the bigger, fancier cameras.
  • Other features of the RX1, like a 3-inch LCD monitor and Auto HDR capture, give you maximum freedom to pick the shots you want and create special, unique visuals.

Want a camera that’s big enough to handle everything you want to shoot but small enough to carry with you everywhere you go? Then the Sony DSC-RX1 is the obvious choice.



Big things often come in small packages. It might sound like a cliché at first, but here at Adorama, that’s just how certain cameras work. Specifically, the SONY DSC-RX1 DIGITAL CAMERA – BLACK is a compact camera that bears a list of features that are anything but compact. From sensors to LCD monitors to HDR capturing, this camera offers what is essentially a big photography studio boiled down into one compact, hand-held, versatile instrument of visualization. That’s a fancy way of saying that big things often do come in small packages, and there’s no better example of that ancient wisdom than this very modern compact camera from Sony.

  • Sensor quality is of the utmost important to any photographer who knows their stuff. So what kind of sensor does this Sony DSC-RX1 have to offer? Well, the full-frame 24MP Sensor is about as sophisticated as anything you’ll see in one of the bigger cameras, if not more so: it offers a high degree of accuracy and quick image sensing that will startle anyone new to the idea of sophisticated compact cameras. If you’ve never worked with a camera of any particular quality before, this sensor will offer consistency and beauty the likes of which you haven’t yet seen.
  • Full HD 24p video is the standard of any high-end camera now, and the manual control and audio output here ensures that you’ll be able to take smooth, blur-minimized video with as much control as you like. Taking quality action shots, after all, is about more than positioning the camera in the right place, it’s also about the camera itself. The Sony DSC-RX1 offers a degree of quick autofocus speed as well as the manual control you need to pack as much image integrity to your action shots as possible.
  • A full-resolution burst rate of 5ps is not the only thing fast about this camera. The max. ISO 25,600 and AF speed of 0.13 seconds is also startlingly fast, giving you the freedom to essentially point this at anything and squeeze as much juice out of every single picture as possible. You don’t have to set up a shot over a period of minutes and even hours to get the most out of it—all you have to do is point the RX1 at it.
  • You’ll have access to plenty of additional visual features here, including Auto HDR capture, which layers different exposures to produce one rich, beautiful portrait shot—no matter what the subject. If you want a unique sunset or want to find the best possible way to represent still art, or anything in between, the Sony DSC-RX1 will be able to accommodate you.
  • Easy, intuitive use ensures that all of the features you see here—and many more—are easy to access. The navigation on the main body is simple to figure out, giving you the ability to begin having fun with all of the different shots you can muster right out of the box.

Adorama knows that compact cameras don’t have to be compact when it comes to their image quality. But do you? Buy the SONY DSC-RX1 DIGITAL CAMERA – BLACK and you’ll see exactly what we mean.


From the Manufacturer
The new Sony DSC-RX1 is the world's first 35mm compact digital camera, with a small camera body that houses 24.3MP full-frame sensor. The camera has a built-in 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens; Taking advantage of the high quality images that a full-frame sensor can deliver, the camera is said to shoot "clean" high-ISO images up to 25,600, and Accurate high speed auto focus (AF).

Sony DSC-RX1 Key features:

Full-frame 24MP Sensor
35mm f/2 lens
Full HD 24p video with manual control and audio output
Max. ISO 25,600 Claimed AF speed of 0.13 sec
Full-resolution burst rate 5fps
3 dedicated rings for aperture, focus, and macro
Quick navigation and control shortcuts
MR mode recalls up to 3 preferred setting combinations
9 iris blades for good Bokeh
Multi-interface shoe for flash, light, microphone
3-inch LCD monitor
Auto HDR capture
Two aspect ratios
Built-in flash (GN6)

The Sony DSC-RX1 is clearly aimed at serious photographers who are already comfortable with manual exposure and focus control, and who may already own a DSLR and are looking for a sophisticated little camera to augment their big rigs. By putting a prime lens on the camera, Sony was able to use the best glass possible - a good thing, because a lesser lens's optical issues would show up clearly on a full-frame 24MP sensor. And, as the first compact 35mm digital camera, it is likely to be embraced by high-end aphotographers.

Let's take a closer look at the Sony DSC-RX1.

The world's first 24.3 MP effective 35mm full-frame sensor offers an ISO range of 100-25,600; 14-bit RAW image data recording further improves image gradation, while the BIONZ image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting. Sony also offers a mode in which the camera captures six images in a fraction of a second, and combines the data from all images to create a single image that they claim reduces noise by two stops. Shutter lag is claimed to be 0.13 for focus speed - a DSLR-like performance.

The Sony DSC-RX1 can also capture full HD 24p video, with manual control and audio input. Users can enter Program, Shutter, Priority, Aperture priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual exposure mode when shooting movies. In addition to a built-in Stereo microphone, the camera offers an external mic jack for off-camera microphones.

Control Layout

Ergonomically, the Sony DSC-RX1 offers three control rings for aperture, focusing and macro controls, and a Quick Navi setting lets users quickly access other camera settings. MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed, drive mode and metering modes. This enables quick switching of settings. Manual focus is aided by peaking, which highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography.

This camera has two Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment.

Super-Hot Shoe

The Sony DSC-RX1 has a "multi interface shoe," which can accommodate accessories such as a newly-designed flash unit, an electronic viewfinder, an optical viewfinder, thumb grip, clip-on LCD monitor for video, and more. The built-in LCD monitor measures 3 inches and has 1.229k dots resolution.

The Sony DSC-RX1 has built-in HDR which combines three shots that can be as far as 6 EV stops apart. The built-in flash is small and projects a modest amount of light, which is fine for fill and close-distance lighting, and the camera offers all of the usual flash modes.

Then there are the way-cool features: Sweep Panorama (Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera continuously shoots images and stitches them together.) Face detection and registration (and it can prioritize focus on children or adults), and self-portrait auto framing (shoots a quick vertical portrait with perfect composition after you've shot the horizontal) are the kinds of features you'd find on a compact camera.

Rounding out the Sony DSC-RX1's feature list is its 15 creative modes (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Twilight, Night View, Autumn Leaves, B&W, Sepia, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape.), the ability to fine-tune saturation, contrast and sharpness to taste, and Picture Effect mode, which applies fun filters to images including Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.

Yes, the Sony DSC-RX1 is a premium-priced camera. But if the camera performs as predicted, it will be the best compact digital camera money can buy.

The Sony DSC-RX1 is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Travel and more.The Sony DSC-RX1 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony DSC-RX1: Compact, Easy to use and Good in low light.

Sony DSC-RX1 Includes

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Camera
  • Battery NP-BX1
  • AC Adapter AC-UD11
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoe Cap
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Sony 1 Year Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (6) , Good in low light (5) , Easy to use (4) , Good image quality (3) , Image stabilization (3) , Large clear LCD (3)
No viewfinder (4)
Best Uses:
Family photos (5) , Low light (5) , Travel (5) , Landscape/scenery (3) , Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (2) , Semi-pro photographer (2) , Photo enthusiast (1)

Sony DSC-RX1 Features

  • 24.3 MP 35 mm Full Frame Sensor: High-quality images are realized through the 24.3 MP effective 35mm full-frame sensor, a normal sensor range of ISO 100 25600, and a balance of gradation and low noise. The BIONZ image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording.
  • Full HD 24p video: Full HD 24p video with manual control and audio input. For creative flexibility, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and exposure control. Enjoy clear sound recording and playback via built-in stereo microphone and and mono speaker.
  • Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens: Newly developed large-diameter F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens delivers refined background defocusing bokeh, and macro capabilities. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
  • World's first fixed lens 35mm camera: The DSC-RX1 is the world's first fixed lens 35 mm full-frame digital camera which offers an uncompromising design that focuses on an intuitive, user-friendly operation. The camera fits in the palm of a hand and allows users to carry it nearly everywhere to capture any shooting opportunity that arises.
  • Three control lens rings: Full manual operation is intuitive on the RX1. Users can keep their eyes on the subject and concentrate on the composition while comfortably adjusting the dedicated aperture, focusing, and macro switching rings.
  • Conveniently placed dials: Quick access to conveniently placed exposure compensation and focus mode dials.
  • Quick Navi - settings at a glance: Quick Navi enhances direct control of your favorite functions. Pressing the Fn button activates Quick Navi, which allows the user to check camera settings at a glance and promptly change settings without having to search for dedicated menus.
  • Memory recall: MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed, drive mode and metering modes. This enables quick switching of of settings at the right moment.
  • Nine aperture blades: Nine aperture blades form a nearly perfect circle throughout the normally used aperture range of F2.0 to F22, resulting in background defocusing that is smooth and genuinely beautiful.
  • Expandable with multi interface shoe: The multi interface shoe allows easy connection with wide-ranging accessories expanding the range of photographic expression. Available accessories include a powerful external flash unit, electronic viewfinder, optical viewfinder, thumb grip, clip-on LCD monitor, etc.
  • 3" Xtra Fine LCD Display: The 3" (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display makes it easy to scroll through menus and preview live Picture Effects. WhiteMagic technology increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
  • Auto HDR mode: Captures more scene dynamic range than a single exposure can handle-and more range than photo film. Combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot (up to 6 EV stops), all in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Dual-aspect ratio recording for still images: Capture still images in either 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. This provides the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or the specific shooting purpose.
  • Built in pop up flash: Enjoy the convenience of flash photography everywhere you go. Guide number is approximately 6*. Choose from Auto, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Fill-flash and Flash Off modes.
  • Capture JPEG files, RAW files, or both: The DSC-RX1 saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
  • Four focusing modes: DSC-RX1 has 2 Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast switching to manual focusing for precise adjustment.
  • Digital level gauge: Digital level gauge to allow easier leveling of the camera.
  • MF assist and peaking: Manual focus becomes much easier because peaking highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot.
  • Creative Style: Control how the camera processes your images with 15 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Twilight, Night View, Autumn Leaves, B&W, Sepia, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
  • Picture Effect mode: Realize your creative potential with Picture Effect. Effects are Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.
  • Sweep Panorama Mode: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together.
  • Auto portrait framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
  • Face Detection/ Registration technology: The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
  • Full frame burst shooting: High speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second (fps) is made possible by the BIONZ processor and 24 megapixel sensor.
  • Multi-frame NR: Experience incredible low-light shooting without a flash. The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six, it creates a single image with a reduction in noise equivalent to two additional steps of ISO sensitivity. Sensitivity selectable up to ISO 25600. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • High speed Auto Focus: Focus as fast as 0.13 seconds with high speed AF. To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera's BIONZ processor, which provides intelligent response data to a new high speed actuator motor in the lens.

Sony DSC-RX1 Specifications

Camera Type Professional compact digital camera
Imaging Sensor Imaging Sensor: 35mm full-frame (35.8mm × 23.9mm) ExmorTM CMOS Sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Pixel Gross: 24.7MP (approx.)
Effective Picture Resolution: 24.3MP (approx.)
Lens Lens Type: Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Aperture: F2-22
Digital Zoom: 24M approx. 4x / 10M approx. 6.1x / 4.6M approx. 9.1x
Focal Length (35mm equiv.): [Still 3:2] f=35mm [Still 16:9] f=37mm [Movie 16:9] f=44mm (SteadyShot On), f=37mm (SteadyShot Off)
Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens)
Aperture Blade: Iris diaphragm (9 blades)
Clear Image Zoom: 2x
Focal Distance : AF approx. 24cm (Normal mode), approx. 14cm to 29cm (Macro)
Steady Shot Mode Active : [Still image] Optical [Movie] Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)
Metering Modes Multi segment / Center weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
Scene Modes Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Auto exposure difference, Exposure difference level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0-EV step)
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autum Leaves, Black, White, Sepia
White Balance Mode Auto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor (Warm White)/Fluor (Cool White)/Fluor (Day White)/Fluor (Daylight)/Flash/C. Temp., Filter/Custom
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) Auto (ISO100-3200 equivalent (1/3 EV stop), selectable with upper/lower limit), 100/6400
Picture Effects Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Convenience Features Still Image Playback Options : Control for HDMI, Slideshow
LCD Display LCD Type: 3.0" (7.5cm) (4:3) / 1,229k dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Brightness Control: Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
Drive System Shutter Type: Program Auto (30-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000)
Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 fps at 24.3MP
Self-timer: 10sec. / 2sec
Advanced Features Sweep Panorama: Sweep Panorama
Face Detection: 8 Faces (Off / On(Registered Faces) / On)
Image Stabilization: SteadyShot Image Stabilization
Intelligent Auto: Yes
Picture Effects: Yes, 13 effects
Media Type Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
SDXC Memory Card
Still Image Mode JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Still Image Size 16:9 L: 20M (6000 x 3376)
M: 8.7M (3936 x 2216)
S: 3.9M (2640 x 1488)
Still Image Size 3:2 L: 24M (6000 x 4000)
M: 10M (3936 x 2624)
S: 4.6M (2640x1760)
Panorama Still Image Size Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856)
Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856)
Video Format AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p/50p)
24M FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i),
17M FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i)
24M FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p)
17M FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p)
MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 30fps/25fps)
3M VGA (640×480, 30fps/25fps)
Focus Control Focus System : Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus (MF)

AF Modes : Multi point AF (25 points) / Center weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible sport (face tracking)
Flash Flash Modes : Auto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off/Wireless
Flash Coverage : ISO Auto 0.75m to 21.7m / ISO 25600 up to 43.4
Interface Memory Card Slot: MS Duo and SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
HD Output: Micro HDMI
USB Port(s): Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)
Microphone Input: Microphone jack
Accessory Shoe: Multi Interface Shoe
Power Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 (supplied)
Power Consumption (in Operation): Approx. 1.5W
Dimensions 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.7" (113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm)
Weight Weight: 17 oz (782g)
Weight: 16 oz (453g ) main unit only
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