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Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1

Portability
79
Imaging
72
Features
59
Overall
66
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
 
Zeiss ZX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
80
Features
62
Overall
72

Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Key Specs

Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Released February 2013
Zeiss ZX1
(Full Review)
  • 37MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 4.34" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 51200
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 35mm (F2-22) lens
  • 800g - 142 x 93 x 46mm
  • Introduced September 2018
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Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Overview

Below is a extended review of the Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1, both Large Sensor Compact digital cameras by manufacturers Sony and Zeiss. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the RX1 (24MP) and ZX1 (37MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (Full frame).

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The RX1 was revealed 6 years earlier than the ZX1 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before getting through a in-depth comparison, below is a brief summation of how the RX1 matches up against the ZX1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Zeiss ZX1

 RX1 ZX1 

Reasons to pick Zeiss ZX1 over the Sony RX1

 ZX1 RX1 
IntroducedSeptember 2018February 2013More recent by 68 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing4.34"3"Larger display (+1.34")
Display resolution2765k1229kSharper display (+1536k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony RX1 and Zeiss ZX1

 RX1 ZX1 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to lug around your camera often, you will have to factor its weight and size. The Sony RX1 provides outer dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") and a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs) whilst the Zeiss ZX1 has specifications of 142mm x 93mm x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8") along with a weight of 800 grams (1.76 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the RX1 and the ZX1.

Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the RX1 and ZX1 is 79 and 67 respectively.

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Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to envision the difference between sensor measurements just by going over a spec sheet. The photograph below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the RX1 and ZX1.

As you can see, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Zeiss ZX1 to offer you greater detail because of its extra 13MP. Greater resolution will also help you crop images a little more aggressively. The older RX1 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 sensor size comparison

Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony RX1 Portrait photography advice
Zeiss ZX1 Portrait photography advice
83
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/4,000 seconds)
resolution is good (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW files
88
you can focus manually
amazing MP (37 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony RX1 as a Street photography camera
Zeiss ZX1 as a Street photography camera
66
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
above average high ISO (25,600)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
heavier than average (482 grams)
71
screen can move to multiple angles
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
provides touch to focus
great ISO range (51,200)
no image stabilization
more heavy than competition in class (800g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony RX1 Sports photography highlights
Zeiss ZX1 Sports photography highlights
57
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
65
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
amazing MP (37MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony RX1 Travel photography factors
Zeiss ZX1 Travel photography factors
66
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than average (482g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
65
has bluetooth
provides touch to focus
amazing MP (37MP)
great maximum aperture (f2)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (800 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX1 as a Landscape photography camera
Zeiss ZX1 as a Landscape photography camera
68
manual focus
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
resolution is good (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse function
70
you can focus manually
great maximum aperture (f2)
screen larger than average (4.34 inch)
amazing MP (37MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
saves RAW files
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
no image stabilization
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony RX1 Vlogging factors
Zeiss ZX1 Vlogging factors
34
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
features face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic socket
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
heavier than average (482 grams)
31
great maximum aperture (f2)
touchscreen
comes with face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
missing microphone support
more heavy than competition in class (800g)
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Sony RX1 vs Zeiss ZX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX1 and Zeiss ZX1
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1Zeiss ZX1
General Information
Brand Sony Zeiss
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Zeiss ZX1
Class Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Released 2013-02-19 2018-09-27
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 35.8 x 23.8mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area 852.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixels 37 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 7488 x 4992
Max native ISO 25600 51200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 25 255
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35mm (1x) 35mm (1x)
Max aperture f/2.0-22.0 f/2-22
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inches 4.34 inches
Resolution of display 1,229k dots 2,765k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech Xtra FineTFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic and Optical (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 6,221k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 6.00 m no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/4000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 482 gr (1.06 lbs) 800 gr (1.76 lbs)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") 142 x 93 x 46mm (5.6" x 3.7" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 93 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 25.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 14.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 2534 not tested
Other
Battery life 270 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model NP-BX1 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo 512GB internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail pricing $2,798 -