Sony RX1 summary
Sony RX1 is Sony's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first announced on February of 2013. It comes with a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.
The RX1 comes in at #21 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #254 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your customized factors.
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Sony RX1 history
The Sony RX1 has a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can find all earlier and most recent models alongside main specs.
Sony RX1 Gallery
You can check the RX1 from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony RX1 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Sony RX1 based on aspects which are generally considered essential in a digital camera.
Sony RX1 Sensor specifications
The dimension of the sensor on the Sony RX1 is 35.8mm x 23.8mm (Full frame). The 852 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.Australia's Largest Photography Festival to Feature AI-Generated Images for the First Time
The CMOS sensor has 24MP and gives a standard ISO range of 100 to 25600. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath shows the RX1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The RX1 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.Incredible Footage Reveals Eagle Attacking Drone in Mid-Flight Showdown
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony RX1 dimensions
Sony RX1 weighs in at 1.06 pounds (482g or 17.00 ounces) & has exterior size of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 396g and the Sony RX1 is weightier in comparison with various competitors.Is Apple's Latest 'Shot on iPhone' Video Deceptive?
Underneath is a picture of the Sony RX1 alongside a soft drink to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view under will provide the button layout on the RX1.
Sony RX1 Lens specifications
The RX1 provides a fixed lens and it has a constant focal length of 35mm which means you do not have the ability to zoom.
At the widest 35mm, it comes with an aperture of f2.0 which will be excellent for low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It would also allow you to choose a much lower ISO in order to get better images.
Sony RX1 Connectivity
The RX1 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to send images and oftentimes adjust camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Certain applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Most cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB port.
Sony RX1 Video specifications
The max video resolution on the Sony RX1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in video quality vs file sizes but 1080p will not leave you with any room to downsample. Although the camera contains a microphone jack, it is sadly missing a headphone jack which means that you won't be able to keep an eye on your audio levels.
Sony RX1 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing for the Sony RX1 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.
Sony RX1 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony RX1 comes with a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,229k dots.
Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.G100D by Panasonic Features USB-C and Stunning OLED EVF
The View Finder specs for Sony RX1 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic and Optical (optional)
Viewfinders can be pretty beneficial in sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.
Sony RX1 Shutter specifications
Sony RX1 has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Sony RX1 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony RX1 comes with both built-in flash along with external flash support. The max flash sync is 1/4000 seconds.
Sony RX1 Autofocus specifications
Sony RX1 comes with just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and precise in comparison with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detection which makes it helpful for portraits.
It comes with 25 focus points to pick from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Sony RX1 can use manual focus if needed in low light or you need more accurate focus control.
Sony RX1 Battery life
The battery pack (NP-BX1) for the Sony RX1 is designed to last for 270 images with respect to the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser compared with it's competitors. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U offers the maximum (450) battery life in this kind of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Large Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Sony RX1 for different styles of photography
The following illustration presents a outline of the Sony RX1 for different styles of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.
Sony RX1 Portrait photography advice
The Sony RX1 receives a rating of 82 which is fantastic, and means the camera is a awesome choice to use for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files along with the option to use external flash.
Sony RX1 Street photography details
Having a very good points total of 66, the Sony RX1 is a good fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera comes with a fine balance of image quality and portability.
Sony RX1 as a Sports photography camera
A modest sports photography points tally of 53 suggests the Sony RX1 is relatively appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good autofocus plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Sony RX1
Weight is really critical when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony RX1 gets a nice 62 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to take with you on your vacations.
Landscape photography with Sony RX1
For those who are planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the biggest factor is going to be image quality. The Sony RX1 and it's above average score of 65 for a landscape camera is a fine choice compared to its competitors.
Vlogging with Sony RX1
A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Sony RX1 is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad rating of 34.
Sony RX1 Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the RX1, below is a collection of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Large Sensor Compact.
The line chart here shows you a bird's eye view of the RX1 vs it's top scored competitors mentioned earlier.
Following are several cameras you might look at as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.