Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review

Overall 55
Imaging 31
Features 27
Size 77
Price 0

Main Features

  • 24.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 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)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 113 x 65 x 70 mm
  • Weight: 482 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 that Sony has first introduced to the public in Feb 19, 2013. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #3 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 55/100 and it takes a rank of #28 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-22.0
  • Sensor Size: Full frame
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic and Optical (optional)
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2534
  • Microphone Port: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 has the following external dimensions 113 x 113 x 70 mm (44.49 x 25.59 x 27.56″) with the weight of 482 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 70mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 — 270 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 — 70 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 — 482 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Large Sensor Compact class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 93 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic and Optical (optional) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 provides a shooting life of 270, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (113 x 65 x 70 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 83. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 can be called a 83 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Nice Low Light ISO (2534)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Small battery life (270 shots)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 58. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (482 g)
  • Big size (113 x 65 x 70 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.8 x 23.8 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (24 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (14.3)
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2534)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Announced Feb 19, 2013
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic and Optical (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 6
Flash Modes Auto, Slow Sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 93
DxO Color Depth 25.1
DxO Dynamic Range 14.3
DxO Low Light ISO 2534
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.8 x 23.8 mm
Sensor Area 852.04 mm2
Sensor Resolution 24.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
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)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 482 g
Physical Dimensions 113 x 65 x 70 mm
Battery Life 270 shots
Battery Type 270 shots
Battery Model NP-BX1
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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