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First tests start to appear of Sony’s revolutionary RX1

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One of the most interesting cameras to be unveiled at Photokina was the Sony RX1. It could certainly be labeled as revolutionary rather than evolutionary. Featuring a fixed 35mm Zeiss F/2 lens it is the smallest full frame 35mm camera in the world. At a launch price of around £2,600 it certainly isn't cheap but that price is bound to fall over the next 12 months.

I have been using a Sony RX100 for a few months now and have been astounded at what Sony achieved with that camera bearing in mind it 's diminutive size. I hope to write an article in the next few weeks on it's usability as a landscape camera.

I am really interested in how the RX1 performs - matching sensors to specific lenses should give improved performance especially at frame edges.

Steve Huff seems to have a special relationship with Sony as he is one of the first photographers in the world to have one in his hands. You can read the first part of his review here.

Certainly not short of superlatives he says...

I have never had a 35mm format camera in my hands that delivered such beautiful out of camera results. In other words, in my opinion…The Sony RX1 is the best JPEG camera I have ever shot with. Period.

Imaging Resource has started running the camera through it's studio tests. You can see and download the results here

  • Thanks Andrew – I’ve also been using the RX100 and agree that it is very impressive for such a small camera. It’s a shame that the RX1 isn’t weather resistant. Hopefully in a year or two there will be a more robust version for a fraction of the price 🙂

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