Sony RX1 Hands On Video and Specs

Sony targeted the smallest package which can house a full-frame 24x36mm sensor and the result is the Sony DSC-RX1.

  • 24x36mm Full Frame Sensor
  • Fixed Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar Autofocus Lens
  • Aperture Ring
  • Macro Mode
  • Threaded Cable Release
  • 50-102400 ISO
  • Multi-interface ISO hot shoe
  • Electronic or Optical Viewfinder
  • AVCHD 1080p / 24p-60i-60p
  • Mic Input
  • PlayMemories Lite Edition Software
  • Pre order now for $2800 for a December delivery.

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Sony DSC-RX1 with Zeiss 35mm Viewfinder and Thumb grip

Sony DSC-RX1 Sample Video

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Sony DSC-RX1 with tilting FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder

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Rear View of the Sony RX1

Sony DSC-RX1 Specifications



Image Sensor

35mm full-frame (35.8mm × 23.9mm) Exmor CMOS Sensor, aspect ratio 3:2

(Effective resolution) Approx. 24.3 megapixels

(Gross resolution) Approx. 24.7 megapixels


Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*, 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens); maximum aperture F2; focal length = 35mm (Still Image 3:2)


Clear Image Zoom (still image): 2x

Digital Zoom (still image): 24M approx. 4x / 10M approx. 6.1x / 4.6M approx. 9.1x


7.5cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD

Image stabilisation

Electronic type (for movie)

Focus Type

Contrast detection AF

Focus modes

Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus (MF)

Focus area

Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)

Light Metering Mode

Multi segment / Centre weighted / Spot 

White Balance Mode

Auto/Daylight/Shade/Cloudy/Incandescent/Fluor (Warm White)/Fluor (Cool White)/Fluor (Day White)/Fluor (Daylight)/Flash/C. Temp./C.Filter/Custom

Shutter Speed

Program Auto (30-1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30-1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30-1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30-1/2000)

Sensitivity (still image)

ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV step, expandable to ISO 50/64/80)

Auto: ISO 100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit

Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 100-25600, selectable with upper / lower limit), 100-102400 (1EV step)

Continuous shooting

Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.5 fps

Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)

Image Control

Creative Style, Quality (RAW/RAW&JPEG/Extra fine/Fine/Standard), Long Exposure NR (On/Off), High ISO NR (Normal/Low/off), Multi Frame NR

Shooting modes

Program Auto (Program shift available), Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, MR (Memory Recall) 1 / 2 / 3, Movie, Sweep shooting, Scene Selection, Intelligent Auto

Creative Style modes

Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia

Picture Effect modes

Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration


GN6 (in metres at ISO 100);

Flash modes Auto/Fill-flash/Slow Sync/Rear Sync/Off/Wireless

Other Shooting functions

Smart Teleconverter (approx. 1.4x / 2x), Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Quick Navi, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, Flash Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Portrait Framing

Recording format

Still Image: JPEG, RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Movie: AVCHD Ver.2.0, MP4

Number of recorded pixels (still image size)

[3:2] L: 24M (6000 x 4000) / M: 10M (3936 x 2624) / S: 4.6M (2640 x1760)

[16:9] L: 20M (6000 x 3376) / M: 8.7M (3936 x 2216) / S: 3.9M (2640 x 1488)

[Sweep Panorama] Standard (3872 x 2160/8192 x 1856) / Wide (5536 x 2160/12416 x 1856)

Movie record

PAL/NTSC Selector: [PAL] mode

AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 50p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 50i) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 50i), 24M FX (1920x1080, 25p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 25p)

MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 25p) / 3M (VGA 640x480, 25p)

PAL/NTSC Selector: [NTSC] mode

AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 60p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 60i) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 60i), 24M FX (1920x1080, 24p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 24p)

MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 30p) / 3M (VGA 640x480, 30p)

Battery life

[Still Image] Approx. 220 / Approx. 110 min. (LCD brightness level: max.), Approx. 270 / Approx. 135 min. (LCD brightness level: standard) – CIPA standard compliant

[Movie] Approx. 30 min.(Actual usage) / Approx. 60 min. (Continuous movie recording)

- Shooting movies continuously with factory preset mode. The size of a movie file is limited to approx. 2GB (MP4).

Dimensions (WxHxD)

Approx. 113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm


Approx. 453g (body only)

Approx. 482g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)

Supplied accessories

Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction Manual

Sony DSC-RX1 Video from Sony Japan

RX1 Hands On Video from Engadget

Pre order now for $2800 for a December delivery.

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