Sony's new Cyber-Shot: DSC-RX1
Sony has announced the new Cyber-shot camera, the DSC-RX1, which claims to be the world’s first compact camera with 35mm full-frame 24.3 effective megapixel sensor.
• Full-frame imaging from a compact camera that’s said to be smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR
• Exmor CMOS sensor with approximately 24.3 effective megapixels
• Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 35mm F2 prime lens; with Macro mode for 20cm minimum focusing distance
• Sensitivity range from ISO 100 – 25600
• Manual controls with aperture and focus rings
• New Multi Interface Shoe compatible with optional flash, electronic viewfinder, optical viewfinder etc.
• The new Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 from Sony offers photo enthusiasts the chance to explore the creative possibilities of full-frame imaging with a compact digital camera that fits in the palm of your hand.
At 482g (with battery and memory card), it includes a 35mm full-frame sensor and wide aperture F2 fixed-focal lens into a camera body that’s suitable for travel and street photography as well as portraits and day-to-day shooting.
The Cyber-shot RX1 offers imaging quality that’s previously been the domain of high-end professional DSLR cameras. The unified lens/body design is reported to assure sharp alignment of the sensor and optical components, bringing out the full potential of the lens to the edges of each frame.
The Cyber-shot RX1 features a 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor. With a resolution of 24.3 effective megapixels.
Complementing the full-frame sensor is a fast, bright Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens with a fixed focal length of 35mm. Derived from the German word “Sonne” (“sun”), the Sonnar name reflects the ability of the lens to capture as much light as possible. This premium lens features newly designed optics including an Advanced Aspherical (AA) glass element.
The lens’ wide F2 maximum aperture and 9-bladed circular aperture enable ‘bokeh’ (defocus) effects. A Macro switching ring on the lens barrel instantly shortens minimum focusing distance to 20cm (from image plane).
Data from the Exmor CMOS sensor is handled by the evolved BIONZ engine that also powers full-resolution burst shooting at up to 5 frames per second. The BIONZ processor is said to output image data in 14-bit RAW format.
Dedicated lens rings allow fingertip control of focus and aperture, while a DSLR-style Focus mode dial on the front of the camera allows for better switching between focus modes. Top-mounted exposure compensation and mode dials are ergonomically placed for easy operation.
The Cyber-shot™ RX1 is also said to be able to capture high-quality, low-noise Full HD movie footage at a choice of 50p/60p or 25p/24p (progressive) frame rates. 24p recording enables the Cyber-shot RX1 to transform everyday scenes into film-like movies, making it easier to record video in low lighting. The camera also provides a full complement of PASM exposure modes to give photographers creative flexibility during video shooting.
There are also 13 Creative Styles, plus a range of ‘PC-free’ Picture Effect treatments. Wider compositional possibilities are also offered by Auto HDR and D-Range Optimiser, bracket shooting (Exposure, DRO or White Balance) and Auto HDR shooting modes. The camera offers a Digital Level Gauge that indicates camera pitch and camera roll on the LCD screen for straight, even horizons and architectural shots.
Shooting possibilities for stills and video are broadened by the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe3 that accepts a growing range of accessories. Options include flash, electronic viewfinder, optical viewfinder, clip-on LCD monitor. Also available are a jacket case, lens hood and thumb grip.
Learn more about official accessories by Sony for the Cyber-shot RX1 here.
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