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5.0 out of 5 stars The best 35mm digital out there, 6 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Sony DSCRX1R Professional Digital Compact Camera with 35 mm Full Frame Sensor (Camera)
If you are looking at this camera, you already know what it is not -
1.There is no viewfinder
2.You cannot change lenses
3.It is not exactly pocketable due to the size of the lens
4.You cannot tilt the flash like you can of Sony RX100
5.Lightroom 4 does not support the raw format of RX1R though it does of RX1, you need to pay extra 57 pounds to get version 5.
6.It is expensive

Now that this lack of features is out of the way, the image quality in one word is superb. The skin tones are wonderfully neutral and accurate.
Buttery bokeh, sharp, great contrast, lovely colours as you can see from the pictures that I have posted here.
It focuses fast enough, I never had any issues focussing, unless it was really dark; agreed it is never as fast as olympus micro 4/3.

It is light enough to carry everywhere inspite of being a full-frame. Recently on a trip to Paris, I wondered how I would have coped with a bigger full-frame camera when climbing the steps of Notre Dame.
I was glad I was carrying RX1R.

The pictures do require some bit of processing to make them look at their best. You will be rewarded if you do some basic processing.
I had Fuji X100 before and that comes nowhere close to this, bearing in mind the cost difference, full-frame, APS etc.

If money and angle of view is no issue, please get this. You won't be disappointed.
If you need more reach, you could always buy a cheap m 4/3 body and olympus 45mm or the upcoming panny 42.5 1.2 in addition to RX1R.

Any questions, do let me know.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2014 20:50:50 GMT
mezastel says:
Is there any point getting this now that A7R is out?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 22:15:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2014 10:15:10 GMT
Mahesh says:
Yes indeed if you like shooting with 35mm. This combination has been optimised and also the aperture is 2 which is better than the zeiss lens sony has come up with for A7/A7R. Also it is much smaller kit to carry. Attaching any other lenses to A7 is never going to be smaller. Depends on what you want really. I'm planning to get an olympus micro 4/3 and a long lens to compliment my rx1r as I've mentioned. Fortunately with rx1r's resolution I can crop a good amount too so hasn't needed a longer reach desperately.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 22:10:56 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2014 20:41:34 GMT
mezastel says:
Umm, actually, isn't this the same as the Sony 24mm f2 Distagon T* ZA SSM Lens, which I could presumably attach to the A7R? The idea of optimized combinations is something I'd expect from Leica rather than Sony.

Posted on 26 Jan 2014 21:48:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2014 21:52:16 GMT
Mark says:
Dmitri....you are really talking about two completely different cameras, the rx1R is tiny and has a leaf shutter which is silent and can flash sync upto a shutter speed of 4000.
It really is a very sharp lens on a full frame sensor....designed to be taken with you everywhere and is discrete, people are less aware of it, so it is ideal for social occasions, street photography and situations that require a spontanous capture....The A7r is an excellent camera, but it is an SLR kit that is still quite a bit larger and noiser in use..for sure it has greater flexibility in the number of lenses, but is iMO a camera taken out for a specific shoot as opposed to an everyday camera to capture the unexpected event.

It really is aimed at the enthusiast and PRO market as a full frame camera that does not compromise on image quality, but offers the flebility to take everywhere...

Two different camera's forfilling two different requirements, each excellent, but for me this RX1 is special and at the moment, the only one of its kind...happy snapping...

Posted on 5 Feb 2014 22:31:14 GMT
D. N. Oliver says:
Hi, I've been looking for a small(ish) camera to take photos of my Sons rugby matches from the sidelines, I've got an old DSC-HX1 but find the zoom cumbersome & find when zooming in on some action that i was missing some of the more important action on the fringes. I was wondering, in your opinion, would the DSC-RX1R suit my needs. As i could crop the images in post production? I also take Landscape shots too. regards.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2014 21:56:58 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Feb 2014 22:01:28 GMT
Mark says:
Hi, The rxr which is the same model that i have, would give you a totally different quality of image, but it does have the restriction of a fixed 35mm lens. You can crop in quite a lot particularly if you shoot in Raw aswell....It is not as fast as some at focusing if the action is fast so in this aspect some thought has to be made to pre-focusing and aperture setting...however the quality of the images are superb. It also has an HD video option and for an unusual photo an excellent panoramic option where you can take several shorts which will be stitched together in camera...
So, i would say if you can restrict your photography to a 35mm focal length then this is a great buy, but it is a camera that requires a good knowledge and photographic skill level to make the most of it, as the manual focus and manual option settings give you opportunities to make the most of your skills as a photographer. You can also set many of the buttoms to your preferred settings...

for landscapes again how many times have i driven somewhere, the light has changed and i have missed a shot because i did not have a camera on me, This is a small camera, it also has a leaf shutter and a remote option takes 49mm filters, for me that is great.
But again it does depend on the type of landscape photos you like taking, for instance i trek on holiday and this camera is compact, i used to take a pack of equipment and tripod and lens now i don't.
I can bracket and shoot upto five stops if you are interested in HDR.
The ISO can be set as high for very low light shots...and the photographs are good.

It is not the ideal camera for every type of eventuality, but one that is easy to live with and for me has returned an excitement, that makes me want to go out and just enjoy my photography and the moment.
It has been a while since i have felt like that....

Good luck with your decision, but do go and look at the camera but remember many other SLR's offer greater flexibility and a range of lens and are cheaper....If your passion is photography you will love the freedom and quality of the images...but it is a unique camera and that comes at a price....good luck

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2014 01:11:41 GMT
Mahesh says:
What Mark said is all true,you can crop and still get a good picture. You could prefocus on the pitch with sufficient aperture,maybe 4.0 and take pictures with ISO of 800 or more depending on light. Or otherwise.....
Pick up the following micro 4/3 kit-
Olympus 75mm f1.8 lens and one of the following-
The new oly em10 or
Panasonic gx7

Both these cameras have stabilisation and good sensors. Panasonic auto focus is great buttry that in a shop with the 75mm on.
I doubt you will be disappointed

Posted on 27 Oct 2014 00:28:26 GMT
MyKeyReviews says:
Just wanted to say I love the photos you've put up, amazing. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2015 15:04:08 BDT
Mahesh says:
Thanks for the encouraging words...still learning...on my own
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