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Sony DSC-RX1-B Cyber-shot Full-frame Digital Camera w- Electronic View Finder Kit by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Sony DSC-RX1/B Cyber-shot Full-frame Digital Camera w/ Electronic View Finder Kit
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 112 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 6.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size4.9   above average
Sharp4.7   average
Image4.4   above average
Control4.3   average
Quality4.1   average
Flash4.0   above average
Sensor4.0   average
Color3.9   below average
Photo3.9   below average
Lens3.8   above average
Light3.8   below average
Menu3.8   average
Range3.8   below average
Manual3.3   below average
Performance3.3   below average
Price3.3   mediocre
Speed3.3   below average
Video3.3   below average
Focus2.5   below average
Viewfinder2.1   mediocre
Battery1.9   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Due to the compact size, battery life isn't great, but batteries are inexpensive and are easy enough to cary along with the camera."
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"Battery life is not too good."
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"As people mentioned, the battery life is terrible, so a backup battery is almost required."
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"FYI, I bought the camera from Sony when they had a promotion that for 2799, it comes with battery charger, extra battery, screen protector, and a 2 year accidental damage warranty."
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"Lastly, it might be worthwhile to underline the lackluster battery life - though it's a niggle easily mitigated by the purchase of a few extra batteries."
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"It's a bit of a battery hog so it is a good idea to have spares."
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"One thing I noticed is as it is so fun to take pictures, I am draining my battery faster pace than I would normally do."
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"If you buy it as a point and shoot you will love it (except for battery life)."
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Color

Color:
"The white balance is dead on accurate, the colors are nicely saturated."
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"In any case, I haven't seen any increase in aliasing or moire artifacts at the 2+ sharpening - but don't use for portraits of your wife or girlfriend or they won't be posing for you much longer :-).Movies are still a minor disappointment in terms of resolution, but color and dynamic range are excellent so I am living with the roughly 720p instead of the 1080p I thought I was getting."
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"Video is passable overall w excellent color but still disappointing in FF camera where one expects better.18) Auto compensation for vignetting (corner shading) introduces subtle color artifacts."
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"Likewise with night scenes one to two hours before sunrise with no street lights except for a few distant gas lamps in a quaint park ... No noise, rich blacks but still plenty of detail in the darkest areas, colors were dead on as long as i did not have competing wavelenghts present ... ie."
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"The RX1 produces 24 megapixel images that contain tons of detail as well as realistic color and tonality."
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"Color, sharpness always turn out very well"
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"I think the color rendition, both in JPEG or RAW, is just terrific."
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"The colors are brilliant."
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"It is capable of making gorgeous photos, perfect colors, no need for any post processing."
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Control

Control:
"Sony is doing their usual damage control - minimizing, denying, and basically just hoping that the negative press dies out."
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"Also, the controls are very customizable and may not be perfect, but is by far the best I've seen on an advanced point and shoot."
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"The RX1 has superior image quality and good performance, but it lacks the magic of the X100 because it's controls are awkward and it has the compromised ergonomics of a point-and-shoot."
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"Bottom line, if you want a small camerathat produces DSLR quality images and provides agood deal of manual control, this is a fantastic camera."
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"For starters, the RX1 is compact without being too small and the controls and menu interface are easy to use without being too simple for serious control."
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"For starters, the RX1 is compact without being too small and the controls and menu interface are easy to use without being too simple for serious control."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"The performance of this camera vs a full-sized FF DSLR in bad light really shows the faults of its AF system."
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"For EVER the compromise has been take the big DSLR + lenses on the trip OR get subpar shots with a point & shoot or your phone or something."
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"Unless I have a specific shoot in mind or a paid gig I hate carrying a DSLR when going out with friends or even just walking around San Francisco (I always have some sort of camera with me).Stand out Pros:The Lens on the RX1 is superb."
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"The Sony A7 series deliver similar quality, but as soon as you start adding lenses you might as well be using a DSLR kit."
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"The Sony A7 series deliver similar quality, but as soon as you start adding lenses you might as well be using a DSLR kit."
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"It is a lot lighter that a DSLR and lens, so great for travel."
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"Think of it as you are buying a high end DSLR with one best lens."
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"In summary:- the autofocus cannot compete with a DSLR, but isn't nearly as bad as some of the ranting reviews make out,- the fixed lens is good for 90% of the shots I take,- the image quality is amazing (the sony sensor and Zeiss lens are as good as you'll find in on any DSLR),- the video quality is great,- and the camera is capable of producing images that are as good as any full frame offering out there, but in a package that will make your back heave a sigh of relief."
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Flash

Flash:
"The flash (although quite inadequate for a professional shoot) is something you aren't forced to see when put away."
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"From my experience you can get around 225-250 shots without flash easily.4."
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"I also missed the X100's flash that always seemed to give perfectly balanced shots in low light."
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"I just missed the X100's built in viewfinder, flash and overall feel too much that when I learned of the X100S I decided I would preorder that and send the RX1 back."
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"The Sony HVL-F20M External Flash works very well on the camera and the Sony HVL-F43M TTL Shoe Mount Flash works well with a cord for off camera flash."
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"The leaf shutter allows flash sync at all shutter speeds, so it's great for daylight fill flash ."
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Focus

Focus:
"But the focus issue is unacceptable."
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"But when that happens, switch to manual focus and you can overcome this problem."
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"Of course the overwhelming complaints out there about the RX1 is its slow focus speed."
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"However, the camera wasn't quick to lock focus, had a confusing menu system, and never gave me a shot that dropped my jaw."
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"Autofocus - The camera has slow autofocus which means you will not able to capture sports, kids etc."
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"This camera just can't focus well except in the most ideal conditions."
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"It's auto focus is slower than the NEX-6, and the accuracy of the camera nails it's focus 50% of the time."
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"Well, for 2700, one would expect the autofocus to be much better."
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"Of course a firmware update would be nice, I'm sure the focus response could be improved and I would love to have time lapse function, but I am very pleased with my decision of choosing this very unique camera over the A7."
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"After reading many reviews to include sites dedicated to cameras, I strongly believe that any camera costing $2600-2700 SHOULD NOT have any problems w any essential functions such as autofocus."
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Image

Image:
"If you really really value image quality and really really hate large DSLRS, this camera might work for you."
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"I had been using a Fuji x100s and xPro1 but was disappointed with some of the images."
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"Yes, it's a fixed lens but I don't find the much of a problem, it's perfect for about 90% of the situations I'm in and the image quality is so good I can always do a bit of cropping should I need to get closer."
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"I can say with 100% confidence that there is no camera that can best this beast for image IQ, at any ISO in its range!"
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"Image quality is good but not exceptional as one would expect from such a sensor and lens combination."
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"In my opinion my Fuji X100 with all of its faults produces far better images with a smaller sensor and at a third of the cost of the RX1."
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"However, if want to shoot decent images in near darkness with high ISOs, The Sony is the clear winner."
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"The RX1 produces 24 megapixel images that contain tons of detail as well as realistic color and tonality."
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"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"But focusing in even moderately low light (indoors at night) is an exercise in frustration."
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"In indoor shootings, autofocus misses about 1 5."
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"-THE BAD======FocusingIn a perfectly well lit indoor house, with at least 10 recess lights in the ceiling, the Sony RX1R is very slow to acquire focus."
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"The LCD screen works perfectly well both indoors and outdoors even on very sunny days (like Colorado)."
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"_SUMMARY=======If you need a camera with a fast auto-focusing system that works well indoors or for baby pictures, this is not the camera for you."
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"But, until now I have had to buy multiple cameras to get the mix of situation (outdoor and indoor), portability (small and large), and Media (great stills and great video), but now I can do all of those with just the RX-1."
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"This means I need something that has fast focus, can be easily carried around, has great imagine quality, shallow DOF, and take great photos indoors (in low light)."
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Lens

Lens:
"Yes, it's a fixed lens but I don't find the much of a problem, it's perfect for about 90% of the situations I'm in and the image quality is so good I can always do a bit of cropping should I need to get closer."
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"Drawbacks: Well, it is a fixed lens camera."
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"Cost: some complain that it's expensive, but at 2800 it's about the same cost (or cheaper) than an FF camera and 35 mm lens."
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"I'd like to revisit this idea if Sony ever wants to address some its faults, until then I think I'll just work on my Canon lens library."
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"Personally, I find the controls a little too stiff and the manual dials on the lens can be a challenge to adjust at times."
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"My only complaints are the usual....fixed lens requires zooming with your feet, but once you get a feel for the focal length it comes easily."
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"I know most people interested in small full-frame cameras are turning to the Sony A7 series and interchangeable lenses, but if you are content with a 35mm lens then the RX1 will not disappoint."
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"I've shot side-by-side with RX1 and the Sony A7 and Sony 35mm f 2.8 Zeiss Sonnar T FE ZA lens ... and I personally prefer the images from the RX1.I also own and shoot with several DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for work, but I enjoy shooting with the RX1 because it has everything I care about in a small package."
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"The price of the RX1 is higher than it should be now that there are more affordable full-frame cameras on the market, but it still delivers fantastic value when you consider the full frame sensor and the amazing 35mm lens."
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"Those cameras are all great, but none of those other cameras (at least not with the lenses I used) deliver the same combination of rich details and insane amount of exposure latitude that comes from the RX1 and its 35mm Zeiss Sonnar T lens with f 2 aperture."
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Light

Light:
"The performance of this camera vs a full-sized FF DSLR in bad light really shows the faults of its AF system."
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"This camera shines in good lighting, but it just can't do all the things I need it to do, and when it fails (low light) it can be very frustrating."
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"I know that the RX1r hunts in low light, but to lock on faster that the D800 (which was tripod mounted) was just absurd."
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"I was continually frustrated by low light and high ISO performance, as I take a lot of pictures in those environments."
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"It slows in low light, and hunts quite a bit in dim bar environments."
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"This competes with some of the most expensive FF models in terms of low light ability (the Canon 1Dx, 6D, 5DIII, Nikon D4 and D600 - at worst, it is very close to those benchmark systems in terms of low light ability - at best it is equal to any of them).Overall, the camera is something of a walking contradiction in terms in many ways (a full frame compact), and at the same time, it's a camera that's capable of inspiring enormous loyalty and will likely generate a truly cult-like following, while many other people may simply shake their heads at what they see as Sony's foolishness."
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"The camera is light weight and easy to carry and use."
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"I feel confident shooting in low light, without using the flash."
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"I will briefly touch on what I find to be this camera's strong points as compared to my Nikon full frame:Terrific low light sensitivity."
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"Its capable of taking sharp pictures even in absolute low light and you will be amazed by the results and will keep pushing the button and take more pictures."
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"At that price, there is no excuse for a balky autofocus that only functions well under bright light conditions."
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Manual

Manual:
"But when that happens, switch to manual focus and you can overcome this problem."
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"There are two manuals: There's a crappy newsprint manual that comes with the camera that is badly written and covers only the simple basics."
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"Personally, I find the controls a little too stiff and the manual dials on the lens can be a challenge to adjust at times."
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"I am used to manual focusing so I was willing to accept that the RX1 missed auto focus in nearly all of my photos."
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"Bottom line, if you want a small camerathat produces DSLR quality images and provides agood deal of manual control, this is a fantastic camera."
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"Finally, for those who choose to buy, I strongly recommend using manual mode with auto iso and auto-focus."
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"For three grand I think they could throw in a nice glossy high quality manual."
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"What I love about the RX1 compared to the X100s--the wow factor on the files--active compensation button on full manual - the ISO changes--build quality has one up on the x100s--the aperature ring is bigger and further from manual focus so easier to operate--less lens flair--customizable button--menu layout--ISO live changes (able to see the changes made by the ISO vs checking back and forth)better and brighter lcd--1 3 stops on the aperature ring--better lcdWhat I love about the x100s compared to the RX1--visual shutterspeed--focus square changeable size--faster focus--manual setting on panorama mode unlike the sony--peaking doesn't zoom unless you need it zoomed--updates are guaranteed to come--viewfinderWhat I hate about the RX1 compared to the x100s--no viewfinder--zoomed in peaking--faster focusWhat I hate about the x100s compared to the RX1--no live ISO visible change--files not as good as the RX1 (i came from an OMD and it does't seem like a much larger step up)--f2 macro is dreamy not as sharpWill update this here and there as I remember more info."
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"Thanks to its easy manual controls, I am constantly experimenting with S, A, and M modes."
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Menu

Menu:
"However, the camera wasn't quick to lock focus, had a confusing menu system, and never gave me a shot that dropped my jaw."
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"Control points aren't that intuitive and Sony's menus aren't as user friendly as Nikon or Canon."
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"I really appreciate that I don't have to menu dive to change anything, which was one of the most frustrating points of my old C3."
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"After several strolls around the menus, it is clear that the menus were not developed by anyone who is a photographer."
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"For starters, the RX1 is compact without being too small and the controls and menu interface are easy to use without being too simple for serious control."
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"For starters, the RX1 is compact without being too small and the controls and menu interface are easy to use without being too simple for serious control."
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"What I love about the RX1 compared to the X100s--the wow factor on the files--active compensation button on full manual - the ISO changes--build quality has one up on the x100s--the aperature ring is bigger and further from manual focus so easier to operate--less lens flair--customizable button--menu layout--ISO live changes (able to see the changes made by the ISO vs checking back and forth)better and brighter lcd--1 3 stops on the aperature ring--better lcdWhat I love about the x100s compared to the RX1--visual shutterspeed--focus square changeable size--faster focus--manual setting on panorama mode unlike the sony--peaking doesn't zoom unless you need it zoomed--updates are guaranteed to come--viewfinderWhat I hate about the RX1 compared to the x100s--no viewfinder--zoomed in peaking--faster focusWhat I hate about the x100s compared to the RX1--no live ISO visible change--files not as good as the RX1 (i came from an OMD and it does't seem like a much larger step up)--f2 macro is dreamy not as sharpWill update this here and there as I remember more info."
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Noise

Noise:
"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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"It's an incredible little camera - very small, sharp at all apertures, superb low light performance, great ergonomics, plenty of unheard-of (by me) useful features (like multi-exposure noise reduction), and very easy and intuitive to configure."
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"ISO: The camera has great high ISO performance, with low noise, but in most situations your low light photography will be limited by the AF's inability to focus in low light."
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"The camera has amazing ISO noise control up to the default 6400 ISO so this manual mode technique can be quite effective most of the time except in bright light, when you have to be a bit more active controlling the shutter speed dial."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Bottom line, if you are a serious (professional) photographer and can afford this camera (and you don't mind being stuck at 35mm) then there is no better camera than the RX1 in terms of delivering great results in a relatively small package."
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"I've shot side-by-side with RX1 and the Sony A7 and Sony 35mm f 2.8 Zeiss Sonnar T FE ZA lens ... and I personally prefer the images from the RX1.I also own and shoot with several DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for work, but I enjoy shooting with the RX1 because it has everything I care about in a small package."
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"Bottom line, if you are a serious (professional) photographer and can afford this camera (and you don't mind being stuck at 35mm) then there is no better camera than the RX1 in terms of delivering great results in a relatively small package."
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"I've shot side-by-side with RX1 and the Sony A7 and Sony 35mm f 2.8 Zeiss Sonnar T FE ZA lens ... and I personally prefer the images from the RX1.I also own and shoot with several DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for work, but I enjoy shooting with the RX1 because it has everything I care about in a small package."
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"I have been shopping for a portable camera that can take great pics in a small package."
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Performance

Performance:
"I've spent extensive time with it roaming the streets of several major cities and I've yet to be disappointed with it's performance."
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"I was continually frustrated by low light and high ISO performance, as I take a lot of pictures in those environments."
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"Bottom line - I think performance problems render the X100 nearly unusable while the RX1 is entirely useable despite its ergonomic flaws."
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"In a nutshell, the RX1 is like the Fuji X100 with better image quality and without the insufferable performance problems."
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"The RX1 has superior image quality and good performance, but it lacks the magic of the X100 because it's controls are awkward and it has the compromised ergonomics of a point-and-shoot."
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"I warn any OM-D E-M5 owners, you will not be satisfied with the focusing performance on this camera unless you only shoot outdoors in good light or shoot still life."
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"I am extremely happy and impressed with this camera and the all around performance."
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"It's an incredible little camera - very small, sharp at all apertures, superb low light performance, great ergonomics, plenty of unheard-of (by me) useful features (like multi-exposure noise reduction), and very easy and intuitive to configure."
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"The sharpness and clarity are stunning and the low light performance is almost too good to be true."
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"ISO: The camera has great high ISO performance, with low noise, but in most situations your low light photography will be limited by the AF's inability to focus in low light."
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"What I will be putting here would be my thoughts of the product in terms of performance, ergonomics, and ease of use."
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Photography

Photography:
"I am not a pro but I love photography and cameras.."
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"Wonderful for street photography."
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"This camera Features the perfect combination for street Photography a full frame sensor and a 35mm F2 lens."
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"I'm a designer who enjoys photography as a hobby.."
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"Or you can get really hosed by Zeiss, and get an optical viewfinder for another $650 - easily the most overpriced accessory in digital photography."
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"Pluses of the AR7-7R versus RX-11) interchangeable lenses - far and away its biggest selling point and advantage.2) included OLED electronic viewfinder (extra cost upgrade option on the RX-1).3) slightly cheaper identically equipped (AR7 with 35mm 2.8) $2500 versus $3200 for the RX-1 with Sony's add-on EVF.4) improved auto focus system relative to RX-1 with phase detection on sensor (but A7R stuck with just contrast detection after deleting AA filter).5) significantly better accessory support including a nice battery grip - Sony appears to be positioning this as a viable professional camera and not just something for photography enthusiasts with money to spend.6) significant resolution bump for A7R with identical sensor to Nikon D800E - making it a potential alternative to medium format in a way-smaller form factor (but watch out for moir if you're not shooting exclusively natural scenes)."
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Price

Price:
"So I gave it 4 stars because it's an awesome camera for the price I got it for but missing a lot."
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"Due to the compact size, battery life isn't great, but batteries are inexpensive and are easy enough to cary along with the camera."
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"Ridiculous prices for extra stuff that you need."
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"Yes, its accessories are ridiculous in price ... a hood for $180 made in Japan?"
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"This means that for my money, this system still isn't able to really exploit the fantastic sensor in the A7r, outside of the 55 1.8, which is REALLY sharp."
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"My guess is Sony was not able to hold the price of the RX1 below $3000 with an EVF."
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"Nice camera, great price and great seller"
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"When I walked into Best Buy, I bought the Sony RX1r with the intention of returning the camera while I shopped around for two weeks for a great price on the Sony A7.It's been over two months since I walked into Best Buy to purchase a camera."
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"Fortunately, they can be purchased on the secondary market for a reasonable price along with the wall charger that you should have received from Sony to begin with."
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"I was able to get really good price from amazon warehouse and was able to pay with discounted gift cards which I was able to get from many other deals around thanksgiving christmas so it was moot point for me."
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"I would love to get a EVF but cant justfy at that price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The level of image quality produced by this camera is no less than extraordinary."
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"If you really really value image quality and really really hate large DSLRS, this camera might work for you."
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"Yes, it's a fixed lens but I don't find the much of a problem, it's perfect for about 90% of the situations I'm in and the image quality is so good I can always do a bit of cropping should I need to get closer."
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"Video quality is definitely very very disappointing."
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"The build quality is superb, so nothing really to complain about there."
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"17) Disappointing video quality with both moire and fuzziness (shouldn't have both? )"
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"The RX1 is small but doesn't compromise on image quality."
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"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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"The RX1 is small but doesn't compromise on image quality."
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"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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"Pros: Excellent image quality."
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Range

Range:
"I can say with 100% confidence that there is no camera that can best this beast for image IQ, at any ISO in its range!"
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"In any case, I haven't seen any increase in aliasing or moire artifacts at the 2+ sharpening - but don't use for portraits of your wife or girlfriend or they won't be posing for you much longer :-).Movies are still a minor disappointment in terms of resolution, but color and dynamic range are excellent so I am living with the roughly 720p instead of the 1080p I thought I was getting."
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"Figured my way inside and out of an aps-c nikon dslr, and I still have that, it's fun with the long and wide lenses, a macro, but man it's a challenge with low-light or scenes with a wide range of light levels."
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"The full frame CMOS sensor also delivers a great deal of dynamic range."
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"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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"There are many, many ways to define image quality but in this case I define it as images with the greatest possible detail (high ratio of actual image data rather than noise) combined with an extraordinary dynamic range (detail recorded in both highlight and shadow) and a smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas (butter smooth bokeh that isn't harsh and distracting).I've shot with a number of full-frame cameras including the Sony A99, A7, A7r, Nikon D700, D600 and Canon 5D mkII."
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"D700 (Rendering is incredible, but body and lenses too big for casual use and in no way pocketable), X100 (very strong with latest firmware, but not as good at high ISO or as shallow DOF as Sony), X-Pro (focusing not quick enough to keep up with kids, and not really pocketable, even though images are great), GH2 (Great video but no Image Stabilization built in (via by body or software) but never impressed by stills).The RX-1 is my choice b c:- The image quality has the same amazing dynamic range (or better) than D700 with greater resolution- Incredibly sharp 35mm F2 lens- Same shallow DOF as D700 with F2 lens- Incredible high ISO (I can't seem to make 6400 noisy enough to even matter, and have actually used up to 25600 with some reduction and been comfortable)- Relatively pocketable (more on this in a minute)- Video quality that is extremely usable, with IS built in (via software)- Dial-based system much like X100- AF system, while not super fast, is quick enough for use with kids (and the issue isn't so much the focusing speed, which is fine, but the occasionally back and forth lens racking as it tries to lock on to something, which happens even for stationary objects in some cases)But, the RX-1 isn't a slam dunk b c:- NO VIEWFINDER!"
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"Pros:1) Remarkable compactness and portability for such enormous low light capabilities w full frame sensor - an engineering tour de force in terms of cramming full frame capabilities into a point-and-shoot size and form factor (achievable only with a fixed lens).2) Capable of remarkable detail due to its 24 megapixel full frame sensor with excellent color and dynamic range."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"Its more than the price of a new Sony Nex-6 or Nex-7 (and keep in mind the problems were not with the expensive RX-1 sensor - they were with mundane parts of the camera)."
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"- big problems with sensor reflections (or some other type of artifacts) are emerging in the early reviews of the A7, in relation to bright light sources."
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"Removing lenses frequently obviously exposes the sensor to dust and other potential environmental negatives.2) questionable and frankly disappointing lens systems for NEX camera group up to now means a bit of an uphill push for Sony to get the new FE lenses up to alpha Zeiss G lens standards."
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"This means that for my money, this system still isn't able to really exploit the fantastic sensor in the A7r, outside of the 55 1.8, which is REALLY sharp."
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"There's a lot of grumbling about the price, but I'd argue that the cost of a full-frame D-SLR and a lens of this quality would cost you this amount regardless, and it's hard to argue about the magic generated by this sensor and lens combo."
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"Image quality is good but not exceptional as one would expect from such a sensor and lens combination."
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"The full frame CMOS sensor also delivers a great deal of dynamic range."
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"The price of the RX1 is higher than it should be now that there are more affordable full-frame cameras on the market, but it still delivers fantastic value when you consider the full frame sensor and the amazing 35mm lens."
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"IQ is about as good has can be had with a full frame sensor and 35mm prime lens from any manufacturer."
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"The price of the RX1 is higher than it should be now that there are more affordable full-frame cameras on the market, but it still delivers fantastic value when you consider the full frame sensor and the amazing 35mm lens."
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"The RX1 is one or the best full frame sensor 35mm camera under $10k."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"JULY 2013 UPDATE - formal testing of the FE lenses by Imaging Resource shows that the 24-70 F4 is really a big disappointment for a Zeiss lens, and simply not very sharp in the corners zoomed out, and the 35 2.8 is good but not quite as sharp as the 2.0 35mm lens on the RX-1."
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"The F2 will give you nice creamy bokeh and the zeiss lens is sharp."
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"I have had the opportunity to use some very nice glass, and the lens on the RX1 is sharp as anything I've seen."
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"The lens is razor sharp and is perfectly married to the body."
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"D700 (Rendering is incredible, but body and lenses too big for casual use and in no way pocketable), X100 (very strong with latest firmware, but not as good at high ISO or as shallow DOF as Sony), X-Pro (focusing not quick enough to keep up with kids, and not really pocketable, even though images are great), GH2 (Great video but no Image Stabilization built in (via by body or software) but never impressed by stills).The RX-1 is my choice b c:- The image quality has the same amazing dynamic range (or better) than D700 with greater resolution- Incredibly sharp 35mm F2 lens- Same shallow DOF as D700 with F2 lens- Incredible high ISO (I can't seem to make 6400 noisy enough to even matter, and have actually used up to 25600 with some reduction and been comfortable)- Relatively pocketable (more on this in a minute)- Video quality that is extremely usable, with IS built in (via software)- Dial-based system much like X100- AF system, while not super fast, is quick enough for use with kids (and the issue isn't so much the focusing speed, which is fine, but the occasionally back and forth lens racking as it tries to lock on to something, which happens even for stationary objects in some cases)But, the RX-1 isn't a slam dunk b c:- NO VIEWFINDER!"
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"I can render sharp details and accurate colors in dim bar environments, and a surprising amount of depth in pitch black night."
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Size

Size:
"Due to the compact size, battery life isn't great, but batteries are inexpensive and are easy enough to cary along with the camera."
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"Bottom line, if you are a serious (professional) photographer and can afford this camera (and you don't mind being stuck at 35mm) then there is no better camera than the RX1 in terms of delivering great results in a relatively small package."
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"For starters, the RX1 is compact without being too small and the controls and menu interface are easy to use without being too simple for serious control."
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"I've shot side-by-side with RX1 and the Sony A7 and Sony 35mm f 2.8 Zeiss Sonnar T FE ZA lens ... and I personally prefer the images from the RX1.I also own and shoot with several DSLRs and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for work, but I enjoy shooting with the RX1 because it has everything I care about in a small package."
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"The RX1 is small but doesn't compromise on image quality."
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"For starters, the RX1 is compact without being too small and the controls and menu interface are easy to use without being too simple for serious control."
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Speed

Speed:
"Of course the overwhelming complaints out there about the RX1 is its slow focus speed."
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"Autofocus - The camera has slow autofocus which means you will not able to capture sports, kids etc."
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"3) is the auto-focus speed a problem ?"
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"The autofocus is painfully slow, especially in low light, it takes few second to focus, honestly i wonder how this was not been noticed by anyone at Sony."
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"You won't be able to track fast moving subjects like kids or pets as effectively as a DSLR."
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"The leaf shutter allows flash sync at all shutter speeds, so it's great for daylight fill flash ."
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"_SUMMARY=======If you need a camera with a fast auto-focusing system that works well indoors or for baby pictures, this is not the camera for you."
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"This means I need something that has fast focus, can be easily carried around, has great imagine quality, shallow DOF, and take great photos indoors (in low light)."
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"The perfect ergonomics, and still fast shooting speed, and unequaled low light performance makes it worth it."
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Video

Video:
"Video quality is definitely very very disappointing."
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"17) Disappointing video quality with both moire and fuzziness (shouldn't have both? )"
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"Hoping that some of the camera's quirks can be fixed or at least improved with firmware updates - although after consultation with Tim Naff (see his superb review of the A99 on Amazon) I suspect that a simple firmware re-write probably won't be able to fix the fuzzy video, as the problems may lie deeper in Sony's processing of video, as the same video is seen on the A99, and milder versions of the video issues are seen on other product lines."
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"In any case, I haven't seen any increase in aliasing or moire artifacts at the 2+ sharpening - but don't use for portraits of your wife or girlfriend or they won't be posing for you much longer :-).Movies are still a minor disappointment in terms of resolution, but color and dynamic range are excellent so I am living with the roughly 720p instead of the 1080p I thought I was getting."
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"In the end, it's all about image quality, and here, at least in stills if not in video (which is a bit disappointing frankly - like the A99 video), there is little to complain about."
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"The photos and videos on Sony's website show this really nice leather strap."
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"But, until now I have had to buy multiple cameras to get the mix of situation (outdoor and indoor), portability (small and large), and Media (great stills and great video), but now I can do all of those with just the RX-1."
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"D700 (Rendering is incredible, but body and lenses too big for casual use and in no way pocketable), X100 (very strong with latest firmware, but not as good at high ISO or as shallow DOF as Sony), X-Pro (focusing not quick enough to keep up with kids, and not really pocketable, even though images are great), GH2 (Great video but no Image Stabilization built in (via by body or software) but never impressed by stills).The RX-1 is my choice b c:- The image quality has the same amazing dynamic range (or better) than D700 with greater resolution- Incredibly sharp 35mm F2 lens- Same shallow DOF as D700 with F2 lens- Incredible high ISO (I can't seem to make 6400 noisy enough to even matter, and have actually used up to 25600 with some reduction and been comfortable)- Relatively pocketable (more on this in a minute)- Video quality that is extremely usable, with IS built in (via software)- Dial-based system much like X100- AF system, while not super fast, is quick enough for use with kids (and the issue isn't so much the focusing speed, which is fine, but the occasionally back and forth lens racking as it tries to lock on to something, which happens even for stationary objects in some cases)But, the RX-1 isn't a slam dunk b c:- NO VIEWFINDER!"
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"Lastly, while I'm no videographer, I ideally would like to have a camera that take really good video (maybe not movie-quality, but much better than typical home movie quality).My evaluation set has been:Nikon D700 (which I had for years with many pro-grade lenses)Olympus E-M5Fuji X100Fuji X-Pro (with all 3 lenses)Sony RX-1 (most recent)Panasonic GH2I have purchased and owned all of those cameras, each for more than a year (i. e. I didn't buy and play for a weekend, then send them back - I really used them actively)."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"More forgivable than the cheap build quality and poor design of the optional digital viewfinder (FDAEV1MK)- which despite all the downsides is still a must-have accessory."
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"I was disappointed that a viewfinder did not come with the camera."
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"Overall, the lack of a viewfinder was a very unhappy situation."
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"What I love about the RX1 compared to the X100s--the wow factor on the files--active compensation button on full manual - the ISO changes--build quality has one up on the x100s--the aperature ring is bigger and further from manual focus so easier to operate--less lens flair--customizable button--menu layout--ISO live changes (able to see the changes made by the ISO vs checking back and forth)better and brighter lcd--1 3 stops on the aperature ring--better lcdWhat I love about the x100s compared to the RX1--visual shutterspeed--focus square changeable size--faster focus--manual setting on panorama mode unlike the sony--peaking doesn't zoom unless you need it zoomed--updates are guaranteed to come--viewfinderWhat I hate about the RX1 compared to the x100s--no viewfinder--zoomed in peaking--faster focusWhat I hate about the x100s compared to the RX1--no live ISO visible change--files not as good as the RX1 (i came from an OMD and it does't seem like a much larger step up)--f2 macro is dreamy not as sharpWill update this here and there as I remember more info."
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"Missing a built in viewfinder is a big knock, but one I can live with and there is a workaround via the add-on."
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"I just missed the X100's built in viewfinder, flash and overall feel too much that when I learned of the X100S I decided I would preorder that and send the RX1 back."
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"They also have a nice viewfinder attachment which is nice."
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"Or you can get really hosed by Zeiss, and get an optical viewfinder for another $650 - easily the most overpriced accessory in digital photography."
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"Pluses of the AR7-7R versus RX-11) interchangeable lenses - far and away its biggest selling point and advantage.2) included OLED electronic viewfinder (extra cost upgrade option on the RX-1).3) slightly cheaper identically equipped (AR7 with 35mm 2.8) $2500 versus $3200 for the RX-1 with Sony's add-on EVF.4) improved auto focus system relative to RX-1 with phase detection on sensor (but A7R stuck with just contrast detection after deleting AA filter).5) significantly better accessory support including a nice battery grip - Sony appears to be positioning this as a viable professional camera and not just something for photography enthusiasts with money to spend.6) significant resolution bump for A7R with identical sensor to Nikon D800E - making it a potential alternative to medium format in a way-smaller form factor (but watch out for moir if you're not shooting exclusively natural scenes)."
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"There's definitely grumbling to be had about the prices for the RX1's accessories: the electronic viewfinder (which is great), the lens hood, the case and the thumb grip are all priced much higher than they should be."
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"You can't manual focus as effectively mostly because of the lack of a built-in viewfinder."
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