Sony announced the new Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, the world’s first compact full-frame digital camera that packs a 35mm full-frame image sensor in a palm-sized body. Measuring 4.5-inch x 3-inch and weighing just over a pound, the RX1 managed to squeeze a 24.3 Megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor and a Carl Zeiss T*t 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens. It also sports enhanced BIONZ image processing engine to handle data from the sensor and deliver high quality images.
The full-frame sensor inside the RX1 offers more than double the area of APS-C sensor to take more light while shooting, offering rich color reproduction and a broad dynamic range. The larger sensor also boosts the camera sensitivity to ISO 100 – 25600, expandable to as low as ISO 50 and as high as 102,400 using Multi Frame Noise Reduction. The camera features high-speed AF that focus as fast as 0.13 seconds. There are dedicated lens rings for fingertip control of focus and aperture, and Quick Navi that offers direct control of your favorite functions. You can also find the Memory Recall mode that can memorize up to three groups of your preferred settings.
The RX1 includes By Pixel Super Resolution digital zoom technology that allows for magnification of image size without sacrificing pixel count, and a Smart Teleconverter function that crops a central portion of the image sensor, boosting effective magnification by 1.4x or 2x realizing an effective 49mm or 70mm focal length. The camera offers P/A/S/M exposure modes and is able to output image data in 14-bit RAW format.
Sony’s new compact full-frame Cyber-Shot supports Full HD video recording at up to 60p frame rate. It also features Auto HDR shooting modes, D-Range Optimizer, Digital Level Gauge, 13 different Creative Styles for fine-tuning images and a wide range of Picture Effect treatments. Thanks to the BIONZ engine, the RX1 can do 5fps high-speed continous shooting. The built-in popup flash and the 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD display completes the RX1.
Sony will release the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 compact full-frame, fixed lens camera in November for $2800.