Sony Introduces the World's First Full-Frame Compact Digital Camera


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Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 packs lots in to its small proportions

For the first time, says Sony, all the benefits of full-frame digital photography are available in a palm-sized compact camera.

The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 digital camera packs an advanced 35mm full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss T*t 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens into a portable, lightweight camera body. Measuring approximately 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall and weighing just over a pound, it's significantly smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR yet, they claim, sacrifices nothing in terms of image quality, HD video quality or manual control.

"The new Cyber-shot RX1 is truly 'one of a kind,' offering a unique combination of size and performance that's never before been realized in the world of digital cameras," said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot camera business at Sony Electronics. "With its highly advanced sensor and fast 35mm f/2.0 lens packed into a small, portable camera body, professionals, enthusiasts and advanced hobbyists can experience the world of full-frame imaging in new and different ways than they ever thought possible."


The 35mm full-frame sensor inside the RX1 camera more than doubles the area of APS-C sensors commonly found in much bulkier DSLR cameras, allowing it to take in significantly more light while capturing content and possesses an 'effective resolution' of 24.3 megapixels.

The large sensor size also boosts the camera's sensitivity range to ISO 100 – 25600, with the option to shoot as low as ISO 50 in expanded sensitivity mode. Similarly, ISO settings as high as 102400 can be achieved using Multi Frame Noise Reduction.

The Cyber-shot RX1 camera also features an enhanced BIONZ processing engine that handles the data from the Exmor CMOS sensor and also powers full-resolution burst shooting at up to five frames per second. The processor can output image data in 14-bit RAW format, giving advanced users freedom to express their creative vision.

The Cyber-shot RX1 offers a full range of manual control modes said to be on par with typical high-end full-frame DSLR cameras. Dedicated lens rings allow for fingertip control of focus and aperture, while a DSLR-style Focus mode dial on the front of the camera enables switching between focus modes. Top-mounted exposure compensation and mode dials are 'strategically placed' for simple access and operation.

Other refinements include a MF Assist function that magnifies a portion of the image while framing to simplify fine focus adjustments, as well as a Peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.

Additionally, the RX1 camera features By Pixel Super Resolution digital zoom technology, which allows for magnification of image size without sacrificing pixel count.

The RX1 compact camera can capture high-quality, low-noise Full HD movie footage in all lighting conditions at a choice of 60p or 24p (progressive) frame rates.

We'll get pricing and availability details to you when we have them.


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