The International CES awards innovations based on overall engineering qualities
related to technical specifications and materials, aesthetics, unique features and
In the category of Digital Imaging, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 was awarded for
being the world’s first full-frame compact digital camera, featuring an advanced
35mm full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor and exceptionally fast Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* 35mm F2 fixed
35mm full-frame sensors have previously only been available in the most high-end professional DSLR cameras. The RX1 has changed this with the world's1 first ever 35mm full-frame compact camera.
1 Among compact digital still cameras. According to Sony research, as of September 12, 2012.
Unprecedented detail, texture and colour
At 24.3 megapixels, the awesome Exmor™ CMOS sensor is actually twice the size of many sensors available in DSLR cameras. So now you can enjoy professional image quality never available before in a compact camera.
High performance fast and bright lens
Explore a world of creative options with the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens. Designed to capture as much light as possible, this lens is exceedingly fast and bright. The newly designed optics include an Advanced Aspherical (AA) lens that helps to keep the camera compact, while providing supreme sharpness and contrast. You can also capture close-up subjects in exquisite detail using the macro switching ring on the lens barrel that instantly cuts the minimum focusing distance to just 20cm.
Sensitivity for even the lowest light conditions
Nothing comes close to the RX1 for capturing low noise handheld images in near-dark conditions without a flash. Its large sensor size boosts the camera's sensitivity range to an impressive ISO 100-25600. You can in fact adjust sensitivity to as low as ISO 50 in expanded mode2 and as high as 102400 using Multi Frame Noise Reduction.
2 Recordable dynamic range is reduced at sensivity levels below ISO 100.
Ergonomic design and easy operation
You can control the focus and aperture with your fingertips using the dedicated lens rings. You can also switch easily between focus modes using the DSLR-style focus mode dial on the front of the camera. What's more, Quick Navi mode lets you adjust camera settings quickly and intuitively via the camera's pro-style control dial and cross keys while top-mounted exposure compensation and mode dials are ergonomically placed for easy operation.
Accommodates a range of accessories for shooting stills and video
The RX1's new Multi Interface Shoe accommodates photo and movie shooting accessories such as flash and microphones. Developed as a common shoe for Sony Imaging products, it ensures compatibility across accessories, expanding your creative opportunities.
Turn your videos into Full HD movies
The RX1 allows you to shoot Full HD movies at 50p/60p or 25p/24p (progressive) frame rates. Shooting at 24p gives everyday footage a film-like quality and even in low light conditions you can achieve atmospheric video. The RX1 comes with a complement of PASM exposure modes to give you absolute creative flexibility when shooting video.
More possibilities with every shot
You'll enjoy wider compositional possibilities with the Auto HDR and D-Range Optimiser, bracket shooting (Exposure, DRO or White Balance) and Auto HDR shooting modes. You can even achieve straight horizons or architectural shots using a Digital Level Gauge that indicates camera pitch and camera roll on the LCD screen. With memory recall (MR) mode, you can now store and instantly recall up to three sets of camera settings.
Processing power for the toughest tasks
Processing raw images is an absolute breeze with the high-speed auto-focus of this compact camera. Even the most processor-intensive tasks can be completed with amazing speed and precision, thanks to Sony's sophisticated BIONZ™ image processing engine. You can count on it to deliver 5 fps continuous shooting, ISO 14-bit RAW format conversion and shooting up to ISO 102400 (which composites multiple images to reduce noise).
Give free reign to your creativity
Bring out the character of your shot effortlessly with the Creative Style modes like Portrait, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White and Sepia. Or add artistic touches to your shots with Picture Effects like HDR Painting, High Contrast Monochrome, Posterization, Retro Photo and Soft Focus.
Professional editing with no loss of picture quality
You'll be able to record images in the 14-bit RAW format ensuring that you'll get the best possible quality for later image adjustment. These RAW files can be developed, edited and managed to match your personal creative vision.
Managing and editing made easy with PlayMemories™
The RX1 comes pre-installed with PlayMemories™ (Lite Edition) software, allowing easy transfer, management, editing and printing of all your images. You can also download the full version of PlayMemories™ Home for free, which provides movie editing and disc burning capabilities.