Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review
January 19, 2013
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
Price as Reviewed:£2,599.00
A 24.3-million-pixel full-frame sensor and a fixed 35mm f/2 lens could make the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 the best digital compact camera yet. However, at £2,600 it doesn't come cheap. Read the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review...
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review – Metering
As many photographers will generally shoot with their cameras set to evaluative metering, it is important that this mode works well, and thankfully, in the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 it does. On the whole, the evaluative metering system produces bright, well-exposed images. On occasions, I found the exposures to be a little too bright for my taste, forcing me to reduce the exposure by 0.7EV for a series of images. However, this is easy to do thanks to the dedicated exposure compensation dial on the camera’s top-plate.
When shooting landscape scenes, the evaluative metering strikes a good balance between foreground exposure and including some detail in overcast skies. The dynamic range of the larger sensor means that the metering can expose images brightly and still retain highlight detail, particularly for those who are shooting raw files.
When shooting cityscapes at night, the very high-contrast scenes forced the evaluative metering to create a brighter image than I wanted, and there was some blown-out highlight details on brightly illuminated buildings. It was very easy to switch the RX1 to spot metering mode, and then expose for the highlights in the scene. In fact, using the small, metal-bodied camera in spot metering mode felt good. It adds more to the experience of using the RX1, which will be great for those who want a high-quality digital camera that has an air of using something far more traditional.
- Video: Full HD (1080p) AVCHD (50fps), MP4 (30fps), VGA (480p)
- External mic: Yes
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- White Balance: Auto, 8 presets (including 4 fluorescent), custom and manual
- Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Micro SDHC
- Output Size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
- Viewfinder Type: Optional FDA-V1K optical and FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder
- LCD: 3in, 1,228,800-dot, TFT LCD
- Hotshoe: Yes
- Sensor: 24.3-million-pixel, 35mm, full-frame, Exmor CMOS sensor
- Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion NP-BX1 battery
- Weight: 482g (including battery and card)
- Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, memory, iAuto, Superior Auto+, 180° sweep shooting, 14 scene modes, picture effects
- Lens: 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
- File Format: JPEG, raw (ARW 2.3 format), JPEG+raw (still images) AVCHD 2, MP4 (video)
- Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec
- AF array: Multi-point (25 points), centreweighted, flexible spot, spot tracking, spot face detection
- Drive Mode: 5fps continuous
- Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- ISO: ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 and ISO 100-102,400 in multi-frame noise reduction)
- Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual and direct manual
- Dimensions: 113.3x 65.4 x 69.6mm
- Compression: 2-stage JPEG
- Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, Micro USB, hi-speed USB 2.0, multi-interface shoe
- Metering System: Multi-segment, centreweighted, spot
- Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
- RRP: £2,599