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.

  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Features
  3. 3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens
  4. 4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  7. 7. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Dynamic range
  8. 8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Metering
  9. 9. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - White balance and colour
  10. 10. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Viewfinder, LCD, live view and video
  11. 11. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - The competition
  12. 12. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 review - Our verdict
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