Full-time autofocus during video recording, with continuous AF tracking, although in our test this performed. Then there's the matter of a lens. And in video mode, continuous autofocus is almost entirely non-functional. Field Test by William Brawley Posted: 10/4/2013. (Not a significant criticism; both cameras do remarkably well at ISO 3,200). It basically gives you a less accurate view, with vexing parallax issues for close subjects, and none of the incredibly useful information readouts available on the LCD or EVF. And neither is the Sony RX1R II’s design. It's our guess (and admittedly nothing more than that) that the problem goes deeper than firmware, down to the mechanics or electronics of the camera/lens system itself. While still-mode autofocus is both reasonably fast and dead-on when shooting one image at a time (pressing the shutter for each shot), the focus is fixed on the first shot in a series in continuous-shooting mode, regardless of the tracking setting in the menus. When scrolling back through the files, it will appear to have skipped right over the video files you just captured. Yet when you step back and realize the RX1 has the potential to go head-to-head with cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D600 and Leica M9 -- each with a high-quality 35mm prime lens attached --that price makes a little more sense. It's no surprise that the 36-megapixel Nikon D800 out-resolves the RX1 at low ISO, but the D800's smaller pixels exact a price at higher ISOs, where the balance tips in favor of the RX1 again. The next thing that struck me when I finally laid hands on the RX1 was the sense of quality it exudes. Certainly the pink swatch includes a clear thread pattern, though the D600 gets the pink closer to right. The Leica also has a full-frame sensor, a fixed length lens (28mm rather than 35mm) and a compact type body. We tried carrying the large black and white focus target we use in our AF-tracking car tests with us, to give the AF system something really easy to focus on, and found that it helped in some shots but not others. What's perhaps most exciting about the Sony RX1 is the way it completely redefines expectations of what a compact camera can accomplish. Note the softer representation of threads in the pink swatch, though. As you can see from the test video below, moiré is also a significant issue with the RX1. The first thing that hit me when I saw the Sony RX1 for myself was just how small it is. In digital images, you'll typically notice aliasing in three ways, either as raggedness ("stairsteps") in angled high-contrast edges, in the form of moiré patterns or as color artifacts (really a subset of moiré patterns). (It could also just be more-advanced noise-reduction processing in the RX1, though.) This is "Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 test" by CNET Asia on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. We've had a full-production model for a few hours - just enough time to get it into the studio to see how it handles our test scene. In the case of the RX1's lens, the designers allowed significant geometric distortion and light falloff (shading, aka vignetting), to help them achieve the excellent corner to corner sharpness. The contenders here are the Canon 35mm f/1.4, at roughly $1,400 street price, or the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 at about $1,600 street. Another possible workaround is to use a small aperture if the extra depth of field and longer exposure aren't detrimental to the shot. The old-style aperture ring feels wonderful, but I actually found it a little awkward having to shift my hand position as I held the camera higher or lower. The video AF tracking results were extremely disappointing; the camera had great difficulty tracking a subject moving at any speed. In this case it's what the D800's noise suppression does to some fine detail, particularly the mosaic image. NOTE: These images are best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction. We did encounter one really perplexing issue in some of our lab shots, namely that they showed a red/magenta to cyan color cast across the images; a very slight reddish/magenta color cast on the left faded into an equally slight cyan cast on the right. With the introduction of the new Sony … Note that Sony's Direct Manual Focus (DMF) mode also does not work during video recording. Images from the RX1 can be put up against those from literally any 35mm-sensor camera currently on the market and they hold their own, if not better the competition. As we stated in our overview of the RX1, continuous AF (which is only available in video mode) is virtually useless. we got darker corners, but no sign of the tint. On the Sony RX1, only the "up" direction of the four-way controller is labelled (DISP), and that's the function it always has. The Sony RX1 has two different external viewfinders available as accessories, the FDA-V1K optical viewfinder, and the FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder, using OLED technology. And since the introduction of the RX1 and RX1R back in 2012, Leica introduced the Q, a full frame compact with a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. The virtues of full frame at high ISO are shown once again when comparing the RX1 to the NEX-7, where the mosaic label's detail suffers particularly. In the case of the RX1, rolling shutter artifacts are clearly present, but nowhere near as bad as we've seen with some cameras. With shading compensation off. To really get a feel for how prominent the issue is here, download the original, and you'll be able to see the effects in much greater clarity. It inherits the same basic body shape and ZEISS 35mm F2 lens as its predecessors, the RX1 and RX1R, but almost … As noted, the RX1 isn't the only camera these days that's prone to moiré issues: They're present in the Nikon D800 (both the normal and "e" version; the low-pass filter in the standard D800 is fairly weak, a big part of why its images are so crisp), the Nikon J1 and V1, to a lesser extent in the Olympus E-P3, of course in the Pentax K-5 II s (the version with no low-pass filter), in the very sharp Panasonic FZ200, to a lesser extent in the Samsung NX1000 and Sony's own NEX-7, and doubtless many others we haven't taken time to tally here. This suggests that there was a problem with continuous AF that Sony wasn't able to solve before the design and firmware were frozen for final production. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 is the only compact digital camera with fixed lens with a full-frame sensor, have a look at our sample photos from this premium camera. Sony are back with the sequel to 2012s surprise hits, the RX1 and RX1R. I wish this last were otherwise, but the demands of modern autofocus mean there's just no way a focus ring could be direct-coupled and have the buttery smoothness of old MF lenses without auofocus being unbearably slow and power-hungry. A separate lens ring is used to switch into macro-focus mode. While the RX1 lets you start recording video in any still image shooting mode, using the standard P, A, S and M modes for video is not as straight forward as simply turning the top control dial to the corresponding mode. Whoa. It's hard to get a sense for this from typical product shots, so I took a couple of photos to help convey a sense of scale. At the end of the day, my experience with the Sony RX1, again, was all about the joy of photography. The D600 completely loses detail in the pink swatch, though. RX1R. After a good bit of head-scratching and a couple days of chasing the issue, we finally tracked it down to the RX1's shading compensation. At $600, the FDA-V1K is more expensive than the EVF to boot. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R doesn't replace its near-clone the RX1, but sits alongside it at the top of Sony's Cyber-shot lineup. Here in the Sony DSC-RX1, the company is showing off exactly what it can do. With a full-frame 42.2MP sensor, fixed 35mm F2 lens, optical variable low pass filter and a 399-point phase-detect AF system that's much improved over its predecessor, it's just about in a class of its own. We'd seen fixed-lens digital cameras with large APS-C image sensors before, but none with a full-frame sensor. The camera's premium quality is … The result of all this was that I had exactly the functions I most used right at my fingertips, so I spent very little time in the menus, and lots more time actually taking pictures and enjoying myself. A place for Sony RX1/RX1R, RX10, and RX100/RX100 II shooters to share imagery, experiences, thoughts, and discoveries. Beyond its basic picture-taking chops, the Sony RX1's broad array of scene modes and custom filter settings enable a lot of creativity in-camera, while special multi-shot modes like Handheld Twilight and Sweep Panorama expand shooting opportunities in genuinely useful ways. And when I say "the best the field has to offer," that's without limitation. Even the two video formats are in separate folders/categories that must be selected individually in order to review and playback. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 began shipping in the U.S. market in December 2012, priced at US$2,800. As we were finalizing the review, though, tech editor Zig noted that Sony's online documentation for the RX1 said that tracking focus "tracks the subject and adjusts the focus automatically even when the subject is moving", and also that "The focus setting for the first shot is used for following shots" in Speed Priority mode. Featuring a fixed 35mm f/2 lens and 24 megapixel sensor in a petite shell the RX1 is designed for professionals after a discreet compact with excellent image quality. The NEX-7 renders the pink swatch a little more magenta in this shot, while the RX1 gets is closer to correct. Frankly, you can make a perfectly nice 8 x 10-inch print with just 6 megapixels (3 megapixels, if you're planning to hang it on a wall and not squint at it). The net result is that you'll need a reasonably recent computer to play the RX1's Full HD video files smoothly, and will want a pretty powerful machine for Full HD video editing. when the subject is close to the lens, Subtle magenta/cyan tint across frame when shading compensation enabled in both JPEG and RAW files, Significant corner shading wide open without shading compensation, Moiré present in some shots with fine detail, as well as color aliasing, Video is prone to aliasing artifacts as well (we saw color aliasing more than moiré), RAW + JPEG mode forces lower-quality JPEGs (Why, oh why does this continue to be the case with Sony cameras? Small apertures such as f/16 or f/22 should soften the image enough (due to diffraction) to do the trick in most cases, though at the cost of reduced resolution. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II sensor review: Take two   Introduction Specifications and Features The Sony RX1R II is the not-unexpected update to the 24-Mpix RX1R. The body itself is all metal, the only exceptions being a rubber handgrip, plastic doors for the ports and battery compartment, the cover for the popup flash head, and apparently the LCD cover screen. The Sony RX1's lens is very sharp wide open, so shooting at large apertures likely won't be as successful at reducing aliasing artifacts as with most SLR lenses. Ultimately, it all comes down to the pictures a camera can deliver, and the RX1 delivers in spades across the full spectrum of lighting conditions and subjects. You have to remember; "Oh yeah, that control says WB, but I've actually reassigned it to metering pattern." Note that 1,440 x 1,080 mode uses rectangular pixels (1.33:1), so movies are 16:9 aspect ratio, despite pixel dimensions that would suggest a 4:3 ratio. It's made for those who would gravitate to the Leica M9, or who, back in the film days, would have spent a lot of money on a Contax G or T-series film camera -- cameras with their own acclaimed Carl Zeiss lenses. This is also where you can dial back (or boost) the camera's default image-sharpening setting as desired. The RX1 snaps dozens of shots, and stitches slices from each into a surprisingly seamless panorama. Holding the camera in my hand, the slight lip and frictive surface of the textured rubber grip on the front provided good purchase for my fingers, and the raised thumb ridge on the back worked pretty well too. The thumbnails above link to the full-sized shots if you click on them and want to analyze them yourself. We never thought we'd find ourselves saying that a $2,800 compact camera was a good deal, but if ever one qualified as such, the Sony RX1 is it. A nature photographer would probably never notice a moiré in their subjects, but someone shooting a lot of buildings and architectural details could run across them quite often. Features Handling Performance Verdict Specification The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is an update to the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 but with the anti-aliasing filter removed to … Speaking personally, I'm much more interested in photos of people and nature than I am shots of city scenes, so the level of moiré the RX1 seems prone to wouldn't be an issue for me. There are plug-ins out there to fix rolling shutter when editing your footage on the computer, but software correction is not a surefire solution. Since a photo was the last file recorded, when you press the playback button, you'll be presented with just still images. In these walking tests, though, the camera never focused at all, even when the subject filled a large portion of the frame. The RX1 is a huge step up movie making wise with manual controls, 1080P capture vs 720p, plus it records up to 60fps to boot! The cheapest full-frame SLR you can buy these days is either the Canon 6D or Nikon D600, depending on who's bundling what or sneaking under the MAP price on any given day. The original Sony RX1 was one of the first cameras that offered a full-frame sensor in a compact camera and was sold in two versions: as a “standard” that used a low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter and, as the RX1R, one that was built without a low-pass filter. It takes a sweet lens to do justice to that 24-megapixel Sony sensor, but Sony certainly has stepped up by making it an 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*. Though it's priced too high to compare to the Olympus Stylus, the Sony RX1 is aimed at a more serious, well-heeled set of photographers -- the pro or serious enthusiast looking for a high quality camera that's also easy to bring along. Small strap lugs are used to keep the design small, which means the Sony RX1 requires the sometimes noisy D-rings. Meanwhile, the Sony RX1 sets a new benchmark for compact camera performance, earning it a resounding Dave's Pick as one of the best -- if not the outright best -- cameras of 2012. The Sony RX1 also includes the new Sony multi-interface hot shoe with data contacts under the hood. So, with the advent of this technology, Sony does not need to release two versions of the camera, such as the RX1R/RX1; instead, it has a single version, the RX1R II. Stereo audio is recorded during movie capture, encoded as Dolby Digital (AC-3) for AVCHD and AAC-LC for MPEG-4. For the more advanced shooter wishing to use an external microphone, the RX1 has a 3.5mm microphone jack located on the left side of the camera. A separate lens ring is used to switch into macro-focus mode. More advanced users may be frustrated unless they read the manual (or this review), and rely upon the video-specific PASM options available only in movie mode. While these users might cheer at the inclusion of a mic jack, they'll soon grumble at the fact that there is no manual audio level control in the camera. This means exposing shots a fair bit darker than you would if you were just looking for pretty pictures to use straight from the camera. Full HD video, plus Priority selection. Material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted or otherwise used without the prior written consent of The Imaging Resource. Image Quality improvements don’t just come down to photo quality but video quality as well. A friendly place to enjoy the company of other RX shooters, and those with an interest in the RX series of cameras. That's what happened in several cases while printing the RX1's images. And since the introduction of the RX1 and RX1R back in 2012, Leica introduced the Q, a full frame compact with a fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. (OK, if it were up to me, I'd probably make them just slightly less stiff, but they're really fine as they are.) Summary: Does it say anything revealing about a camera's printed image quality that when we printed an 8 x 10 at ISO 6,400, looked at it with amazement, and naturally assumed we must have somehow made a mistake and were in reality looking at ISO 400 instead? It was also very bright; objects viewed through it actually looked brighter to my eye than when viewing them directly. I often carry a pocket camera of some sort when I don't want to lug along a bulky DSLR, but it's always a painful experience, knowing how poor the images will be indoors or after dark. It was a bright, sunny day, so dynamic range was an issue with a lot of subjects. Sony priced it at $2,800 because it's the only point-and-shoot with a 24 x 36mm sensor (Barnack or "Full-Frame" size).Its lens does not zoom, the camera has no image stabilization (except for video, done electronically just … 1080/60p video recording; Wi-Fi with NFC; Though the RX1R II bears more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor, there are a lot of changes. It is an expert-level compact with a 24 megapixel full size sensor (notably used by the Sony α99).The sensitivity ranges from 100 to 25600 ISO. The background behind the olive oil bottle, and indeed the area where two meet is also muddled by noise suppression. (The D800's sensor is made by Sony's sensor division.) Right of the lens is the three-position focus mode switch. Both the DRO and HDR options have an available Auto setting as well. The Sony RX1 records at three different video resolutions, and can record high-definition movies in either AVCHD (2.0) or MPEG-4 formats. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R doesn't replace its near-clone the RX1, but sits alongside it at the top of Sony's Cyber-shot lineup. The ability to assign specific functions to various user-interface buttons is nothing new, but the Sony RX1 gives you more options (a total of 25 can be randomly assigned to buttons) and lets you configure more of the available buttons than is common. Even in still-image modes, while focus peaking is available prior to the start of video recording, it's turned off once recording begins. The only difference between this camera and its cousin (brother?) The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II has the same permanently affixed 35mm F2 lens as its predecessor, but it is backed up by almost completely new internals, including the same 42MP full-frame sensor and autofocus system as the Sony a7R II. I'll start with the optical viewfinder, which bears the Zeiss logo. I've always been a big fan of buttons rather than menu controls, but the flexibility of the Sony RX1's control system took it to a whole new level for me. In the clip with the focus target, the RX1 did manage to track the subject sometimes, but it still wasn't 100%. When autofocus is enabled, the camera displays AF-S in still image mode, but AF-C in video mode. I think I'd like the thumb ridge slightly thicker (perhaps a millimeter or so), but I nonetheless felt I could get a pretty good grip on the camera. The former helps you capture sharp images when shooting hand-held in low light conditions. Menus and operation reminded me of the RX100, and autofocus and shutter lag were quite snappy. The good news is that moiré patterns are only likely to be found in man-made structures, where there are repeating patterns or textures not found in the natural world. (Here, I'll help you out; here's a couple of links to our affiliates Amazon and Adorama -- you'll be happy, and you'll help support us in the process. If you don't want to give up superior sharpness in all your photos for the sake of the moiré problems in a few, there is a workaround; when faced with a problematic subject, just throw the focus very slightly off in one direction or another. Like most people, I prefer the color in my photos to be slightly brighter than life, a preference most cameras on the market accommodate to one extent or another. Guess the Lens! With no magnified MF-assist view available in movie mode, manual focusing is a very hit-or-miss proposition. The net result is you can shoot a good two stops slower than you'd normally be able to without using a tripod. ... 1080/50p Full HD video capture ... only a through test … The NEX-7's smaller sensor size is also revealed as ISO rises, as its noise suppression cranks up to deal with difficult areas of the mosaic image. Its fixed prime lens means you have to "zoom" with your feet, but it's a great focal length for street photography, and the camera's 24-megapixel sensor means digital zoom produces images with enough resolution to make good-looking prints at reasonable sizes (fine-looking 8 x 10s at a 2x zoom, for instance). The buttons sprinkled around the camera are equally a good balance between too stiff and too easy, with a nice breakaway feel so you'll know when you've pressed one. The 13 creative styles provide a wider range of options than found in most cameras, with settings for things like high-key and low-key shots, as well as the conventional Portrait, Landscape, and Sunset settings. Image quality isn't just good, it's exceptional. The front of the Sony RX1 is pleasantly simple, with a small leather-like grip, a bold but simple product name and an AF-assist lamp. The DSC-RX1 was released in late 2012. The Canon 5D Mark III's 22.3-megapixel sensor captures slightly less detail due to image size, but does well enough at this ISO setting. Sony's original RX1 was a groundbreaking camera when it was announced in late 2012. The videos below show examples of both conditions. by Dave Etchells, Shawn Barnett, Mike Tomkins, Zig Weidelich and Dave Pardue, Hands-on Preview and Walkthrough by Shawn Barnett And finally to the view photographers will see most often, the back, which reveals the bulk of the Sony Cyber-shot RX1's controls. Last year you shared a video . Field Test … This was a little hard to believe; perhaps our human features and clothing were just too subtle for the camera to lock focus on -- would higher contrast and sharp detail help? It includes a manual aperture ring and dedicated exposure compensation dial for direct manual control. Sony's dynamic-range expansion options worked as well as they always do, with 5 levels of "DRO" (Dynamic Range Optimization), and HDR exposure ranges as high as 6EV. Look familiar? Users are left to make a trade-off: A) access full exposure controls such as full Manual exposure by using Movie Mode, but forgo manual focusing, or B) have easier manual focusing capabilities prior to recording by using still image modes, but give up the flexibility of true PASM exposure options. At first, I thought I'd be using the digital zoom feature more, so I initially put that on the "C" button, but as I moved from outdoors to in and back again, I fairly quickly decided that having the ISO setting there made more sense. At $450 list price, it isn't cheap, but it's not out of line with the cost of the camera itself, and it is indeed a very high-quality EVF. ). Really wealthy photographer’s. Holy Supercameras. We also choose 1,600 because we like to be able to shoot at least at this level when indoors and at night. It also induces a focal length crop of almost 1.2x for 16:9 video. The result is a remarkable lens in virtually every aspect: This is by far the highest optical quality we've seen from any full-frame lens of equivalent focal length, including 35mm primes costing $1,500 or more. A few in the press room at launch barely stifled a few guffaws at the price, because up to that point we'd been thinking it compared to the RX100, which comes in at a high $650 relative to its pocket competition -- but not that high. With the introduction of the new Sony … All interchangeable lens cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. I couldn't be happier with the quality of the images it delivered, the lens was a revelation (you mean I really, really don't have to stop down to get a sharp image? Going up against the Sony A99 (which uses a variant of the same sensor), coupled with our very sharp Sigma 70mm f/2.8 lens, the Sony RX1 is noticeably sharper, particularly in the mosaic bottle crop and in the pink fabric. The only difference between this camera and its cousin (brother?) Changing shadows could confuse a contrast-detect AF system, but again, the subject was moving very slowly.) And regardless of the shooting mode you're in, the array of highly configurable buttons mean your most important settings are always just a button-press away, letting you concentrate on shooting rather than menu navigation. Get it wrong the other way, and you end up with sore fingers after using the camera for a while, and possibly even missed shots because you couldn't get a control to change quickly when you needed it to. The RX1 makes quick, point-and-shoot video recording from any exposure mode very simple, by having a record button next to the thumb rest. Having a sensor derived from that in the Sony A99, this comes as no surprise: That camera takes great photos as well, and the RX1 more than matches it. The resulting softer image won't contain the too-high spatial frequencies that were the cause of the problem, so the moiré patterns should disappear. The table below shows the specs for various video recording options: As stated above, the RX1 offers the choice of three video recording formats, although the choice of format is made for you, depending on whether you're shooting at Full HD or a lower resolution. Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Hands-on - we take a look at Sony's new full-frame 24MP full-frame compact camera. Sony said a lot of effort had been put into the Carl Zeiss lens to make it small while maintaining exceptionally high quality worthy of the 24-megapixel full-frame sensor. You could literally buy three RX1's for the cost of a Leica 35mm kit.). I see a lot of cameras in my job as publisher at Imaging Resource, so it takes a bit to get me excited about a new model, but the Sony RX1 simply blew me away from the moment I set eyes on it. Well, almost. Figure $1,900 - $2,000 for the body only at typical street prices. See our Sony RX1 Video page for sample videos and more details. ISO 12,800 prints a crisp 5 x 7, with generally nice detail and only minor softness in our red swatch. As with everything else, you'll have to decide whether this will affect your own photography or not. If you want to avoid the issue entirely, you're going to have to turn shading compensation off, even if you're shooting RAW, and then handle any shading corrections in Photoshop. It really seems like Sony has made some sort of breakthrough in how they handle noise; the RX1 and the A99 are a real step up from their earlier efforts in this area. Color's a very personal thing, so this is an area where your mileage may definitely vary, but to my eye the RX1's colors are bright and clean, but always very believable. It does so by snapping a number of shorter exposures, micro-aligning them, and then adding them all together to end up with the same exposure level as a single, longer one. With shading compensation enabled, we got relatively uniformly-exposed frames, but also with the color tints. Let's just get that out of the way at the beginning, so you won't wonder where I'm coming from. It's also worth noting that there is no headphone jack for monitoring audio, either. A while ago we got some hints about the replacement of Sony RX1R II camera. Removing AA filters seems to be very fashionable at present. Obviously the Nikon D800's 36.3-megapixel sensor is going to show quite a bit more detail, but it's a worthy comparison. If you're a non-sports still-shooter, we expect you'll feel the same. Its noise suppression has trouble with the mosaic image, whereas the RX1's image looks pretty clean. Beyond its ground-breaking size, what really thrills me about the Sony RX1 is its image quality -- and its phenomenal lens. The two shots on the right had the color saturation amped up to 100 in Photoshop, to make the faint color tints glaringly obvious. 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