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Why We Need the Sony RX1 Camera Now More Than Ever

3/11/2023 ISO 1200 Magazine 1 Comments


With professional compact point and shot style digital cameras becoming exceedingly hard to come by, there emerges one last hope.

In 2012, Sony created what many consider to be the coolest camera they've ever made: the Sony RX1. This full-frame digital camera is not only the world's smallest and lightest of its kind, but it also boasts a fixed 35mm F2 Zeiss lens and a full-frame 24-megapixel sensor. Its size is akin to that of a small point-and-shoot camera, making it a convenient option for photographers on the go. At its release, the Sony RX1 was an incredible deal, with prices ranging from $750 to $1,000.

While GxAce loves the Fuji X100V, they admit that they desire it to be full-frame with a 35mm F2 lens. The Sony RX1 fills that gap. Despite initially being hesitant about its appearance and handling, he found themselves enjoying the camera upon use. One of the standout features for him is the viewfinder, which has 90 degrees of articulation. This allows for waist-level shooting, similar to that of a Hasselblad or Rolex.

The lens on the Sony RX1 is a fixed 35mm F2 Zeiss sonar lens, and it's one of the reasons why GxAce was excited about this camera. Zeiss is renowned for producing some of the world's best lenses, and the fact that a full-frame, fixed 35mm sonar lens could be placed on such a tiny body was exciting. He finds the 35mm to be sharp enough to resolve on the 24-megapixel sensor and has an interesting-looking bokeh that keeps them excited about using the lens.

Sony hasn't continued this line of cameras. Despite still being able to purchase the Sony RX1R Mark II online, that camera was made in 2015, and they're still selling new stock of it online. If Sony were to update the camera with a modern version, considering the success of the Fuji X100V, that camera would be an instant success.

The Sony RX1 is perfect for those looking for a small, light, fixed-lens camera. They love the constraints of being restricted to a single fixed focal length, as it makes them think more about their images, composition, and movement. All of these factors combine to create a unique shooting experience that makes this camera so great.

In conclusion, while the Sony RX1 may have been released in 2012, it remains a great option for those looking for a small, light, full-frame digital camera with a fixed 35mm F2 lens. The fact that Sony has yet to continue this line of cameras is puzzling,  a modern version of the RX1 would be an instant success. Ultimately, the Sony RX1 offers a unique shooting experience that encourages photographers to think more about their images and how they interact with their environment.

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About Casey Cavanaugh:

I have worked in professional production and post-production environments since 2009 and wield a wide variety of skills. I'm comfortable leading as well as following and can work great solo or as a team member.  I'm more than willing to go above and beyond to meet a client needs to bring their vision to reality.  This isn't just a career for me.  It's a passion. Let's Get Connected: |  Flickr | Vimeo | Instagram | Patreon

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Gandalf said...

I agree, if they only made it weather-sealed.

I have the RX1R, and it is fantastic image quality, very special and beautiful colors (the very best of my 9 cameras), but once I used it in humid weather it cost me about 1.000 dollars to be repaired.

It is very fragile in humid weather.