Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Compact Digital Camera

A couple years back or more, having a compact camera on your pocket can indirectly mean that you’re a newbie to photography, since most of the cameras at those pocket sizes are only limited to point-and-shoot features and capabilities. However, super-powered compact cameras at the same size have hovered the sky to let these point-and-shooters go beyond what they think is impossible or difficult. Some, even, have managed to have interchangeable lenses, such as the NEX series of Sony, which appeared to the public in a very notable way. Today, I am glad to meet the company’s first full-frame CMOS sensor in a very compact body: the new DSC-RX1 of the Cyber-shot series.

Let me give you a big bang to this camera to let you decide ahead if you want to read the rest of the story. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is no joke one big pricey camera for a small, limitedly-featured full-framer. Priced at a solid-punching $2,799, the DSC-RX1 is but something you really have to think about and know the goodies and limits of. Worse than the price, the inclusions are a bit difficult to swallow, such as the lack for an external battery charger, lack of a viewfinder, and the lack of some features such as zooming and lens interchangeability. But better not set back ahead because I want to let you learn more about this camera.

Though pricey and traumatic in effect, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 does not disappoint at least. With the said full-frame 35mm sensor, what you get is a big piece of a sensor incredibly cramped in a super compact body. The result is a very delicious picture quality with impressive details, plus a lot lovelier bokeh effect to which subjects can be better isolated in a more beautiful blurring effect. Results I had with the DSC-RX1 of Sony is not disappointing really, and with the help of its f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (not a footnote!) lens, shooting under low light is but a lot better, more detailed, plus a more advantageous background blurring without the noise. With the power of the said 24.3MP-sensor and with new BIONZ image processor, the DSC-RX1 is also capable of producing high quality outputs in a relatively shorter time.

The said 24.3 megapixels is also advantageous in its own way, though this may not matter to most photographers. The said pixel count can produce a very detailed poster-size photo with no distortion, and better than this, users of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 can take advantage of the digital zoom (at least, whew!) wherein the camera crops the image quality for a bigger view, but still acceptable in details. And more with the details, the DSC-RX1 also boasts of its low light sensitivity at up to 25,600 ISO setting at standard. Though like almost all cameras out there, you’d better expect not to really use the said ISO level, but at least it means you can use up to 6400 with variably no degradation to picture quality. I actually tested this feature, but if you’d allow me, I’d suggest you better not go beyond ISO 6400 if you don’t want to witness grains marching on your photos.

Despite the many insufficiencies in this compact full-framer, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 nevertheless is not short with the goodies like 14-bit RAW processing, a pop-up flash, a full mode dial, a separate dial for exposure compensation, and a very lovely non-touch Xtra Fine LCD that has 1,229k dots with a gorgeous brightness even under direct sunlight. Furthermore, the DSC-RX1 of Sony is so far the first to have three separate rings for an extra manual feature package.

Among those rings is the dedicated ring for aperture value that runs from f/2 to f/22, and the special macro ring that starts—unfortunately—at 7.9inches as the closest. Though the controls are not identical or referable to a dSLR, the DSC-RX1 sports its own set, which includes the ‘c’ button for directly showing up the basics of controls. Other buttons can also be customized from a wide selection of options, and thankfully, the camera can also record settings into its own temporary memory.

Having no optical zoom, fixed lens, and no extra battery charger, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 for its price is bit too heavy for the ‘pocket.’ Moreover, it seems to be aiming only for those who prefer image quality a lot to versatility and universality. If you are this kind of guy who at the same time has a lot of jewelry to pawn for a good piece, then the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is the right one for you.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Compact Digital Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 125,000.00

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