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      04-01-2013, 12:04 AM   #1
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New Camera Review: Sony RX1 (with photos)

I know the title doesn't really fit this forum, but I just wanted to share a few photos from my new camera which I have fallen in love with. Some of you know I've been shooting with a 5D Mark II and now a Mark III. While I love my DSLRs and lenses, I've always found them too bulky to carry around with me. This means I only bring them out when I'm planning a photoshoot of some sort. Last minute impromptu photoshoots when I happen to drive by a great location end up getting shot with my iPhone and while it's a great camera for a phone, it's crap compared to my 5D.

When Canon released their first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, I was really excited. I bought one immediately along with the EF lens mount so I could use all of my lenses with this tiny camera. The image quality was good, but not as good as my 5D. It also couldn't focus worth anything. I ended up never carrying it around or using it.

Fast forward a few months later and heard about this new compact camera from Sony. I heard nothing but good things about it and learned that this camera was about 3 grand. Pricey, but I was extremely intrigued. Why is it so expensive? Well it's a full-frame 35mm compact camera. That alone sounded like a dream. So I did research, looked at photo samples, and just fell in love with what this camera could do. A few days later, I placed my order on amazon.

I've had this camera for almost a month now and I take it almost everywhere I go. It's the most fun I've had with a camera ever. Aperture and shutter speed are physical controls on the camera. It's made for the serious photographer. So what's so great about? The images it captures are just stunning. They are just as good and in some cases, better than what I take with my 5D Mark III. It has amazing low light capabilities and beautiful bokeh. The controls all feel great and the build quality matches the price.

There are downsides. For some, the fixed 35mm lens is a negative. You can't swap lenses. Personally I love this because it forces you to be creative as well as not have to carry around lenses everywhere. 35mm is a great focal length for most automotive photography. I use a 16-35 for automotive photography and probably 90% of the time I'm shooting at 35mm.

Another downside is the autofocus in low light. It's slow or just doesn't work. I just focus manually in those situations. The other issue is battery life. It just sucks. You'll probably go through about 3-4 batteries before you can fill a 32 or 64 gb memory card with this camera.

Anyways, I just wanted to share my love for this camera as a photographer and it's definitely worth looking into this amazing gem if you want great quality images without all the bulk. I went out for a drive today and took some photos of the car to share what this camera can do. I haven't used my 5D since I got this camera.









Here's DP Review's review of the camera:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-cybershot-dsc-rx1

Which one would I rather carry around with me all the time?

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      04-01-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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Sony makes some great cameras. Little known fact that their imaging sensor is found in many other manufacturers cameras. Even IPhones. Great Photos!
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      04-01-2013, 12:19 AM   #3
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is the lip oem or IND?
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      04-01-2013, 12:22 AM   #4
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is the lip oem or IND?
OEM.
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      04-01-2013, 12:44 AM   #6
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Your car looks great no matter what camera your using
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wow! nice car and nice shots...

thanks for the review of the sony camera
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      04-01-2013, 01:07 AM   #8
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Is this Mt. Diablo? Great shots btw and sick car!
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      04-01-2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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beautiful pix!! but we all know it's not the camera that makes the photographer

I like the RX1 a lot.. I think it's over priced for having a fixed lens though

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wow very impressive.

how much post work has gone into these pics?
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Great review. Do you think there are any other compact cameras to take a look at? I totally agree with you on the bulky DSLR and lenses. It's one of the reasons I havent pulled the trigger on one yet. I ask myself when I'll really use it. I'm just trying to take very nice pictures without the fuss!
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Excellent camera and pics! Love my RX1 as well.

Our recent auto show coverage photos (Geneva and NY) were all shot with the RX1 --> http://www.bimmerpost.com/autoshows/
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Is this Mt. Diablo? Great shots btw and sick car!
No this is in East San Jose, near Calaveras Road. I've yet to go to Mt Diablo, but will be moving in that area in a few months.
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beautiful pix!! but we all know it's not the camera that makes the photographer

I like the RX1 a lot.. I think it's over priced for having a fixed lens though

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True about the photographer, but this camera really takes photos on par with my 5D Mark III with my 35mm L lens. I consider it a bargain for that feat. I'm pretty sure the lens alone on this camera would sell for at least $1500 if it wasn't a fixed lens system.
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wow very impressive.

how much post work has gone into these pics?
I usually do most of the raw file editing in aperture or lightroom. Bring out all the colors the way I want. Then I'll spend some time making the photo pop as well as clean up in photoshop. All the photos I post go through post work as does the photos of all the talented photographers on this board. Non-edited photos just look sterile.
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Great review. Do you think there are any other compact cameras to take a look at? I totally agree with you on the bulky DSLR and lenses. It's one of the reasons I havent pulled the trigger on one yet. I ask myself when I'll really use it. I'm just trying to take very nice pictures without the fuss!
I've heard good things about Sony's mirrorless lineup. I haven't used any myself. If a camera doesn't take photos as well as my 5D, I'd rather just use my 5D. So in that sense, this is the first and only compact camera that's a true winner for me.
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Excellent camera and pics! Love my RX1 as well.

Our recent auto show coverage photos (Geneva and NY) were all shot with the RX1 --> http://www.bimmerpost.com/autoshows/
Very cool! I would never have guessed.
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looked at the RX1, got the M9 instead when I dont want to lug around the 5D3....
Zeiss lens are nice I have the 50z but I dont like how sony cameras work...even though they do have an incredible sensor...
I wish the 5D3 used a sony sensor...ahem Nikon
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radiant, yo'ure a phenomenal photographer. I need to "borrow" you sometime to take photos of my car. Beautiful work. Car is looking great btw. One of my favorites.
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Very nice!! Full Frame compact camera is the trend, i purchased my Olympus EP3+12 F2 in 2011, since then i rarely take my D700+24-70mm out... It's just so easy to shoot with and compact! I will wait for the full frame compact from Nikon
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I would never have guessed that these were not shot with DSLR and nice lens. Great quality!

A little off topic
What do you use to calibrate your monitor? I just got a new 27" iMac (this is my first Mac and I am struggling big time with the OS) and the default profile sucks, it is oversaturated with terrible contrast. I am thinking Colormunki, but figured I ask you since you use Macs.

Also, if you dont mind sending me PM on the price of your OEM aero, I am in the market for a lip and I just cant make up my damn mind.

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