The full-frame big brother of my favorite pocket photo/video camera, the Sony RX100, is arriving around December 14th.
The RX1 will feature the same massive sensor used in Sony’s top-of-the-line SLT-A99, but it will weigh one pound and be small enough to fit in a coat pocket. It will shoot 1080p at 24fps and 60fps, so you’ll be able to shoot cinematic footage in slow-motion with similar depth-of-field to the Canon 5dmkIII.
It will not have interchangeable lenses, however. You’re stuck at 35mm and f/2. Nor will it shoot 1080p60 for slow motion. Nor will it have image stabilization.
Oh yeah, and it’ll cost almost $3,000.
For street-shooting of stills, this could be a killer camera. I’m not a stills photographer, however. My interest would be to get that full-frame look in a stealth camera that could be used one-handed so I could shoot with another cam in my other hand. I’ve gotten quite fluid at shooting with dual RX-100’s, yet I still yearn for shallower DOF and better low-light performance. The RX1 would fulfill these needs, albeit at a tradeoff.
If it had IBIS (in-body image stabilization), Clear Image Zoom in video mode (allowing lossless digital zooming, a feature included in Canon’s T4i) and was about $1,000 cheaper, I would have two of them on pre-order. As it is, I consider this marvel of miniaturization to be a videographer’s luxury toy.
For a hands-on review of the RX1 (for photography), I recommend Steve Huff’s review.