Sony DSC-RX1

Full-frame 24.3MP sensor, F2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens, and full manual controls, all packed into one portable compact

Pro-quality DSLR images with a compact camera

24.3 MP 35 mm full frame sensor and powerful BIONZ® processor: A new world of high-quality images is now available with the 24.3 MP effective 35 mm full-frame sensor, an ISO range of 100 – 25600, and a sophisticated balance of high resolving power, gradation and low noise. The BIONZ® image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting and 14-bit RAW image data recording..

World’s first fixed-lens 35 mm camera: A remarkable feat of engineering, Sony has packed a 35mm full-frame sensor, normally found in large DSLRs, into a compact camera body. Offering a classic design with an intuitive, user-friendly operation, the compact, palm-sized dimensions mean you can carry it anywhere and achieve image quality never before available in such a compact camera..

Full HD video, plus Priority selection: Full HD video at up to 50fps (frames per second) with film-like effects, manual control and audio input.¹ For creative flexibility while shooting movies and stills, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and exposure control. Enjoy clear sound recording and playback via built-in stereo microphone and mono speaker. Additionally, an optional microphone can be plugged into the camera..

Full-frame burst shooting: High speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps lets you capture that elusive smile or incredible field-long pass; it’s made possible by the BIONZ® processor and 24 megapixel sensor..

Quick Navi – settings at a glance: Pressing the Fn button activates Quick Navi, allowing the user to check camera settings at a glance and promptly change settings without having to search for dedicated menus. You can concentrate on the shot, not on the camera..

Smart multi-interface shoe for accessories: Enhance your RX1 with advanced accessories that attach to its multi-interface shoe—a standard mount upgraded by smart data transfer. With the multi-interface shoe, you can enjoy extensive data capabilities with Sony add-ons, or use a wide range of third-party accessories as well..

Your choice of two ratios for still images: Capture still images in either 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. This provides the freedom to choose a ratio that matches the scene or your specific shooting purpose..

Three focusing modes: The RX1 series camera features Autofocus (AF) and Manual Focus (MF) modes, plus Sony's Direct Manual Focus (DMF). DMF uses autofocusing to quickly focus on your subject, and then allows you to refine the focus point manually for precise adjustment..

Creative Style settings: Control how the camera processes your images with 15 finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Twilight, Night View, Autumn Leaves, B&W, Sepia, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation3, and sharpness to your personal taste..

High-speed Auto Focus: To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor® CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver image signals to the camera’s BIONZ® processor, which in turn sends response data to a new high-speed motor in the lens. The result is rapid DSLR-like focusing speeds even in low light..

Conveniently placed dials: Quick access to conveniently placed exposure compensation and focus mode dials let you meet the photographic challenge in front of you while using the camera more intuitively..

Nine aperture blades for better “bokeh”: Nine aperture blades form a nearly perfect circle throughout the normally-used aperture range of F2 to F22, resulting in background defocusing, also called “bokeh”, that is smooth and natural-looking..

Auto HDR mode gets all the details: HDR, or High Dynamic Range, combines the best highlight detail from one shot, the best mid-tones from a second and the best shadow detail from a third for one incredible shot all in a split second..

Save as JPEG files, RAW files, or both: The DSC-RX1 series saves pictures as compact JPEG files and/or ultra-high quality RAW files. A RAW file contains the data directly off the sensor, free of camera colour and detail processing, giving you maximum latitude to later enhance the image on your PC..

Manual Focus made easier: Manual focus is even more precise with the peaking mode. This highlights parts of the image as they are in focus with one of three colours (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focus setting can make or break your shot..

Sweep Panorama™ Mode: Capture dramatic landscapes in a moment. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together..

Bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens: Newly developed large-diameter F2.0 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens delivers both refined background defocusing, or “bokeh”, and macro capabilities. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.

Amazing low-light performance: Don’t ruin moody or romantic low-light settings with a flash. Extremely high ISO 25600 lets you get a great shot in the most adverse conditions..

3 lens control rings for fingertip convenience: Full manual operation is intuitive on the RX1. Users can keep their eyes on the subject and concentrate on the composition while comfortably adjusting the dedicated aperture, focusing, and macro switching rings—all of which are located on the lens for easy access..

Technical details

Colour of product 
ISO sensitivity 
ISO 100 Level-ISO6400 Level (1/3EV step), AUTO (ISO100Level-3200Level, selectable with upper / lower limit)<br />ISO 100-102400
Focal length range (f-f) 
f=35 mm
Battery life 
Up to 220 shots / 110 minutes
Camera focusing range
24 cm - Infinity (14 cm - 29 cm in Macro mode)
Compatible memory cards 
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PROHG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card
3.0'' (7.5 cm) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
F-number (relative aperture)
Flash exposure compensation
+/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
Flash metering modes
Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot
Flash modes 
Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Rear Sync. /<br />Wireless (with optional compliant flash)<br />Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Rear Sync. /Wireless (with optional compliant flash)Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Sl
Flash type
Built-in, manual pop-up
Image processor
Light metering 
Optical zoom 
Recording format
Still Images: JPEG ( DCF, Exif, MPF Baseline ) compliant, DPOF compatible
Scene modes 
Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Portrait
Off / 10sec. / 2sec.
Sensor type 
35mm Full Frame Exmor CMOS sensor
Shooting modes
Aperture Priority, Aperture Priority
Viewfinder type 
Optional (sold separately)
White balance 
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash
Built-in WiFi
Clear image zoom
Continuous shooting speed (max)
5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)
Digital zoom (movie)
Approx. 4x
Digital zoom (still image)
Up to 9.1x (4.6MP)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6 mm
Display brightness control
Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather
Effective megapixels
24.3 MP
I/O ports 
Micro USB, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0), Micro HDMI, Multi Interface Shoe
Panorama (shooting)
Sweep Panorama
Picture effects
Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Shooting programs
Smart Teleconverter (approx. 1.4x / 2x), Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile shutter, Quick Navi, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, Flash Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Au
Shutter speed
Program Auto (30"-1/4000*sec.) / Aperture Priority (30"-1/4000*sec.) / Shutter Priority (30"-1/4000*sec.) / Manual Exposure (Bulb, 30"-1/4000*sec.) / iAuto (4"-1/4000*sec.)<br />At F5.6 or greater aperture value. Fastest limit at F2.0 is 1/2000sec.
EIS (blur reduction) for Movie
Power consumption
Approx. 2.0W


Playback modes
Control for HDMI, Picture Effect (Watercolor, Illustration), Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), 4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mod, Auto Orientation, Slide Show, Panorama scrolling, Auto Revi

Weight & dimensions

Filter size 
4.9 cm

Other features

Lens system 
ZEISS Sonnar T*
White balance bracketing
1/3, 2/3, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV steps, 3 or 5 frames selectable (1.0, 2.0, 3.0 EV: only 3 frames)