French "chasseur d'images" RX1 review disappoints

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French "chasseur d'images" RX1 review disappoints
Dec 21, 2012

The highly respected French photography magazine rates it as follows (out of a possible 5 stars):

photographic possibilities 4/5

action photography 2/5

landscape 5/5

studio 2/5

low light 5/5

Average rating 3/5

PLUS POINTS:

exceptional optical and image quality in all light condions but unfortunately no stabiliser for still photos.

pilot flash ppossible full HD large sensor video but no headphone sound control

classic and functional controls (no possibility of locking exposure correction)

electronic viewer, eye detection, expensive accessory.

exceptional viewing screen, but fixed

MINUS POINTS:

miserable battery and SD card housing not practical

Live View AF from another age, no phase detection on the sensor

no lock on the optical viewer nor on the electronic viewer

pilot flash: no canals nor groups , an idiotic omission

a mad price for a camera where the least accessory is an option

THE REVIEWER GOES ON TO SAY :

"The RX1 is an unfinished exercise in style.  It is even more annoying because the engineers have acces to everything and specially with regards to a "reporter camera" should have incorporated a phase detection AF, putting an end to the back and forth of contrast detection.  I repeat that with a proper electronic viewer, a stabilizer for still photos and a fast and precise AF, this UPO (Unidentified Photographic Object) would have been more than tempting : almost irresistable in spite of its outrageous price tag.

With the RX1, on the contrary, we are in front of a machine offering the highest IQ possible but so lacking in functionality in situ that we can only recommend it as an outward sign of wealth."

PLEASE DO NOT FLAME ME!  I AM ONLY REPORTING WHAT I HAVE READ!  Cheers!

Sony RX1
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