Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review
With its minimalist style, straight lines and rounded edges, the RX-1 follows the design philosophy of the Cyber-shot RX100 enthusiast compact camera. The camera's electronics are encased by a metal shell, and while there isn't really much of a hand grip to speak of, the grip and thumb rest areas are covered with a soft rubber material that feels comfortable in the hand.
Like the camera's exterior design the control layout and user interface are modeled on the RX100's. Key control elements can be found in various places around the camera body. There are a dedicated flash release and a playback button above the screen on the camera rear. To the right of the screen is a 4-way control dial with a central button used for confirming options. Above it you'll find the rear dial which lets you change shutter speed in M- and S-modes and program-shift in P mode.
The top plate houses the mode dial, shutter button and a dedicated exposure compensation dial on the far right edge. Aperture and minimum focus distance are controlled via rings on the lens while the focus mode can be set using the focus mode switch on the front.
Movie recording can be initiated from any shooting mode with the press of of the dedicated movie button, which has been placed at a 45 degree angle along the camera's right edge. If you find yourself catching it too readily, there's an option to only make it active when the mode dial is set to movie mode.
Overall the camera has a very solid high quality look and feel to it. You have to decide for yourself if it feels like it's worth $2800, but if you hold the RX1 in your hands it is immediately obvious this is a premium product which is being targeted at a demanding clientele.
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