Camera Menus

The RX1 has a simplified version of the menus Sony has used for many years. There are 80 menu items spead over 16 pages - 7 fewer items than Sony's RX100. Thanks to a fairly effective Function menu, it's rarely necessary to delve into the main menus. The key things to familiarise yourself with are the options in Custom Menu page 3 that define the behavior of the five customizable buttons. The other occasions on which we found ourselves using the meny were to swtich between Raw and JPEG mode (though that can be assigned to a button) and adjust the Panorama options.

The RX1 has a fairly familiar Sony menu. As with the RX100 it's starting to get a little over-filled for a non-tabbed menu (where you can jump straight past whole sections in one go).

Shooting menu

The four shooting menu pages cover some basic behavioral operations (such as SteadyShot and whether pressing the shutter button sets exposure or focus) and image settings (size, color and processing).

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
Image size  • L: 24M (20M in 16:9)
 • M: 12M (8.7M in 16:9)
 • S: 4.6M (3.9M in 16:9)
- 6000 x 4000 (6000 x 3376 in 16:9)
- 3936 x 2624 (3936 x 2216 in 16:9)
- 2640 x 1760 (2640 x 1488 in 16:9)
Aspect Ratio  • 3:2
 • 16:9

Quality  • RAW
 • RAW & JPEG
 • Extra Fine
 • Fine
 • Standard
(Raw & JPEG creates a Fine JPEG)
Panorama: Size  • Standard
 • Wide
Only available in Panorama mode
Panorama: Detection  • Right
 • Left
 • Up
 • Down
Only available in Panorama mode
Page two
Clear Image Zoom  • On
 • Off
Only accessible when the function of the Smart Telecon./Zoom button is set to Zoom
Digital Zoom  • On
 • Off
Only accessible when the function of the Smart Telecon./Zoom button is set to Zoom
Long Exposure NR  • On
 • Off
 
High ISO NR.  • Normal
 • Low
 • Off
Increases noise reduction at ISO 1600 or above.
AF illuminator  • Auto
 • Off
 
Page three
Color Space  • sRGB
 • AdobeRGB
AEL w/shutter  • On
 • Off
 
Memory  • Select  

Movie menu

Although the RX1 has similar underlying video specs to the A99, it offers considerably less control - something we'll see in more detail later in the review.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
File Format  • AVCHD
 • MP4

Record Setting  • 60i 24M (FX)
 • 60i 17M (FH)
 • 60p 28M (PS)
 • 24p 24M (FX)
 • 24p 17M (FH)
50i/p in European units
Movie SteadyShot  • On
 • Off
 
Auto Slow Shutter  • On
 • Off
 
Audio Recording  • On
 • Off
 
Wind Noise Reduct.  • On
 • Off
 

Custom menu

The RX1's custom menus run to four pages, and allow a pretty high degree of camera configuration. Here you'll also find all the settings relating to the user interface and how much correction the camera applies to its files (both Raw and JPEG).

Option Values / Actions Notes
Page one
FINDER/LCD setting  • Auto
 • Manual
Switch between rear LCD and EVF
Red Eye Reduction  • On
 • Off
 
Grid Line  • Rule of 3rds Grid
 • Square Grid
 • Diag. +Square Grid
 • Off
 
Auto Review  • 10 Sec
 • 5 Sec
 • 2 Sec
 • Off
 
Release w/o Lens  • Enable
 • Disable
 
S. Auto Cont. Shooting  • Auto
 • Off
Continuous shooting in Auto+ mode
S. Auto Image Extract.  • Auto
 • Off
Saving all images that were shot continuously in Auto+ mode
Page two
DISP Button (Monitor)  • Graphic Display
 • Display All Info.
 • No Disp. Info.
 • Level
 • Histogram
 • For viewfinder
Sets which screens are available on the rear display when shooting.
DISP Button (Finder)  • Graphic Display
 • Display All Info.
 • No Disp. Info.
 • Level
 • Histogram
Sets which screens are available in the viewfinder (when optional EVF is attached)
Peaking Level  • High
 • Mid
 • Low
 • Off
Sets the sensitivity of the
Peaking Color  • Red
 • Yellow
 • White
 
MF Assist  • On
 • Off
 
Focus Magnif. Time  • 2 Sec
 • 5 Sec
 • No Limit
 
Live View Display  • Setting Effect On
 • Setting Effect Off
Defines whether the preview represents exposure brightness
Page three
Func. of C button  • Drive Mode
 • Flash Mode
 • Autofocus area
 • Soft Skin Effect
 • Smile/Face Detect.
 • Auto Port. Framing
 • ISO
 • Metering Mode
 • Flash Comp.
 • White Balance
 • DRO/Auto HDR
 • Creative Style
 • Picture Effect
 • Image Size 
 • Aspect Ratio
 • Quality
 • AEL hold
 • AEL toggle
 • Spot AEL hold
 • Spot AEL toggle
 • AF/MF Control Hold
 • AF/MF Control Toggle
 • Smart Telecon./Zoom
 • Focus Magnifier
 • Memory
 • Deactivate the LCD
 • Not set
 
Func. of AEL button  • As above  
Func. of Left Button  • Drive Mode
 • Flash Mode
 • Autofocus area
 • Soft Skin Effect
 • Smile/Face Detect.
 • Auto Port. Framing
 • ISO
 • Metering Mode
 • Flash Comp.
 • White Balance
 • DRO/Auto HDR
 • Creative Style
 • Picture Effect
 • Image Size 
 • Aspect Ratio
 • Quality
 • AEL toggle
 • Spot AEL toggle
 • AF/MF Control Toggle
 • Smart Telecon./Zoom
 • Focus Magnifier
 • Memory
 • Deactivate the LCD
 • Not set
 
Func. of Right Button  • As above  
Func. of Down Button  • As above  
Smart Telecon. Button  • Smart Telecon.
 • Zoom
 • Focus Magnifier
Smart Teleconverter offers crops of the image, Zoom uses Clear Image Zoom and Digital Zoom to give full res
MOVIE Button  • Always
 • Movie Mode Only
Disables the (easily pressed) movie record button
Page four
Exp. comp. set  • Ambient&flash
 • Ambient only
 
Bracket order  • 0 – +
 • – 0 +
 
Lens Comp.: Shading  • Auto
 • Off
 
Lens Comp.: Chro.Aber.  • Auto
 • Off
 
Lens Comp.: Distortion  • Auto
 • Off
 
Face Priority Tracking  • On
 • Off
 
Face Registration  • New Registration
 • Order Exchanging
 • Delete
 • Delete All