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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
 
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Comments

Total comments: 31
BesonGER

There is a petition for an long overdue firmware update to the RX1 and RX1R:
https://www.change.org/p/sony-firmware-update-for-dsc-rx1-and-rx1r

1 upvote
Dylthedog

Anyone used this and the new Leica X type 113? I'd be interested to hear what you thought. I was looking at the Leica and found this but clearly the Leica delivers only APSC/16MP but it does cost less (there's something you don't hear often!!).

I've always fancied a Leica but will go with better performance if justified, which on spec the Sony seems to do...

0 upvotes
Max Bancroft

The RX1 does not is in my opinion noticeably suffer from moire. In over 7000 exposures I have come across significant moire once - a product of the scene rather than the camera.
This camera has exceptional dynamic range. Blown highlights are not an issue.

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jim seekers

I am about to buy a Sony RX1 as it is £500 cheaper than the Sony RX1R.
but can anyone tell me the following about the Sony RX1 Please.
1. Does The Sony RX1 Suffer from Moire.
2. Does it Suffer From Overblown Highlights as the Sony RX100 Does.
and Remember this is info I need for the RX1 and not the RX1R

0 upvotes
moji

With my budget I can only buy the EVF for this camera! Shall I invest in this system by buying the EVF and stop smoking and save money to get the camera later on? God, some people have money!

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LegacyGT

It is certainly pricey... but then I remember a story passed on by a friend who worked in Africa.

He helps a local village build its first deep well to provided reliably clean drinking water. Stream water is bad because if it is contaminated by animals or human excrement it can cause illnesses that are deadly in those parts of the world. Afterwards a village asked what was on the cover my friend's book (postcard? I can't remember exactly) and he said it was a public fountain, something similar to the well they had just built in a village. The village asked what it as for... and my friend said "well basically it is pretty to look at" and the villager was just against that someone would use water... which is one of precious things in the world to that village (either for irrigation of crops or for drinking) merely for decoration.

Moral of the story... much of the world is aghast at how much money we Americans have. Yet we are always aghast when someone else might have even more money.

3 upvotes
jburrows500

Have patience grass hopper... In 3-5 years you will see full frame compacts going for $1200.. Today you can go to Walmart and buy a 55" flat screen for less than $500. Five years ago that same TV was $2200.

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jrlosangeles

"The main drawbacks stem from the camera's autofocus performance. While not at all bad, it's not fast enough for 'decisive moment' street shooting."

Kind of a strange comment, given that the man who coined that phrase and mastered that style (Henri Cartier-Bresson) shot with a manual focus camera ...

4 upvotes
RodluvanII

Word, difference is though, he had a great viewfinder, zone focused and didn't care about this new fandangled thing called bokeh. If this had a great MF lens and viewfinder to match, I'd be all over it.

2 upvotes
mtsporty

Rod you are dead on but unfortunately many shooters don't understand depth of focus. Leica lenses have almost always had markings for virtually Every aperture. When I first moved to auto-focus I complained to the owner of the professional shop about the lack of markings and he laughed and told me very few even knew what they were for. At least my Nikkor lenses had 4 or 5 . Point being, unquestionably HCB was not walking the streets stressing about focus. But today we are stuck with the autofocus speed of a particular piece, fast or slow. I think this camera has strong appeal, I'm wrestling over the cost for a fixed 35mm lens. Zeiss lenses combined with Sony software offer a camera that can compete very strongly with other major brands.

2 upvotes
1486CF0C80AA47A4AB757729847DF085

Thanks. I always wondered who started the decisive moment street scene – Henri Cartier Bresson

0 upvotes
Paul Richman

The Leica comparison in the Introduction is dated. Leica now offers the X Vario at basically the same price point, but with a zoom. I prefer it, from the little testing and comparing I've done.

0 upvotes
mcshan

Is "it" the Sony or the Leica?

1 upvote
avronaut

@ mcshan:

It is a Leica with APS-C sensor and slow lens (F 3.5 - 6.4).

0 upvotes
Rooru S

mmmmm Leica with APS-C, slow lens, yes a zoom, but proturdes more than the Sony-Zeiss 35mm F2 Fullframe lens. And let remember again...Fullframe.

0 upvotes
mtsporty

f 3.5 to 6.4 ? SLOW isn't even the word :(

0 upvotes
Marksphoto

why would a working pro consider this camera when they can get a nikon D3100 + a 35mm 1.8 lens for about $500, which will practically do the same thing for a fraction of the cost and still have the option of taking the lens off. And no, Sony is not a better brand than Nikon as far as cameras go and hopefully never will be in my lifetime because most photographers own Canon or Nikon lenses which makes Sony practically on the island of their own. I can't even put my canon flash on this thing so why would I even consider this as my 2nd camera?

It's not like the rx1 will fit into my pocket, I still have to hang it around my neck which makes this camera irrelevant in my opinion as far as compacts go...

This camera is aimed at a rich audience but then again if you have an RX1 and not a Leica M9 than you are not very rich, are you?

Who is the target market here?

I am off to look at Canon S120, that's my next camera I will be buying for my wife to take great family photos and videos.

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Mike99999

A D3100 with 35mm f/1.8 does NOT do the same thing. The Nikon is a 50mm f/2.8 equivalent. To get the equivalent from Nikon you would have to buy a D3100 plus the $2000 Nikon 24mm f/1.4. THAT would be the equivalent of 35mm f/2 on full frame.

That Nikon setup might be marginally cheaper, but is ridiculous in size and balance.

And Zeiss makes much better glass than Nikon. The 35mm f/1.8 from Nikon is a joke of a lens.

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harold1968

There is no comparison
Firstly the IQ of this thing is the best there is in the 35mm FF space. That includes dynamic range, ISO performance, colour, etc.
Secondly it is quite small.
Thirdly the shutter is silent, as compared to the DSLR you mention
This really is the best there is. If you don't want, don't need, or can't afford, he best, well that is something else.

3 upvotes
Raonisk

Maybe we are not talking about the same camera.. RX1 is a full frame camera....more light enters its sensor, the overall picture quality is far superior in many ways. Nikon D3100 is not even close or comparable to this RX1. Take a look at the image comparisons, it beats out many high end cameras. I'm not going into that thing about which brand is the best, but specifically in this case, Sony has beaten the heck out of any other camera with similar size and class.

2 upvotes
mtsporty

Thanks Guys :) When I read the post I got a little annoyed until I scrolled down. I know we're supposed to be "polite" here & I respect that, but there's a lot of misinformation floating around too, and some of it comes from lack of depth in understanding. For laughs, ref my post above re "depth of focus". Beyond all the hype, one issue at point here is still the theoretical differences between SLR & rangefinder. Leica of course started the rangefinder market (for all practical purposes @ least) and even Nikon was first a rangefinder. Even as a stringer for Nat Geo, David Allen Harvey used Leicas for years. It's a niche, for sure, but what a sweet corner to duck into occasionally. Unquestionably there will be working pro's who will want this camera. As a non-pro I'm wrestling between emotion and intellect. But you folks are dead on.

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Gabriel Yeo

$4000 for this fixed-lens....This has to be the biggest joke of the year.
At that price, I can buy a real full-frame slr.

1 upvote
shawnfb

when you own one you can comment, I have a 5d3, Fuji xpro1, and this Rx1R.. guess which one is most portable, shoots the best Raw images, and is the most fun to use?

3 upvotes
mcshan

You can also lug around a big camera.

0 upvotes
mtsporty

Well, I don't know what the price was when this thread started but it's about $2800 USD today. And of course you can buy a full frame DSLR for $4000, probably just a bit less, but you're talking apples and oranges. The RX1 is essentially a rangefinder style camera, hence the comparisons to the M8 and M9's. Leica now makes an X series, which would actually be a much more accurate comparison to this, & close in price. Granted in today's modern photography the comparison is not 100% accurate, but it's close enough to make a point. This camera is going to have a very strong appeal to shooters-pro or non-who might own or consider a Leica M or X. I think you have to start with an understanding of those products & their history.

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UnitedNations

The JPEG quality rating is below that of even the Fuji x100, & significantly worse than the Fuji x-E1.
So I am not sure How dpreview can say that the the JPEG is one of RX1's pros?

0 upvotes
Paul Farace

This is the Erminox of the 21st century! Someday tyros will handle one in a camera show and wonder how a few folks could spend that kind of money for a bauble.

0 upvotes
Under The Sun

I think you are missing the white elephant in the room: Leica

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Rowland Scherman

The Ermanox changed the history of photography.

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Greg Gebhardt

The best of the best for less than the cost of a medium cost Lecia lens!

1 upvote
harold1968

Indeed, the same price as a summicron 35mm lens only. Actually I think it is cheaper now

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