Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review
Compared to Fujifilm FinePix X100
Compared to the Sony NEX-6
A range of accessories is available for the RX1. This includes the optical viewfinder FDA-V1K, electronic viewfinder FDA-EV1MK, lens hood LHP-1, and thumb grip TGA-1. The viewfinders and the thumb grip slot into the camera's hotshoe and the latter has a hinge, so you can flip it back and still press the play button which is hidden underneath it.
|The thumb-grip connect to the camera's hotshoe and it hinged to give access to the play button. The thumb-grip also comes with an integrated shoe, so you can combine it with the optical viewfinder if you wish.|
At around $249 the thumb grip isn't cheap and, although we found it improves the camera's handling, the small plastic catch that holds it in place doesn't seem terribly durable (in fact on the sample we've been using this catch broke off).
At $599 for the optical viewfinder, $179 for the lens hood the thumb grip the mark-up on these items appears to be rather excessive but it remains to be seen whether future RX1 users will prefer the original parts, or steer toward the cheaper far-eastern knock-offs that will no doubt appear on certain online marketplaces, if they haven't already. The electronic viewfinder will cost $449.99 - $100 more than the equivalent unit for the NEX series of cameras.
|The FDA-EV1MK electronic finder uses the same excellent 2.4m dot OLED display as Sony's high-end SLT models. However, the huge rubber eye-cup makes it difficult to get your eye near the screen - all the more so if you wear glasses.|
The FDA-V1K optical viewfinder will, no doubt, appeal to some retro-fetishists, but the FDA-EV1MK is the more practical option, since it's cheaper and shows the camera's settings. Furthermore, it allows you to make proper use of the Quick Navi menu (since you can set the viewfinder and rear display to offer different display modes). Sadly the cost and an enormous eye-cup which makes it difficult for wearers of glasses to use, rather takes the edge of its appeal for us.