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Review Sony RX1 mark I - An Amazing Full Frame Point and Shoot Camera

I bought this beautiful Sony RX1 mark I on April 25th, 2016 at $1,100, so I have been using this full frame point and shoot for around 6 months. Therefore, I think it's the right time to give some reviews about his small powerful camera. 

There is a couple things I expected from this camera.

  • 35mm f/2 FIX for low-light
  • ISO performance
  • HDR function- super convenience
  • Precise focusing
  • Small and light

I got them all on this camera!

Sony DSC-RX1 specification highlights 

  • 24MP full-frame (24x36mm) CMOS sensor
  • 35mm F2 lens
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Focus range switch for focus down to 0.2m (14cm from the front of the lens)
  • Dedicated aperture ring
  • Five user-customizable buttons
  • Multi interface hotshoe (combines ISO 518 standard contacts and proprietary connector)
  • 1.23M dot RGBW 'WhiteMagic' LCD
  • 1080p60 HD movies in AVCHD (50p on PAL region models)
  • Bulb mode and threaded cable release socket in shutter button

This review is based on my own experience for using this camera for traveling in my backpack without hurting my shoulder. I’m a professional wedding photographer but I give this review to be very easy to understand for every level of user.

Dallas Skyline Sunset, Dallas, Texas

Dallas Skyline Sunset, Dallas, Texas



I compared this camera with Leica Q, Sony RX1r, Sony RX1 mark II. The very first thing I looked on those cameras was my budget. Budget was the most important factor you should have before you decide buy a camera. I wanted to spend the less but got the most of it. Leica Q, $4,500 was way over my budget. Sony RX1r is pretty much the same as Sony RX1. Sony RX1 mark II was also way higher than my budget. Sony RX1 was the perfect one on this factor.


Catheys Valley, Mariposa, California



Yosemite Meadow, Mariposa, California


ISO Performance

Shooting in a low light situation is another factor that I have to deal with. Sony RX1 mark comes with Zeiss 35mm f/2. Zeiss is the brand I trust. I’ve never use Zeiss lens before but I have heard many good things about this brand.
The ISO range of this camera is from 50-25600. The camera also has a function to stack picture for better quality ISO. Isn't it amazing!

Here is the link for Sony RX1 mark I ISO performance test.


Nasher Sculpter Center, Dallas, Texas

Deck in the Park, Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, Texas

Trinity, she is my 7 year old niece <3

State Fair of Texas, Dallas, Texas


The HDR mode of this camera is the amazing. I loved to shoot HDR shots but I was too lazy to work all the process of combining all images together in Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. This camera has HDR function that give you one click and the camera will do everything for you. You have to wait for a couple seconds and you get one combined image of HDR. That’s it!

Truck Yard, Dallas, Texas

John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati, Ohio

DFW International Airport, Irving, Texas

Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bridalveil Creek, Yosemite National Park



I would love this give this review sweet and short. If you are looking for a high-quality point and shoot camera. Sony RX1 mark I is more than enough for traveling. It’s light and powerful. HDR mode and ISO performance is amazing. A used Sony RX1 mark 1 price should be around $1,000 on eBay. 


Hope this review is helpful for you.

Cincinnati Downtown, Cincinnati, Ohio

Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dallas, Texas

El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park

Merced River, Yosemite National Park

El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park

Trinity, my 7 year old niece, took this picture while I'm shooting a bridal session.