The Beginning

Today, we begin a journey in discovering the merits of the Sony CyberShot RX1. Its concept and execution is a bit of an enigma to the camera world. It neither fits the prototype of a compact Point-and-Shoot nor does it fit well into an increasingly popular world of mirrorless cameras. And one might find it difficult to believe it’s on the same footing as some of the world’s most advanced digital Single-Lens-Reflex cameras.

We have started this blog in tandem with our own discoveries of this new full-frame camera, in both its strengths and in its imperfections. Will the new RX1 be groundbreaking or will it be a dud? Can it be a match to its class-leading full-frame DSLR peers? Can its compromises (assuredly there have been many in its design) be its downfall? With a passage of time, we will soon tell.

But first, we start with an unboxing ceremony.

Box unopened

The box is simple with an orange border on its right side, a hint of the camera’s orange ring and a tease of its 35mm full-frame sensor that lies within.

Open RX1 box

The theme of simplicity continues within. To the right, accessories such as the USB AC adapter, the neckstrap and the battery are contained in a compact cardboard box. To the left, a rectangular box faintly marked “RX1” contains the software. But behind these boxes, hides a velvet-like wrapped item. In this soft-touch fabric lies the Sony RX1 itself.

Camera sitting in its velvety wrap As large as the box may appear, the first thing you notice is how small this camera really is. The next thing you realize is its density, which imparts a certain gravitas to the device and a sense of arrival. The lens cover itself is a weighty metallic piece with a certain heft. There’s only one chance to make strong first impressions; the RX1 does not appear to disappoint in either its heft or its size. So far so good.

RX1 Closeup We’ll check in tomorrow and have a look at some size comparisons with some of the other cameras we have on hand.