Photokina 2012: Sony announces the world’s first full-frame compact camera. The 24.3mp Sony RX1 with a Carl Zeiss 35/2 Sonnar is a pro-level compact camera weighs about 17 ounces and packs a full-frame sensor capable of ISO 25600 at 5 fps.
The Zeiss Sonnar is designed with 8 elements in 7 groups and contains 3 aspherical elements with a dedicated aperture ring and a leaf shutter for silent operation. The lens focuses to a close 24cm from the lens front. Slightly closer focus can be achieved by moving a ring around the lens to give a closer focus of 20cm from the sensor plane.
Many accessories will be available for the RX1, including an optical viewfinder (FDA-V1K), electronic viewfinder (FDA-EV1MK) and a thumb grip (TGA-1). All of the finder and grip accessories slide into the camera’s hotshoe. A metal lens hood (LHP-1) will also be available.
The current list price for the RX-1 is $2800.
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