Sony have just leaked the first images of the new RX1 full frame camera. The Sony RX1 will compete with the Fuji X100 and a bunch of other fixed lens retro cameras. But the RX1 has a sensor the same size as a 35mm film. This means that it is going to be stunning in low light and allow for a faster shutter speed when shooting on the street.
The 35mm f2.0 lens will let in a lot of light and will allow for a fairly shallow depth of field. Engadget is quite excited about the pro features on the camera. I’m excited about the subtle looks and retro feel. It’s perfect for candid street photography. Putting your subject at ease that you’re not pointing an SLR at them.
The Sony RX1 isn’t going to be pocketable because the lens is too big. In fact, it’ll be quite a big lens to point at someone. But the overall feel is perfect for street photography.
With no viewfinder the RX1 could take some getting used to for professional photographers. Although the hotshoe will allow for a simple optical viewfinder which could work very well. Personally I’d go for the Lieca 36mm optical viewfinder to match the RX1 and use the additional 1mm viewing angle as margin of error when framing.
The hybrid optical viewfinder on the Fuji x100 is a real drawcard so maybe Sony still have something up their sleeves. An external hybrid viewfinder perhaps?
Another option would be a sportsfinder with just the metal wire outline of the 35mm field of view. I use one with my GF2 14mm lens and love it.
The Canon EOS M, Canon s100 and Fuji X100 are going to get quite a run for their money from this new camera. The release date hasn’t been set yet and I’ll do a full RX1 review as soon as I can get my hands on one. What do you think? Is the fixed lens too restrictive?