Camerahoarders has published a new review on the Sony RX1. Although the RX1 appears to be expensive, this depends on how to look on it. Compare to Leica models, the RX1 is a bargain. Also, the RX1 is capable of producing IQ that can compete with the current top dogs of full-frame DSLR that inlcudes Nikon D600, D800 and Canon 5D Mk III. And for these models to compete with the RX1, they will need to be paired with good (expensive!) prime lenses. Just like the RX100, Sony has done a great job miniaturizing their camera technology – currently no one can do this better than Sony. Check this review out.
Their conclusion: Overall, Sony RX1 is a definite winner. It might not be perfect, but never before could we buy a camera this small with such superb sensor and lens combination. Silent shutter makes it ideal for street or photojournalist work, and if someone finds the time (Sony are you reading this?) to develop hyperfocal on-screen distance scale in a form of firmware update, RX1 might become digital street camera unlike any before.
Image quality is in the same league with Nikon D600, D800 or Canon 5D MkIII used with similar high quality lens… in plain words there are only 5-6 cameras on the market today capable of competing with RX1 (excluding medium format) and none of them as small.
Even more, RX1 could be a very good choice for amateur users who can live without optical zoom, because RX1 delivers better image quality than any other small-sensor equipped camera. It has classic “green auto” mode, so if you like shallow DOF shots under candlelight and have a terrible itch in you wallet go for it…