Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

The RX1 is not just any cam­era. It is as big, or as small, as a pre­mium com­pact with the small dif­fer­ence that this is a full frame cam­era with a sen­sor four times larger than what you can hope to find in other cam­eras this size. It is also a cam­era which has a sin­gle 35mm F2 still lens, which means there is no zoom here. How­ever, the full-frame sen­sor means you can shoot a pic­ture and crop the part that you in­tended to zoom into. In fact, when you use the man­ual fo­cus the LCD shows the cen­tral part of the pic­ture and how it will show in full zoom. And that is the de­tail you get in the end pic­tures.

The Carl Zeiss T* Son­nar lens has an eight leaf shut­ter which gives su­perb de­fo­cused back­grounds. But it has to be the low-light per­for­mance that re­ally sets this cam­era apart. Yes, it has a ISO 25600 if needed, but even at slower speeds the low light pic­tures were well de­tailed and de­void of noise. We tried some im­ages with just a can­dle light and the re­sults speak for them­selves. The wow fac­tor of the fi­nal re­sults is sec­ond to no DSLR that we have tested so far. But then this is no DSLR, even though it is built and feels like any pro­fes­sion full frame cam­era. Try por­traits, land­scapes or macro, the re­sults will be stun­ning all the time. There are very few cam­eras with which you get this de­gree of con­fi­dence.

This is un­doubt­edly the best pre­mium com­pact money can buy, though we do not rec­om­mend this for am­a­teurs.

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