PERFECTION IN A FULL FRAME
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.