The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is a compact, fixed-lens camera that houses the same full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor as the Sony Alpha A99. It also uses the same processor, truly giving it the potency of a full-frame DSLR in a body that can fit into a jacket pocket. The camera has a Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 lens that's designed to offer sharpness equivalent to similar lenses on large full-frame DSLR bodies.
The RX1 truly opens up a new category of camera for Sony, debuting in black for an MSRP of $2799.99. This make it among the cheaper options for a full frame camera, though also far more expensive than other fixed lens compact cameras. We were able to spend some time shooting with the RX1, putting it through its paces, and came away impressed. We'll have a real performance breakdown once we get a production-level sample into our labs, but read on for our impression of shooting with the first compact full-frame digital camera.