Sony RX1 leaks: a full-frame compact camera

Is this the Holy Grail of point-and-shoots? A new Sony premium compact camera has leaked with a full-frame sensor, f/2.0 lens and jaw-dropping price.

In the week before Photokina 2012, a very large leak has sprung from the house of Sony: a full-frame compact camera is on the way.

(Credit: Sony Alpha Rumors)

You read that right: it's not a typo. The RX1, as outed by blog Sony Alpha Rumors, uses a 24-megapixel sensor and can shoot 14-bit RAW files.

What is surprising about the RX1 is that it's a fixed-lens compact, from what we can tell so far; it's not an interchangeable lens camera. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.0, and is fixed at 35mm, which well and truly places it in the realm of serious photographers. It will also be able to shoot at 5 frames per second, and has a 3-inch LCD screen.

Sony has already released one successful large sensor compact this year, the RX100 with a 1-inch sensor. The RX1 looks a bit like the RX100, except with a chunkier body, grip and magnesium body. From the leak, it looks like the RX1 won't be cheap at all, at US$2799.

The price and leaked specifications put it in the realm of cameras like the Leica X2, though that only has an APS-C-sized sensor and is a little cheaper.

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Lexy got her first taste of all things tech at an early age, playing long spells of Ski Free during the glory days of Windows 3.1. Originally from CNET's Sydney office, she now calls San Francisco home.


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