New minaturization records: Sony RX1 is as small as the Panasonic GX1


OG sent us this picture that shows how far Sony went with the camera miniaturization. The Full Frame RX1 body is as small as the Panasonic GX1 body which uses a much smaller Four Thirds sensor. Of course the RX1 is not an interchangeable system camera like the Panasonic but I guess a RX1 alike NEX camera is on the horizon as well!

  • Mark

    Moving the market forward! Good times, well done Sony!

  • Andy

    This is a Panaonic GX1 much largar than the GF5….

  • Sqweezy

    First off, it’s awesome that they could include the EV dial in there as well.
    BUT… Is this really a fair comparison? How much space is saved by fixing the lens to the camera? My understanding is that the very nature of a interchangeable-lens camera requires more space than a fixed-lens camera. Thus, it’s much easier to make a smaller fixed-lens camera.
    Sony, as a true measure of ingenuity, we’re waiting on you to develop a full frame, interchangeable-lens camera… at the size of the GX1, and at a price consistent to the rumored full frame Nikon D600 ($1,500-$2,000)… If you can build that, you will OWN the market, and my money will be as good as yours!

  • kylberg

    To me, the RX1 is a concept camera, a test by Sony. The purpose is a) develop a small FF camera, b) how will it be recieved on the market.
    Fixed,prime lens makes a lot of things easier and less costly to develop. Compare with the Fuji X100 introduced before the X-Pro1
    Lastly: Anyone know if there is a EVF? If not, very few will buy this camera.

  • Dima

    Sony take industry forward (thanks to Fuji X100 and X-Pro1/X-E1) and provide compact size.
    Great news! :-)

  • Mike

    Compact system cameras are defined by their lenses and not their sensors.

    All of these systems have 1 compact pancake lens, usually with a focal length close to the sensor diameter, and that’s it. Once you put a tele or UWA lens on it, it becomes obvious how silly these APS-C or even FF systems are. What’s the point of a interchangeable lens system, if you can’t put a tele or UWA on it?

    Sony knows this and have fixed the lens, which I think is a smart move. This is effectively a FF camera in the size of an EOS M. This is obviously aimed at people who own a FF DSLR and want a compact companion camera.

    However, this comparison to Micro Four Thirds is really not fair, considering that Panasonic camera will happily take tele and UWA angle lenses that are much smaller and lighter than APS-C equivalents. At least for me, the ability to mount a tele lens is the #1 reason to use an interchangeable lens camera over a G1X or RX100.

  • gaminos

    Size preview compared to others :

  • Jaakko Laurila

    It is nice to see that Nokia has kicked the whole camera industry on the move. They are all now busy to achieve somehow the same image quality as Nokia 808 Pureview.

    I personally dream about interchangeable lens camera (with active lens adapter for Canon lenses) with Nokia Pureview software and Full Frame! That would be The Last Camera! The end of camera development. Or would it? Of course It would have the capability to edit photos and video, and upload them to the internet, as well as receive phone calls and software updates etc.

  • Mr.Tritium

    The NEXs have a very good grip, why didn’t they put one on the RX1? I tried the RX100 and I couldn’t hold it firmly, I hope it will be better with the RX1.

  • Melon man

    Fixed lens camera can be very small, because the lens can be very small due to the custom micro lens design.

  • matt

    being so small lets just hope it doesn’t overheat in video mode SONY!

  • brudy

    Given who this is aimed at it should have a shutter speed dial instead of the mode dial, more like the Fuji x100. Also the lack of built in vf of some kind is a mistake, IMO. It’s not all about size.

  • Chaitanya

    Digital Rev had this on their website, so this camera is coming for sure.

  • Chun Nam

    This could be a brilliant product if it has a good AF system, responsive controls and an electronic first curtain shutter for a fast flash sync.

    It’s basically a Leica X2 but superior in every possible way minus the lack of the red dot.

  • bidou

    Pretty amazing.

  • admin

    Corrected! Thanks!

  • kylberg

    OK – there will be optional EVF and OVF. Still see this as the concept camera. The real thing will come within 1 – 2 years!?

  • Ragnarok

    I don’t think they just want to see the market reaction, I believe this is a teaser. Why? because Sony is already heavily criticized for not being on par with Canon or Nikon in the lens selection (just a few weather sealed lenses, no tilt-shift options…) or for their “limited” NEX lens range (people even make fun of the fact that they already released more bodies than lenses!). Just imagine if they launched a completely new system… with just one or two lenses to start. You could hear whiners from kilometers. But with this camera they avoid the stress of having to release lenses but they clearly show the world where they are heading. And now everyone knows there will be a full frame mirrorless system sooner than later and this will put a lot of pressure on the competitors.

  • hexx

    not really a test – it’s milking people before giving them the real thing, did you miss VG900 – video camera with E-mount and FF sensor. Sony should release NEX FF system and the rest of the competition would be in ***. There are so many adapters for NEX system and Sony has focus peaking. All they need to do is release some standard AF FF zoom and the rest can be served by brilliant old manual lenses (Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, Canon…)

  • Rinaldo

    +1.. cool analisys

  • Ragnarok

    Why do people insist in the myth that NEX lenses are big and heavy? That was only true for the 18-200 that was designed and only marketed for the NEX video cameras, the rest are quite small, specially when you factor the aperture equivalency, and collapsible zooms are also coming.

  • ElDorado

    Idiotic argument. Leica M lenses are large when faster than f2 except the 50s (unless its the 1.1)

    If you add AF to any of those lenses you add a considerable amount of bulk.

  • Melon man

    Nice joke!

  • Ragnarok

    WTF? people still link to imageshit?

  • Arnold

    Ragnarok, instead of thanking him for the very interesting picture, you post a stupid comment. Go back to your kindergarden.

  • Gabriel

    The camera is not design to be hold, but wear around the neck in a leather case, showing only Zeiss label on lense, at cocktail party, or stay behind a glass on a shelf, along with some Cartier Bresson and photography books 😉

  • Ke

    Hopefully there’s a grip you can add on. At least with a decent sized lens you can hold on to that with your left hand as you would a DSLR.

  • c.d.embrey

    Camera companies Make Money by selling Their-Own-Lenses, customers that use Legacy-Lenses make them NO Money.

    Most camera buyers whant to buy lenses from the OEM, NOT E-bay.

    Legacy-Lenses are a Lose-Lose proposition for both Sony and the vast majoity of people who don’t read blogs and forums.

  • dr.a

    because it is so

  • Ragnarok

    Despite photos that prove the opposite? Fanboyism at its finest.