Well here is something we weren’t expecting. A compact Sony camera has just leaked, which is supposed to feature a full-frame sensor. Judging from the relative size of the lens to the body, this would certainly take the reins as the smallest full-frame sensor camera.
The Sony RX1 is a fixed lens camera (like the Fujifilm X100), but not just any lens, it’s sporting a Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.0. The lens has a manual aperture ring, a hefty zoom ring and a sweet copper-colored ring engraved with “35mm Full-Frame CMOS Image Sensor”.
At the top you’ll find exposure compensation and mode dials, a pop-up flash port, hot shoe port and a shutter button and on/off switch that are quite similar to what we’ve seen in the Fuji X series cameras.
What we don’t see is a viewfinder port, which will certainly put some camera enthusiasts off this tight full-frame shooter, but Sony may offer the ability to install an external EVF.
There is no price or date attached to this leak, though Sony is having a big event this Wednesday September 12th.
UPDATE: Here are some preliminary leaked specs
- 24-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor (same as the one in the upcoming Sony A99 DSLT)
- 14 bit RAW processing
- ISO range: 100-25,600
- AVCHD 2.0 video
- 3-inch rear fixed LCD screen
- Add-on optical and electronic viewfinders
- 5 fps burst
- Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.0 lens with 49mm filter thread
- Magnesium body but not weather sealed
- Price: $2,799