More Sony Announcements: Full-Frame RX1 Camera, Mirrorless NEX-6, and Four New Lenses

I would be surprised if Sony announces any more cameras today. By my count, this is 5. They are introducing another world's first, a fixed-lens full-frame camera called the Sony DSC-RX1. Along with that camera, they also announced the much-anticipated NEX-6 and also three new E-mount lenses, as well as a new A-mount lens. Check out the introduction videos below for more information on the two new mirrorless cameras.

Here are the specs on the RX1:

  • Full Frame 24MP CMOS Sensor
  • JPEG, 14-bit RAW Image Capture
  • 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens
  • Xtra Fine 3" LCD Display
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
  • Dedicated Focus, Iris and Macro Rings
  • Full Frame 24MP Bursts at up to 5fps
  • Hot Shoe for External Flash, Viewfinder
  • Auto HDR Protects Highlight and Shadow
  • Release Date: December 2012
  • Price: $2,800

This is an interesting camera from Sony. It's definitely utilizing the same sensor as the VG900 and the A99, but they've gone and given it a fixed lens. The only reasoning I can think of for this is that Sony doesn't actually make any full-frame mirrorless lenses yet, so the only lenses that would actually cover the whole sensor would be the Alpha mount lenses -- using an adapter. If you look at it that way it makes sense, but this is going to be a very expensive purchase for being a fixed lens camera.

I wouldn't expect video quality to be quite as good as the A99, but I would think it would at least be on par with the VG900. Then again, they all may actually look pretty similar when it comes to recording internally. The other two cameras do have the advantage of a recordable HDMI that will give the possibility of higher bitrates.

Here is the NEX-6:

These are the specs of the NEX-6:

  • 16.1MP Exmor APS-C Size CMOS Sensor
  • E-Mount
  • Fast Hybrid AF With Phase-Detection AF
  • 3" 921K-Dot TFT LCD
  • XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Built-In Flash
  • Fast 10fps Burst Shooting
  • PlayMemories Camera Apps
  • Release Date: November 2012
  • Price: $850 (body only), $1000 with 16-50mm lens

This camera is not a replacement for the one that Sony literally just announced, the NEX-5R, but is a new model that will sit between the 5R and the NEX-7. Again, Sony is likely utilizing the same sensor that is in the VG30 and the other 16 megapixel cameras. This makes a lot of sense from an R&D standpoint, but Sony may get themselves into a little trouble with too many camera models all priced very close to each other.

Here are the three new E-mount (APS-C) lenses -- 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom Lens ($350), 35mm f/1.8 ($450), and 10-18mm f/4 ($850). What's interesting is that the 16-50mm lens which is actually a kit lens for the NEX-6 is a powered lens, so you will be able to use it with the rocker switch on any NEX cameras that have one (and it will zoom smoothly). Also below is a new A-mount lens, a 300mm f/2.8, which will be strictly for the professional photographer since it weighs in at $7,500.



So that was quite the day for camera announcements, and while it was a little crazy keeping track of all of them, hopefully we did a good enough job so you guys can figure out what's going on. If you need a camera, any camera, in the next few months, there's a good chance Sony has you covered at literally every budget level. But specs aren't everything -- you have to like the image quality first and foremost, and if you don't, then all the specs in the world don't mean anything.

You can pre-order (or order) any of these items from the links below.


[via The Verge]

Your Comment


wtf sonny?

September 12, 2012 at 9:34PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


F@CK this- what about Nikon? D600 is out and is the cheapest full frame DSLR with amazing specs not to mention uncompressed HDMI out. All for the tiny price of $2k!! Amazing!!!

September 12, 2012 at 10:04PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Oooooh. Good on ya. I didn't know about this until I saw your reply. Looks like I might be selling my D7000 and upgrading. Although for the money it would cost to create a D600 + Hard disk recorder setup I could just as well get the BMCC..... Damnit, suddenly there's way too many good choices out there for camera!

September 12, 2012 at 10:19PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Bahaha I know right...waaaay to many choices. Good times :-)

September 12, 2012 at 11:06PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I was sold on the fixed lens RX1 as a Fuji X100, Leica style, travel camera for when I don't want to lug around my Nikon D7000..... until I saw the price. Oh Haaaail no!!! For $2,800 I could buy a nice compact digital camera and still have enough money to actually go on that vacation I was thinking about using it on. I know size and weight are aspects that command a premium but damn, good on Sony if they manage to sell any. I guess this balances that the FS100 and FS700 are both pretty affordable? Yeesh.

September 12, 2012 at 10:14PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


just announced Nikon D600 is more attractive than RX1, same price with kit lens, for super compact RX100 is more prefer choice

September 12, 2012 at 10:27PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Oh my lord! Too many cameras to keep track of!

September 12, 2012 at 10:54PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Do we shop or do we shoot? And Photokina is just around the corner!

September 13, 2012 at 1:29AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


by the end of the year, market will be flooded with second hand 5Ds & 7Ds.... after Nikon D600 announcement

September 13, 2012 at 6:23AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Actually might make a good camera for aerial video via rc heli's and multirotors. Lightweight, 1080 60p, and wide lens.

September 13, 2012 at 8:08AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


With the 5D and 7D finally coming off its throne, and with so many video cameras flooding the market and going to landfill after a few months, producers probably need to stop requesting shooters with specific equipment. It's going to be really tough to get quality DPs who shoot the exact same camera. Whereas, if producers ask for 1080p24, they'll get it easily.

I realize there are some color and characteristic variations, but this hurricane of gear is thwarting any industry standard. The software realm is also topsy-turvy as everybody edits with a different NLE, and some editors have all the major NLEs. I don't reckon too many DPs will have every possible camera on the market to cover their arse for gigs, but DPs who do will probably go broke fast with short-lived equipment.

Kudos to competitive capitalism and free trade?

September 13, 2012 at 10:13AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

joey lee