Sony Introduces Compact Full-Frame Digital Camera and New Compact Model

By Dan Collins on 19 September 2012
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Sony CyberShot RX1

Sony has announced two new digital camera models that offer the features and traits of DSLR cameras in more portable packages. The Sony CyberShot RX1 will be the first full-frame compact digital camera when it launches in November, and the Sony CyberShot NEX-6 will add new features to the Japanese company’s E-mount series of compact cameras with interchangeable lenses.

The RX1 uses a 24.3 MP Full-frame Exmor sensor and has a non-interchangeable 35mm f/2.0 lens. Sony says the lens is dynamic enough that it will compete with interchangeable lens systems, partially due to the new sensor’s ability to change effective focal length.

The NEX-6 is similar to other Sony E-mount cameras, which are compact cameras with interchangeable lens capability. The new model uses a 16.1 megapixel mirrorless sensor and uses proprietary image processing technology to shoot images up to ISO 25600.

In addition to the camera, Sony is introducing three new lenses that are compatible across the E-mount lineup: the SELP1650 16-50mm zoom lens, SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens and SEL1018 10-18mm f/4.0 super wide-angle lens.

The NEX-6 and RX1 are capable of Wi-Fi photo sharing and will also support connected accessories with a new multi-interface shoe. Both shoot full-HD video and offer PlayMemories Apps on the camera, allowing users to download apps to add desired functions.  Both cameras go on sale in November, the RX1 will be priced at $2800 and the NEX-6 will be around $1,000 with the 16-50mm zoom lens, or $850 for the body only.


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