Packaging is crucial for the picture quality.

What does determine picture quality? Lens? Sensor? Body performance? Or, the principle? As things advance, borderlines between them become hazy and one function and the other function next to it start to work together. A fixed lens for a sensor – this packaging does work, as you already know. Of course, each part is excellent, but what makes the RX1 special is the total coordination of them.

First, the lens performance is incomparably excellent. It’s incredibly sharp and the clear depiction is not affected by the aberration at wide open. The connection between focused and defocused area is very smooth. While the part in focus is very sharp, the bokeh is large and beautiful thanks to the full-size sensor, and this results in three-dimensional images. Even if you step down, lines don’t thicken and instead add sharpness with delicacy. I really don’t know whether this is because of the lens only or the image processing engine. I don’t have to repeat the lens being excellent, but the sensor and processing engine are also splendid because they manage both tonality and contrast. It is the total packaging of these top features that makes this camera one of a kind. And this is why I tend to think the RX1 outperforms the Alpha-99. So, getting the RX1 isn’t even stoic. After using this camera for a while, I felt that I encountered a digital camera in the future. The stage of replacing films with sensor is over and now we are in the next stage. Now, what kind of pictures do you take with this camera? I guarantee you feel most excited once you get it into your hands.

( Photography : T.Takahashi & M.Ito & K / Text : K )

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I collected shots that you can feel the solidity and realistic depiction.
Also, check their resolution, bokeh, naturalness of lines, and tonality.