Before I begin, let me tell you why I chose the RX1 over the A99. I have been a long time a-mount user and slowly gotten rid of it when the NEX cameras were announced. And since I don't shoot professionally, the A99 will be too much (money and feature-wise) for an enthusiast who just loves taking photos and getting the best image quality.
When Sony first announced the RX1, the internet is abuzz with people that is for it and against it. The main reason is the price! People wanted more functionalities for that price tag. For the same price, you can get the Sony FF SLT, the A99.
The main concerns of photo enthusiasts it that it should have a built-in EVF and an interchangeable lens. Another lens mount?? We already have the A-mount and E-mount on the Sony lineup. And the other thing that concerns other people is the branding, this camera is not under the Sony Alpha family but under the CYBERSHOT RX-series family.
Is the RX1 worth its price tag of almost AU$ 2999 ?? Personally, the answer is a resounding YES.
Here is a comparison of the NEX-7 with the Zeiss 35/2 Distagon and the RX1 with Zeiss 35/2
The lens used in the RX1 is specifically made for the RX1 sensor. Reports are that the rear lens element is just millimetres away from the actual sensor. Now that is a technological feat on Sony's engineers.
Since it's almost Christmas, Melbourne City Christmas Tree;
I also took a photo of a family friend's daughter; again wide open and some cropping.
On the next part of this review, I will show some of the things that I don't like about the RX1 (mostly on the menu system). But it still is the BEST CAMERA I've ever own, bar none.