A number of publications have begun receiving hands-on time with the new Sony RX1 full-frame compact camera. It seems that Sony is doing something right, as initial commentators and testers are saying some pretty positive things about the $2,800 shooter.
Respected reviewer Lloyd Chambers speculates that the camera’s lens may match up very well against more expensive glass,
While there is legitimate concern that the Sony RX1 is expensive at about $2800, this is unjustified on the basis of competing cameras in the proper quality context. Consider that a 24MP Leica M240 [the new Leica M] + Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron-M ASPH would cost about $10,150. Or that the Leica 35/2 lens alone costs more than the RX1 [...]
It is my expectation that the Zeiss Sonnar 35/2 will outperform the Leica 35/2 Summicron-M ASPH at ƒ/2 and ƒ/2.8 (and perhaps ƒ/4), and match it at ƒ/5.6 and ƒ/8. I am not basing this on the fantasy-land Sony MTF charts.
Chambers also points out that the fixed 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens alone is probably worth about $1100, based on what the standalone lens costs for Canon and Nikon mounts.
The photos reflect the same image quality that Sony showed off last month when it released a number of sample photographs.
Sony RX1 — Optical Performance and Value vs Leica Alternative [Lloyd Chambers via sonyalpharumors]