Rumor: Sony to Release a Full-Frame RX 1 with a Black & White Sensor in Late 2014


It seems Sony is intent on capturing that segment of the market that would like a Leica but can’t afford one. First, the company released the A7 and A7r, full-frame mirrorless cameras that were the first in the world with autofocus. And now, if rumors are to be believed, they’re working on a black-and-white only version of the fixed-lens Full Frame RX 1.

The rumor is being reported by sonyalpharumors, where it’s ranked at a 50% probability, so definitely take this with a grain of salt. According to the tipster, the camera would boast a sensor with, “a higher frame rate, +6db S/N gain compared to the color version and resolution of 24MP,” and would be available in late 2014 or early 2015.


On the off-chance you’re unfamiliar, Sony’s only real competition in this niche market would be the Leica M Monochrom with its $8,000 price tag. And while the rumored RX 1 ‘Monochrom’, if you will, won’t allow you the luxury of interchangeable lenses, we’d bet good money it would cost a boatload less than eight grand.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on news about this particular rumor, so be sure to check back often. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the idea of a B&W-only Sony RX 1.

(via sonyalpharumors)

  • Chang He

    This might convince me to try Sony. I just wish Fuji would do this with the X100s.

  • Robin Cassady

    If this happens, MINE!

  • Raymond Larose

    Though I am moving away from digital, this just might tempt me.

  • Tobias W.

    Let’s hope they rethink their viewfinder strategy for such a camera given they already did so on their latest premium compact. With a great built-in viewfinder, I might just be tempted…

  • Ken

    give me two, no wait, three!

  • Andrew Iverson

    I’ve been curious how the Leica M would be if converted to IR, but with this, i may actually see it happen.

  • Zachary

    I think this is rather exciting. If I could afford the Leica Monochrom I would purchase one: the idea of black-and-white only (not just a filter), in my opinion, would be a freeing creative experience. A Fuji X10-style black-and-white version would be more affordable though.

  • TSY87

    If they release an RX1 successor with a curved sensor and a 35 1.4 lens I will be all over it. (assuming the curved sensor actually helps IQ)

  • D.G. Brown

    Yes please

  • mahmood

    Why not an a7bw? I’m in for that!

  • introvert

    You moving onto the next big thing huh? Pen and paper baby! ROCK ON