LCD and Viewfinder
Sony RX1 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,229k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
RX1 doesn't have a built-in viewfinder but an optional external viewfinder is available. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Large Sensor Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony RX1 can shoot continuously at max speed of 5 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
RX1 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Sony RX1 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 25 points to choose from.
Sony RX1 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Sony RX1, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60,50,25,24 fps and save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Sony RX1 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
RX1 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker. Sony RX1 also has a port for an external microphone so you can record high quality sound with the help of an external microphone.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect RX1 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony RX1 is powered by NP-BX1 battery which provides a shooting life of 270 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 303 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Large Sensor Compact Cameras
Leica X Vario with its 450shots is the model with longest battery life among Large Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Sony RX1 vs Leica X Vario or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Sony RX1 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony RX1 is $2,399.99