I recently had the opportunity to take the Sony RX1r for an evening, city wandering session. Initially, I was skeptical about how the RX1r would perform, given its fixed focal length, non-removable lens, and its subsequent status as a seemingly overpriced point and shoot camera. Almost immediately, my fears were assuaged by the insane clarity of this camera. Make no mistake, the lens on the RX1r alone is worth the price tag. Factor in the full frame sensor, impressive low light performance, and lack of a anti-aliasing filter, and you have a recipe for what may just be the sharpest piece of photographic equipment I have ever used. Colors are vibrant, contrast is gorgeous, metering is accurate, and dynamic range is, well… dynamic! The system autofocuses quickly, and accurately, and if you’re not happy with some of your settings, you can change them at the tweak of a dial (one at the front for your index, two at the back for your thumb, and an exposure compensation dial which can be toggled by either).
Although the camera is certainly a luxury item, and not the most practical piece of equipment, if your budget will allow it, this is easily the best street photography camera on the market and worth every penny you’ll pay. It’s light, compact, and at the day makes you realize that a 35mm focal length will cover most day-to-day subjects. Here’s the samples from a night with the camera, but as soon as you can head over to the flickr page, because these images need to be seen in all their full-resolution glory: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96096542@N08/sets/72157645480399857/