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$3,000 for a fixed lens camera

A new digital camera has leaked from Sony called the RX1. The fixed-lens camera appears to be very compact yet has very impressive specifications for a “pocketable” camera.
The rumors claim that the camera will have a full-frame sensor and will sport a Carl Zeiss 35mm F/2.0 compact lens. Speculation points to price tag of around $3,000, which seems like a lot for camera that doesn't support interchangeable lenses.
The only details we know are from the photographs. The camera has a hot shoe for flash or other accessories, a pop-up flash, and a control wheel on the top for aperture and other settings.
This digital camera is expected to compete against the Fuji X100 and the Leica X2. The official announcement of the camera is expected to happen on Wednesday, September 12.
Would you buy a $3,000 digital camera without support for interchangeable lenses?

Sources: Sony Alpha Rumors, Engadget

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Sensor Wars?
By EricMartello on 9/10/2012 3:03:22 PM , Rating: 3
Basically we've shifted away from "more MP is bettar!" to "bigger sensorz plz"...but it's still just as narrow-sighted as gauging a camera by one bullet point alone.

This camera may take nice pictures but for $3,000 the value proposition just isn't there, and without the ability to swap lenses you'll never really benefit from the larger sensor.

You can buy a Nikon D800 and a 50mm f/1.4 lens for $3,500 or if you want to stay compact, you can get a really nice MFT body and lenses for $3,000 or less.

If I were Sony I'd be doing R&D on curved photo sensors that allow more surface area within a given form factor. Imagine something like a micro 4/3 camera with a convex or concave sensor that equates to 35 mm film, or a 35 mm form factor that equates to medium format. This is tech that Sony should be pioneering, perhaps with support from Nikon, for the next generation of digital cameras.

RE: Sensor Wars?
By mi1400 on 9/11/2012 1:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
perhaps sony has build this cam for spy agencies... so no one could label them like McAfee of providing backdoor's though this is not backdoor but again only agencies would like to spend 3,000 for some random item in their footsoldier's pocket.

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