Sony has announced the Cyber-shot RX1 camera, the first digital compact camera with a full-frame sensor and a fixed lens.
The RX1 boasts the same 24.3MP sensor that features in the A99 model - also announced today - in front of which sits a 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* optic.
On the inside, the model has an impressively broad standard ISO range of ISO 100-25,600 complemented by the option to extend this further to ISO 50 and ISO 102,400.
Full HD movie recording is also on hand, as is a 5fps burst shooting mode, all of which is made possible by the company's Bionz processing engine.
Keen to meet the needs of an advanced target market, the new model sees a mode dial on its top plate joined by an exposure compensation dial, as well as a customisable button next to the shutter release button and both an integrated flash and hot shoe for external units.
The lens, meanwhile, sees three rings around its side: one for aperture control, one for manual focus and a final one to switch between macro and standard focus. On the inside, Sony has equipped it with a nine-bladed diaphragm to facilitate circular bokeh, while also incorporating a type of aspherical lens into the optic dubbed ‘Advanced Aspherical'.
The RX1 will go on sale in December at around £2600. For more information visit www.sony.co.uk