I recently had the pleasure of using the Sony RX1R, the fixed lens Full Frame introduced a couple of years back. The camera is small and compact and features a Carl Zeiss 35mm f2 lens that more than gives the $3000. 35mm Leica Summicron a run for its money. The RX1R retails for $2800, so basically you get a free camera with a 24mp Full Frame sensor! The camera lacks a viewfinder but does offer an option of a shoe mounted high resolution one for $600. I really wish it included that finder since my eyes can’t really focus on the screen properly, and this paired with the fairly slow autofocusing did cause me to miss some live music shots I would have captured with the NEX-7 or a7 series.. For architecture, landscape, and other applications this wouldn’t be a problem, and the RX1R would be a terrific travel camera, especially for someone with better eyes.
I didn’t use the video at all, but I’ve heard mixed reviews. The lens is really excellent and every bit as good as the Leica lens, and speaking of Leica, it includes two focus ranges ala the 50mm Dual Range Summicron, one of my all time favorite lenses. The close focusing range works pretty well, and on a tripod the screen would be all you need. The finish of the camera is also somewhat “Leicaesque”, the semi-gloss and the white lettering bring to mind classic black paint and black chrome M4’s with the feel of the RX1R somewhere between the two. The solid built and aperture ring are important too of course, and even though its a fixed lens with a fixed focal length, the image quality and fine high ISO performance will allow you to crop parts of the photo and blow them up big. Just that no viewfinder thing! I would love to own this camera with the optional viewfinder. See the camera at: http://store.sony.com/cyber-shot-digital-camera-rx1r-zid27-DSCRX1R/B/cat-27-catid-Collections-Best-Low-Light-Cameras
Many thanks to Kayla Lindquist with Sony Artisans of Imagery for the loan!