For a compact camera the sensor in the RX1 is very large (full-frame) and it allows for some creative photography, including shallow depth of field effects.
Out of focus areas are rendered beautifully by the RX1.
Colours are very good straight from the RX1, being punchy without too much vibrance. This was shot in the Landscape Picture Style. It has also been shot with the Dynamic Range optimiser switched on, which helped to bring out detail in the shadow area in the foreground.
Although the RX1's lens is fixed, it has a macro mode which allows for focusing as close as 20cm.
Sony's Sweep Panorama mode, which was first introduced on its other compact cameras, is also included on the RX1 and allows for ultra wide angle shots to be captured.
When not shooting in raw format, you can activate Sony's Clear Zoom technology - a form of digital zoom. This shot is taken at the standard 35mm setting.
Here, the first "step" of the digital zoom has been activated. This basically crops into the centre of the image, and provides an equivalent of 50mm.
This is the full digital zoom capability, an equivalent of 75mm.
Although you can't deploy Picture Effects when shooting in raw format, you can activate Picture Styles, such as this Black and White shot. A "clean" (standard colour) version can be retrieved from the raw file. The contrast has also been pushed to the maximum setting.