Man oh man. This leaked Sony RX1 looks sweet indeed. If the rumors are to be believed, the camera is a mirrorless body with a full-frame sensor (the same sensor as the also-rumored Sony A99) and a whole bunch of manual controls. It also looks like it’ll play nice with proper, old-school 35mm lenses.
We have no real details other than a guessed at price ($2,800) and the information in these product pictures. It looks like the camera will work best in aperture-priority mode. That is, the user sets the aperture and the camera then picks the corresponding shutter speed (and/or ISO setting) to make the exposure correct.
Not only this but as the lens in the overhead picture is set mid-way through the aperture range, it would seem that this is the way aperture is controlled — using the dial on the lens, as God intended.
Shutter speed seems to be relegated to a menu item somewhere, but there’s a +/- three-stop exposure-compensation dial on the top plate for fine-tuning the exposure, and focus also appears to be a choice between auto and manual.
Thinking of buying a Leica M8? Then wait. If the RX1 is as good as it seems to be, then those Leica cameras might just be shown up as the overpriced retro-trinkets they are becoming.