How much dynamic range do the files from the RX1 contain?
Let me start out by saying that I've had my Sony RX1 for about 3 weeks now, and every time I transfer pictures to Lightroom I'm still amazed. The color, crispness, lens character, & dynamic range are jaw dropping for a camera this size. Actually, the image quality is jaw dropping for a camera of any size!
I'm going to try to keep up on a series of posts regarding my observations on different aspects of the RX1's image quality that I haven't seen covered on other websites in great detail. I'll use real world example shots to illustrate my points, and try to keep the articles short & concise.
So without further adieu, the photo below was captured at F2, 1/2000 second, & ISO 100. The garage was quite dark, and the window extremely bright.
After pushing the shadow recovery slider to 100, I was able to bring out an amazing amount detail from the area surrounding the window. I made other exposure, tone & color adjustments, as well as a slight adjustment to the highlight recovery slider to bring back any overexposed detail in the window.
Here's the shot again, but in color. I've noticed an odd circular banding that occurs when you push severely underexposed areas in post. You can see slight green & magenta rings in the boards to the right of the window. These have nothing to do with flare, as I've seen them before in other shots that have been pushed in post. I'm not complaining here, just observing. Most digital cameras seem to exhibit some sort of artifact when pushed this hard. I don't plan on pushing underexposed shadow's 100% in Lightroom often.
In conclusion, I'm elated with the dynamic range of the RX1's files. It's no replacement for getting the exposure right when you take the original shot, but it does allow for some creative opportunities like the one above. With older technology, I would have had to take a series of photos & combine them in order to get this final image. Well done Sony.