Sony ILX-LR1 is smallest, lightest full-frame camera ever, but has no viewfinder

Sony ILX-LR1
(Image credit: Sony)

Sony has today announced a new 61-megapixel full-frame E-mount mirrorless camera with a difference. This ultra-compact design is stripped to the bones in terms of weight and size to make it suitable for industrial applications including drones, inspection devices and photogrammetry.

The Sony ILX-LR1 is built around a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS imaging sensor and Sony's BIONZ XR processors which have the capability to deliver images continuously at up to three frames per second for an extended period of time (over 2 hours, Sony told me). This makes the body perfect for aerial mapping missions which require high resolution, flexibility of lens choice, and access to a mechanical shutter. 

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Adam Juniper
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With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook