First, the quality of the pictures is sharpened by the massively powerful 24.3 megapixel output. The resolution is ideal, using the 35mm format (full frame).
This camera also has the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T lens, which is really a noticeable feature for both still photos and video. Video recording options include 1080p, 60i/p or 24p cinematic mode. I believe that photographers will look at the Sony DSC-RX1R with a new take on compact cameras. It packs some seriously incredible features in a small package.