Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Compact Camera

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Key Features

  • 24.3MP full frame CMOS sensor without optical low pass (anti-aliasing) filter
  • 5 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Fixed 35mm F/2 lens
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • 1080/24p HD video (MPEG-4/AVCHD) with manual control and stereo input
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 1,230,000 dots
  • Optional electronic and optical viewfinder accessories
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Built-in flash with hotshoe
  • Five customizable buttons
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot

Product Description

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R is a variation of the RX1, which had the impressive distinction of being the first full frame fixed lens camera to enter the market. The variation of the RX1R (the R stands for "resolution"), is that it lacks the anti-aliasing filter of its counterpart. Optical low-pass filters minimize moire and color artifacts, but slightly soften images. With the absence of that filter, the RX1R gains sharpness and higher effective resolution, but may require more post-processing to counteract moire.

That sizable 24.3MP sensor is paired with a 35mm F2 lens outfitted with a dedicated aperture ring. A high resolution 1.23 million dot display is provided, as is an accessory hot shoe able to accept both the FDA-V1K optical viewfinder and FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder accessories. A dedicated button stops and starts 1080 HD video recording. Overall, The RX1R is styled similarly to its Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II sibling, employing a control layout with lots of useful dials, including a ring on the lens that sets minimum focus distance and a focus mode dial on the front panel. There are five customizable buttons for the photographer to set as he or she sees fit.


Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 2640 x 1760, 2640 x 1488
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 35 mm
Optical zoom 1×
Maximum aperture F2.0
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (9.1x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 25 cm (9.84)
Number of focus points 25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,229,000
Touch screen No
Screen type Xtra FineTFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic and Optical (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 6.00 m
External flash Yes (via hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless
Continuous drive 5 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notes AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p/50p), 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 24M FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p), 17M FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 270
Weight (inc. batteries) 482 g (1.06 lb / 17.00 oz)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 70 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.76)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None


User Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars
  • mathlawguy, Aug 19, 2013 GMT:
    Takes simply incredible photos and yet ...

    I believe most of the reviewers are right about this camera: it takes mind blowing photos. It has enormous dynamic range and superb low light performance. The sensor and lens combine to produce laser sharp images. The built in flash works much better than any other Sony flash I have used and it also works very well with bigger Sony flashes using an adapter. Macro mode is a joy. Easy to get into and out of.  Outstanding bokeh. The camera is wonderfully quiet, which facilitates use in street ...

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  • SergeyMS, Sep 8, 2013 GMT:
    Very attractive - you will love it

    Comparing with OM-D, X-M, Leica M9, Leica X2, X-Vario and Nikon A, this camera has perfect balanced design and quality of picture. Not big and not small, perfect finishing and quality of picture. Very good decision is charge in camera system, you do not need have with you separate charger unit. I-manual is also very convenient when you have to find some info very fast. I have no found any deficiencies. Autofocus system is not so fast as OM-D, but speed is good enough. Quality of pictures of ...

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  • pommes, Oct 19, 2013 GMT:
    Viewfinder (FDA-EV1MK) Lock for the RX1R

    Owners have complained that the big buck viewfinder, which does not have a locking device to keep it on the camera shoe, could work lose while on a shoot.  Well maybe unlikely, but still another thing to worry about. I now place a patch of electrician's tape, cut 3/4 X 3/4 inch, across the back of the viewfinder, over the shoe joint and onto the camera body.  Electrician's tape is flexible and sticky enough to prevent migration of the viewfinder and/or to absorb a good bump. Since the tape is ...

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Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Questions and Answers by Sony

Questions & Answers


RX1R replacement in the near future?

Would there be an RX1R replacement in the near future? I am planning to pick this camera up for vacation uses, any idea if I should wait it out or anything else for recommendation? Thanks in advance!

Studie asked
19 days ago


I'd expect pdaf sensors added before the move to 36 megapixels (ie a6000 af.)  That would be a quick and easy upgrade since that sensor is used in A7.  Tilt screen is logical considering one was added to RX100. Continue Reading

Daniel Lauring answered
18 days ago

My guess is that there is not likely to be an RX1/R replacement in the near future. It just does not strike me as a camera that will be replaced/upgraded every year or two. The good news is that there is very little that needs to be improved with the RX1/R other than perhaps AF speed, although I don't have an issue with the RX1/R AF. Most of the other improvements people desire (auto-ISO related, mainly) can be handled through firmware, for which a new model is not needed -- but Sony is apparently not inclined to update the RX1/R firmware. Continue Reading

Chris Crevasse answered
19 days ago

I think there are some fairly obvious significant improvements available for the camera and these are already available to Sony. Adding them to a new RX1 would be logical and probably not too difficult or exspensive to re-engineer/manufacture. 36mpeg sensor; tilt screen; a6000 type af. Possibly an evf. And maybe the auto iso and infra red timer capability. That would be quite a camera. Continue Reading

Mike Fewster answered
18 days ago


Brand New Sony RX1R 1st Picture started at DSC00829?

I just purchased a brand new Sony RX1R from but I tested out the camera and noticed that my first picture started at DSC00829. I am wondering if I have gotten a refurbished camera instead. I would have thought it would start at DSC001.

1 month ago


If so it will pick up where it left off Continue Reading

Bill Borne answered
1 month ago

Please carefully read my reply above. Was the first card you used in this camera clean when you inserted it or had it been used in another camera???? Continue Reading

busch answered
1 month ago

The camera may have been used as a display model, or it may be refurbished.  If the box was sealed, you expect an unused camera. Continue Reading

jrdu answered
1 month ago


SONY RX1 vd RX1R for video

Hello, Does anyone know how the video on the Sony RX1R compare to the video on the RX1?  Is there any kind of difference, or improvement, in not having the low-pass filter for video? Thanks, Thomas

chezthom asked
4 months ago


I'm guessing the extra resolution doesn't matter. It'll be downsizing  to 1080 anyways. Continue Reading

Kirino answered
4 months ago


  • Sony Cyber-Shot RX1R Compact Camera
  • Battery NP-BX1
  • AC Adaptor AC-UD11
  • Micro USB cableShoulder Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Shoe Cap
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Instruction Manual

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