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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Large sensor compact
Sensor
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
Image
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
Autofocus
  • 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
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control No
Physical
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

Reviews

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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Videos

Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Questions and Answers by Sony

Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Buying Sigma 35 or 24-105 ART for D800E & Df

I'm considering these two lenses because I don't have a good prime and wide to mid-telephoto zoom for both my D800E and Df. First, the Sigma 24-105mm ART lens. Unfortunately early reviews such as the one on cameralabs.com shows really poor edge performance even when stopped down. Even if it is better than my 24-85VR (of which IQ I detest), D800E may just exacerbate all its flaws. The alternative is to use it for my Df but this camera is not suitable for a long zoom in terms of weight distribution. So basically I won't be happy with using it on either cameras. Next is the Sigma 35mm ART which is arguably the best 35mm money can buy, and since 35mm is one of my favorite FLs, I will be extremely happy with it. The only issue is the lack of versatility. Especially for a first trip to Cuba coming up tomorrow, a fixed lens may severely limit my creative possibilities. What do you guys think? Should I just stick with RX1R (35mm) and GR (28mm), my most used FLs, and pair them with D800E/Df ...

2 months ago

ANSWERS

Occasionally I'll shoot wide open on my 35 just for artistic effect but more commonly when I'm travelling. Lots of interesting night markets in Asia where I live these days, lots of gloomy temples where you are allowed to shoot but no flash or tripod. Good for street sometimes too, and when I am in a very dark night sky environment (such as New Zealand, Iceland) I can get really good shots of the milky way with only 6 or so second exposure at pretty low ISO, avoiding star trails. It all depends on what you shoot, I consider the lens to be sharp wide open and incredibly sharp from f4 ish, then its just a question of what depth of field you are interested in. Continue Reading

RichyjV answered
2 months ago

In general, zooms are about convenience and primes about lighter weight or maximizing image quality. I think that at the moment, the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 is the mid-range zoom that makes the least compromise on quality, and the Nikon 24-85 VR and 24-120 f/4 have been reported by multiple sources to have lower quality, but fairly similar to each other in the overlapping focal length range. I don't think there's a consensus yet as to whether the Sigma 24-105 is substantially better than the Nikon 24-85VR and 24-120 f/4 zooms. My only mid-range FX zoom so far on my D800 is the 24-85VR. I know it sacrifices some quality, but it works fine for me as a travel lens given its light weight, center sharpness at most focal lengths less than 85mm, and pretty good wide-angle performance overall. In general, images from this lens, when downsized to 12 MP, will compare favorably to what I could get from my D300 and my 17-55 f/2.8, so that's fine for most of my more casual travel handheld shooting. ... Continue Reading

Ray Ritchie answered
2 months ago

I dont know about the 24-105 but I hear very good things. I have the 35mm on a D800E and the results are just breathtaking. It is so good wide open that it really opens up low light possibilities as well, and although for landscapes I use a 21mm Zeiss distagon 2.8, for walkaround where I don't know what I will find, the Sigma 35mm is my lens of choice. Continue Reading

RichyjV answered
2 months ago

QUESTION

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
7 months ago

ANSWERS

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

Kirino answered
7 months ago

QUESTION

Which 35mm lens for my Df?

I love my RX1R for daytime use. But at night, despite its  FF sensor and ability to go up to 3200 without much issue, the focusing and noise levels above 6400 could be better. This is where Df could fill the gap, night time high ISO photos. But the only 35mm lens I have is the old 35/2.8AIS which is pretty good, but not at the same level of the Zeiss 35/2 Sonnar on the RX1R. I need some feedback on the following choices: 1. Sigma 35mm ART - bar none best IQ, with additional benefit of AF, but the only downside is the humongous size, not to mention resolution overkill for Df sensor? 2. Zeiss 35mm - IQ is unquestionable, but losing AF and pricier, why not just go for the Sigma? 3. Nikon 35/2 AFD - really leaning towards this right now, due to smaller size than both above, and additional benefit of aperture ring, which is my style of shooting. But concerned by its IQ and the annoyance of having to switch AF/M mode on camera to toggle every time. 4. Nikon 35/1.8 AFS - sorry, this is too ...

2 months ago

ANSWERS

Digitalphotographer, I have been using the Sigma 35 1.4 Art lens as of late on my Df. I really like it a whole lot, yes the Sigma is fairly heavy but for me the Df is pretty light (compared to my old D700, D800 and D4) so the little extra weight of the Sigma is nice as I can balance it perfectly in my hand with just two fingers. I use the Nikon 24 1.4, 58 1.4, and the 85 1.4 on the Df as well. But I find the Sigma on my camera more often as I love the image quality and length. Add in the $'s I saved and I am very happy with this purchase, that little extra I saved I have put towards the Sigma 50 1.4 Art lens to replace my other 50's that I am not overly happy with. (50 1.2 AIs, 55 2.8, 50 1.8). Good luck with your choice Continue Reading

TerryAnderson answered
1 month ago

I did a quite detailed discovery between Sigma and the Nikon 1.8G. No 35mm lens I've ever seen is going to win any bokeh competition, but I haven't tried the Zeiss. More comparisons and my complete discovery of the two lenses on my blog . Continue Reading

InTheMist answered
2 months ago

...you're perfectly happy with your Sony, but are looking to drop $3,000+ (minimum) on a Df just to gain a stop of light-gathering ability in specific situations? Why not just buy all of the 35mm lenses, just so you have every possible situation covered? Continue Reading

paulski66 answered
2 months ago

WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

  • 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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