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 5.0 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


RX1 has higher DR than RX1R?

Hello everyone, Hope you are well. I was just checking the sensor ratings in Dxomark and when I compared RX1, RX1R and D810, RX1R came up having a lower DR ratings that RX1. I took a screenshot here: Anybody who owns both or have used either, can you please share your experience? RX1R is a newer model without the OLPF, and other than that, I was not aware of any other differences. Thank you very much.

mfahim27753 asked
4 months ago


Hi, I only have the R so I can't say. Not sure how much of a difference you will see with .7 being the margin. Hope someone who has owned or at least shot with both can weigh in. Continue Reading

mcshan answered
4 months ago

The difference between the figures is so small that I would think it is about what you would get if you measured two rx1s against each other, or two RX1rs. Continue Reading

Mike Fewster answered
4 months ago

Good point Mike. I agree. Continue Reading

mcshan answered
4 months ago


Does anyone want to buy my SONY CYBERSHOT RX1R?

My reason for selling is mostly because I am stuck with a Japanese menu.I am in Real Estate here in NYC and was given to me as a gift from an Asian client.It would be rude of course to give it back etc.I never once considered the menu could not be changed.Honestly I really do NOT have much use for it as well.Please contact me if interested.Number included Anthony Lopez Licensed Real Estate Salesperson 3478789499

antlopez asked
4 days 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
1 year ago


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

Kirino answered
1 year 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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