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The Sony DSC-RX1R is only the second compact digital camera to use a full-frame 35mm sensor, and the first to offer it without a low-pass filter. The result? The 24.3 MP sensor can capture a purer image.
Designed for professional photographers and high-end photo enthusiasts as a compact secondary body for assignments that require traveling light, the Sony DSC-RX1R has a 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss lens and, according to Sony, will produce "clean high ISO 25,600", an astounding claim.
• Full-frame 24MP Sensor
• 35mm f/2 lens
• Full HD 24p video with manual control and audio output
• Max. ISO 25,600
• Claimed AF speed of 0.13 sec
• Full-resolution burst rate 5fps
• 3 dedicated rings for aperture, focus, and macro
• Quick navigation and control shortcuts
• MR mode recalls up to 3 preferred setting combinations
• 9 iris blades for good Bokeh
• Multi-interface shoe for flash, light, microphone
• 3-inch LCD monitor
• Auto HDR capture
• Two aspect ratios
• Built-in flash (GN6)
The Sony DSC-RX1R offers an ISO range of 100-25,600; 14-bit RAW image data recording further improves image gradation, while the BIONZ image processor enables up to 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting. Sony also offers a mode in which the camera captures six images in a fraction of a second, and combines the data from all images to create a single image that they claim reduces noise by two stops. Shutter lag is claimed to be 0.13 for focus speed-a DSLR-like performance.
The Sony DSC-RX1R can also capture full HD 24p video, with manual control and audio input. Users can enter Program, Shutter, Priority, Aperture priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual exposure mode when shooting movies. In addition to a built-in Stereo microphone, the camera offers an external mic jack for off-camera microphones.
Ergonomically, the Sony DSC-RX1R offers three control rings for aperture, focusing and macro controls, and a Quick Navi setting lets users quickly access other camera settings. MR (memory recall) mode can memorize up to three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, shutter speed, drive mode and metering modes. This enables quick switching of settings. Manual focus is aided by peaking, which highlights the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography.
This camera has two Autofocus modes: Single-shot AF (AF-S) or Continuous AF (AF-C), which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual Focus for manual focusing freedom, and Direct Manual Focus (DMF), that first uses autofocusing to focus on the subject, and then allows fast and easy switching to manual focusing for even more precise adjustment.
The Sony DSC-RX1R has a "multi interface shoe," which can accommodate accessories such as a newly-designed flash unit, an electronic viewfinder, an optical viewfinder, thumb grip, clip-on LCD monitor for video, and more. The built-in LCD monitor measures 3 inches and has 1.229k dots resolution.
The Sony DSC-RX1R has built-in HDR which combines three shots that can be as far as 6 EV stops apart. The built-in flash is small and projects a modest amount of light, which is fine for fill and close-distance lighting, and the camera offers all of the usual flash modes.
Then there are the way-cool features: Sweep Panorama (Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera continuously shoots images and stitches them together.) Face detection and registration (and it can prioritize focus on children or adults), and self-portrait auto framing (shoots a quick vertical portrait with perfect composition after you've shot the horizontal) are the kinds of features you'd find on a compact camera.
Rounding out the Sony DSC-RX1R's feature list is its 15 creative modes (Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Twilight, Night View, Autumn Leaves, B&W, Sepia, Sunset, Portrait and Landscape.), the ability to fine-tune saturation, contrast and sharpness to taste, and Picture Effect mode, which applies fun filters to images including Soft Focus, Posterization, Retro Photo, High Contrast Monochrome, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Soft High-key, Toy Camera, Pop Color, Partial Color, Watercolor Painting, HDR Painting, and Illustration.
I photo for fun, family, and for sharing. I'm so happy I splurged on the RX1R. I own the Canon 5D3 with several L-quality lenses, all of which perform incredibly. But the Sony RX1R has opened new doors for me, it gives me the image quality of my 5D3 in a compact body that I have no second thoughts about grabbing and taking anywhere and everywhere. I use it mostly for photos and videos of kids, friends and family, as well as landscape and nightscape. I also play around with macro - bugs, flowers, mushrooms. It's highly capable in all these areas. PROS: 1) The resolution and image quality is outstanding compared to most high-end DSLR's, in fact I would say it's just as good as my Canon 5D Mark III, even in low light. I took the attached Milky Way photo over Mt. Rainier with the RX1R. 2) It's small! Of course, a full-frame sensor in a compact body. This is why I will grab this camera and take it anywhere, to the park, to a game, on a hike, not to the beach though, I wouldn't risk that. 3) Fixed 35mm lens. "What!" you say? Isn't this a Con? I dunno, I thought so at first, but now it almost feels liberating to have one less thing to deal with and think about - interchangeable lenses. The RX1R doesn't replace a high functioning DSLR, which I will still grab when I want telephoto or ultra wide angle, or when I just crave one of the other sweet lenses I have. But the 35mm focal length has worked for everything from kids to landscapes for me, I love it now. 4) A dedicated movie button. That's important to me when trying to capture the kids, no fumbling through menus, just one button to click. 5) Low-light performance. Love it. I take indoor photos at parties, and outdoor nightscapes of stars and the Milky Way with ease. 6) Silent. Literally, no, sound. Of course I had to disable the silly digital sound effects first, but the shutter itself makes not a peep. 7) Not intimidating. I can put this right up to people's faces and they seem less scared than if I were to shove the 5D3 with a 50mm 1.2 in their faces. 8) Lovely bokeh. CONS: 1) No weather-sealing. The build quality is superb, it feels solid all around, but it's makes me nervous that there's no weather-sealing. I don't want to chance it in the rain, at the beach, in heavy dust, etc. 2) The lens cap. Maybe it's just me, the lens cap is solid metal, it feels outstanding, but I worry that I'll scratch the lens with it when I put it on sometimes. And I've noticed it come off in my camera bag sometimes, not sure why. 3) High-priced accessories. You've probably already heard this, the lens hood and EVF are essential, and will add significant cost to the purchase. 4) No intervalometer? Not that I know of, but I wish there was one. 5) Autofocus. You've probably heard that the AF is poor. Well I wouldn't say that, but it's definitely no DSLR in that regard. Works fine for me when available light lets it, but otherwise may lag a little bit. Still it's not terrible by any means. OTHER STUFF: I bought the EVF, lens hood, R-Strap, and OpTech case. I also bought the Match Technical soft shutter release "bip" in the lady bug - hey it's cute! I also bought a remote shutter release. CONCLUSION: I love the RX1R and find myself using it about 80% of the time, my poor Canon 5D3 has been put on the backburner for about a month now and used the other 20%. If you're considering this camera, I can only imagine you will be extremely glad that you bought it. Image quality is important to me as are manual controls, low-light performance, video, as well as a small form-factor that enables me to carry this everywhere with ease.
Preordered this unit from adorama although I live in Hong Kong these days. When it finally arrived, I had it forwarded to me, so by the time it arrived it was already several weeks since it was shipped for adorama. This all matters because it look me a couple weeks to realize that my unit couldn't hold a charge. At first I thought it was because the wrong charger was being used but actually it doesn't charge with its supplied charge or the r100's. Tried a different x type battery still no dice. Brought it into Sony in Hong Kong, they admitted it needs to be sent in and repaired at my expense because Sony doesn't have a worldwide warranty not even if I buy it through Sony USA. Ridiculous service, no wonder Apple's retail model is destroying the Japanese players
The RX1R is identical to the RX1 but this camera is minus the AA filter. How I wish I had gotten the RX1!!! Video recording has severe moire issues and any tilts or pans will accentuate even more. SONY are you doing anything about this with any kind of software update, if not, can I trade this in for the RX1? Please? Not happy at all about spending 3k on a camera that boasts HD video and gives me horrible image quality. Photos are great, but AF not very reliable - action photography should not even be attempted.
Although it is pricey, the quality and features on the camera are so phenomenal. I had just received my Sony RX1R a week ago and the quality of the images are distinct and capture great detail. I am not a professional photographer or an individual in the graphic arts industry, however it really doesn't take much skill to observe high quality work and innovation. I am just a regular college student that will be using this product for my future endeavors. I would recommend this product for beginners interested in utilizing their skills in photography.
This is a very high quality camera , lens, and sensor combination capable of state of the art 35mm digital photography. The electronic viewfinder is a must have accessory as is a lens cap, but the Sony cap is ridiculously expensive and there are good alternatives. In fact, a lens cap should be included, and the packaging should be upgraded to reflect the high qualities of the camera. I would gladly purchase a fixed lens moderate telephoto version, say 80-90mm, because the lens sensor combination is likely to remain superior to any interchangeable lens version.
I have bee interested in photography since I was 11, I'm now 74. I have had many cameras and lugged around lens and equipment. I ordered this camera in July and received it late August. It was worth the wait. I am not a professional photographer, but this is the best camera I have ever used. Sony your to be congratulated.
Great little camera better images than my Leica M9, cheaper, smaller. I recommend an external optical finder.
I am primarily a landscape photographer. I sell my photos in a small gallery in Colorado. We travel a lot. I do some street reportage-type photography while traveling. I do not particularly like to photograph animals or people in posed positions. I never shoot sports or people playing games. Never. Everything you have read about this camera is true, mostly. Remember we can't all be right and we all can't be wrong at the same time so we all report things to fit our own version of what we need, and in our own way we must be telling the truth. So, let me just say that I am completely satisfied with this camera for the majority of my photography. I still haul my big Canon DSLR and an assortment of lenses around when I am "on a shoot" or extended workshop in the field, but this camera is always with me. Always. It is, in my opinion indispensable as a technical tool with a great deal of versatility, form and function. I am still discovering little tweaks and tips that make it such a sweet camera to use. Is it perfect? My goodness, no. What is? Maybe my French press for coffee, but that's about it. Sony got it right with this one, sort of like Adobe and Lightroom. Not perfect but they actually listened to their customer and did their best. It makes my job easier. So read all the other reviews which talk about the single lens, the viewfinders, the grip, the size, the price, the accessories, the battery, etc., etc., and make your decision. One thing is a constant in all the reviews. It helps you take stunningly beautiful pictures, and after all, isn't that what it is all about. One quick note about the price and availability or lack of certain accessories. With a little research, you can find some very reasonable and economic substitutes. Highly recommended.
it is waonderful i hope to find it here in brazil soon!