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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.