Sony has finally announced a new full frame compact camera, which is nothing more than a refreshed version of the RX1, called RX1R, without an anti-aliasing filter.
Sony RX1R has been a gossip talk subject for quite some time, as the rumor mill believed that the device will actually be called RX2 and replace the original RX1. That is not the case, since both cameras will be sold side-by-side, each of them serving a different purpose.
Sony RX1R becomes official with RX1 specs, except for the anti-aliasing filter
The Japanese company says that the new Cybershot RX1R is here to meet the demands of the most perspicacious photographers, who want to capture sharper images with more details. The new camera features the same 24.3-megapixel image sensor, but without a low-pass filter, therefore photos will have a higher resolution and be a lot sharper.
The 24.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor without an AA filter is helped by a fixed Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 lens. Meanwhile, digital zoom is supported up to 9.1x, so users might not be under pressure for using a lens with a fixed focal length.
Sony RX1R features an ISO sensitivity range between 100 and 25600, RAW support, autofocus assist lamp and integrated flash, 3-inch 1,229K-dot Xtra Fine LCD screen with Live View support, and a shutter speed between 1/4000 and 30 seconds.
Still no image stabilizer and no built-in viewfinder
There is no built-in image stabilization technology, meaning that photographers will need a tripod to keep this thing steady. The lack of a viewfinder can be compensated with the help of external optical or electronic VFs.
The camera is capable of capturing 2.5fps in continuous shooting mode for up to five frames. Full HD video recording is supported, too, at various frame rates from 60fps down to 24fps.
Sony RX1R stores photos on SD / SDHC / SDXC / Eye-Fi cards, but the user can transfer files by connecting the camera to a computer using a USB cable.
The full frame shooter weighs 1.06 lbs with the batteries included and it measures 4.45 x 2.56 x 2.76-inches.
Sony RX1R availability and price information
Sony RX1R release date is July 15, according to Amazon, which is selling the camera for $2,798, just like Adorama. In the meantime, the original RX1 can be purchased for exactly the same amount at both Amazon and Adorama.