Sony has officially unveiled a new compact camera with a full-frame image sensor in the body of the RX1R II, which has a new sensor and a built-in viewfinder to replace RX1R.
This camera had not been mentioned too many times before its launch and the rumor mill revealed only a few details about it. Well, it is time to put everything in the past and leave it there as the brand new and amazing Sony RX1R II is official.
The RX1 series is now at its third model and it has grown a lot in the meantime. The new unit has a bigger megapixel sensor, a new autofocus system, and an integrated viewfinder for better image composition, while being slated for a release in the near future.
Sony demos its innovative skills again by announcing the RX1R II compact camera
Sony cannot stop innovating. Although the whole world still sits in awe after the A7R II launch, the company has managed to put the same sensor and autofocus system into an even smaller package.
The new Sony RX1R II features the same 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor and 399-point Hybrid AF system as the A7R II. Better yet, there is enough room for a built-in pop-up electronic viewfinder that has been seen in the RX100 III and RX100 IV compacts.
This autofocus system will allow the camera to focus 30% quicker than its predecessor, while offering improved performance when it comes to subject tracking. All while the continuous shooting mode can capture up to 5fps, the company said
Nevertheless, this is not all. The RX1R II is the world’s first camera to come packed with a variable optical low-pass filter. Users get three options: off (the OLPF is turned off for maximum resolution), high (reduces image quality as well as moiré patterns), and standard (provides a perfect balance between resolution and moiré).
Sony RX1R II offers 14-bit uncompressed RAW support and many other features
The list of Sony RX1R II specs continues with a 3-inch tilting LCD screen and integrated WiFi and NFC technologies. As for the lens, it consists of the Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 present in the previous generations, which has only been fine-tuned to accommodate the higher amount of megapixels.
The back-illuminated 42.4MP full-frame sensor provides a native ISO between 100 and 25,600, but the sensitivity can be expanded between 50 and 102,400 through built-in settings. It is worth noting that the camera is powered by a BIONZ X processor.
Additionally, the shutter speed will range between 30 seconds and 1/4000th of a second. The new device sports an in-lens shutter that allows users to benefit from a fast 1/2000s flash X sync speed.
Professional photographers will also be pleased to hear that the Sony RX1R II is capable of capturing 14-bit uncompressed RAW files. As for a downside, there is no 4K video recording in this device, just full HD capturing at up to 60fps.
Release date and price details confirmed
The dimensions of the new camera are 113 x 65 x 72mm / 4.45 x 2.56 x 2.83 inches, which are quite similar to the ones of its predecessors along with the 507 grams / 17.88 ounces weight.
Users will find HDMI, USB, and microphone ports in this beauty alongside a 220-shot battery life and an SD/SDHC/SDXC card.
Sony RX1R II will be released on the market sometime by the end of November for a price of $3,300. This is a tad expensive for most photographers, but everybody was expecting it, so it is not a surprise. Only users will decide whether the RX1R II is worth it or not, and this will be reflected in its sales numbers.