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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II sensor review: Take two

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 23 2015

Sensor Review
Introduction | Measurements: Excellent low noise levels | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Impressive low noise levels | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Sony A7R II vs. Leica Q Typ 116: Excellent high ISO DR | Conclusion
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II sensor review: Take two

The Sony RX1R II is the successor to the popular RX1 and RX1R premium compacts. It inherits the same 35mm f2 Zeiss Sonnar lens, but features the 42-Mpix sensor of the Sony A7R II and boasts a built-in pop-up style EVF. Read on to find out how well this new update performs.

Specifications and Features

The Sony RX1R II is the not-unexpected update to the 24-Mpix RX1R. It features the same 42-Mpix full-frame CMOS sensor as the Sony A7R II, paired with the familiar Zeiss 35mm f2.0 Sonnar lens first seen on the RX1. The 42-Mpix BSI CMOS features a variable optical low-pass filter with three intensity settings to control high-frequency detail and limit color aliasing during capture, but it lacks the ability of the A7R II to record 4K (it is limited to Full HD or 720p at 120fps). It also lacks that model’s built-in stabilization. Nevertheless, it has a much-improved hybrid AF system with 399 phase detection AF points that Sony claims results in an impressive 30% improvement in focusing speed. And despite the new RX1R II model sharing a similar size shell and the familiar (but not identical) ergonomics of its predecessors, Sony has managed to cram in a 0.39” 2.36m-Dot OLED electronic viewfinder like the pop-up type found the firm’s RX100 III. It also features a tilting 3.0-inch 1.23m dot LCD (albeit not touchscreen), an impressive ISO 102400 max sensitivity, and built-In Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II measures 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8” / 113 x 65 x 72mm and weighs 1.2 lb. / 507g, body only. It is available to pre-order with a price of $3,299 (USD).

Measurements: Excellent low noise levels

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Impressive low noise levels

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II vs. Sony A7R II vs. Leica Q Typ 116: Excellent high ISO DR

Conclusion