Sony DSC-RX1R Preview

If you've been considering purchasing Sony's fixed lens / full frame DSC-RX1, you may want to consider Sony's latest addition to the RX series. Dubbed the "RX1R", this new model forgoes an optical low-pass filter on the image sensor, which allegedly gives "Ultimate Resolution" (it helps if you say this in a God-like Wizard of Oz voice). PR spin aside, by removing this low-pass filter, Sony claims the RX1R affords greater fine detail, increased contrast, and a wider dynamic range.

Other than Tri-luminous Color HDMI output, the DSC-RX1R ports over everything from the RX1, including the 24.3-megapixel full-frame Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor, the f/2.0 35mm fixed lens, the BIONZ image prcoessor, a 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD screen, Full 1080p HD video, a pop-up flash unit, and a host of manual exposure options and automatic functions.

It should also be noted that the RX1R is not "replacing" the RX1; both units will be available simultaneously.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX1R Features
  • Full-frame (35mm) Sony Exmor CMOS image sensor with 24.3-megapixels of resolution
    • Image Sensor lacks optical low-pass filter
  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* f/2.0 35mm fixed lens
  • BIONZ image processor
  • 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD with 1229k dots and WhiteMagic technology
  • ISO senitivity from 100-25,600; expandable to ISO 50 or 102,400
  • Full HD video at 1080 24p or 60p
  • Stereo microphones
  • Built-in Microphone input for external units
  • Pop-up flash unit
  • Various manual exposure options, along with automatic functions like Smart Auto, Auto HDR, several Scene modes, etc.
  • Intuitive control wheels and dials for quickly changing settings
  • D-range Optimizer for greater dynamic range in your photos
  • Digital Level Gauge to help you capture level shots
  • 14bit RAW data output (8bit JPEG)
  • Rugged chassis made from a single chunk magnesium-alloy
  • 5fps full resolution burst shooting with continuous/tracking AF
  • Macro focus down to a minimum focus distance of 20cm
  • Multi Interface HOT SHOE accepts a wide range of optional accessories including an Optical Viewfinder kit (FDA-V1K - $599), a folding lens hood (LHP-1 - $179), a thumb grip (TGA-1 - $249), An Electronic Viewfinder (FDA-EV1MK - $449), a Lather Jacket Case (LCJ-RXB - $249), and wrist and shoulder straps.
  • Dual card slot accepts SD or Memory Stick duo type cards
  • Triluminos color HDMI output
  • Large capacity Li-ion battery pack (up to 270 images with LCD monitor)
Sony's new DSC-RX1R should start shipping in mid July (2013) and will carry the same $2799 MSRP as the RX1.

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