Sony Announces the RX1R II with a 42.4 MP Full-Frame Image Sensor

We are pleased to learn that Sony has announced the RX1R II, an update to the earlier RX1 and RX1R models.


Sony_RX1RM2_front_EVF.jpgWhat is very special about this camera is that it's using a new 42.4 Megapixel Sensor, and also includes a 35mm F2 Zeiss Sonnar T* lens.

If you want the most camera you can get without moving to an interchangeable lens model, perhaps the upcoming Sony RX1R II owners would agree that this is the camera you should be looking at.

The new RX1R II also offers uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture to take advantage of the new 42.4 Megapixel Image sensor, as mentioned in this recent article:

Sony Announces 14 Bit User Selectable Uncompressed RAW Image Format for New Alpha Models

Please see our Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1RMK2 Preview, or the official press release from Sony below, for more information.


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Sony Introduces New Palm-Sized RX1R II Camera with 42.4 MP Full-Frame Image Sensor

Sony's Latest Premium Compact Features Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Sensor, ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 Lens, High Speed AF, retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder and World's First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter1

NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2015 - Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their acclaimed Cyber-shot RX compact camera line, the full-frame RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2).  

Joining the original RX1 and RX1R cameras in the family of the world's smallest full-frame cameras, the new RX1R II delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made.  This can largely be attributed to the new camera's high resolution 42.4 MP sensor paired with its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, which have been fine-tuned to optimize performance together.  

Additionally, the new model features a 30% improvement in AF response speed compared to the original award-winning RX1 models and is equipped with the world's first optical variable low pass filter that can be set to "off", "standard" or "high" based on user preference, with low pass filter bracketing available.  The camera also has a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting, which has been implemented with minimal change in overall body size from its predecessors.  

"The new RX1R II offers a combination of size and performance that has never before been realized in the world of compact cameras," said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics.  "We're giving imaging enthusiasts and professionals the opportunity to enjoy a camera with one of the most powerful combinations of sensor and lens in market today that can easily fit in the palm of your hand.  It's simply the latest example of the progressive innovation that Sony is bringing to the world of imaging."

Ultimate Image Quality in the Palm of Your Hand

The new RX1R II camera utilizes a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with approx. 42.4 effective megapixels paired with a powerful BIONZ X processing engine to achieve superior levels of image resolution and sensitivity (ISO 100-25600, expandable to 50 - 1024002) with wide dynamic range.  The sensor's back-illuminated structure, with an expanded circuit scale and copper wiring design, enables faster transmission speed and outputs data approximately 3.5x faster than the original RX1R, ensuring high-speed performance.  

Matched specifically for the image sensor, the large aperture 35mm F2 ZEISS Sonnar T* lens ensures that all images captured by the camera are impressively sharp from the center to the corners.  The lens also has a unique Macro shift ring for focusing on subjects as close as 14cm in front of the lens and has nine aperture blades that produce smooth, even background defocus or 'bokeh' in the most commonly used aperture ranges.  

Another unique benefit of the new camera is its fixed lens design, which allows the positioning of its sensor and lens to be precisely adjusted to maximize all benefits of the sensor's extremely high resolution.  The closer the two components are to one another, the wider the angle through which light can pass through the lens and directly reach the sensor, resulting in imagery that is rich in detail and resolution.  Also, unlike the focal plane shutter common to interchangeable lens cameras, RX1R II utilizes an in-lens shutter, allowing 1/2000 sec flash synch speed and a significant reduction in overall body size.

The new RX1R II also offers uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture to maximize the benefits of the image sensor's wide dynamic range, while also still supporting existing compressed format.  

High Speed AF to Capture the Decisive Moment

The RX1R II model is the first in Sony's acclaimed RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities.  The camera's sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area - the world's widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor1 - that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model.  Additionally, the camera has adapted an advanced motion-detection algorithm that offers superior tracking performance of moving subjects and allows for the addition of AF-C mode that accurately tracks a subject after focusing.  It also can achieve up to 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking.  

Other focusing improvements on the new model include multiple AF area settings including Wide, Center and Flexible Spot and Expand Flexible Spot.  The camera also has Eye AF and lock-on AF.  

World's First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter

In a first for digital cameras, the RX1R II features an optical variable low pass filter that allows shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moiré or color artifacts to match the subject.   

The three settings for the low-pass filter3 include "off", which provides comparable effects to having no low-pass filter and is suitable when prioritizing resolution, "standard", which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and color artifacts, and "high", which places more emphasis on reducing moiré and artifacting.  This unique feature allows photographers to achieve the desired image quality and resolution based on the presence of moiré-inducing high spatial frequency objects in the scene, essentially combining two cameras - one with and without a low-pass filter - into one body.  Low-pass filter bracketing is also available and can be used to compare the effects of different settings.

New Retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder, Tiltable Screen, HD Video and more

New for the RX1 series, the RX1R II has a built-in retractable 2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder that pops up and down with simple one-push operation.   The viewfinder features ZEISS T* Coating and four glass elements including two aspherical lenses that work together to deliver a magnification of 0.74x4 and clear corner-to-corner visibility with minimal distortion.  The new camera also has a 3.0 type WhiteMagic™ 1.2 million dot LCD display that can tilt upwards up to 109 degrees and downwards up to 41 degrees, allowing for a greater range of shooting angles and positions.

On the video side, the camera's advanced sensor and processor deliver exceptionally detailed movies with low levels of noise.  It is able to support full HD 1920x1080 video recording at frame rates of 60p, 30p or 24p through use of the versatile XAVC S movie recording format5.  

The new RX1R II camera is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony's PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony's growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™.  

A new version of the popular "Smart Remote Control" app (version 4.0) from PlayMemories Camera Apps, which enables remote shooting from a connected smartphone, will be released that features updated bulb and continuous shooting functionality to match the new camera.  Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.    

Pricing and Availability

The Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera will be available in November for about $3300 US and $4300 CA at a variety of Sony authorized dealers in both countries. There is also a new camera case (model LCJ-RXH) that will be available at launch that fits snugly on the new RX1R II as well as the original RX1 and RX1R models.  

A series of exciting new content shot with the RX1R II camera can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, Sony's new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony imaging brand.  

The new content will also be posted directly at Sony global sites https://www.sony.net/Product/di_photo_gallery/.

For US customers seeking more information on the new RX1R II camera, please visit  http://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-rx1rm2 .

1. Among digital cameras. As of October 2015 press release, based on Sony research.

2. Expanded ISO 50-102400 available only for shooting still images

3. Available only for shooting still images

4. Approx. 0.74x with 50mm lens equiv. at infinity, -1m-1.

5. A class 10 or higher SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format.


Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II specifications

Price

MSRP

$3299

Body type

Body type

Large sensor compact

Body material

Magnesium alloy

Sensor

Max resolution

7952 x 5304

Image ratio w:h

1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9

Effective pixels

42 megapixels

Sensor photo detectors

44 megapixels

Sensor size

Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)

Sensor type

BSI-CMOS

Processor

BIONZ X

Color space

sRGB, AdobeRGB

Color filter array

Primary color filter

Image

ISO

Auto, 100-25600, expandable to 50-102400

White balance presets

9

Custom white balance

Yes (with fine-tuning)

Image stabilization

No

Uncompressed format

RAW

JPEG quality levels

Extra fine, fine, standard

File format

  • JPEG (Exif v2.3, DCF 2.0)

  • Raw (Sony ARW, 14-bit uncompressed)

Image parameters

  • Contrast

  • Saturation

  • Sharpness

  • Color Space

  • Creative Style

Optics & Focus

Focal length (equiv.)

35 mm

Optical zoom

Maximum aperture

F2.0

Autofocus

  • Contrast Detect (sensor)

  • Phase Detect

  • Multi-area

  • Center

  • Selective single-point

  • Tracking

  • Single

  • Face Detection

Autofocus assist lamp

Yes

Digital zoom

Yes (4x)

Manual focus

Yes

Normal focus range

24 cm (9.45″)

Macro focus range

14 cm (5.51″)

Number of focus points

25

Screen / viewfinder

Articulated LCD

Tilting

Screen size

3″

Screen dots

1,228,800

Touch screen

No

Screen type

TFT LCD

Live view

Yes

Viewfinder type

Electronic

Viewfinder coverage

100%

Viewfinder magnification

0.74×

Viewfinder resolution

2,359,296

Photography features

Minimum shutter speed

30 sec

Maximum shutter speed

1/4000 sec

Exposure modes

  • Auto

  • Program

  • Aperture priority

  • Shutter speed priority

  • Manual

  • Memory Recall

Scene modes

  • Portrait

  • Sports Action

  • Landscape

  • Sunset

  • Night Scene

  • Handheld Twilight

  • Night Portrait

  • Anti Motion Blur

Built-in flash

No

External flash

Yes (via hot-shoe)

Flash modes

Off, auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless

Flash X sync speed

1/2000 sec

Drive modes

  • Single

  • Continuous

  • Speed priority continuous

  • Self-timer

  • Continuous bracketing

  • Single bracketing

  • WB bracketing

  • DRO bracketing

  • LPF bracketing

Continuous drive

5.0 fps

Self-timer

Yes (2,5, 10 sec)

Metering modes

  • Multi

  • Center-weighted

  • Spot

Exposure compensation

±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)

WB Bracketing

Yes

Videography features

Resolutions

1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 30p)

Format

MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264

Videography notes

Supports bit rates as high as 50Mbps using XAVC S codec

Microphone

Stereo

Speaker

Mono

Storage

Storage types

SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo

Connectivity

USB

USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

HDMI

Yes (Micro HDMI)

Microphone port

Yes

Headphone port

No

Wireless

Built-In

Wireless notes

802.11b/g/n with NFC

Remote control

Yes (via smartphone)

Physical

Environmentally sealed

No

Battery

Battery Pack

Battery description

Lithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery and charger

Battery Life (CIPA)

220

Weight (inc. batteries)

507 g (1.12 lb / 17.88 oz)

Dimensions

113 x 65 x 72 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.83″)

Other features

Orientation sensor

Yes

Timelapse recording

No

GPS

None