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SonyCyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Good in low light (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Great resolution (13)
  • Large clear LCD (10)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (16)
  • Family photos (13)
  • Low light (12)
  • Wildlife (4)
  • Macro photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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5.0

Love this camera

By JCM in Berkeley

from Berkeley, CA

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Great Resolution
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

    My other cameras are a Nikon 800e, a Nikon 810, and an Olympus OMD E M1. I have a gaggle of top of the line expensive lenses for them. Unless I'm shooting wildlife and need a long length lens, I find myself reaching for the Sony RX!R every time. The reason: the image quality is better.

    All other considerations pale in comparison.

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    4.0

    Nearly perfect at what it does

    By Shadow Detailer

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

    This camera really filled a need. I was a long-time Leica guy but just could not fall in love with their digital M models. So I spent a few years using a combination of a top-end Nikon SLR and a compact 4/3 system. The bulky Nikon got left at home too often, and the image quality of my 4/3 files were often not good enough for me or my publisher/agency.The Sony that first drew my attention was the A7R (intrigued that it could mount my Leica lenses), but one minute holding it at B&H and I knew it was a no-go: not small enough, uncomfortable to hold, ridiculously loud shutter, etc. So I picked up the RX1r and after a couple minutes I marched up to the counter and haven't looked back since.The RX1r's image quality is as good as anything available (particularly in low light), the lens signature is something special, and the ergonomics and functionality are totally acceptable with a little practice. The shutter is effectively silent, and you just don't know how great that is until you experience the benefits -- it gives a whole new dimension to the concept of "candid." Best of all, the camera is small enough to carry around in your bag or throw over your shoulder when you go for a walk. My only complaints are as follows: (i) I dislike the way it handles with the EVF, and yet about 15% of the time I wish I had it on there, (ii) I sometimes miss a shot because I accidentally hit the video-record button or moved the lens to macro mode, and (iii) while I like the 35mm length for some things, for most of my work I would prefer a 50mm instead (totally a personal preference and I realize the 50 would probably add too much bulk).In conclusion, I love this camera and currently use it ahead of the my Leica, Nikon and 4/3 gear for about 60% of my photography. I don't find the price to be unreasonable at all when I compare its capabilities to those of my other systems.

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    • No

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    4.0

    I love this camera

    By Mike

    from Staten Island, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good in Low Light
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

    I love this camera. I can't say enough good things about it. The IQ is absolutely stunning. The build quality is excellent and the lens is perhaps one of the best 35mm lenses ever made. Would highly recommend it . Only cons are focus peeking isn't available unless using zoom preview (unlike on RX100) and the price.

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    5.0

    Sony RX1R

    By Marcello

    from NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      Gods Gift !!!!!!! BH has always lived up to their impeccable record !!!!!! Thanks again !!!!!!!! Perfect pics from this perfect camera!!

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Exceptional case-study photos at Museums

      By Museum Studies Instructor

      from Tallahassee, Florida

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      The "London Museums and Cultural Heritage" class has just returned to the States from an unforgettable week in the UK: the main reason it will be unforgettable is due to the extraordinary photographs made by the RX1R. This camera is an upgrade to our Museum equipment from the similar RX-100 which is, in itself, an amazing tool that I have used since 2012. However, the brilliant clarity of the RX1R photographs of students, museum visitors, as well as exhibition material and other tourist delights is unsurpassed in my experience with cameras of this small size. It performs in any light conditions and allows for enlargement for the understanding of details of artifacts and the interaction of the public with museum installations. My photo archives have never been better for classroom teaching and our International Programs Office is eager to utilize photos from our Spring Break trip for describing the program.

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      5.0

      IQ That Will Blow You Away!

      By Spiritualized67

      from Western, PA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Beautiful Bokeh
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Complicated menus
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Street
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      I'm a semi-pro fine art photographer with extensive experience using a Nikon D3s, D4 and D800e – just to name a few.

      Took the plunge on a new Sony RX1R for my street and travel work. It's like owning a Leica M240 with 35mm F/1.4 Summilux lens, but at a fraction of the expense (so long as you're fine using a slightly slower fixed prime).

      The lens optics and quality are simply stunning (tack-sharp wide open) - as is the camera body fit and finish. DR and low-light/high-ISO capability is quite frankly excellent - as is color rendering. Much like Leica, the bokeh characteristics have a 3D quality that really pops. Can't believe Sony was able to fit such a good 24MP FX sensor into such a small body.

      Surprisingly, the camera is too small for my hands weighted against the built-in Zeiss lens. Paired with a Really Right Stuff L-Bracket and Grip, it balances out perfectly without compromising on the small footprint or good looks. Sold my Gariz half-leather case – which wasn't very functional, but looked stylish. Compared to the D4 (even with the RRS grip) – the camera is tiny (perfect for street work).

      Some would call the slower AF system the Achilles Heel – and I would somewhat disagree. While it's not as blazingly fast as some of the Nikon DSLRs out there, it is very respectable. It tracks well in low light – especially when coupled with Auto ISO. It's not nearly as lackluster as many have reported. That's not to say that a faster and more responsive AF wouldn't be a welcome enhancement for fast action or street-shooting scenarios. It's no D4 in the AF area - but holds its own for most situations where fast action is not required.

      Absolutely love Sony's Auto ISO capability. Shooting in aperture priority or manual, there's not much this camera can't handle – and even the high ISO shots are extremely clean. Just about on par with my former D4 up to about ISO 6400.

      As for other weaknesses, some argue that the lack of built-in OVF/EVF is a deal breaker. I did get Sony's optional EVF – which is pretty sweet. It does make the camera a bit less discreet, but the fact that you can take it off and go stealthy is a nice thing. Shooting from the hip or via the beautiful-rendering LCD can also have its benefits when you're trying to blend in. So maybe not ideal for some, it's not a show stopper for me.

      So what didn't I like? Well – I'm not crazy about the organization of the menu system (being spoiled by Nikon). Way too many tabs IMHO. I hope Sony tweaks this.

      Lastly, I wanted to talk about the price. Sure, the camera with accessories can cost a small fortune. And I would agree that some of the accessories like the obnoxiously-priced lens hood (or the lack of an external battery charger) should be included.

      But when you consider the amazing optics and capabilities – it's a veritable bargain. That Leica lens I referenced cost $5,150. This tiny little miracle really is about as good as my previous D4 in so many ways – and specifically in the area that matters, image quality. Sony has created something very special in the RX1R. If you value IQ above all else, the Sony RX1R is the king of mirrorless right now. Highly recommended!

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      5.0

      A piece of Art!

      By Ali

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      I just love this camera. I ordered it to join my Sony A7, but I have to say that this outperforms the A7 in so many ways. The picture quality is awesome .. not having the AA filter makes a difference but not very noticeable if you're comparing it with the A7. But what makes this camera a great product, is the lens. The lens is a piece from heaven .. extremely sharp even at F2.0! It speaks luxury .. with the aperture control ring and the smooth focusing ring! I don't mind not having an EVF .. probably because I like the geometric design of the camera .. but I would recommend buying an external EVF just in case you're out there shooting and it's sunny!

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      4.0

      ALMOST perfect

      By Weihan

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fantastic Image Quality
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution

      Cons

      • No Built-In EVF

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      THE single biggest drawback to the RX1R is the lack of a built-in EVF! Under normal intense daylight conditions in Los Angeles, conventional LCDs are often essentially useless. The optional EVF sits uncomfortably in the hot shoe, just waiting to be broken off.

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      5.0

      Sony RX1R

      By Aljoscha

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      What an extraordinary piece of equipment.This small camera shoots super-sharp images. The full-frame sensor in a camera of that size is a technological masterpiece. Top-notch, super handy, extremely fast and precise. Took it for a trip across the States and every shot was a hit. Highly recommend this camera. Worth every dollar of the $.The only disadvantage is that all the accessories are quite pricy as well but definitely worth it.

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      5.0

      Amazing camera!

      By RED

      from Manila

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      I used to own a combo of 5D mark III + 85mm 1.2 and later 50mm 1.2 but I'm not a pro photog. There's just a certain IQ that I want from my images = FF and big aperture gives me that. But I got tired of lugging around a big camera & lens combo, so I wanted to get the RX100 II instead. Upon reading numerous reviews, it brought me to RX1r reviews. I had to pull all the strings just so I could buy this little monster. And I am so happy with it. I bought mine for only [$]$ (converted from peso equivalent) I love love this. I'm not so much into videos so I really can't comment on that. I love that it's just a point and shoot with manual mode goodness. And the BOKEH IS EXCELLENT, not so much like a 1.2L but close enough. I highly recommend this. I'm used to Prime lens so zooming in and out with my feet ain't a big deal. It adds a bit of a challenge to compose a shot. :)

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      5.0

      Smallest Full Frame on the market !!!

      By Fruchstuck

      from New York, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lag / Shutter Delay
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

      Not the fastest beast you can find, but apart from that, awesome camera.
      You get a Leica level lens for half the price, and the camera body is a gift... Some people think it's an expensive proposition, I think the opposite. If a 35mm is your field of view, then this a marriage made in haven. The Zeiss is extremely sharp across the board from 2.8 on, sensor is fantastic, RAW files are as good as it gets. EVF also the best.

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      5.0

      I JUST LOVE IT!

      By Andrzej Kyn

      from Framingham, MA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Leaf Shutter
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

        I love:
        1. external EVF better
        2. compact size
        3. exceptional image quality
        4. macro mode
        5. leaf shutter that syncs flash at every speed (great with built in flash as a fill light)
        6. convenient location of the shutter speed dial
        7. shutter button accepts a mechanical (threaded) cable release
        8. slim battery
        9. USB battery charge inside the camera
        10. easy to use Quick Navi menu

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        5.0

        Almost perfect P&S

        By Naturephotophyll

        from NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

        Use for family vacation. Gives quality image in a full frame sensor. It is almost a perfect P&S, Full frame, Maximum aperture of 2, high ISO for low light condition. And do I have to mention how thankful my shoulder is, after carrying those DSLR and lenses. I wish it had bulb mode, sometimes 30 seconds is not enough, for light painting.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
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        • No

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        5.0

        Incredible, take it everywhere

        By Web

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Not intimidating
        • Silent
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • High-price Accessories
        • No Intervalometer
        • No Weather-sealing

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

        I photo for fun, family, and for sharing. I'm so happy I splurged on the RX1R. I own the Canon 5D3 with several L-quality lenses, all of which perform incredibly. But the Sony RX1R has opened new doors for me, it gives me the image quality of my 5D3 in a compact body that I have no second thoughts about grabbing and taking anywhere and everywhere.

        I use it mostly for photos and videos of kids, friends and family, as well as landscape and nightscape. I also play around with macro - bugs, flowers, mushrooms. It's highly capable in all these areas.

        PROS:
        1) The resolution and image quality is outstanding compared to most high-end DSLR's, in fact I would say it's just as good as my Canon 5D Mark III, even in low light. I took the attached Milky Way photo over Mt. Rainier with the RX1R.

        2) It's small! Of course, a full-frame sensor in a compact body. This is why I will grab this camera and take it anywhere, to the park, to a game, on a hike, not to the beach though, I wouldn't risk that.

        3) Fixed 35mm lens. "What!" you say? Isn't this a Con? I dunno, I thought so at first, but now it almost feels liberating to have one less thing to deal with and think about - interchangeable lenses. The RX1R doesn't replace a high functioning DSLR, which I will still grab when I want telephoto or ultra wide angle, or when I just crave one of the other sweet lenses I have. But the 35mm focal length has worked for everything from kids to landscapes for me, I love it now.

        4) A dedicated movie button. That's important to me when trying to capture the kids, no fumbling through menus, just one button to click.

        5) Low-light performance. Love it. I take indoor photos at parties, and outdoor nightscapes of stars and the Milky Way with ease.

        6) Silent. Literally, no, sound. Of course I had to disable the silly digital sound effects first, but the shutter itself makes not a peep.

        7) Not intimidating. I can put this right up to people's faces and they seem less scared than if I were to shove the 5D3 with a 50mm 1.2 in their faces.

        8) Lovely bokeh.

        CONS:
        1) No weather-sealing. The build quality is superb, it feels solid all around, but it's makes me nervous that there's no weather-sealing. I don't want to chance it in the rain, at the beach, in heavy dust, etc.

        2) The lens cap. Maybe it's just me, the lens cap is solid metal, it feels outstanding, but I worry that I'll scratch the lens with it when I put it on sometimes. And I've noticed it come off in my camera bag sometimes, not sure why.

        3) High-priced accessories. You've probably already heard this, the lens hood and EVF are essential, and will add significant cost to the purchase.

        4) No intervalometer? Not that I know of, but I wish there was one.

        5) Autofocus. You've probably heard that the AF is poor. Well I wouldn't say that, but it's definitely no DSLR in that regard. Works fine for me when available light lets it, but otherwise may lag a little bit. Still it's not terrible by any means.

        OTHER STUFF:
        I bought the EVF, lens hood, R-Strap, and OpTech case. I also bought the Match Technical soft shutter release "bip" in the lady bug - hey it's cute! I also bought a remote shutter release.

        CONCLUSION:
        I love the RX1R and find myself using it about 80% of the time, my poor Canon 5D3 has been put on the backburner for about a month now and used the other 20%.

        If you're considering this camera, I can only imagine you will be extremely glad that you bought it. Image quality is important to me as are manual controls, low-light performance, video, as well as a small form-factor that enables me to carry this everywhere with ease.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 7
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        • No

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        5.0

        WOW

        By Louslens

        from Hilton Head Island SC.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

        I have probabley owned or used most cameras, Film and Digital. Lugged all the equipment necessory. And now I'm in love with this new RX1r camera. I'm in the process of getting rid of all my equipment and only using the Sony I couldn't be happier with it, it's like using the old Leica film cameras

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        5.0

        Happy review

        By Louslens

        from Hilton Head Island SC.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

        I have probably had every camera made over the last 60+ years. This is by far the best digital camera I ever used! I can' begin to tell you how great this camera is, I'm not a pro but I love Photography, I keep this camera with me all the time, it's so small it seems natural to have with you.

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        5.0

        A resolution monster

        By Chuck

        from Dallas, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera:

        As the headline says, the RX1R is a resolution monster! If sharpness is high on your priority list this camera is on a very short list of sharpness kings. A person would have to move up to high mega-pixel medium format back to do better. Even then the differences would be minimal.

        As often reported the add-on EVF and the lens shade are way too expensive!
        They are however both very useful accessories (particularly the EVF).

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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