Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 24.3MP Full-Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 Lens
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • 3.0" 1,229k-Dot Xtra Fine LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24 or 60 fps
  • High Speed AF and MF Focus Peaking
  • Continuous Shooting Rate Up to 5 fps
  • Low-Light Sensitivity to ISO 25600
  • Multi Interface Shoe
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Sony DSC-RX1R overview

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera is a compact high-performance camera that features a large 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video. Benefitting the performance of the sensor is the omission of the optical low-pass filter, which allows for even higher resolution, detail, and image sharpness than normally possible. Also contributing to high overall image quality is the incorporation of the BIONZ image processor, which enables low noise levels with high sensitivity to ISO 25600. Furthermore, this processor provides quick performance to all aspects of the camera, including a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, a high-speed autofocus system, and intuitive handling throughout the menu system.

The RX1R's compact design incorporates a fixed Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens, providing a standard wide-angle perspective that is suitable for working in a wide variety of everyday conditions. This lens' bright maximum aperture is suitable for use in dimly-lit conditions and also benefits working with selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating also benefits the overall image quality by minimizing surface reflections and lens flare and producing imagery with greater contrast and clarity.

One of the most revered elements of the RX1R is its compact form-factor and as such, its inclusion of such a large sensor. The combination of these two elements helps to realize truly outstanding imaging capabilities in a highly portable and compact device. While small, the physical design of the camera and lens integrates numerous facets that provide efficient and intuitive use and control of exposure adjustments and camera features. There are three distinct control rings on the lens that give way to expedited handling of the focus, aperture control, and macro settings and a range of physical control dials and customizable buttons also allow for quick access to many different camera functions. For composing imagery, playback and review, and navigating the menu system, a large 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor is available and employs WhiteMagic technology to increase the screen's brightness to support working in sunny and well-lit conditions. The design of the camera also includes a multi interface accessory shoe, which, aside from enabling the use of an external flash, permits mounting of an array of accessories including optional viewfinders and external microphones.

Full-Frame Sensor and BIONZ Image Processor
The large 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor provides a high level of image quality, detail, and rich color and tonal gradations with low noise levels. Greatly benefitting the capabilities of the sensor is the BIONZ image processor, which works to provide 14-bit RAW image data recording as well contribute to the overall speed of the camera. A broad sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 25600 enables clear low-light shooting and a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 fps suits working with fast-moving subjects.
No Optical Low-Pass Filter
The optical low-pass filter (OLPF) has been removed in this camera in order to garner the greatest image sharpness and resolution from imagery. By removing the OLPF from the camera's design, there is no blurring of the image prior to capture in order to ensure the highest performance from both the lens and image sensor. This camera is ideal for users whose digital workflow typically consists of computer-based post-production processing as there is a greater likelihood of moiré or color artifacts occurring within image files produced without this filter.
Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 Lens
The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens is a standard wide-angle lens with a bright maximum aperture that benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and for greater control over focus placement. The fixed focal length design ensures the highest image quality and the incorporation of three aspherical elements helps to minimize chromatic aberrations while also contributing to high overall sharpness. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting in order to produce imagery with high contrast and clarity.
Full HD 1080p Video Recording
Full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording is supported in multiple frames rates, including 60p, 60i, and 24p. When recording in full HD, the AVCHD Ver. 2.0 codec is used for highly detailed image quality that translates well to editing and sharing on HDTVs. Recording in the Internet-friendly MP4 format is also supported in 1440 x 1080 and 640 x 480 sizes at 30 fps. Sound is recorded during filming using the built-in stereo microphone or, alternatively, an external microphone can be used in conjunction with the multi interface shoe. When recording movies, full manual exposure control is possible by using the P/A/S/M modes, Creative Style and Picture Effect settings can be applied, and full-time continuous autofocus is also supported.
Low-Light Performance
A multitude of options are available to benefit working in dimly-lit conditions, including the bright f/2 lens, a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25600, and the incorporation of optical SteadyShot image stabilization to help minimize the appearance of camera shake. Additionally, the RX1R can capture six individual images in quick succession and combine data from each of the images into a single frame to help reduce noise levels by an equivalent two sensitivity steps.
High Speed Autofocus
Aided by the rapid throughput of the BIONZ image processor, high speed auto focusing is possible that is equally as precise as it is quick. Utilizing intelligent response data and a refined high speed actuator motor, the RX1R can acquire focus in a similar manner and speed to top-performing DSLR focus systems in a variety of lighting conditions.
Camera Design
One of the most notable design elements of the RX1R is the lens and its incorporation of three distinct control rings to provide an efficient and intuitive means for adjusting focus, aperture settings, and switching to macro focusing. By utilizing this analog system of camera controls, you can maintain constant view of the image on the rear monitor while being able to effectively fine tune exposure and focus adjustments.

On the top plate of the camera are knurled control dials, which also lead to expedient changing of exposure modes and exposure compensation settings. Furthermore, a selector dial is located on the backside of the camera to enable switching between a variety camera adjustment settings and a front-located focus mode dial provides fast switching between AF, DMF, and MF focusing modes.

Five of the buttons on the rear side of the camera are customizable and can be reassigned to trigger functions as desired. The Custom, AEL, and Left, Right, and Down buttons can all be set to activate a wide variety of exposure, creative, and focusing settings. Once optimum camera settings have been found for a specific setting or effect, they can be saved using the Memory Recall mode and the same combination will be accessible for later use. Up to three groups of settings can be saved and each can be applied immediately by turning the control dial.

Finally, the design of the RX1R incorporates both a built-in pop-up flash and a mult interface accessory shoe. The pop-up flash has a guide number of 19.7' at ISO 100 and has a unique design that allows for tilting of the flash head for bouncing off of walls, ceilings, or reflectors. The multi interface shoe allows for the use of an external flash and also supports the use of a wide variety of optional accessories, including viewfinders and external microphones.
High-Resolution LCD Monitor
Live view monitoring, image playback, and menu navigation are all done from the rear 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor. This screen incorporates WhiteMagic technology to boost the overall brightness of imagery to aid in viewing. An AR (anti-reflection) coating and a layer of resin between the LCD and reinforced glass have also been applied in order to minimize glare and produce deeper blacks and more vivid color rendition. An illumination intensity sensor is also integrated into the LCD's design to automatically adjust the brightness depending on the ambient lighting conditions.

Using the screen during shooting benefits compositions through the inclusion of an optional gridline overlay to help line up horizontal and vertical lines within the image frame. Three distinct grids are available: Rule of Thirds Grid Line, Square Grid Line, and Diagonal + Square Grid Line. Additionally, a dual-axis digital level gauge can be used to determine camera roll and pitch for ensuring even horizons and plumb verticals. Benefitting focusing with the screen are the MF Assist and Peaking functions. MF Assist enlarges the live view image up to 11.7x to give a larger, more detailed view of the crucial elements. Peaking provides focus confirmation by highlighting the edges within the composition as a more objective means of determining critical sharpness when manually focusing.

In regard to menu navigation, the Quick Navi menu allows checking of current camera settings in a quick and intuitive manner. In this menu, you can easily adjust the most frequently used camera settings with the cross keys and control dial, and easy-to-recognize icons are used in place of text for faster recognition of these controls.
Color and Tonal Rendition
The RXR fully supports Sony's proprietary TRILUMINOS Color technology for producing imagery with an extremely broad color gamut for viewing on TVs equipped with TRILUMINOS Display. During shooting, a refined DRO (Dynamic Range Optimizer) can automatically analyze lighting conditions in order to gain the greatest detail from shadow and highlight regions of an image. This is especially useful when working with backlit subjects or in high contrast situations. Five steps of DRO are available depending on the scene at hand and these exposure adjustments can even be applied during continuous shooting.

Auto White Balance (AWB) is an intelligent means for compensating for the effects of changing light sources within imagery by maintaining a consistent and neutral color temperature balance. A full range of manual white balance controls are also available, including custom white balance and color filter functions to fine-tuning the appearance of different color temperatures within imagery.
RAW Image Development
This PC software allows for advanced processing, handling, and editing of the camera's ARW 14-bit RAW image files. This software allows you to manipulate image's exposure, white balance, tonal curves, and other exposure and color settings as well as convert an image's color space and output as JPEGs or 16-bit TIFFs. Images can also be saved in other file formats, thumbnail portfolios can be created, Creative Style settings can be tuned, and images can be rated for more efficient editing.
UPC: 027242871298

Sony DSC-RX1R specs

Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.3 Megapixel
Sensor Full Frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) CMOS
Bit Depth 14-Bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4, AVCHD
Audio: AAC, AC3
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Lens Carl Zeiss Sonnar, 8 elements in 7 groups
3 Aspherical
EFL: 35mm
Aperture: f/2 to f/22
Filter Thread 49mm
Zoom Digital: 4x
Digital: 6.1x
Digital: 9.1x
Focus Range Normal: 9.45" (24.00 cm) to Infinity
Macro: 5.51" (14.00 cm) to 11.42" (29.01 cm)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 50-25600)
Shutter 30 - 1/4000 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Movie, Program Shift, Programmed Auto, Scene Modes, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Metering Range: EV 0.0 - EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
Shooting Modes HDR Painting
Handheld Twilight
High Contrast B&W
Miniature Effect
Night Portrait
Night Scene
Partial Color
Pop Color
Rich-Tone Monochrome
Soft Focus
Soft High-Key
Toy Camera Effect
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps at 24 MP for up to 24 Frames
Up to 2.5 fps at 24 MP for up to 24 Frames
Self-Timer 2, 10 Sec
Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)
Flash Modes Auto
Rear Sync
Slow Sync
Built-In Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 0.98 - 49.21' (0.3 - 15 m)
Telephoto: 1.80 - 18.70' (0.55 - 5.7 m)
Wide: Up To 98.43' (30.00 m)
Telephoto: Up To 37.07' (11.30 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Resolution 1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080i: 30 fps
640 x 480p: 30 fps
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (1,229,000 pixels)
Screen Coverage 100%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7, 8
Mac: OS X 10.5 or later
Battery 1 x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1080 mAh
AC Power Adapter AC-UD11 (Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.7" / 114.3 x 66.0 x 68.6 mm excluding protrusions
Weight 17.00 oz / 481.95 g with battery and memory card
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 6.2 x 5.9"

Sony DSC-RX1R reviews

Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A piece of Art! 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!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing camera. Awesome images. This camera shoots great images. Granted, it doesn't have a build in EVF but that keeps its body size compact/low profile and easy to carry. The optional EVF is actually better than had it come with one built in. The optional EVF tilts upwards, allowing the user to hold the camera in different positions and yet be able to peer down into the view finder. Great if you have a bad back or knees when attempting to get different perspective shots. The images are of high quality, and the low light sensitivity is very good. The only issue is the focus can be slow, but when using the EVF it's a lot easier to focus or correct focus.
Date published: 2015-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony RX1R 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.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I bought this camera because I needed something I could carry everyday, everywhere and not have to lug around my DSLR to get decent photos. Loved how compact and sleek it looked and the reviews were promising. Good features: really easy to use, takes a high quality photo in manual mode, video looks great Bad features: when trying to take macro shots focus isn't as sharp, no zoom, battery life doesn't last very long, low light capability is okay but not great Used the camera during a concert, to take macro flower shots, lifestyle, food, and cityscapes. I think the camera is a really good start and is great for many uses but for the price and for everyday use, I can't recommend buying it.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this 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.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I JUST LOVE IT! 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
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible, take it everywhere 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.
Date published: 2013-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional case-study photos at Museums 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.
Date published: 2014-03-20
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