Sony RX1R II Review

Sony’s cameras demonstrate, among other things, that the company can accomplish goals that competitors cannot meet. Even if this does not directly convert into remarkable sales statistics, it does provide the impression that Sony is on the cutting edge of technical innovation.

The first iteration of the Sony RX1 was introduced in 2012, and it set a precedent for innovation by combining a full-frame sensor with a small chassis and a lens that did not zoom. Not too much longer after that, Sony released the RX1R, which had nearly the exact specifications as its predecessor, with the exception that the anti-aliasing filter that was previously present on the sensor had been removed.

Now that we are even farther along in the process, we have the RX1R II, equipped with yet another innovation developed by Sony. The world’s first variable optical low-pass filter (OLPF) is paired with the same full-frame 42.4 million-pixel sensor included in the A7R II small system camera. Together, these two components provide the world’s most advanced imaging technology.

In a nutshell, this indicates that the effects of an OLPF may be toggled on or off as desired. For example, you can use it if you photograph something prone to more patternings, such as small patterns or textures. Still, you can switch it off if you capture anything else, such as landscapes or portraits, where detail is essential.

Sony RX1R II Build Quality

The RX1R II, like the cameras that came before it, has a very high-quality appearance and feel, and its substantial weightiness contributes to the overall sense of excellent quality.

The thick lens on the front of the device appears and almost has the sensation of being removable, even though this is not the case. It is unlikely that you will be able to fit this camera in a tight pocket, but you may have a little more luck with a looser jacket pocket – that is, if you feel comfortable putting a high-cost item like this into your bag at all. Again, however, it is unlikely that you can fit this camera in a tight pocket.

Sony RX1R II Performance

When you open the files from the RX1R II on your computer, you are met with a feeling of equal parts pleasure and discomfort. You are lucky to have a top-of-the-line computer that can manage the enormous file sizes (uncompressed raws each take up around 80 MB of space). In that case, you should be ready to wait as your CPU gets up to speed.

However, once you are there, it is difficult not to be struck by the incredible degree of detail that the sensor can record. Images captured in the real world and taken throughout the whole sensitivity range reveal astonishing facts and look excellent when printed at full size. They also hold up well under scrutiny when considered in their entirety.

The results of our tests in our labs for resolution back up these thoughts. The results are significantly superior to the original RX1R and the Leica Q, which highly pleased us last year.

Detail is preserved well throughout the entire sensitivity range, up to ISO 6400, and only begins to degrade after ISO 12800 and continues to do so after that. It is important to note that the RX1R II at ISO 12800 can out-resolve the Leica Q at ISO 100. So even while the raw results aren’t quite as stunning, it still exceeds the Leica Q in every sensitivity category.

Sony RX1R II Specs

Body typeLarge sensor compact
Max resolution7952 x 5304
Image ratio w h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels42 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors44 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBIONZ X
ISOAuto, 100-25600, expandable to 50-102400
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (with fine-tuning)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsExtra fine, fine, standard
Focal length (equiv.)35 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleFace Detection.
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range24 cm (9.45″)
Macro focus range14 cm (5.51″)
Number of focus points399
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,228,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.74×
Viewfinder resolution2,359,296
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesOff, auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2,5, 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weighted spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 30p)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Videography notesSupports bit rates as high as 50Mbps using XAVC S codec
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)220
Weight (inc. batteries)507 g (1.12 lb / 17.88 oz)
Dimensions113 x 65 x 72 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.83″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Sony RX1R II Verdict

The RX1R II demonstrates how technologically advanced Sony’s products can be. Finally, at long last, the full-frame fixed lens compact market welcomed a new participant in Leica’s Q camera, which was released a year ago. To Sony’s credit, they have developed something that not only has an excellent viewfinder but also has a higher resolution than that of Leica.

The beauty of the pictures cannot be denied; looking at them is an absolute pleasure. The attention to detail gives them their distinctive appearance, and it is impossible not to be impressed by them when you view them on your computer screen again. Having said that, if you don’t want to be bothered by the enormous file sizes that the camera creates, you will need a fast computer.

Unless you want to be changing them very frequently (or you don’t want to shoot in raw format), you’ll also need to invest in some quick SD cards with a high capacity, which is another thing you’ll need to do.

Sony RX1R II FAQs

Is RX1R II discontinued?

The RX1R II has been taken off the market by Sony.

Is the Sony RX1R II waterproof?

No, the RX1R II does not have a weather-sealing or weatherproof design. Therefore, when using the camera in damp or humid environments, it is strongly advised that a protective cover or housing be utilized.

What is the dynamic range of the Sony RX1R II?

The dynamic range of the Sony RX1R II is up to 14 stops, which enables greater detail to be captured in both the shadows and the highlights of photographic images.

When did the Sony RX1R II come out?

The Sony RX1R II was first made publicly available in November 2015.

When was the RX1R II released?

In November 2015, the RX1R II was made available to the public.

Does Sony RX1R II have a fixed lens?

The Sony RX1R II does come equipped with a 35mm fixed lens.

What is the dynamic range of the Sony RX1R II?

The dynamic range of the Sony RX1R II is up to 14 stops, which enables greater detail to be captured in both the shadows and the highlights of photographic images.

Is Sony RX1R II weather sealed?

The Sony RX1R II does not have a weather-sealing mechanism built into it. Therefore, when using the camera in damp or humid environments, it is strongly advised that a protective cover or housing be utilized.

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