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Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II Vs RX1 Vs RX1R Comparison

We compare the new Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II with the Sony Cyber-shot RX1, and RX1R to see what new features the RX1R II brings to the RX Cyber-shot line-up.

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Left: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II, Middle: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R and Right: Sony Cyber-shot RX1

 

The full-frame Sony RX Cyber-shot range, which was launched back in 2012 with the Sony RX1, continues to grow in size with the latest model, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II joining the line-up yesterday. It's been 2 years since the RX1R II's predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R, was launched so it's easy to understand why Sony fans, and the photography community as a whole, are excited about the arrival of a new compact full-frame camera from Sony which promises big things.  

Sony makes some very bold claims about the Cyber-shot RX1R II calling it the 'best image quality ever in the history of the camera', 'ultimate second camera for professionals' and 'palm-sized perfection.' How true these statements are is something we'll be able to discover in more detail when we get hands-on with the latest RX Cyber-shot offering for a full review but for now, we can compare the specifications of all three cameras along with the product images to see what's new, improved or indeed stayed the same on the latest Cyber-shot RX1R II.

 

Left: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II, Middle: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R and Right: Sony Cyber-shot RX1

 

Noticeable differences include the addition of 17.9Mp to the CMOS sensor when compared to its predecessors. The new model has an impressive 42.2Mp CMOS, full-frame sensor (the same as what can be found in the Sony A7R-II) while the RX1 and RX1R only had 24.3Mp sensors. The RX1R II also has 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 variable low-pass filter actually gives the user much more control as it allows them to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moiré or colour artifacts to match the subject. 

Performance has been improved on the Cyber-shot RX1R II with data transfer speeds been 3.5x faster than the original RX1R and it's the first camera in Sony’s RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities. The Cyber-shot RX1R II’s sensor features 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area and work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model.

Other focus improvements on the new model include multiple AF area settings such as Wide, Centre and Flexible Spot, as well as Eye AF and lock-on AF. 

The viewfinder on the Cyber-shot RX1R II is retractable, a first for the RX1 series, and can be popped up or down with a simple push and it's also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible. There's also a detachable high ergonomic design eyepiece cup available for use with the viewfinder. 

Left: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II, Middle: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R and Right: Sony Cyber-shot RX1

 

The LCD screen stays the same size, although it can now tilt upwards to 109 degrees and downwards to 41 degrees, and all three models share the same focusing modes, exposure modes, metering options and white balance modes. They also share the same video resolutions and file types. The battery used is still the NP-BX1, with all three cameras offering 220 shots with a fully charged battery. The 35mm f/2 lens Zeiss  Sonnar  t* advanced aspherical lens stays in place, too. 

 

Left: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II, Middle: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R and Right: Sony Cyber-shot RX1

 

The Cyber-shot RX1R II is actually 25g heavier than the previous models and it's slightly fatter, too but only by 2.4mm so unless you look really close, you won't notice. As for overall design, not much has changed apart from the addition of the pop-up viewfinder and now tiltable screen. There's no built-in flash either, something that was present on the Sony Cybershot RX1R and RX1.

 

For more details on the specifications, take a look at the below comparison table. 

 

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II Hands-On Photos of Equipment

 

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1R Hands-On Photos of Equipment

 

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1 Hands-On Photos of Equipment

 

Comparison Table

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R IISony Cybershot DSC-RX1Sony Cybershot DSC-RX1R
ManufacturerSonySonySony
Lens
Max Aperturef/2f/2f/2
35mm equivalent35mm35mm35mm
Optical Zoom0x0x0x
Image Sensor
Pixels42.2Mp (Megapixels)24.3Mp (Megapixels)24.3Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)795260006000
Pixels (H)530440004000
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOSCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-frameFull-frameFull-frame
Sensor Size (width)35.9mm35.8mm35.8mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm23.9mm23.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 4:3
  • 1:1
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in3in3in
Screen resolution1,228,800 dots1,229,000 dots1,229,000 dots
Touch ScreenNoNoNo
Focusing
Min Focus20cm20cm20cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Manual
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec1/2000sec1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec30sec30sec
Bulb modeNo DataNo DataNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 102400100 - 25600100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Auto
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-5+/-3+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting5fps5fps5fps
Video
Movie modeYesYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 1440x1080
Video FPS60, 50, 30, 25, 24fps50i, 50p, 25p50i, 50p, 25p
Stereo SoundYesYesYes
Optical Zoom with VideoNoNoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNoNoNo
Interface
HDMIYesYesYes
USBUSB 2USB 2USB 2
Wi-FiYesNoNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
  • Micro SD
  • Micro SDHC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
Battery Life (CIPA rating)220shots220shots220shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction ManualRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction ManualRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor AC-UD11, Micro USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Lens Cap, Shoe Cap, Instruction Manual
Dimensions
Weight507g482g482g
Width113.3mm113.3mm113.3mm
Height65.4mm65.4mm65.4mm
Depth72mm69.6mm69.6mm
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Photographs taken using the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II

West Yorkshire 2017.

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16 Oct 2015 8:18PM
Very interested about in this camera, but before I go any further I need to know if the new RX has the exact same lens as the original RX1?
Thank you

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