A big news for photo enthusiasts!

Sony RX1R I ($2,799.99 officially) has got an upgrade, and its latest sibling Sony RX1R II (42.4 MP) is now available. Though the asking price for the product surpasses that of Sony Cyber-shot, rational justification reflects in its advancements. The price officially remains undisclosed. However, prices as quoted by some reputed online stores are with Techvedic. At ebay—$3, 500; amazon—$3,299.00, Crutchfield—$3,299.99 and Adorama—$3,298.00. However, the form factor and size remains stable. Find a quick difference between specifications of both models below, before taking the Sony RX100 II review part.

Comparative Specifications

Sony RX1R Sony RX1R II
Sensor effective resolution 24.3MP Exmor CMOS
42.4MP Exmor R CMOS
Sensor size 35.8 x 23.9mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Focal-length multiplier 1.0x 1.0x
OLPF No Variable
Lens 35mm
Closest focus 7.9 in
20 cm
7.9 in
20 cm
Sensitivity range ISO 50
(exp)/ ISO 100 – ISO 25600
ISO 50 (exp)/ISO 100 – ISO 25600/102400 (exp)
Burst shooting 2.5fps
24 JPEG/15 raw
(with fixed exposure and focus)
(with continuous AF but fixed exposure)
(mag/ effective mag)
Tilting OLED EVF
OLED electronic
0.4 in/10.2 mm
2.4 million dots
100% coverage
Hot Shoe Yes Yes
Autofocus 25-area
contrast AF
399-point phase-detection AF, 25-area contrast AF
AF sensitivity
(at center point)
0 – 20 EV n/a
Shutter speed 1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb 1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb
Metering n/a 1,200 zones
Metering sensitivity 0 – 20 EV n/a
Best video AVCHD 1080/60p @ 28Mbps XAVC S 1080/60p @ 50Mbps
Audio Stereo; mic input Stereo; mic input
Manual aperture and shutter in video Yes Yes
IS Electronic (movies only) Electronic (movies only)
LCD 3 in/7.5 cm
921,000 dots plus extra set of white dots
3 in/7.5cm
921,600 dots plus extra set of white dots
Memory slots 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC
Wireless connection None Wi-Fi, NFC
Flash No No
Wireless flash Yes Yes
Battery life (CIPA rating) 270 shots
(1,080 mAh)
200 shots (viewfinder); 220 shots (LCD)
(1,080 mAh)
Size (WHD) 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8 in
113 x 65 x 72 mm
4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8 in
113 x 65 x 72 mm
Body operating weight 17 oz (est.)
482 g (est.)
17.9 oz (est.)
507 g (est.)
Mfr. price (body only) $2,800
Release date June 2013 November 2015

Imaging and resolution

Introduction of OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) is a major breakthrough. It stops the high frequency image information by checking moire and false color effects and contributes towards image quality. Set it to Off, Standard, or High mode based to match the ambience or scene.

Doubt on sharpness? You should not as Sony resorts to variable OLPF that responds quickly to variation in voltage. The OLPF complements well with the 42.4 MP image sensor that also enjoys ISO 102400 sensitivity that was once available with cameras like Alpha 7R featuring interchangeable lens.

Autofocus system

The autofocus of the camera gets an edge and addresses several issues in terms of performance and quality faced with the predecessor. Almost half of the sensor-area is covered with 399 phase detect points in addition to the contrast AF. However, the autofocus bears a bit latency and moves the lens slowly towards the target object. The object focus capacity of the 35 mm lens varies as follows: In macro mode, from 0.2 meters to 0.35 meters while in standard mode from 0.3 meters to infinity. How to change the mode? Just twist the control ring. The aperture also got a bit flexibility. Adjust it using a manual focus ring at the front of the lens.
Autofocus system

EVF (Electronic viewfinder)

EVF(Electronic viewfinder)

Inclusion of improved EVF along with a tilting LCD (upto 90 degree) is a commendable job considering the compact size. This one is even better than that available with the Sony RX100-series’. It automatically pops-out and subsides. It does have a big but removable eyecup that makes shooting more comfortable.

Disappointing factor with Sony RX1R II? If you aspire to capture and create 4K video. Though the sensor is capable of doing that, small form-factor declines the possibility. However, getting HD 1080 quality is not a challenging affair. The battery capacity has also dipped a bit as shown in the table.

Rating? Across most online stores Sony RX1R II has received 4 to 4.5 out of 5.0 points. Apart from the features and performance of the product, buyers also appreciated the after-sales support. The product comes with 1-year usual warranty, and the brand does offer free replacement in case there is any fault in manufacturing.

Hope you found the SONY RX1R II review useful. In case, you are interested in exploring some low-budget cameras, stay glued with us. In coming technology blog sections, we are planning to bring Sony Cyber-shot and Sony Rx100 review and comparison. For technology support and consultation, you may reach out to Techvedic.

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