Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
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Sony DSC RX1R Review
22 August 2013
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R is a compact digital camera characterized, however, by a professional quality and design in a retro style. It has a full-frame Exmor sensor 35 mm with a resolution of 24.3 megapixels. A Carl Zeiss fixed focal length, BIONZ processor and no low-pass filter for optimized resolution.
Summary: With no anti-aliasing filter the RX1R is capable of producing highly detailed images that surpass the quality of the standard RX1. However, without the filter in front of the sensor, moiré patterning may be an issue for some photographers. The only downside is the price, but it is currently a unique product in the market.
Conclusion: Like its near-twin, the Sony RX1R is a fantastic full-frame, compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss lens that delivers image quality rivaling what you'd get from most full-frame DSLRs (including pro models!). So, should you buy the Sony RX1R or the RX1? Let's make it clear -- you really can't go wrong with either camera. They're both exceptional and they cost the same.
Pros: Significantly sharper, more detailed JPEG images than those from the RX1, JPEG processing appears to correct some moiré and aliasing problems, No price increase compared to the original model, ...and everything else we praised in our Sony RX1 review
Cons: Significantly sharper, more detailed JPEG images than those from the RX1, JPEG processing appears to correct some moiré and aliasing problems, No price increase compared to the original model, ...and everything else we praised in our Sony RX1 review
Summary: You could be excused for doing a double take when you see the Leica-like price of this, the RX1R from Sony, which has been making serious, professional-standard stills cameras for less than a decade, as opposed to Leica’s 100 years or Nikon’s 55. The RX1R costs around the same as two Leica X2s, which makes it seem ridiculously expensive; but then you could buy nearly three RX1Rs for the cost of a Leica M with an equivalent lens, which makes the Sony a steal.
Summary: With the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R, Sony has taken one of the best digital compact cameras available in the form of the RX1, and offered photographers an alternative. Whether it is better or worse than the RX1 depends on what you do with the camera. The removal of the anti-aliasing filter does what you would expect it to, and raw images especially have a superb amount of detail.
Summary: World's smallest digital full-frame camera has anti-aliasing filter removed
Pros: Compact size, Full frame sensor, Aperture ring, Image quality is pretty much the best you're going to get in a package of this size, and if you're one of the very few people looking for a camera exactly like this, it's hard to believe you'll be disappointed. Those looking for the maximum amount of detail, such as landscape and nature photographers, may find this camera more appealing than architecture and portrait photographers, though.
Cons: Poor battery life, Price, No touchscreen, It's a shame that Sony still hasn't sorted out its battery life issue for the Sony RX1-R. We understand the difficulties of powering something with this kind of technology, but at this price point we'd at the very least like to see a spare battery included in the price as standard. You're pretty much going to have to buy a back-up if you want to use the camera for more than a couple of hours at a time. It's also a little annoy...
Excerpt: Whilst pundits suggest sales of compact system cameras may be peaking, a new market has been created in premium compacts with fixed lenses and large sensors. The appeal is that bags of manual control shoehorned into hymnbook-sized snapper makes for either a more portable back up to a digital SLR, or in some cases a direct alternative. Top of the current tree is Sony’s new 24 megapixel RX1R , an updating of last year’s plain RX1.
Pros: High-resolution full frame sensor in a small-ish camera package, high quality bright aperture lens, built-to-last metal construction suggests a device fashioned for war, detail packed images.
Cons: Hard to justify on price alone, no viewfinder built in (accessory viewfinder is pricey too), short-ish battery life of 200+ shots.
Excerpt: but with the anti-aliasing filter removed to deliver sharper images. The camera is available at the same price as the original, and features a fixed Carl Zeiss Sonnar 35mm f/2.0 lens. Nb.
Pros: Smallest full-frame camera available, Impressive noise performance, Sharp Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* F/2.0 lens, Excellent image quality, Extremely quiet shutter, Very good build quality, 5fps continuous shooting, Built in HDR / Panoramic shooting, Dual-axis electronic level, AA filter removed for sharper images
Cons: High price / price of accessories, RAW + JPEG options reduces JPEG image quality to JPEG fine, Raw shooting not available with HDR / Creative effects, Battery charger not included (internal charging), Short battery life, Moiré visible at times and in video
Excerpt: Full-frame 35mm image sensors have always been associated with complicated, bulky DSLRs, but that has completely changed with the arrival of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R. As its familiar branding suggests, the RX1R is technically a humble compact camera, but it's certainly a compact camera like no other.
Excerpt: Six months after the release of the Sony RX1 - the world's first full-frame compact camera, no less - Sony has revealed a second option of the model. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is identical to the RX1 in all ways except for one bif difference: there's no low pass optical filter (OLPF). There's a trend for removing the OLPF in high-spec digital cameras of late.