Cyber-shot RX1R IIby Sony

  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
  • Cyber-shot RX1R II
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
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PROS

  • This camera boasts the world's first optical variable low-pass filter.
  • It features 42 megapixels, twice the amount as the original RX1.
  • The rear screen now tilts up and down for hard-angle shots.

CONS

  • It lacks a good grip.
  • Resolution isn't up to the level of some competing cameras.
  • It's pricey.
Sony packed a ton of technology into a small package with its Cyber-shot RX1R II. Its 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor doubles the number of photoreceptor cells over its predecessor, the RX1. The camera features the first variable optical low-pass filter system, allowing users, in the words of Sony, “to prioritize detail, eliminate moire and aliasing, or strike a balance between the two.” In layman’s terms, it lets you get the best possible detail in every shot. Also new to the RX1R II is a tilting touch screen so you can shoot easily from odd angles. You also have the option of using the pop-up viewfinder, now easier to engage over previous iterations. The camera boasts a Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 fixed lens and retails for $3,300.
NameCyber-shot RX1R IID810D750Lumix DMC-LX100Alpha 7 IIEOS 7D Mark II
ManufacturerSonyNikonNikonPanasonicSonyCanon
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List Price$3300$3300$2300$900$1700$1799
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The images are so amazing with this lens and now, with the mark II, Sony has added the world's best sensor behind one of the best lenses on …

The images are so amazing with this lens and now, with the mark II, Sony has added the world's best sensor behind one of the best lenses on the market.

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The only compact camera that is ranked higher then the RX1R II is Leica Q.

The only compact camera that is ranked higher then the RX1R II is Leica Q.

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There probably is a buyer for this type of camera – street photographers or anybody who wants the ultimate point-and-shoot – but it’s not th…

There probably is a buyer for this type of camera – street photographers or anybody who wants the ultimate point-and-shoot – but it’s not the mainstream consumer. Like the original RX1, it deserves our recommendation for its marvelous technology and, for whoever owns it, is worth the investment.

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Sony's other big claim to fame is this compact camera comes with the world's first variable optical low pass filter.

Sony's other big claim to fame is this compact camera comes with the world's first variable optical low pass filter.

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The tilting screen is a big boon, helping you shoot over a crowd, from the hip or low to the ground.

The tilting screen is a big boon, helping you shoot over a crowd, from the hip or low to the ground.

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While shooting in various lighting conditions, the RX1R II can rely on its extensive ISO range, which extends from ISO 50 to ISO 102,400 whi…

While shooting in various lighting conditions, the RX1R II can rely on its extensive ISO range, which extends from ISO 50 to ISO 102,400 while in expanded mode.

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Autofocus is much snappier than it was with the original RX1. The sensor incorporates 399 phase detect points, covering 45 percent of its su…

Autofocus is much snappier than it was with the original RX1. The sensor incorporates 399 phase detect points, covering 45 percent of its surface area, and the only delay I noticed in a short hands on was the time it takes to physically move the lens elements to lock onto a target.

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Lovers of the original RX1, you can breathe a sigh of relief: Sony didn't mess with a good thing. The RX1R II is as compact as its predecess…

Lovers of the original RX1, you can breathe a sigh of relief: Sony didn't mess with a good thing. The RX1R II is as compact as its predecessors, with Sony focusing its efforts on the inside.

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The Sony RX1R II is a camera easy to lust after. A full-frame sensor in an ultra-portable body? It’s a photographic dream come true.

The Sony RX1R II is a camera easy to lust after. A full-frame sensor in an ultra-portable body? It’s a photographic dream come true.

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All this being said, after a lot of thought, I picked the RX1R II as my personal choice for gear of the year. And I did that because it's on…

All this being said, after a lot of thought, I picked the RX1R II as my personal choice for gear of the year. And I did that because it's one of those cameras - like my Fujifilm X100S - that is capable of such good results that I am prepared to work around its quirks and largely forgive its faults. I

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