One month after launching the Sony Alpha a7S II, and four months after the market was introduced to the Sony Alpha a7R II, Sony RX100 IV and Sony RX10 II, Sony has continued with new iterations of its celebrated models. The next is the Sony RX1R II.
The Sony RX1R II picks up where its predecessors Sony RX1 and Sony RX1R left off. This compact camera, which can easily fit in the palm of your hand, is also equipped with a full-frame BSI CMOS sensor like its predecessors, but this one has been taken from the Sony a7R II and its resolution is 42.4MP. In combination with the BIONZ X processor, the said sensor brings images of supreme quality and sensitivity (ISO 100-25600, expandable to 50–102400), as well as Full HD 1080/60p videos. The RX1R II also offers uncompressed 14-bit RAW shooting.
What is also new with this model in relation to the predecessor, and has been borrowed from the a7R II, is the Hybrid AF system with 399 phase-detection AF points, which cover about 45% of the image area, and which operate together with 25 contrast AF points. In this way, a 30% improvement in AF response speed has been achieved in comparison to the predecessor, the company says. The other focusing improvements include multiple AF area settings, among which are Wide, Center, Flexible Spot, and Expand Flexible Spot. The camera also boasts Eye AF and lock-on AF.
Sony also claims that the smallish RX1R II is the world's first digital camera featuring an optical variable low-pass filter (OLPF) that can be set to off, standard (which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and color artifacts), or high (which lays stress on reducing moiré and artifacting). In this way, the new RX1R II combines two cameras in one body – one with and one without an OLPF. Moreover, low-pass filter bracketing is also available and can be used to compare the effects of different settings.
On the front side of the RX1R II, there is a superb Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens, with a large aperture and nine aperture blades, which produce smooth bokeh, while the rear side is dominated by a tilting 3" 1,228,800-dot LCD screen, which can tilt upwards up to 109 degrees and downwards up to 41 degrees. What is also new is a retractable 2,359,296-dot XGA OLED electronic viewfinder (similar to the one on the Sony RX100 IV). The EVF also boasts 0.74x magnification and 100% coverage.
The camera features no image stabilization when shooting stills, but there is digital stabilization for videos. Above all, the new RX1R II also sports built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, which will enable easy data transfer, as well as remote shooting from a smartphone.
The Sony RX1R II is scheduled for November and its price will be $3299.
The news was taken from SONY.