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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R



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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 was one of the most talked about cameras of 2012, but now the RX1R has had the anti-aliasing filter removed from its 24.3-million-pixel, full-frame sensor. We find out just how much difference this makes to image quality. Read the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review...

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review – Build and handling

The build of the RX1R is identical to the RX1, with both cameras having a metal body and a multi-interface hotshoe to mount either a flashgun, or Sony’s optical or electronic viewfinders. The camera handles excellently, with a simple button arrangement and equally easy-to-use on-screen menu. The exposure-compensation dial makes it quick to adjust exposures, and having an aperture ring on the lens helps to recreate the feeling of using a more traditional film camera, particularly when the optical viewfinder is also in use.

There is also a focusing ring on the lens, although this is an electronic fly-by-wire, rather than a mechanical system. Manual focusing is aided by display magnification and focus-peaking. Another nice touch that enthusiast photographers will appreciate is the traditional remote-release screw thread on the shutter button.

With the two cameras being so similar, the focus of this article will be on the difference the anti-aliasing filter makes to the amount of detail that the RX1R can resolve compared to the RX1. This will also take into account whether moiré patterning is an issue and, if so, which type of photography it is most likely to affect.

  • LCD: 3in, 1,228,800-dot, TFT LCD
  • Output Size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, memory, iAuto, Superior Auto+, 180° sweep shooting, 14 scene modes, picture effects
  • Sensor: 24.3-million-pixel, 35mm, full-frame, Exmor CMOS sensor
  • Weight: 482g (including battery and card)
  • Lens: 35mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
  • AF array: Multi-point (25 points), centreweighted, flexible spot, spot tracking, spot face detection
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual and direct manual
  • ISO: ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 and ISO 100-102,400 in multi-frame noise reduction)
  • Dimensions: 113.3 x 65.4 x 69.6mm
  • Metering System: Multi-segment, centreweighted, spot
  • RRP: Suggested retail price £2,599

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