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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 – Resolution detail

While moiré patterning is the obvious downside of the lack of an anti-aliasing filter, the increased detail resolution is the main benefit. Looking at images taken with the RX1 and RX1R, there is a clear advantage to shooting with the RX1R. Images look crisp, with excellent definition and detail.

A closer inspection of raw images taken with the RX1R reveals details that are not visible with the RX1. While editing in Lightroom 5, I found that raw images taken with the RX1R need hardly any sharpening. In fact, it is easy to create an oversharpened image as just a small nudge of the sliders is all that is needed. Conversely, images from the RX1 can withstand more extreme sharpening as they are slightly softer out of the camera. However, sharpening doesn’t make details appear – it just increases the contrast of edges to give the image a little more ‘bite’.

Shot at f/4, the green lines represent the centre and corner sharpness of the Sony RX1R, while the blue lines represent the centre and edge of the RX1. It is clear that the RX1R can resolve more fine detail

When shooting at the maximum aperture of f/2, both cameras resolve a lot of detail. However, once again the RX1R has the advantage

  • 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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