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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 – Our verdict

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. However, the moiré patterning will be an issue for some photographers who specialise in portraiture, fashion or architectural images. For them, extra detail will be outweighed by the time taken to remove any moiré patterning.

That said, when taking street and landscape photographs, I struggled to find moiré patterning in my images. It was only when I deliberately photographed such patterns that it became a problem, so for most enthusiast photographers it shouldn’t be an issue, particularly considering the extra resolution the RX1R offers. In reality, the RX1R offers photographers a different tool to do a different job.

Image: The RX1R’s fixed 35mm lens and compact design make it ideal for street photography

  • 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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