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...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review


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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
  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review - Introduction
  2. 2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review - Moiré patterning
  4. 4. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review - Resolution detail
  5. 5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review - Our verdict
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