Sony RX1R and RX100 II Compact Camera Announcement

Sony’s high-end RX100 and full-frame RX1 have attracted a lot of attention ever since they were released about a year ago. Keeping up with the momentum, Sony just introduced two new cameras. The RX100 II replaces its predecessor and adds latest technological bells and whistles. RX1R, on the other hand, will be sold alongside the “older” RX1 in Sony’s compact camera lineup.

Sony RX100 II

What’s New?

The biggest difference RX100 II has over its predecessor is a new sensor. It’s still 1″ size CMOS unit(like those used in Nikon series) with 20.2 megapixels, but is now back-illuminated. Sony claims a 40% improvement in light sensitivity over the old, regular CMOS sensor in the RX100. As with many compact cameras these days, Sony’s new Cyber-Shot also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Unlike many compacts, however, Sony went one further with NFC connectivity to make transferring images to your smartphone even easier. More importantly the 3″ screen can now be tilted up or down, which should aid shooting from difficult angles. Other than that, improved video and some additional functionality added to the hot-shoe (now accepts EVF and external microphone), it’s basically the same camera as RX100.

Sony RX100 II Rear

What about RX1R? Well, the new full-frame compact is virtually identical to the regular RX1, except for one thing. It now joins the ranks of Nikon D800E, Nikon D7100, Pentax K5 IIs and a handful of other cameras that don’t have a low-pass filter. What this does is give you better resolving power at the cost of potential moiré pattern in areas with very fine detail. We covered this phenomena in a separate article dedicated to Nikon D800/E, but it is just as valid with RX1R. In every other aspect, it is the exact same camera, including the price of $2800. Sadly, that means there’s still no optical or electronic viewfinder and the shutter speed is also limited to 1/2000s due to super-quiet leaf shutter.

Sony RX1R

Even if you keep all that in mind this is an extremely attractive product and will likely be very popular.

Here is the list of RX100 II key specifications:

  • Price (MSRP): around $750
  • Resolution: 5472 x 3648
  • 20.2 megapixel 1″ BSI CMOS sensor
  • ISO range of 160-12800
  • Autofocus: Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection
  • Number of focus points: 25
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 28–100mm (equivalent) f/1.8-4.9
  • Minimum focus distance: 5 cm (1.97″)
  • Screen: Tilting 3″, 1.229k dot
  • Shutter speed: 30-1/2000 sec
  • Up to 10 frames per second shooting speed
  • Metering modes: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Full HD 1080p60 video recording
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
  • Battery Life (CIPA): 350
  • Weight (inc. batteries): 281 g (0.62 lb / 9.91 oz)
  • Dimensions: 102 x 58 x 38 mm (4 x 2.29 x 1.51″)

Here is the list of RX1R key specifications:

  • Price (MSRP): around $2,800
  • Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  • 24.3 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter
  • ISO range of 100-25600
  • Autofocus: Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection
  • Number of focus points: 25
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2
  • Minimum focus distance: 25cmm (9.84″)
  • Screen: Fixed 3″, 1.229k dot Xtra FineTFT LCD with Live View
  • Shutter speed: 30-1/2000 sec
  • Up to 5 frames per second shooting speed
  • Metering modes: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Full HD 1080p60 video recording
  • Storage: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
  • Battery Life (CIPA): 330
  • Weight (inc. batteries): 482 g (1.06 lb / 17.00 oz)
  • Dimensions: 113 x 65 x 70 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.76″)

Official Press Release

Here is the official press release for both cameras:

Sony Adds Two New Premium Compact Cameras to Acclaimed Cyber-shot® RX Line

New RX100 II model adds Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and connectivity; New RX1R full frame camera with enhanced resolution and detail

NEW YORK, June 27, 2013 – Building on its lineup of acclaimed compact cameras, Sony is introducing two new additions to the Cyber-shot RX series– the RX100 II and RX1R models.

Based on the same sleek, stylish design as the existing RX100 model, the new RX100 II features a new 1-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, enhanced system expandability and adds Wi-Fi® convenience with NFC One-Touch compatibility. With an identical camera body and design as the existing RX1 camera, the new special edition RX1R model has had its optical low pass filter removed for increased resolution and detail.

“Sony continues to redefine the levels of performance for a pocket-sized, fixed lens camera,” said Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “Now, with a total of four models in market in our Cyber-shot RX line – each with its own unique value proposition – consumers have more options than ever to experience the ultimate balance of size, imaging performance and imaging power.”

New Cyber-shot RX100 II Camera

Designed to increase sensitivity in low-light conditions and reduce overall picture noise, the new Exmor R sensor in the RX100 II camera is the world’s first 1.0-type back illuminated sensor ever developed. It is approximately 40% more sensitive in dimly lit situations compared to the existing RX100 model.
The powerful sensor is paired with an exceptional F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens to deliver exceptionally sharp, natural still images and Full HD video in any shooting condition – from bright daytime scenes to night-time landscapes and everything in between.

Additionally, the new RX100 II model is equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities and is also the first ever Sony camera to include NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, giving the extra convenience of instant, one-touch wireless transfer of content between devices. Its Smart Remote Control functionality lets users preview images and control shutter release directly from their connected phones or tablets.

A Multi Interface Shoe on the RX100 II model allows users to add optional accessories including an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash and clip-on LCD monitor. A Multi Terminal lets users add a shutter-release remote control.

The camera features a bright, detail-packed 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD display that tilts upwards (up to 84 degrees) and downwards (down to 45 degrees), giving shooters greater freedom to compose shots from overhead and low angles.

Additionally, the RX100 II model has expanded Full HD video capabilities with the addition of 24p shooting for cinematically styled movies. Other refinements include a step zoom function that lets users instantly choose any of five popular focal lengths for handy scene framing. Shooters can select 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm or 100mm focal lengths using the camera’s control ring, giving them an intuitive and fast alternative to zooming in and out.

The new camera is also compatible with Sony’s TRILUMINOS Color technology, ensuring richer, more natural color reproduction when connected to the new BRAVIA televisions featuring TRILUMINOS Display.

New Special Edition Cyber-shot RX1R Camera

The new Cyber-shot RX1R full-frame compact camera is designed to satisfy even the most critical photographer’s desire for sharper, more detailed pictures and enhanced resolution. The model’s ‘R’ suffix denotes a further improvement in the pocket-sized camera’s already spectacular resolution.
In common with many digital cameras, the original Cyber-shot RX1 camera features a multi-segment optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in front of the sensor to suppress unwanted moiré and color artifacts. The enthusiast-oriented RX1R model removes this low-pass filter to realize the full resolution potential of the image sensor and bring new levels of realism to landscapes and other finely-detailed subjects.

Additionally, to take advantage of the OLPF removal, the camera’s processing functions have been optimized to maintain image sharpness without compromising lens/sensor performance.

While weight and dimensions remain the same as the ground-breaking DSC-RX1, the special edition RX1R is also now compatible with TRILUMINOS Color technology, allowing for the ultimate image playback experience on compatible BRAVIA televisions.

Pricing and Availability

The new Cyber-shot RX100 II and RX1R models will both be available next month for about $750 and $2800 respectively. The cameras and a range of compatible accessories can be purchased at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Pre-Order Links

You can pre-order the RX100 II and RX1R from our most trusted reseller, B&H, by following these links:

Comments

  1. 1
    ) B!
    June 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Make that RX1 with Nikon Mount or at lest interchangeable lenses and you’ve got a lot of people suddenly paying a lot more attention to it….not that it isnt a game changer already.

    • 4
      ) Paul
      June 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Sony may not have enough money to break Canon and Nikon duopoly and their proprietary mounts. Pray UN or ISO standardizes lens mounts someday.

  2. 2
    ) Mike Hammon
    June 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I have an RX-100 I, which is an exceptional camera. Looking at the updates comprising the II, I see a lot of convenience changes, but nothing which will definitely result in image quality improvements.

    I say definitely, since the backlit sensor claims are yet to be tested and demonstrated.

    So, I’ll keep the earlier version and won’t think of upgrading. I thin it’s still the best compact around, even if it’s “old”.

  3. 3
    ) Dwight DeLong
    June 28, 2013 at 2:34 am

    About the remark: “the hot-shoe (now accepts EVF and external microphone)” The RX100 doesn’t have a hot shoe. is there some significance to the word “now”?

    BTW: I own the RX100. It’s really a tremendous little camera. I also have a Nikon DSLR, but the RX100 gets a lot more play time just because it fits in my pocket and takes quite good photos.

    I enjoy your web site a lot, especially the attitude: friendly, conversational, helpful.

  4. 5
    ) Ken
    July 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Any idea how far can one be for the Android WiFi/Smart Remote Control set up to work with the Rx100 II ? Also is it set up to use the wireless remote switch device like for the Sony NEX cameras ? Thanks for the article.

  5. 6
    ) Carl
    July 24, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I’m with Dwight – although I have bought the RX100m2, I probably wouldn’t if I already had the RX100. The new features (check out comparison chart here: http://www.squidoo.com/sony-rx100m-ii-and-sony-rx1r-price-and-review) are worth waiting for though!!

  6. 7
    ) Neal
    July 31, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Which one is worth buying between Sony Rx1 or Sony rx 100 ? I’m looking for small camera which I can carry every day.

  7. 8
    ) Neal
    July 31, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I am trying to find a digital camera and need to be very compact. I have SLR with a few lenses but I almost not carry them for my business trips. I need a small one which can be put into my PC bag with high photo quality.

    Recently, i saw both Sony RX1 and RX100. RX100 meets my requirement but since it has a motor to push out the lens, i don’t thin mechanically it will last long (in my experience, I have had multiple such kind of cameras. Typically, they last about 2-3 years). Therefore, I am thinking about RX1 (though it is much expensive). It has a fixed lens with digital zoom. My question really is Should I choose an optical zoom lens in order have better quality or I get RX1 and use the digital zoom which will have better quality?

    Regards,
    Neal

  8. 9
    ) stim
    June 4, 2014 at 7:07 am

    The RX1r does have a 1/2000 shutter speed at f2 and 2.8, but as you close the aperture, the shutter speed increased up to 1/4000, fyi.

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