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Sony reveals AA-filter-less Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

By dpreview staff on Jun 27, 2013 at 04:01 GMT
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Sony has introduced the new Cyber-shot RX1R full-frame premium compact camera. In terms of operation and functionality the RX1R is exactly the same as the RX1 that's been on sale since last Fall, the only difference being that it has no anti-aliasing (AA) filter. In theory, this means that you'll get even better resolution than the original RX1, with the trade-off of increased moiré. Everything else remains the same as before, which means that the RX1R sports an F2, 35mm lens, 24MP CMOS sensor, 1080/60p movie recording, and much more.

The MSRP of the RX1R is exactly the same as the regular RX1 ($2800), which will continue to be sold.

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Press Release:

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.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC0RX1R Specifications

Price
MSRP$2,800/€3,100/£2,600
Body type
Body typeLarge sensor compact
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions6000 x 3376, 3936 x 2624, 3936 x 2216, 2640 x 1760, 2640 x 1488
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayRGB Primary color
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • RAW (ARW2.3 Format)
  • RAW+JPEG
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)35 mm
Optical zoom1×
Maximum apertureF2.0
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes, built -in LED type
Digital zoomYes (9.1x)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range25 cm (9.84)
Number of focus points25
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,229,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeXtra FineTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic and Optical (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program Auto
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
  • MR (Memory Recall) 1 / 2 / 3
  • Movie
  • Sweep shooting
  • Scene Selection
  • Intelligent Auto
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scene
  • Hand-held Twilight
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range6.00 m
External flashYes (via hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless
Drive modes
  • Single-frame advance
  • Continuous advance
  • Continuous adv Priority AE
  • Speed Priority Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Self Portrait Self-timer
  • Continuous Self-timer
Continuous drive5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
Videography notesAVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 60p/50p), 24M FX (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 17M FH (1920×1080, 60i/50i), 24M FX (1920×1080, 24p/25p), 17M FH (1920×1080, 24p/25p)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BX1 battery
Battery Life (CIPA)270
Weight (inc. batteries)482 g (1.06 lb / 17.00 oz)
Dimensions113 x 65 x 70 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 2.76)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 66
alkeme
By alkeme (9 months ago)

Boy, I think i could really adore this camera if only it was weather proofed a bit. From what I understand it is not sealed. I wonder why someone would build such an excellent camera and not do the final thing to protect it? Plus no tiltable screen. Minus these two things the camera is only good not excellent.

0 upvotes
Davidgilmour
By Davidgilmour (9 months ago)

No tiltable screen? Why, oh why, Sony?

0 upvotes
Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (10 months ago)

Wow, I would take one of these little cutie pie Sony thingies for say USD $500 or $600.... But for USD $2,800 or GBP £2,600?

Nay.... right away forgotten all about it already, see?

BTW, just when will the great people of the United Great Britain of Ye' Ole' British Kingdom finally rise and put an end to the practice that they have to pay so very much more money for all things technical than for what the same items go for in the rest of Planet Earth?

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

the sad thing is that for those who are willing to pay 2,800, it's still not enough to have an AA filter included.

I know AA filters are expensive, but this is too much.

2 upvotes
Tan68
By Tan68 (9 months ago)

yabokkie, well, of available cost cutting measures I suppose tossing the AA filter is the lesser evil.

I would prefer that than to see money saved by not including springs and clips on a lens cap. If the cap were not removable, how do I know if the lens is filled with glass or rocks. I bet Sony wouldn't even bother putting a sensor in such a fixed-cap camera...

A vinyl decal in place of the shutter button is another cost saver I prefer to avoid. There are all kinds of corners manufacturers can cut...

I suppose it is best to be properly grateful they only removed the AA filter. Just say 'thank you, sir, may I have another' and grin.

1 upvote
SeeRoy
By SeeRoy (10 months ago)

£2600...
Remind me what W.C. Fields said, again.

0 upvotes
Gesture
By Gesture (10 months ago)

The most striking thing to me of this and Samsung announcements: doesn't say, as does Nikon all over its recent 8-page insert in USA today: Wi-Fi Connectivity with Optional WU-1b Mobile Adapter.

1 upvote
Create Dont Imitate
By Create Dont Imitate (10 months ago)

The era of the AA filter will go down as a black mark in photography.

Putting a filter over the sensor with the intent of "smudging" the image... has to be one of the worst ideas in the history of photography.

2 upvotes
chaos215bar2
By chaos215bar2 (10 months ago)

Do you understand what aliasing is?

The point of the filter is to capture an accurate image up to the resolution the sensor provides. Removing the filter may increase "sharpness", but it also intentionally throws out information that could be essential to reconstructing the actual image you were trying to capture. Moiré removal tools can do a decent job at guessing what was missed but can never do so with 100% accuracy. (That's mathematically impossible.)

I'll take the "smudgy" accurate image over the one that's full of holes any day. (I do realize that most AA filters aren't actually strong enough to completely avoid aliasing artifacts. However, until someone designs a filter that diffuses red and blue light over twice as large a radius as green light, they're a good compromise.)

10 upvotes
Create Dont Imitate
By Create Dont Imitate (10 months ago)

Not me... I'll take a sharp picture from a camera without the "blur" filter.

Who could have ever thought it a good idea to "fix" one problem by creating an even bigger problem by "bluring" the image quality. This "solution" was never a solution at all... it was hiding one problem by covering it up with another problem.

Comment edited 35 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
Don Glenn
By Don Glenn (10 months ago)

I think you need an AA filter, but maybe in reality the lenses blur the image enough that the AA filter isn't as needed? The AA filter "removed" the high frequency data so the sensor wouldn't sample it as lower frequency data. But if there isn't any high frequency data, you wouldn't need it.

0 upvotes
Create Dont Imitate
By Create Dont Imitate (10 months ago)

No you dont need a "blur" filter.

Medium Format cameras do not have AA [blur] filters.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

whatever you say you have no way to get correct information without this "blur" filter, other than using a low quality lens or stopping down a good lens so that diffraction prevents anyone from getting that detail.

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
Create Dont Imitate
By Create Dont Imitate (10 months ago)

In the "old"days photographers would spread vaseline on their lens or "nose grease" on a lens in order to get blurry pictures.

If you prefer blurry images then maybe you can try that... or just buy a camera with an AA "blur" filter.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (9 months ago)

It isn't a bad idea in the early days of digital and very first full frames, but it is today with huge megapixel cameras including the P&S ones.

0 upvotes
JeffAnderssen
By JeffAnderssen (9 months ago)

I agree. WHAT were they thinking.

0 upvotes
AstroStan
By AstroStan (10 months ago)

It's too bad Sony doesn't have the courage to go to the next step and also remove the Bayer filters. I know of only one mono consumer camera (Leica) whereas mono is standard for science cameras (e.g. astronomy).

0 upvotes
chaos215bar2
By chaos215bar2 (10 months ago)

Now that would be interesting, but what I'm really waiting for is the first company that figures out how to do effectively turn the bayer filter on and off. (Foveon sensors come the closest, but at this point don't give you much over high resolution Bayer sensors.)

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

> In theory, this means that you'll get even better resolution
> than the original RX1,

what theory is that?

0 upvotes
Everlast66
By Everlast66 (10 months ago)

It is the theory of Evolution!

Can't you just make a simple look up into Wikipedia for "aa filter"?
"the anti-aliasing filter is also known as an optical lowpass filter or blur filter or AA filter", i.e. remove the blur filter and reduce detail loss, hence, improve the resolution. The sensor RESOLVES more detail. Of course it does not change the MPix resolution if this is what you are implying.

4 upvotes
chaos215bar2
By chaos215bar2 (10 months ago)

That still doesn't equate to "better resolution".

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

> i.e. remove the blur filter and reduce detail loss,

on the contrary, the AA filter increases resolution,
that's why we got it in the first place.

some people don't think the cost (good AA filters are quite expensive) justfies the benefit (less noise caused by high frequency folded down, which cannot be removed at post), some people think the lower resolution image (with artificial noise) give them a feeling of resolution. then we see these Nikon-E and Sony-R cameras, the right product at lower cost and lower image quality, for the right people who rather prefer that low quality of image, and at a higher price.

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0 upvotes
WASBA
By WASBA (10 months ago)

wanna get this one! wow! full frame p&s!

1 upvote
NomadMark
By NomadMark (10 months ago)

I agree with a below poster. New firmware for the current RX1 would be greatly appreciated. Do something for the cruddy AF please!!

0 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (10 months ago)

A viewfinder would've been nice...

1 upvote
AstroStan
By AstroStan (10 months ago)

The RX1 has is a very fine viewfinder that easily attaches/detaches for maximum flexibility. The camera has a very nice form factor that would be ruined by a built-in VF (i.e. there is no room for a built-in VF without enlarging the body or shrinking the screen).

Some people seem to think that Sony made a mistake by making the EVF detachable but IMHO it actually improves the camera.

1 upvote
Rod McD
By Rod McD (10 months ago)

While you may personally be happy with an add-on VF that costs significantly more and blocks the flash shoe, my gauge is that more people would prefer a complete camera in the first place. Yes it would mean a slightly bigger body but there's no point to style over function. And yes it would still have to be paid for. However, it would never be lost, forgotten, knocked off or interfere with the flash shoe.

1 upvote
Valterj
By Valterj (10 months ago)

Too expensive for my taste!

Who buys this camera?

1 upvote
Closa
By Closa (10 months ago)

Hasselblad, that's who. Then they'll add a chunk of polished wood and triple the price.

2 upvotes
viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (10 months ago)

1. 'Expensive' is a relative term. 'Taste' is an individual's preference.

2. There is a market for this camera, albeit a niche one.

I would if I could ;-)

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
8 upvotes
NomadMark
By NomadMark (10 months ago)

I did, and I love it.

5 upvotes
viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (10 months ago)

I'm just about to create a NomadMark voodoo doll out of my sheer jealousy..

6 upvotes
NomadMark
By NomadMark (10 months ago)

LOL. Cute. But even I have to work my tail off and make sacrifices to afford such a toy. But I do enjoy it enough that I can justify it to myself. It was actually my 30th b-day gift to myself.

5 upvotes
T3
By T3 (10 months ago)

Obviously, people with more money than you. There are people in the world with money, and they'll happily spend it on a camera like this. Keep in mind, there are plenty of women who will pay $3000 for a purse!

0 upvotes
Rod McD
By Rod McD (10 months ago)

Sony, as impressive as the RX1 & RX1R are, please give us what everyone is actually waiting for - the interchangeable lens version. One FL is too limiting for most photographers. Please give us a scaled up FF NEX with a built-in EVF, external controls, and a suite of matched primes. I'm thinking 24/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4 and 90/2.8 - modest speeds to keep them small and light. Best available AF. Environmentally sealed. No dearer than a D600. They'd sell. Thank you.

9 upvotes
Michaels7
By Michaels7 (10 months ago)

Thinking the same thing myself. If there's an A99 version, I'm on it.

1 upvote
Thoughts
By Thoughts (10 months ago)

I wish Sony is my Santa baby...

0 upvotes
Boerseuntjie
By Boerseuntjie (10 months ago)

Or build that 35mm Lens for A mount and I'm all over it

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

it's good that this camera is not for you.

it's for those who have the money but not the understanding of photographics.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (10 months ago)

AA filter out -> moire in.

2 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (10 months ago)

Since they call this a "special edition" I guess they will still selling the regular model with the AA filter.

2 upvotes
Rooru S
By Rooru S (10 months ago)

Don't get me wrong, RX-series are great cameras on their own, but since there is no direct competition, those prices are very high..yes yes, I know the fact those are compact and takes some skill and engineering process to get all those specs in a small body but I know a lot of people would buy this for 2000USD instead of 2800USD.

1 upvote
fredbnk
By fredbnk (10 months ago)

I'll be first in line when Fuji release a FF compact. I'm interested from a technical point of view, but it doesn't really inspire me to take photos with this black electronic box!

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (10 months ago)

Sony being first again... I mean, I was thinking that "some" FF cameras will eventually lose their low pass filters since the image detail of some APS-C filterless cameras approach/equal those of the FF cameras.

0 upvotes
don_van_vliet
By don_van_vliet (10 months ago)

You mean 'first' after Nikon?

6 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (10 months ago)

sigh....someone spoke again without any knowing the facts......very sad

0 upvotes
CFynn
By CFynn (10 months ago)

Wern't Leica, not Nikon, the first to have a full frame sensor without an AA filter?

0 upvotes
Michaels7
By Michaels7 (10 months ago)

Kodak I think was the first. Sigma have had AA filterless before Nikon and Sony.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Gaffman
By Gaffman (10 months ago)

It used to be you had to add new feature to justify a new model, now companies are getting away with taking things out... :)

Honestly the RX1 is a pretty refined product anyway. And all this junk about what you can buy in a traditional SLR for the same money is a moot point. You're not buying the RX1 because its great value, you're buying it if you want the smallest (modern) full frame camera on the market.

3 upvotes
glacierpete
By glacierpete (10 months ago)

A Sigma DP3M with a 50/2.8 Macro lens is about € 600 after Sigma's cash back promo. The only thing the DPxM's lack is an EFV or OVF. Other than that the resolution, micro contrast and colors are great. But it is definitely not a high iso camera. :)

3 upvotes
b0k3h
By b0k3h (10 months ago)

the Sigma DP's shooting experience, however, is conformable to maybe 0.05% of the shooting public.

4 upvotes
ArcaSwiss
By ArcaSwiss (10 months ago)

Yeah but you're stuck with Sugma's crappy raw processor, snail like write speeds and abysmal battery life

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (10 months ago)

Foveon sensor means low image quality.

Comment edited 8 seconds after posting
1 upvote
glacierpete
By glacierpete (10 months ago)

The shooting public would be working photographers using iso 25/50/64/100 film in 35mm/MF/LF in the past for decades without any problems. Adobe and others are currently working on supporting Foveon raws BTW.

It depends on who is driving :)

I wish this sensor would be in a Fuji x100s like camera body, with this kind of OVF/EVF combo or at least have an option for an external EVF.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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misolo
By misolo (10 months ago)

As soon as Sony gets some competition, I'll probably buy something like this at a more reasonable price. You can get a 6D+35/2.0 for USD 2,200 (and you're getting a system with higher performance in many ways, interchangeable lens mount, optical viewfinder, etc.) With a bit more competition, a camera with these specs should be around USD 1,500, or about half the price of the Sony...

1 upvote
Spectro
By Spectro (10 months ago)

this is what happens when you go small. This is the same sensor as in the d600 (not he removed filter version). And yes the d600 sensor is superb, so I image this to be similar.

0 upvotes
misolo
By misolo (10 months ago)

...you can get a D600 + Nikkor 35/2.0 for USD 2,300. Sure, making it small puts some extra engineering cost. On the other hand, not having the lens mount, not having the mirror box, not having an optical viewfinder, not having the same level of environmental sealing, etc., should more than make up for it. The price of the RX1/RX1R is not set by costs, but by a price skimming entry strategy. Just look at the cost of the add-on optical viewfinder or, more shockingly, the thumb-grip.

Comment edited 30 seconds after posting
4 upvotes
kahren
By kahren (10 months ago)

half of the cameras price is the zeiss lens, just look at the price of the 24mm 1.8 for the nex and other M mount zeiss lenses to get an idea. If they had used a sony lens instead then this camera could have been around $1k cheaper

3 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (10 months ago)

If you can be satisfied with APS-C, there is always the Ricoh GR.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
misolo
By misolo (10 months ago)

JadedGamer: ...or the Fuji X100S. But when I look at the APS-C alternatives I always end up deciding I'm better off with my trusty GF1+20/1.7 combo.

3 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (10 months ago)

kahren - but it's one of the best 24mm primes ever build.
So I think it's worth it.

That is - unless you're just a FF-fanboy and want to own FF camera just for a sake of showing-off.

0 upvotes
kahren
By kahren (10 months ago)

Plastek- its a good lens, no question, but the fuji x100 is no worse, and it comes with a free camera attached for the same price. Canon eos m with its 22mm f2 is also close to both the zeiss 24/1.8 and the fuji 23/2 in the x100, and costs way less. I would much rather have the canon eos m lens available as an option for $250 for the nex then the zeiss for $1100

0 upvotes
Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (10 months ago)

How about a 50mm lens version!? Well i guess it doesnt matter, I cannot afford it anyhow! LOL
I'd buy a 50mm F2 version if i could though. 35mm just isnt my thing.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
5 upvotes
Scorpius1
By Scorpius1 (10 months ago)

And a 24mm version...

3 upvotes
tanmancs
By tanmancs (10 months ago)

Hello Sony, how about a new firmware for RX1? Minor improvements or fixes?

1 upvote
samdman
By samdman (10 months ago)

Might need new mtf chart to test as the older version with aa filter had blown it already :D :D :D

0 upvotes
Total comments: 66