Sony RX1R


24.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor | Fixed Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens | No optical low-pass filter


What we like:

  • Best image quality of any compact
  • Full frame sensor in a compact, well-built body
  • Very quiet operation

What we don't:

  • Slow AF that struggles with low contrast subjects and in low light
  • No built-in viewfinder 

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R is a variation of the RX1, which had the impressive distinction of being the first full frame fixed lens camera to enter the market. The variation of the RX1R (the R stands for "resolution") is that it lacks the anti-aliasing filter of its counterpart.

Optical low-pass filters minimize moiré and color artifacts, but slightly soften images. With the absence of that filter, the RX1R gains sharpness and higher effective resolution, but images occasionally require more post-processing to counteract moiré.

"Image quality is superb, and pretty much the only thing that lets the RX1R down is its slightly sluggish AF system..."

That sizable 24.3MP sensor is paired with an optically stellar 35mm F2 lens outfitted with a dedicated aperture ring. A high resolution 1.23 million dot display is provided, as is an accessory hot shoe able to accept both the FDA-V1K optical viewfinder and FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder accessories. A dedicated button stops and starts 1080 HD video recording. 

Image quality is superb, and pretty much the only thing that lets the RX1R down is its slightly sluggish AF system, which hunts too often and gives up too easily with low contrast subjects, or when light levels get low.


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