Resolution Chart Comparison (RAW)

On this page we're looking at Raw resolution for both the RX1 and RX1R. For a (more) level playing field we convert the files using Adobe Camera Raw (8.1 in this case).. Because Adobe Camera Raw applies different levels of sharpening to different cameras we use the following workflow for these conversions:

  • Load RAW file into Adobe Camera RAW (Auto mode disabled)
  • Set Sharpness to 0 (all other settings default)
  • Open file to Photoshop
  • Apply an Unsharp mask tuned to the camera, in this case 100%, Radius 0.6, Threshold 0
  • Save as a TIFF (for cropping) and as a JPEG quality 11 for download

Raw

RX1 (6000 x 4000) 5.2MB RX1R (6000 x 4000) 5.4MB

Vertical resolution - RAW

RX1
RX1R

Horizontal resolution - RAW

RX1 RX1R

In RAW mode, the major difference in our resolution chart between the RX1 and RX1R is moiré, which is very apparent in images from both cameras but positively psychedelic in the case of the RX1R. As usual though, we've found that out in the real world, things are a little different. In everyday shooting, assuming you're not taking pictures for the sales brochure of a chain-link fence manufacturer, moiré is less problematic, and the RX1R does seem to offer a genuine (albeit not enormous) increase in resolution over the RX1. We'll be doing much more testing in the days and weeks ahead.