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Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R

Portability
79
Imaging
72
Features
59
Overall
66
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R front
Portability
79
Imaging
72
Features
60
Overall
67

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Key Specs

Sony RX1
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0-22.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Announced February 2013
Sony RX1R
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 35mm (F2.0) lens
  • 482g - 113 x 65 x 70mm
  • Released June 2013
  • Replacement is Sony RX1R II
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Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Sony RX1 versus Sony RX1R, both Large Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are offered by Sony. The image resolution of the RX1 (24MP) and the RX1R (24MP) is pretty close and they enjoy the exact same sensor measurements (Full frame).

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The RX1 was brought out 4 months earlier than the RX1R which means that they are of a similar age. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Large Sensor Compact).

Before going straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the RX1 scores against the RX1R with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony RX1 over the Sony RX1R

 RX1 RX1R 

Reasons to pick Sony RX1R over the Sony RX1

 RX1R RX1 

Common features in the Sony RX1 and Sony RX1R

 RX1 RX1R 
ReleasedFebruary 2013June 2013Same age
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Screen resolution1229k1229kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry around your camera, you should take into account its weight and proportions. The Sony RX1 offers physical dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") having a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs) while the Sony RX1R has measurements of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") along with a weight of 482 grams (1.06 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising at that time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the RX1 and the RX1R.

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the RX1 and RX1R is 79 and 79 respectively.

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R top view buttons comparison

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to envision the contrast in sensor sizes merely by researching specs. The picture underneath might give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the RX1 and RX1R.

All in all, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of photographs however you have to consider the age of the cameras into account.

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R sensor size comparison

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Screen and ViewFinder

Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony RX1
Portrait photography with Sony RX1R
83
you can focus manually
above average flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
supports RAW files
83
focusing manually
great flash sync speed (1/4,000s)
MP count good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides face detection autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony RX1 Street photography info
Sony RX1R Street photography info
66
great sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW files
above average high ISO (25,600)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (482g)
66
large sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
great high ISO (25,600)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than others (482g)
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Sports Comparison

Sony RX1 Sports photography advice
Sony RX1R Sports photography advice
57
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with tracking focus
focal length is fixed (35mm)
max frames per second low (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
57
MP count good (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
can't change focal length (35mm)
max fps very slow (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony RX1 as a Travel photography camera
Sony RX1R as a Travel photography camera
66
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
fast max aperture (f2.0)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than others in class (482g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
66
MP count good (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than others (482 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony RX1 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX1R as a Landscape photography camera
68
you can focus manually
fast max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3")
decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW files
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
70
focusing manually
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count good (24MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
great high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony RX1
Vlogging with Sony RX1R
34
fast max aperture (f2.0)
comes with face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with mic socket
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
heavier than others in class (482 grams)
34
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
provides face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external microphone support
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
more heavy than others (482 grams)
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Sony RX1 vs Sony RX1R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony RX1 and Sony RX1R
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
Category Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2013-02-19 2013-06-26
Physical type Large Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor measurements 35.8 x 23.8mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 852.0mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35mm (1x) 35mm (1x)
Largest aperture f/2.0-22.0 f/2.0
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 1,229 thousand dots 1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech Xtra FineTFT LCD Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic and Optical (optional) Electronic and Optical (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames per second 5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.00 m 6.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/4000s 1/4000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 482 grams (1.06 pounds) 482 grams (1.06 pounds)
Dimensions 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8") 113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 93 91
DXO Color Depth score 25.1 25.0
DXO Dynamic range score 14.3 13.6
DXO Low light score 2534 2537
Other
Battery life 270 photographs 270 photographs
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
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