Sony RX1R

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R front
  • 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
  • Announced June 2013
  • Successor is Sony RX1R II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony RX1R overview

Sony RX1R is Sony's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially introduced on June of 2013. The camera has a 24MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Sony launched the more recent Sony RX1R II (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this model.

The RX1R places at #17 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all round #237 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony RX1R history

The Sony RX1R is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX1R-II front thumbnailSony RX1R II
42MPFull frame2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX1R front thumbnailSony RX1R35mm
24MPFull frame2013
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX1 front thumbnailSony RX1
RX1R vs RX1
24MPFull frame2013

Sony RX1R Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Sony RX1R based on things that are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

decent sensor resolution (24 megapixels)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
flash built-in
flash sync is higher than normal (1/4,000 seconds)
great ISO range (25,600)
great maximum aperture (f2.0)
great min ISO (100)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has face detect focus
has HDMI out
has mic support
has tracking focus
manual focus
saves RAW formats
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
very good screen resolution (1,229 thousand dots)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
bad battery (270 CIPA)
focal length is fixed (35mm)
heavier than competition (482g)
lacks phase detect auto focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
max fps very slow (5.0 frames per second)
missing headphone support
missing Time Lapse function
no image stabilization
screen is fixed
screen is not selfie friendly
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Sony RX1R Sensor specifications

The measurement of the sensor in the Sony RX1R is 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full frame). The 856 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and has a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

Sony decided to skip the anti aliasing filter inside the Sony RX1R. This might result in more clear pictures but could create moire under certain circumstances.

The picture below illustrates the RX1R's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The RX1R sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony RX1R dimensions

Sony RX1R weighs in at 1.06 lb (482 grams / 17.00 ounces) & has external dimensions of 113mm x 65mm x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams so the Sony RX1R is more heavy when compared with other rivals.

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The following is a visual of the Sony RX1R beside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button arrangement on the RX1R.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R topview buttons dials

Sony RX1R Lens specifications

The RX1R features a built in lens providing a constant focal length of 35mm meaning that you do not have the ability to zoom.

At the widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.0 making it beneficial for low light events and capturing a shallow depth of field. It is going to also enable you to choose a lower ISO to capture better shots.

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Sony RX1R Connectivity

The RX1R has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send images and in some cases adjust settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony RX1R Video specifications

The maximum video quality in the Sony RX1R is 1920 x 1080 and you can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality gives a great balance in video quality and file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to crop. While the camera offers a mic port, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone port which means you will not have the option to monitor your sound levels.

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Sony RX1R Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Sony RX1R so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Sony RX1R Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony RX1R has a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 1,229 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Sony RX1R are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic and Optical (optional)

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders can be particularly useful.

Sony RX1R Shutter specifications

Sony RX1R has the capability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Sony RX1R Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony RX1R features both built-in flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/4000 seconds.

Sony RX1R Autofocus specifications

Sony RX1R features just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which can be handy for portraits.

The AF system has 25 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking AF for objects that move. Sony RX1R features manual focusing in case it is needed in low light conditions or you want more precise focusing control.

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Sony RX1R Battery life

The battery (NP-BX1) in the Sony RX1R is fashioned to last for 270 images as per the CIPA specifications which is lower compared to it's competitors. The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has the highest possible (450) battery life in this group of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Sony RX1R for different categories of photography

The following illustration indicates a analysis of the Sony RX1R for different categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section below.

Sony RX1R Portrait photography information

The Sony RX1R receives a score of 82 which is exceptional, meaning that it is a excellent option for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and flexibility to use external lighting.

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manual focus
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
large sensor size (Full frame)
includes face detect focus
saves RAW files

Sony RX1R Street photography features

With a above average rating of 66, the Sony RX1R is a fine fit to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW formats
very good ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (482 grams)

Sports photography with Sony RX1R

A moderate sports photography score of 53 means the Sony RX1R is fairly suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
has tracking focus
fixed focal length (35mm)
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (270 shots)
no phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Sony RX1R

Weight is really critical when getting a camera for travel. Over-all, the Sony RX1R gets a above average 62 as a travel camera which is a good pick to buy for your travels.

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sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
fast max aperture (f2.0)
missing Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (270 shots)
heavier than others in class (482g)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen

Sony RX1R as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Sony RX1R and it's very good score of 66 for a landscape camera is a fine option in the current market.

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focusing manually
very good maximum aperture (f2.0)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good resolution (24MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
very good ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (35mm)
lack of image stabilization
not so great battery (270 shots)
missing Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Sony RX1R

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a moving display screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony RX1R is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 34.

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great maximum aperture (f2.0)
provides face detection focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic support
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
heavier than competition in class (482g)

Sony RX1R Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the RX1R, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph down below offers you an overview of the RX1R versus it's top ranked competitors shown previously.

Following are additional cameras you may regard as alternate options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
35mm (1x)
Largest aperture
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,229 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology
Xtra FineTFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Electronic and Optical (optional)
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
6.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/4000 seconds
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)
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Mic support
Headphone support
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
482 gr (1.06 lb)
Physical dimensions
113 x 65 x 70mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8")
Battery life
270 shots
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Cost at launch