Sony RX1R II
- 42MP - Full frame Sensor
- 3" Tilting Screen
- ISO 50 - 25600 (Raise to 102400)
- No Anti-Alias Filter
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 35mm (F2.0) lens
- 507g - 113 x 65 x 72mm
- Released October 2015
- Superseded the Sony RX1R
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- Size Comparison
Sony RX1R II summary
Sony RX1R II is Sony's Large Sensor Compact digital camera first launched on October of 2015. It uses a 42 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS Full frame size sensor with a max resolution of 7952 x 5304.
Sony released this model in order to update the earlier Sony RX1R (Read Full Comparison)
The RX1R II is positioned #5 out of 63 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & over all #149 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should test our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personalized factors.
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Sony RX1R II history
The Sony RX1R II is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the full list underneath.
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Sony RX1R II Gallery
You can look at the RX1R II from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony RX1R II Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pluses and minuses of the Sony RX1R II based on criterias which are generally considered important in a digital camera.
Sony RX1R II Sensor information
The Sony RX1R II is run by the BIONZ X chip. The specification of the sensor in the Sony RX1R II is 35.9mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 862 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 7952 x 5304 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 42MP and supports a standard ISO range of 50 - 25600. The ISO can be widened digitally to a maximum of 102400. RAW files are saved so you have more room to maneuver in post.
Sony opted to omit the low pass filter in the Sony RX1R II. This can result in more sharp photos but may cause moire in some situations.
The picture underneath displays the RX1R II's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The RX1R II sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is highlighted in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Sony RX1R II dimensions
Sony RX1R II weighs 1.12 lbs (507g / 17.88 ounces) & has exterior size of 113mm x 65mm x 72mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 2.8"). The weight of typical Large Sensor Compact camera is 392g so the Sony RX1R II is weightier as compared with its competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Here is a shot of the Sony RX1R II besides a soft drink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view under will provide the button design on the RX1R II.
Sony RX1R II Lens information
The RX1R II comes with a fixed lens having a constant focal length of 35mm which means you have no option to zoom.
At it's widest 35mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.0 which will be useful for low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It will also enable you to choose a much lower ISO to capture crisper images.
Sony RX1R II Connectivity
The RX1R II has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy files and oftentimes alter camera settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.
Several apps also stream a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB port.
Sony RX1R II Video information
The max video resolution in the Sony RX1R II is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance for video quality and file size but 1080p will not give you any room to downsample. Even though the body offers a microphone port, it is missing a headphone port so you won't be able to keep an eye on your audio levels.
Sony RX1R II Weather Sealing
Sony RX1R II does not have environment proofing so rainy conditions may ruin the camera.
Sony RX1R II Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony RX1R II houses a 3 inch tilting display screen having a resolution of 1,229 thousand dots.
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The View Finder details for Sony RX1R II are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Resolution 2,359 thousand dots
- Coverage 100%
- Magnification 0.74x
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are very helpful.
Sony RX1R II Shutter information
Sony RX1R II has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony RX1R II Flash and Hot shoe information
Sony RX1R II features external flash support but does not have built-in flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/4000s.
Sony RX1R II Autofocus information
Sony RX1R II features both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera boasts Face detection which makes it helpful for portraits.
The Sensor boasts 25 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Sony RX1R II has manual focus if needed for low light or you require more exact focus control.
Sony RX1R II Battery life
The battery pack (NP-BX1) on the Sony RX1R II is designed to last for 220 pictures as per the CIPA standards which is lower when compared with it's competitors. The usual Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has got the maximum (450) battery life for this class of cameras.
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Sony RX1R II for different forms of photography
The following chart displays a summary of the Sony RX1R II for different forms of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Sony RX1R II as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony RX1R II gets a score of 86 which is excellent, meaning that it is a fantastic option to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support and potential to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Sony RX1R II
Coming in at a nice points total of 73, the Sony RX1R II is a good pick to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony RX1R II
A nice sports photography rating of 63 suggests the Sony RX1R II is a good fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony RX1R II Travel photography factors
Portability is extremely crucial in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony RX1R II gets a average 59 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat acceptable to take with you on your vacations.
Sony RX1R II Landscape photography details
If you find yourself planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Sony RX1R II at it's nice score of 69 for a landscape camera is a fine option compared to it's competition.
Vlogging with Sony RX1R II
A vlogging camera should posses a moving screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony RX1R II is just not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad rating of 34.
Sony RX1R II Alternatives
If you are looking for replacements to the RX1R II, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the category of Large Sensor Compact.
The graph just below offers you a summary of the RX1R II vs it's top scoring competitors shown above.
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