Sony RX1R II camera boasts high-end features in compact body

Sony has updated its RX1R camera with the aptly named RX1R II, a portable camera with high-end features. Among its offerings is a back-illuminated full-frame sensor, a 35mm F2 ZEISS Sonnar T sensor, and a high 42.4 megapixels resolution. Sony boasts that this new model brings with it the highest image quality it has ever offered from a compact model. In addition, the company says the RX1R II features an adjustable optical variable low pass filter, a first in the world of digital cameras.

The Sony RX1R II is a powerhouse stuffed in a tiny camera body. It has an expansive array of features, most of them pushing the limits of what you’d expect to ever get in a pocketable model. Joining the 42.4MP full-frame sensor is a 30-percent increase in auto focus response speed over the RX1 cameras. There’s 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that span nearly 45% of a photo’s area. This works in conjunction with 25 contrast AF points, a motion detection algorithm, and up to 5fps of continuous shooting with AF tracking.

The camera is powered by a BIONZ X image processor, of which it provides an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, which can be expanded to 50 to 102,400. Data transmission and output is 3.5x faster than the original model, and there’s a fixed lens; the latter is necessary due to the high resolution and other features. Because Sony elected to use an in-lens shutter, this next-gen model offers 1/2000s flash sync speed.

Other notable features with the RX1R II is support for RAW 14-bit image capture, a retractable XGA OLED viewfinder, HD video recording (up to FHD at 60fps), a tiltable LCD with 1.2 million dots, NFC, WiFi, support for Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, and a textured hand grip.

The camera will be available this upcoming December for €3,500.