Sony RX1R Review

Review Date : Mon, 22 Jul 2013

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Sony RX1R

The Sony RX1R loses an optical low-pass filter, but what does this mean for serious photographers?

Pros: Solid build quality, Excellent high-ISO performance, Prompt write times, AWB performance
Cons: Battery Life, AF can hunt and misfocus, Moire patterning in some circumstances

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R, arrives to sit alongside the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 at the top the manufacturer's line-up of advanced compact cameras. It picks up where the RX1 left off, in featuring a full frame CMOS sensor in a digital compact body.

Sony RX1R front view

The new Sony RX1R is essentially exactly the same camera as the RX1, with just one key change - it has no anti-aliasing filter over its sensor. These filters are designed to slightly blur the image reaching the sensor. With no anti-aliasing filter on the RX1R images should be sharper and more detailed than those from the standard RX1. However, with no anti-aliasing filter the risk of moiré patterning being introduced is a possibility.

Sony RX1R hand held

Moiré patterning occurs when two linear grids are overlapped out of alignment with each other. It can be commonly seen when grid mesh of net curtains overlaps, creating a new concentric pattern to appear. The same thing occurs when the grid array of a digital camera sensor photographs a similar linear pattern, such as a tightly woven fabric, or intricate brickwork on a building, but we'll cover more on this later.

Sony RX1R rear view

Interestingly, the Sony RX1R will cost exactly the same as the standard RX1. This is significant as we've seen other manufacturers charge a slight premium for versions of their cameras without an anti-aliasing filter. Given that the RX1 costs £2,600, the fact that there will be no premium to be paid for the new model is a blessing, the RX1 costs enough already.

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Design 18/20
Image Quality 18/20
Performance 18/20
Value 19/20
Features 19/20
Overall Score 92%

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