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

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Sony RX1R

Overall score:92%
Image Quality:90%


  • Solid build quality, Excellent high-ISO performance, Prompt write times, AWB performance


  • Battery Life, AF can hunt and misfocus, Moire patterning in some circumstances


Sony RX1R Review


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Sony RX1R Review – Build & Handling

Besides the addition of an “R” to the camera’s designation, the Sony RX1R is identical to the RX1, with both cameras having an extremely well built metal body.

On the camera’s 
top plate sits a multi-interface hotshoe that allows a flashgun, or either Sony’s optical or electronic viewfinders to be attached.

Sony RX1R Review - hand held

Overall, the Sony RX1R handles excellently, with a simple button arrangement, and equally easy to use on-screen menu. The exposure compensation dial makes it quick to adjust exposures and having an aperture ring on the lens helps to recreate the feeling of using a more traditional film camera, particularly when the optical viewfinder is also being used.

Sony RX1R Review - controls

There is an electronic motor-driven focusing ring on the Sony RX1’s lens as well, and manual focusing is aided by display magnification and also focus peaking. Another nice touch that enthusiasts will appreciate is the traditional remote release screw thread on the shutter button.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Sony RX1R Review - Features
  3. 3. Sony RX1R Review - Build & Handling
  4. 4. Sony RX1R Review - Moiré Patterning
  5. 5. Sony RX1R Review - Image Quality
  6. 6. Sony RX1R Review - Verdict
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