Sony RX1R II review

It may be a few years old, but the full-frame Sony RX1R II is still a pretty unique compact camera

Sony RX1R II
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Sony produced a fantastic camera with the RX1R II, making for excellent competition for its nearest rival, the Leica Q2. The high-resolution sensor, the addition of the viewfinder and the variable optical low pass filter are great features; but there are enough reasonably small niggles to add up to a less than perfect offering.


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    42 megapixel full-frame sensor


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    Fixed lens

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    Eyewateringly-high price

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Dating from 2015, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II was a remarkable camera at the time. Eight years on, it is now one of a very select band of full-frame compact cameras – and still has features that make it stand out from other fixed lens cameras.

Sony’s RX1R II has the same full-frame 42.4 million pixel sensor found in the Sony A7R II mirrorless camera, but it also boasted the world’s first variable optical low-pass filter (OLPF). Removing a low-pass filter increases detail resolution, but also increases the chance of moiré patterning. A variable filter means you can switch the effects of an OLPF on or off depending on the subject you’re shooting.

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Amy Davies

Amy Davies has been writing about photography since 2009, and used to be a colleague on Digital Camera magazine and She now works as a freelance journalist writing for nclude Amateur Photographer, Stuff, Wired, T3, Digital Photographer, Digital Camera World, TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, ePhotozine and Photography Blog. She has an undergraduate degree in journalism and a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism, both from Cardiff Journalism School.