Sony’s RX1R II: The Best Pocket-Sized Camera Ever Made?

Sony RX1R II

Sony has long made one of the best point-and-shoot and compact DSLRs in the market but the latest effort will trump them all. The new RX1R mark II is said to be the tiniest full-frame camera around and packs a ton of features in a size unthinkable before.

The front of the RX1R II has a 42.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS backlit sensor with ISO range of 100-25,600. The autofocus here is said to be 30 percent faster than before, while the sensor is said to be as much as 3.5 times faster than before thanks to a new sensor structure which outs data much faster.

The fixed 35mm f/2 Sonnar T* lens features a rotatable Macro shift ring to calibrate on objects as close as 14 cm. You also get a 9-blade aperture, with a shutter speed of 1/2000s.

One of the main selling points of the camera will be its built-in electronic viewfinder that is retractable and has a 2.4 million dot XGA OLED display. Not only that, you also get a 3” LCD at the back, which can be tilted up 109-degrees and down 41-degrees.

Sony RX1R II

The RX1R II is also the world’s first camera with optical variable low-pass filter with three shooting options (off, standard and high) as per the user’s preference.

While the new, fourth iteration of RX100 comes with 4K video, the RX1R II is sadly missing it here. It is only capable of shooting 1080p videos, at 24, 30 and 60 fps. It’s still not that useful, those extra pixels, but it is an upcoming trend which should’ve been followed nonetheless. Connectivity is well covered with Wi-Fi and NFC allowing for remote-shooting.

With these cameras, the asking price is always a premium one but with the RX1R II Sony has beaten itself in its own game with an asking price of $3,300. It will be available starting from next month.