Sony RX1R-II – a Grim Update

TEST: Sony enhances its compact system camera with 35 mm sensor and press the little extra exciting technology – such as variable low-pass filter and electronic viewfinder.

Fall 2012 launched Sony its RX1, who took the camera market a step forward. The reason was that it was the first compact camera that contained a sensor in the 35 mm format. But at the same time, it also more things that the buyers wanted: faster autofocus and a built-in view finder were some of these. Some later released a R-version where you removed the optical low-pass filter for increased sharpness.

Now Sony has updated its RX1-series with RX1R-II. This new addition has many similarities with its predecessor, mainly in appearance, but several adjustments have been made. And it went to Sony users and stuffed in both a digital viewfinder and a faster autofocus.

The sensor has also been updated from RX1: ans 24 Megapixels to 42 megapixel – the same as sitting in the Sony A7R-II — with an ISO range of between 100-25600, expandable to 50 and up to 102400 ISO. But just as the RX1, so have the sequel received the same lenses: Zeiss Sonnar T *, fixed focal length lens on a 35 mm f/2.

Recognition design

If we look back to 2012 we see that Sony already had a well thought out design of its RX1. For RX1R Mark II looks just the same, the only real difference is that the thumb on the back have been adjusted slightly, the screen become Vari-and that there is a viewfinder that is going to pop up.

Buttons are well placed and are thought through, as well as all the controls and adjustments-except possibly the record button for video. Button, just like I said in other reviews, something strange on the right-hand side at the grip, which makes it more difficult to start recording if you hold the camera with one hand. But then, this is also the only thing to complain about.

On the lens is actually three rotary knob. The outermost is responsible for focus, and is precise and good to use. The middle is used to switch between macro photography between 0.2 – 0.35 metres and 0.3 m to infinity. Then we have the final manual slider to adjust the aperture setting between 2 and 22, which provides the opportunity for quick adjustment of settings, especially together with the shutter on rear tumknapp about shooting in manual mode.

The House is otherwise qualitatively and well built – really good actually.

Focus and auto focus

Sony themselves feel that they are driven at speed of RX1R-II compared to its predecessor. And it could probably sue, for the work both quickly and well. Main reason for this is that the camera now fitted with hybrid focus, with entire 399 phase detecting AF points on the sensor. In this way you avoid the camera chasing after the focus back and forth until it finds the right – now it can figure out where to focus directly. In addition, the focus is on the background so that it adapts to the you point the camera at it goes really fast.

The following focus also works well. You just have to press the middle button on the back of the object you want to follow, and the camera follows with when the object is moving or moving the camera. Here we see a big difference from when the feature was introduced – följarrutan is fast and updates its position all the time. This was not the case in the past.

Update of focus has also made it possible to take up to five images per second, where the autofocus has time to follow along.

For those who want to work more manually so have RX1R-II as good options and handling like Sony’s other cameras, with much control. These include zebra pattern for when the camera is in focus, direct manual focus to take over focus after it focused, as well as many preferences for facial recognition, to name a few.

So sure, Sony has done his job and done well with their update for this camera.

Viewfinder and screen

Screen of 3 inches has a resolution of 1.23 million pixels. Both the brightness (which is adjustable) and the sharpness and contrast, is really good. Against the predecessor so Sony has now chosen to make the vari-angle, which I think is a good move because more and more people are looking for this.

At the same time, it also makes the structure weaker with things mechanical, but despite this, they have solved this good, and the screen is in place when it is in the locked position. Overall, it can be directed upward 109 degrees and down 41 degrees, which is sufficient in most situations (except for selfiefotografen).

But the best is the electronic viewfinder on 2.36 million pixels. The image shown is 100%, and is of OLED-type., and the picture is really sharp and clear, and the difference between optical and digital viewfinders are blurred more and more. In it, you’ll see all sorts of information, and you can of course choose what by adjusting the settings.

It mainly strikes me is that the sharpness, along with how fast the camera adjusts the white balance and metering of the light, helps you quickly forget that the image is digital, which is really cool.

Sökarkonstruktionen in itself is very smart, and we recognize it from Sony RX100 with a button which disengages and shoots up the viewfinder as a periscope. When the come up magnifying lens also pushed out a few millimeters. On this, you can mount the supplied eyecup if you want, but then you must remove it before you close the viewfinder. The viewfinder has a diopter adjustment.

Exciting features

Something that is really new and innovative is the variable low-pass filter.Filter in front of the sensor is typically used to reduce the problem of moire in the images, but at the expense of sharpness (hence the difference between the two RX1R RX1 and cameras). But without this, images instead sharper.

Sony has now allowed you to choose – in one and the same camera. By a particular setting, you can adjust the effect of the filter: off, normal, or high. On mode switched off do you shoot without low-pass filter, on high with. It all works by a tension to be adjusted to the crystals, which then ensures that the light is adjusted slightly.

This will also be the possibility of so-called low-pass-bracketing, by allowing the camera to three identical pictures one after the other, but with the three different settings. This allows you to choose the best image in the afterwards.

When we look at the difference in the images, they also expected the difference, that is, visibly, but not so much more. But, to let the photographer choose itself is really good.

Filming

Many thought that Sony would choose to have 4 k video in RX1R-II. But it will be. And although Sony themselves do not explain why, so can probably one of the reasons for this may be that there is simply not enough heat-conductive material to cool the processor by processor slukande filming.

Therefore, we must be content with video in full HD at 1080 p at 60 frames per second. Bitrate increase is detailed to 50 megabits, and the format is the latest XAVC S, which reduces the files with no loss of image quality.

To shoot with the camera works fine. In manual mode, you have the controls to adjust both aperture and shutter speed or ISO during recording. You’ll also see how the levels of sound are, and can do some other settings to the movies will be as you want.

No fuss, but nothing extra, so for that film is RX1R-II no prestandamonster – even if the result is really good.

Image quality

Noise performance and dynamic range of Sony RX1R-II is just like when we tested the sensor last, thus in A7R II. This means that there are no significant differences compared to the A7 and RX1R, against the tested RX1R-II.

On the other hand, we see a difference in certain shooting with the setting of the variable low-pass filter, with a slightly greater clarity without filters feature turned on.

The fixed lens has a not-too-heavy distortion and you can choose to have a correction or not, which apply only to jpg images, yet improves the image from optical errors.

Do you shoot in raw, you now have the option to save your pictures in a 14-bit okompimerad file, something that Sony also introduced in several other cameras.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Sony intends to and thinking right when it comes to cameras, and dare to come up with new solutions to old problems.

But at the same time also opens new technology for new problems.One of the biggest criticism we see with this from the users, the power consumption is. This means that you have to keep track of their batteries, or like to have an extra.

But generally, Sony has once again managed to create a very nice update, and the improvements are probably something that will really appeal to the intended audience.

Are you looking for the advantages of a sensor in the small-screen format, but still want a compact and versatile camera with viewfinder, then you should check out the Sony RX1R-II. The camera has almost everything you need as a normal user.

For those who love to roam in the streets will also be the focal length of 35 mm to work fine. And all in all it is a really good entusiastkamera that has a wide range of uses and really high resolution.