Sony’s New RX1R II Delivers 42-Megapixel Full Frame Sensor in Compact Body

October 14, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

Love big sensors in tiny camera bodies? Sony has just released an update to its RX1 advanced compact that should satisfy even the most stringent pixel peepers. 

The new RX1R II delivers a 42.4-megapixel full frame sensor with a variable optical low pass filter that can be set to off, standard or high, depending on the filtering desired. Less filtration will result in sharper images but a greater risk of false colors and moire. A low pass filter bracketing mode is also available so you can compare results at different settings for the same image. 

In addition to full frame sensor, the RX1R II boasts a fixed 35mm, f/2 lens. 

Sony says the new model has a 30 percent faster AF response speed compared to the original RX1 thanks to the use of the company’s Fast Hybrid AF technology. The camera’s sensor uses 399 focal plane phase detect AF points covering 45-percent of the image area alongside 25 contrast AF points. New algorithms help the camera better track moving subjects during continuous shooting, with AF tracking available during burst rates of 5fps.

Additional features include:

* a retractable XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.4-million dot resolution

* a 3-inch LCD that tilts up at 109 degrees and down to 41 degrees

* Wi-Fi and NFC

* a native ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to ISO 102,400

* 1920x1080p60 HD video recording using Sony’s XAVC codec with options for 30p or 24p recording 

* mechanical shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec.

* 14-bit RAW file capture

The RX1R II ships in November for $3,300. The RX1 stays on the market for $2,798.