Pocket Pros – Sony Announces New Cyber-shot Cameras – The RX100 II & RX1R
In HDVP, we rarely cover pocket-sized cameras but the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 and RX1 cameras are no ordinary compact cameras. The RX100 (retail $649) has a 20.2MP, large 1″ Exmor CMOS sensor, F1.8 ark Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens with control ring, 3.6x zoom, JPEG and Raw image capture and full HD 1080/60p video with manual control. The Cyber-shot flagship RX1 camera contains a 35mm full-frame 24.3MP Exmor CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-25600, 14-bit Raw image capture, a fixed f2.0 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens with 9 aperture blades, full HD 24p/60i/60p video with full manual control, and more. With a price tag of $2,799, the RX1 is definitely not your typical point-and-shoot, especially because of its full-frame sensor.
Now Sony has just announced upgrades to their Cyber-shot RX series – the RX100 II and the RX1R model. The RX100 II features a new 1″ back-illuminated CMOS sensor, enhanced system expandability and adds Wi-Fi with NFC One-Touch compatibility. For video, the RX100 II has added a few new features including 24p, a step zoom function that lets a shooter select 5 popular focal lengths (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm or 100mm), and Sony’s TRILUMINOS Color technology, which gives you more natural color reproduction when paired with Sony BRAVIA TVs with TRILUMINOSs display.
The RX1R (the ‘R’ stands for resolution) has not really changed in body style or design but Sony removed its optical low pass filter in order to increase resolution and detail. Serious photographers will like this feature because they’ll get the full resolution potential of the image sensor to better capture stunning landscapes or detailed subjects. The ability for sharper, more detailed still images has its advantages for still shooting, for motion capture, I can see some potential problems arising when it comes to aliasing and moire. It will be interesting to test out. The RX1R is also compatible with TRILUMINOS Color technology.
The retail pricing for the RX100 II is $750 and the RX1R will run $2,800. For more information, please visit www.sony.com.