Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Review

Overall 64
Imaging 43
Features 37
Size 77
Price 0

Main Features

  • 42.0 MP Full frame BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 50 - 25600 (Expands to 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 113 x 65 x 72 mm
  • Weight: 507 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony RX1R.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II that Sony has first introduced to the public in Oct 13, 2015. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 42.0 MP and a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product RX1R.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #2 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 64/100 and it takes a rank of #9 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0
  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Sensor Size: Full frame
  • Min Native Iso: 50
  • Max Native Iso: 25600
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.74
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 3204
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II has the following external dimensions 113 x 113 x 72 mm (44.49 x 25.59 x 28.35″) with the weight of 507 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 72mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II — 220 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II — 72 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II — 507 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II comes with BIONZ X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 42.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II has the following ISO range 50 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 102400.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

In a huge database of models that we have collected, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II features a 42.0 MP sensor. In the Large Sensor Compact class, there is a high-resolution camera.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 97 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II’s sensor.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II are its 5.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/4000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 25 points.

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S and H.264 formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (42 MP)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(35.9 x 24 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (113 x 65 x 72 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II can be called a 85 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Nice Low Light ISO (3204)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (5.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Small battery life (220 shots)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (507 g)
  • Big size (113 x 65 x 72 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 98. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II can be called a 98 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm) sensor
  • High resolution sensor (42 MP)
  • Good Dynamic Range (13.9)
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (3204)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II
Announced Oct 13, 2015
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 14
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.74
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes auto, fill flash, slow sync, rear sync, wireless
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 97
DxO Color Depth 25.8
DxO Dynamic Range 13.9
DxO Low Light ISO 3204
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 35.9 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 861.60 mm2
Sensor Resolution 42.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 7952 x 5304
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO 102,400
Min Native ISO 50
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (120p, 30p)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S, H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 507 g
Physical Dimensions 113 x 65 x 72 mm
Battery Life 220 shots
Battery Type 220 shots
Battery Model NP-BX1
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage Slots 1

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