Sony’s latest premium-class compact camera has a backlit full-frame 42,2 MP image sensor, the famed Zeiss Sonnar T * 35mm F2 lens, super-fast autofocus, a pop-XGA OLED viewfinder and the world’s first optical variable low-pass filter.


Ultimate Image Quality in the Palm of Your Hand

The new RX1R II camera utilizes a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with approx. 42.4 effective megapixels paired with a powerful BIONZ X processing engine to achieve superior levels of image resolution and sensitivity (ISO 100-25600, expandable to 50 – 1024002) with wide dynamic range.  The sensor’s back-illuminated structure, with an expanded circuit scale and copper wiring design, enables faster transmission speed and outputs data approximately 3.5x faster than the original RX1R, ensuring high-speed performance.


Matched specifically for the image sensor, the large aperture 35mm F2 ZEISS Sonnar T* lens ensures that all images captured by the camera are impressively sharp from the center to the corners.  The lens also has a unique Macro shift ring for focusing on subjects as close as 14cm in front of the lens and has nine aperture blades that produce smooth, even background defocus or ‘bokeh’ in the most commonly used aperture ranges.

Another unique benefit of the new camera is its fixed lens design, which allows the positioning of its sensor and lens to be precisely adjusted to maximize all benefits of the sensor’s extremely high resolution.  The closer the two components are to one another, the wider the angle through which light can pass through the lens and directly reach the sensor, resulting in imagery that is rich in detail and resolution.  Also, unlike the focal plane shutter common to interchangeable lens cameras, RX1R II utilizes an in-lens shutter, allowing 1/2000 sec flash synch speed and a significant reduction in overall body size.

The new RX1R II also offers uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture to maximize the benefits of the image sensor’s wide dynamic range, while also still supporting existing compressed format.


High Speed AF to Capture the Decisive Moment

The RX1R II model is the first in Sony’s acclaimed RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities.  The camera’s sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area – the world’s widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor1 – that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model.  Additionally, the camera has adapted an advanced motion-detection algorithm that offers superior tracking performance of moving subjects and allows for the addition of AF-C mode that accurately tracks a subject after focusing.  It also can achieve up to 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking.

Other focusing improvements on the new model include multiple AF area settings including Wide, Center and Flexible Spot and Expand Flexible Spot.  The camera also has Eye AF and lock-on AF.

World’s First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter

In a first for digital cameras, the RX1R II features an optical variable low pass filter that allows shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moiré or color artifacts to match the subject.

The three settings for the low-pass filter3 include “off”, which provides comparable effects to having no low-pass filter and is suitable when prioritizing resolution, “standard”, which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and color artifacts, and “high”, which places more emphasis on reducing moiré and artifacting.  This unique feature allows photographers to achieve the desired image quality and resolution based on the presence of moiré-inducing high spatial frequency objects in the scene, essentially combining two cameras – one with and without a low-pass filter – into one body.  Low-pass filter bracketing is also available and can be used to compare the effects of different settings.


New Retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder, Tiltable Screen, HD Video and more

New for the RX1 series, the RX1R II has a built-in retractable 2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder that pops up and down with simple one-push operation.   The viewfinder features ZEISS T* Coating and four glass elements including two aspherical lenses that work together to deliver a magnification of 0.74×4 and clear corner-to-corner visibility with minimal distortion.  The new camera also has a 3.0 type WhiteMagic™ 1.2 million dot LCD display that can tilt upwards up to 109 degrees and downwards up to 41 degrees, allowing for a greater range of shooting angles and positions.

On the video side, the camera’s advanced sensor and processor deliver exceptionally detailed movies with low levels of noise.  It is able to support full HD 1920×1080 video recording at frame rates of 60p, 30p or 24p through use of the versatile XAVC S movie recording format5.

The new RX1R II camera is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™.

A new version of the popular “Smart Remote Control” app (version 4.0) from PlayMemories Camera Apps, which enables remote shooting from a connected smartphone, will be released that features updated bulb and continuous shooting functionality to match the new camera.  Learn more at

Pricing and Availability

The Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera will be available in November for about $3300 US and $4200 CAD at a variety of Sony authorized dealers in both countries. There is also a new camera case (model LCJ-RXH) that will be available at launch that fits snugly on the new RX1R II as well as the original RX1 and RX1R models.


Technical specifications DSC-RX1RM2-camera:

Image Sensor Sensor Type 35mm full frame (35.9 x 24.0mm), the Exmor R CMOS sensor
Number of Effective Pixels Approx. 42.4 megapixels
Lens Lens Type ZEISS Sonnar T * 8 elements in 7 groups (3 Aspherical lens elements Including AA)
Focal length (35mm film equivalent) 35mm
F-number (Maximum Aperture) F2.0
Iris Diaphragm 9 blades
Recording Format Still Images JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0, Ver.2.3 Exif, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movie XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4
Movie Recording Mode XAVC S HD 1920 x 1080 (60p (50p) / 50Mbps, 30p (25p) / 50Mbps, 24p / 50Mbps), with 1280 x 720 (120p (100p) / 50Mbps)
AVCHD 1920 x 1080 (60p (50p) / 28Mbps / PS, 60i (50i) / 24Mbps / FX, 60i (50i) / 17Mbps / FH, 24p / 24Mbps / FX, 24p / 17Mbps / FH)
MP4 1920 x 1080 (60p (50p) / 28Mbps, 30p (25p) / 16Mbps), with 1280 x 720 (30p (25p) / 6Mbps)
Compatible Recording Media Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PROHG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card
Focus Focus Type Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF / contrast-detection AF)
Auto Focus Points 399 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF))
Focus mode Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide, Centre, Flexible Spot (S / M / L), Expand the Flexible Spot, Lock-AF (Wide / Center / Flexible Spot (S / M / L) / Expand Flexible Spot)
Exposurecontrol Metering type 1200-zone Evaluative metering
ISO Sensitivity Still images: ISO100-25600 (1 / 3EV step) (expandable to ISO 50/64/80/32000/40000/51200/64000/80000/102400), AUTO (ISO100-102400, selectable with upper / lower limit), Multi Frame NR: ISO100-102400 (1EV step), AUTO (ISO100-102400, selectable with upper / lower limit), Movie: ISO100-ISO25600 equivalent (1 / 3EV step), AUTO (ISO100-25600 equivalent, selectable with upper / lower limit)
Shutter speed Program Auto (30 “-1 / 4000 * sec.) / Aperture Priority (30” -1 / 4000 * sec.) / Shutter Priority (30 “-1 / 4000 * sec.) / Manual Exposure (Bulb, 30” – 1/4000 * sec.) / iAuto (4 “-1 / 4000 * sec.)* At F5.6 or Greater aperture value. Fastest limit at F2.0 is 1/2000 sec.
SteadyShot Electronic type (for the movie)
ContinuousShooting Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum) (Maximum number of recoded pixels) ** You apr not be able to shoot images in the Burst mode depending on the shooting mode. Speed Priority continuous shooting: approx.5 fps, Continuous shooting: approx.2.5 fps (AF-S) * * Speed will be slowing after taking some shots.
Number of shots at burst mode (maximum number of continuous shots) L JPEG Extra Fine: 26, JPEG L Fine: 35, JPEG L Standard: 48, RAW: 23, RAW + JPEG: 22, RAW (uncompressed): 9, RAW + JPEG (uncompressed): 9
Finder Type Electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED Tru-Finder)
Total number of dots 2,359,296dots
Field Coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.74x (with 50mm lens equiv. At infinity, -1m-1)
Screen Screen Type 7.5cm (3.0type) (4: 3) / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Total number of dots 1,228,800 dots
Adjustable angle Up by approx. 109degrees, down by approx.41degrees
Audio Built-in Microphone stereo
Speaker Mono
Interface Multi / Micro USB Terminal *, Micro HDMI, Microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack), Multi Interface Shoe * Supports Micro USB compatible device.
Wi-Fi Yes (IEEE802.11b / g / n (2.4GHz band))
NFC NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Play Memories CameraApps Yes
Battery system Rechargeable battery pack NP-BX1
Weight Approx. 507g (1 lb. 1.9 oz.) (Battery and Memory Stick Duo included) / Approx. 480g (1 lb. 0.9 oz.) (Body only)
Dimensions (WxHxD) (CIPA compliant) 113.3 x 72.0mm x 65.4 (4 1/2 “x 2 5/8” x 2 7/8 “)
Operating Temperature 0-40 ℃

Release date: October 2015