Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sony reveals Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R & Cyber-shot RX100 II

Remember the little tiny camera by packed with huge full frame sensor from Sony? Yup you got it right! Sony Cyber-shot RX1 just got a replacement, known as RX1R. It is exactly same with RX1 except, RX1R has no anti-aliasing (AA) filter.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Key Specification :

  • 24.3 megapixels
  • Full frame (35.8 x 23.9 mm) CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 35 mm f2 lens
  • 25 Number of focus points
  • 3″ fixed LCD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 25, 24 fps)

The MSRP of the RX1R is exactly the same as the regular RX1 ($2800), which will continue to be sold.

My Opinion : Kinda disappointed the RX1R wasn't a huge upgrade from RX1. So for existing owner of RX1, move on for the next gen RX. This isn't worth it unless you prefer extra sharpness on ur images due to lack of AA filter.

Sony announced RX100 II too, as replacement for the first generation RX100. It features a new 20.2 megapixel 1-inch back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, which Sony claims is 40% more sensitive in low light than its predecessor. The 3-inch WhiteMagic LCD now articulates (84 degrees up, 45 degrees down), allowing for easier composition. Another major addition is a Multi Interface Shoe, which can not only accept an external flash, but also an electronic viewfinder or stereo microphone. The RX100 II also has Wi-Fi and NFC capability, which allows for one-touch photo transfer between camera and smart devices.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Key Specification :

  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS sensor
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • 28–100 mm F1.8 - F4.9 lens
  • 25 Number of focus points
  • 3″ tilting LCD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 (60 fps)
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi

The RX100 II will be available next month for $750.

My Opinion : Physical design wise, nothing much change except the hotshoe and also tiltable LCD screen at the back. However, it is a huge upgrades in terms of sensor and also Wi-Fi enable. Sadly the lens still pretty slow on telezoom. Wish they could put f1.8-2.5 like Olympus did on their XZ series.