About the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX1R II
A great performer just got even better
A great performer just got even better
The experts at Sony keep packing more and more picture-taking performance into compact camera designs. The incredible DSC-RX1R II improves upon what we think was already one of the best cameras available anywhere, period. Like its predecessor, it features a powerful, full-frame image sensor, a razor-sharp Zeiss Sonnar lens, and a beautifully crafted magnesium alloy body — plus some significant new upgrades.
What's new with the RX1R II?
The first thing Sony did was to give the DSC-RX1R II an ultra-high-res, 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor capable of capturing exquisitely detailed images. With this much resolution, you can use the camera's digital zoom to get closer to your subjects and still have plenty of detail. Or you can seriously crop your shots after the fact and retain smooth grain-free image quality.
Then, they added the world's first variable optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter. This unique filter system lets you choose from three settings to control the level of detail reaching the sensor. Select "Off" to capture unfiltered light directly from the lens, so that even the finest details are sharply defined. Choose "Hi" to eliminate moiré and color artifacts that can occur when shooting certain woven fabrics or geometric architectural patterns like brickwork. Or use the "Standard" mode to strike an even balance between the other two settings.
If that wasn't enough, Sony has introduced an entirely new autofoucus system. It's 30% faster than its predecessor, with wider area coverage and greater accuracy for capturing precisely focused photos without missing a single moment. A built-in, pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder makes it easier to frame shots outdoors when the sun's at your back. The new 3" LCD screen tilts up or down for extended shooting flexibility from high and low angles. Plus, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC (Near Field Communication) allows easy pairing with a smartphone or tablet for remote control and easy file transfer.
Brilliant low-light performance
The RX1R II's fixed f/2 lens is bright enough for shooting in almost any lighting. So even when the lights are dimmed or the sun is setting, rest assured you'll still capture vivid portraits and stunning landscapes. The full-frame Exmor R® CMOS sensor offers incredible sensitivity for stellar performance in poorly lit settings, with selectable ISO from 100 to 25,600. The camera's exposure controls also include a manual ring to adjust the aperture's nine-blade iris to create smooth background defocus for outstanding portraits and close-up shots.
The compact DSC-RX1R II features a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, historically found only in larger SLRs.
Manual and auto focus options
If you're preparing to shoot your child's birthday party, you'll no doubt be prepared for the big shots before they happen. The RX1R II's manual focus ring lets you dial in your daughter when she's ready to blow out the candles, with customizable focus assist peaking to highlight focused edges as you frame the shot. But sometimes you don't have time for total artistic control. That's when the RX1R II's high-speed auto focus serves you best, so you'll be ready for quick shooting when your son suddenly takes those first steps. You can even combine auto and manual focus, using auto mode to focus in on the subject before switching to the manual control ring for creative fine-tuning. Continuous autofocus can track moving subjects, perfect for firing off a burst of five frames per second at this powerful camera's full resolution.
- 42.4-megapixel effective recording
- full-frame Exmor R® BSI CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24 mm)
- fixed 35mm lens (4X digital zoom)
- tilting 3" high-resolution LCD monitor (1,228,800 dots) with brightness control
- built-in, pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots) with brightness control
- records photos and video onto memory sticks (Duo, PRO Duo, PRO Duo high speed, PRO-HG Duo) and SD memory cards (SD, SDHC, SDXC)
- three-level optical low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter with available exposure bracketing lets you control image resolution to reduce moiré and color artifacts while maintaining maximum picture detail
- f/2 Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* lens offers exceptional sharpness and light-gathering ability
- nine aperture blades allow smooth background defocusing for superior macro shots
- dedicated control rings for manual focus, aperture and macro switching
- 399 phase-detection and 25 contrast-detection AF points for fast, accurate autofocus
- built-in Wi-Fi® with NFC touch-pairing provides photo and video transfer to a smartphone or tablet for easy image sharing
- full-HD movie mode (up to 1080p/60p resolution) with digital image stabilization
- ISO range: 100-25,600 (expandable to 50-102,400) for detailed, low-noise shots in virtually any lighting conditions
- records in RAW and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
- supports 14-bit uncompressed RAW format
- burst shooting mode captures up to 5 frames per second at camera's full resolution
- multi-interface shoe for adding optional accessories such as flashes, viewfinders and thumb grips
Connections and Dimensions:
- HDMI (micro) and USB outputs (HDMI cable not included)
- microphone jack
- 4-1/2"W x 2-5/8"H x 2-7/8"D
- weight (with battery and SD card): 17.89 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC charger
- micro USB cable
- neck strap
- cleaning cloth
- lens cap, shoe cap, and eyepiece cup
- MFR # DSCRX1RM2/B
What's in the box:
- Digital camera (black)
- 49mm Front lens cap (installed)
- Accessory shoe cover (installed)
- Rubber viewfinder eyecup
- Neck strap
- NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 4.5Wh 1240mAh)
- AC-UUD12 AC adapter (5V / 1.5A)
- BC-DCX battery charger (4.2V 0.86A)
- 2' Micro USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on other end)
- Soft cloth storage pouch
- Soft cleaning cloth (5" x 6")
- Instruction Manual (Eng)
- Instruction Manual (Span)
- Instruction Manual (Fren)
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide
- Warranty sheet
- Accessories brochure
- Capture One Express (for Sony) sheet (Eng)
- Capture One Express (for Sony) sheet (Fren)
- Eyecup mounting instructions
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||35mm|
Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo |
|Highest Resolution||7952 x 5304|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||17.9|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: The Sony DSC-RX1R Mark II, like its predecessor, the RX1R, is a compact digital camera with high-end features. It has a 35mm full frame image sensor, now with 42.4 megapixels, and a bright F2.0 Carl Zeiss 35mm fixed focal length lens. The BIONZ image processor allows you to take full resolution photos at up to 5 frames per second.
Full Frame Image Sensor: The DSC-RX1R Mark II features a 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor (35.9 x 24.0mm). It has approximately 43.6-million total pixels and 42.4-million effective pixels.
Optical Variable Low-pass Filter: The RX1R II is the first digital camera to have an optical variable low-pass filter that lets you choose from three filter effect settings: Off (to prioritize image resolution), Hi (to reduce moiré and color artifacts), and Standard (to balance these priorities. These options allow you to take full advantage of the high resolution image quality of the 42.4-megapixel image sensor.
Carl Zeiss Lens: The camera is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (T-star) 35mm F2.0 lens. This large-diameter lens has a 9-blade diaphragm that delivers beautiful foreground/background defocusing (bokeh). The multi-layered T* coating dramatically reduces ghosting and flare, caused by reflecting light. A macro switching ring on the lens barrel lets you shorten the minimum focusing distance from 12" to 7-7/8".
Tiltable 3" LCD Monitor: The RX1R II uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD monitor with 1,228,800 dots. You can easily scroll through menus and preview live Picture Effects. WhiteMagic technology increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant still images and movies, and lets you obtain sharp focus. The LCD monitor can be tilted up approximately 109° for low-angle shooting, or tilted down approximately 41° for high-angle shots.
Retractable OLED TruFinder: The camera features a pop-up 0.39" OLED electronic viewfinder with 2,359,296 dots. It features automatic or manual brightness control, 100% field coverage and approximately 0.74x magnification. The diopter adjustment lets you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight. The viewfinder can be manually raised or lowered whenever you want, and includes an attachable rubber eyecup for more comfort.
Zoom Options: The DSC-RX1R Mark II has a fixed focal length lens, not a zoom lens. However, there are some zoom options:
- Smart Zoom: Smart Zoom lets you zoom in on your subject without deteriorating the original quality of the image by partially cropping the images. You can perform this only when the image size is Medium or Small. Zoom range is 1.5x (medium) and 2x (small) at 3:2 aspect ratio.
- Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom lets you zoom beyond the range of Smart Zoom by magnifying the image. The image quality does not deteriorate significantly. Zoom range is 2x (large), 3.1x (medium), and 4x (small).
- Digital Zoom: The Digital Zoom exceeds the range of Clear Image Zoom, and magnifies the image to the largest scale. There is some deterioration of the image quality using Digital Zoom. Zoom range is 4x (large), 6.2x (medium), and 8x (small).
Display Options: You can choose how much information appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options: Graphic Display, Display all information, No display information, Digital Level Gauge, and Histogram. The digital level gauge indicates whether the camera is level in both horizontal and front-to-back directions. The indicators turn green when the camera is level in one of the directions. The histogram displays the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exist in the picture.
Live View: The RX1R II's Live View displays the effect of a function, such as exposure compensation, on the screen before you shoot.
Lens Ring Controls: The lens has three manual control rings that allow you to make adjustments without taking your eye off the subject. You can manually set the aperture between F2.0 and F22 in 1/3-stop increments with the inner (aperture) ring, set the macro function with the middle ring, and manually adjust focus with the outer ring.
Custom Buttons: In the menu, you can assign a frequently-used function to the top-mounted Custom button (C1) and the rear-mounted Custom button (C2). There are approximately 50 functions and settings to choose from, including Image Size, Aspect Ratio, Image Quality, Metering Mode, ISO, White Balance, and many shooting and playback functions.
Control Dial: The Control Dial on the back panel can be used for multiple functions, depending upon the set mode. You can choose from ISO, White Balance, Creative Style, and Picture Effect. The settings of the chosen mode can be selected by rotating the control dial. Furthermore, the left, right, down, and center buttons of the control dial can also be customized.
Quick Navi Screen: The Quick Navi Screen enhances control of your favorite functions by displaying camera settings on the same screen, and allowing you to adjust them without having to search for dedicated menus.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard, Fine, and Extra Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in a choice of aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using Sony's Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes and aspect ratios:
|42M: 7952 x 5304||36M: 7952 x 4472||38M: 7072 x 5304||28M: 5296 x 5296|
|Medium||18M: 5168 x 3448||15M: 5168 x 2912||16M: 4592 x 3448||12M: 3440 x 3440|
|Small||11M: 3984 x 2656||8.9M: 3984 x 2240||9.4M: 3536 x 2656||7.1M: 2656 x 2656|
Panoramic Photos: The Sweep Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. You can sweep left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom, or bottom-to-top. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Up / Down Panorama:
- Standard: 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)
- Wide: 5536 x 2160 (12M)
- Left / Right Panorama:
- Standard: 8192 x 1856 (15M)
- Wide: 12416 x 1856 (23M)
Movie Recording Formats: The RX1R II can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies in XAVC S 1.0, AVCHD 2.0, and MP4 formats. Video is recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 in all three formats, while audio is recorded in 2-channel 48kHz/16-bit LPCM (XAVC S), Dolby Digital (AVCHD), or AAC (MP4). You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
|File Format||Average Bit Rate||Resolution|
|XAVC S 60p 50M||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|XAVC S 30p 50M||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (30p)|
|XAVC S 24p 50M||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|XAVC S 120p 50M||50 Mbps||1280 x 720 (120p)|
|AVCHD 60i 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60i 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60i)|
|AVCHD 60p 28M (PS)||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|AVCHD 24p 24M (FX)||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|AVCHD 24p 17M (FH)||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|MP4: 28M 60p||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p)|
|MP4: 16M 30p||16 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (30p)|
|MP4: 6M 30p||6 Mbps||1280 x 720 (30p)|
Dual Video Recording: You can simultaneously record an XAVC S movie and an MP4 movie, or an AVCHD movie and an MP4 movie.
Dual Media Options: The RX1R II camera has a single slot for a digital media card, which accepts two types of media for capturing still images and movies. The camera will accept Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards.
SteadyShot Image Stabilization: SteadyShot Image Stabilization can be turned on to help reduce the effects of camera shake while shooting movies.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records full-resolution images continuously at approximately 2.5 fps.
- Speed-Priority Continuous: Same at above, but at a faster frame rate of approximately 5 fps.
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers: 10 seconds, 5 seconds, or 2 seconds.
- Self-Timer (Continuous): The camera will shoot multiple frames in succession after a delay. You can set the camera to record 3 or 5 images after a delay of 10, 5, or 2 seconds.
- Bracket: You can choose from five types of bracketing: Continuous, Single, White Balance, LPF Effect, and DRO (Dynamic Range Optimizer). With each type of bracketing, you can choose the number of images (3, 5, 9) and the order of the exposures.
Focusing Modes: The RX1R II has 2 autofocus modes: single-shot AF (AF-S) and continuous AF (AF-C) which tracks moving objects. It also has Manual focus, using the focus ring on the lens, and Direct Manual Focus, which first uses auto focusing to focus on the subject, but let you use manual focusing for more precise focusing or when you wish to focus on something else in the frame.
Exposure Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, the camera offers the following exposure recording modes:
- Auto: This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value). The other settings can be adjusted manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- 1, 2, 3: Lets you recall the three combinations of frequently-used modes and settings stored in Memory.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject. Choose from: Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti-Motion Blur.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoots expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
- Movies: Recording movies in Full HD or standard definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio with exposure adjusted manually (shutter speed and aperture).
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). With the top-mounted exposure compensation dial you can set the amount of compensation up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments. In the camera menu, you can set the amount of compensation up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3-step increments.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
- Auto WB: adjusts the white balance automatically.
- Daylight: adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
- Shade: adjusts for shady conditions on a clear day.
- Cloudy: adjusts for a cloudy sky.
- Incandescent: adjusts for incandescent lighting.
- Fluorescent: adjusts for florescent lighting (select Warm white, Cool white, Day white, or Daylight)
- Flash: adjusts for flash conditions
- Color Temperature: set for a specific color temperature
- Color Filter: Based on the set color temperature, you can compensate toward a green or magenta tint.
- Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.
Image Processing (Creative Style): This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, B & W, and Sepia.
Picture Effect: You can select the desired effect filter to achieve more impressive and artistic expression. There are several Picture Effect options, including Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually (ISO 100-102400) or automatically (with selectable lower and upper limits), depending upon the exposure mode.
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC: The RX1R II lets you connect wirelessly with smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication). Using the PlayMemories Mobile app, available for Android 4.0 and up from Google Play and for iOS 7.0 and up from the App Store, you can send images to, or control your camera from your smartphone or tablet. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can send images to your computer or view on a Wi-Fi-enabled TV.
External Flash: The DSC-RX1R Mark II does not have a built-in flash. The camera features a Multi-Interface Shoe, which allows you to use many of the Sony flash units, video, and ring lights. The RX1R II offers the following flash modes:
- Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
- Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
- Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
- Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before the exposure is completed.
- Red-eye Reduction: Reduces the red-eye phenomenon during flash use.
- Wireless: The camera can use the light from an attached flash unit to transmit signal to an off-camera flash to produce a more three-dimensional image. (Requires wireless flash unit that supports wireless flash, such as HVL-F60M, HVL-F43M, HVL-F32M, or HVL-F20M).
Flash Compensation: You can adjust the amount of flash light in a range of -3.0 EV to +3.0EV using flash compensation.
Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with options for a basic information display or a histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view 9 or 25 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
HDMI Output: The DSC-RX1R Mark II provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. The output resolution can be set to 4K, 1080p, 1080i, or Auto. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the built-in "PlayMemories Home" software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The DSC-RX1R Mark II is powered by the NP-BX1 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery is as follows:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting (still images)||Monitor||---||220 images|
|Actual Shooting (movies)||30 minutes||---|
|Continuous Shooting Movies||50 minutes||---|
|Viewing Still Images||170 min||3400 images|
Charging: You can charge the NP-BX1 battery using the following:
- AC-UUD12 AC adapter (supplied): 155 minutes
- BC-DCX Battery Charger (supplied): 150 minutes
- BC-TRX Battery Charger (optional): 135 minutes
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-RX1R Mark II can be used with PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
- Import and display images recorded on the camera.
- View images in your computer by organizing them by shooting date on a calendar.
- Correct still images (red-eye correction, etc.) print, send images by email, and change shooting date/time.
- Save and print images with the shooting date inserted.
- Create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
- Upload images to a network service (internet connection required)
- Import photos and movies recorded with location information to a computer and view them with a map showing the shooting location
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X v10.10-10.11 / macOS 10.12-10.13.
Remote Camera Control:
- Compatible with Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 10, plus Mac OS X v10.8 -- 10.11, macOS v10.12-10.13.
- Change the camera settings and shooting
- Record images directly to your computer
- Perform interval timer shooting
Compatible Operating Systems (for USB Connection):
- Windows: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.9 -- v10.11, macOS v10.12-10.13.
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