Sony RX1R II Review

Sony RX1R II Review

Sony DSC-RX1R II resolves 42 megapixels Full size compact now with viewfinder

 

The RX1, a high-end 35mm compact camera costing over 3,000 euros, was a daring experiment for Sony that was surprisingly well received by the market. In the meantime, the RX1R II has for some time been available as the successor model with a significantly higher resolution of 42 instead of 24 megapixels, in which Sony has also nailed it on the equipment list and the performance. But the price also rises to a proud 3,500 euros. Our test reveals whether the image quality is still very good, whether Sony was actually able to significantly increase the autofocus speed and how it performs in practice.

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very high resolution, especially in the center of the image
  • Built-in electronic pop-up viewfinder
  • Low noise even at high ISO sensitivities, but higher than RX1R
  • Compact, rugged body, although slightly thick lens

Cons

  • The higher resolution sensor makes the edge resolution losses of the lens visible
  • Missing touch screen (would simplify e.g. AF point placement)
  • Slightly sluggish autofocus
  • Short battery life

After the Alpha 7R II, Sony is now implanting a second camera, the DSC-RX1R II, with the rear-exposed 42-megapixel CMOS full-format sensor. But this isn’t the only significant innovation of the most compact 35mm full format camera on the market with the permanently installed F2/35mm Zeiss lens. There is now a foldable display, a pop-up viewfinder and a low-pass filter that can be switched on in two stages. Only one must-have function of current top models is missing: the 4K video function.

 

The Sony DSC-RX1R II now brings it to 42 megapixel resolution. If desired, an optical low-pass filter can be switched on to suppress moiré. [Photo: Sony]

The Sony RX1 series is designed for those who want the highest full-frame image quality in the most compact and lightweight package possible. And so the RX1R II weighs only about 500 grams despite its F2 35mm lens. The large lens is also what makes the 113 x 65 millimeter camera bulky: it measures 72 millimeters from the display to the front edge of the lens. The RX1R II is designed with the 42 megapixel resolution 35mm sensor known from the Sony Alpha 7R II and back-exposed CMOS technology to deliver the highest image quality possible. The RX1 already proved that the Zeiss lens offers excellent resolution. The 42-Megapixler offers good ISO performance despite the increased resolution. The standard range is from ISO 100 to 25,600 and can be extended downwards to ISO 50 and upwards even to ISO 102,400.

In addition, the new sensor can be read out 3.5 times faster so that the image information can be processed by the Bionz-X processor at lightning speed. After all, the RX1R II achieves five continuous shots per second. Thanks to the hybrid autofocus, Sony also wants to help the somewhat sluggish autofocus on the go: 399 phase AF measuring points are integrated directly on the sensor, plus 25 contrast AF measuring points. The phase AF points cover 45 percent of the sensor range, more than most other full-frame cameras, according to Sony. The autofocus is said to have become 30 percent faster than its predecessor. This doesn’t promise any records, but it does promise a considerable increase, especially since the AF-C performance is said to have improved thanks to the phase AF sensors, which detect the direction of movement. The RX1R II now also offers important AF settings for the Alpha 7R II.

As a compact camera with a fixed lens, the Sony RX1R II features a central shutter, which enables flash sync times of up to 1/2,000 seconds. Flashes can be used with system flash units connected via the flash shoe. In addition to the focus ring with a special macro setting for close-ups, the lens also has an aperture ring. Nine orifice slats are designed to provide a soft bokeh. The possibility of recording with uncompressed raw data format in 14-bit color depth is intended to help make the best possible use of the image quality of the sensor. Since the high-resolution lens can cause moiré effects even at 42 megapixels sensor resolution, an optical low-pass filter can be switched on in two stages. This is deactivated by default. Set to “Standard”, the filter works at normal strength, set to “High” at maximum strength to suppress even the smallest moirés. If desired, the RX1R II can even make a low-pass filter series of a subject, so that you can compare the effect or choose the appropriate shot. Those who can skilfully handle the image processing could even create sharp images without moirés from these series of shots.

The Sony DSC-RX1R II, which weighs around 500 grams, offers a 7.5 centimetre screen with a resolution of 1.23 million pixels. The Sony RX1R II’s 7.5-inch rear screen has a resolution of 1.23 million pixels and folds up and down. Unfortunately, the touch function for easy placement of the autofocus point is missing. [Photo: Sony]

The Sony DSC-RX1R II’s F2 fast 35mm fixed focal length lens features a focus ring, aperture ring and macro setting. [Photo: Sony]

At the touch of a button, an electronic viewfinder with 2.36 million pixels resolution and 0.74x magnification jumps out of the Sony DSC-RX1R II. [Photo: Sony]

The rear screen of the Sony DSC-RX1R II can now be tilted up to 109 degrees upwards and 41 degrees downwards. [Photo: Sony]

The Sony DSC-RX1R II records videos in maximum Full HD resolution at 60 fps – Sony saves a 4K video function for successor models. [Photo: Sony]

Also new is the built-in electronic pop-up viewfinder. Its OLED resolves 2.36 million pixels, the viewfinder offers 0.74x magnification. The 1.23 million pixel, 7.5 centimeter screen can now be swung 109 degrees up and 41 degrees down, making it easier to take pictures from near the ground or across crowds.

Sony is stingy only when it comes to the video function: While the Alpha top models and some compact cameras of the latest generation offer a 4K video function, the RX1R II has to do without it – even though the sensor in the Alpha 7R II delivers 4K videos without any problems. So the RX1R II has to be content with Full HD resolution. After all, frame rates from 24 to 60p are available.

The WLAN and NFC functions are almost a matter of course. This not only allows images to be transmitted to smartphones and tablets, but also, with the appropriate app, remote control of the camera including live image transmission.

Ergonomics and workmanship

The Sony DSC-RX1R II looks very solidly crafted. The compact camera with its metal housing and relatively large lens weighs a good half a kilogram. Even if the housing looks quite robust, it is not sealed against dust and splash water. The lens, which is quite massive despite the fixed focal length for a compact camera, has two reasons: On the one hand it is a fixed focal length, on the other hand the 35mm format has to be illuminated, because the RX1R II is equipped with a full format sensor! This also relativizes the size or the camera is surprisingly small. However, at 3,500 euros, it also has an extremely ambitious price. After all, the full-format sensor with 42 megapixels achieves a significantly higher resolution than the 24 megapixels of the predecessor model RX1R.

 

The 35mm F2 lens looks very dominant on the graceful but very solid Sony RX1R II. Unfortunately the metal housing is not sealed against dust and splash water.

The Sony DSC-RX1R II, which weighs around 500 grams, offers a 7.5 centimetre screen with a resolution of 1.23 million pixels. The Sony RX1R II’s 7.5-inch rear screen has a resolution of 1.23 million pixels and folds up and down. Unfortunately, the touch function for easy placement of the autofocus point is missing. [Photo: Sony]

The Sony doesn’t have a pronounced handle, but in view of the 35mm fixed focal length it doesn’t have to. Thanks to the rubber coating on the handle side, both on the front and back of the case, it can still be kept passable. The leather carrying strap supplied is noble. The housing has a tripod thread arranged in the optical axis on the underside, which is not a matter of course with compact cameras. But as the lens is also mounted relatively centrally, the tripod thread sits quite close to the battery and memory card compartment. With small tripod exchange plates the access is still possible, but not with larger ones. The compartment with the spring-loaded plastic flap accommodates both the tiny lithium-ion battery and the SD memory card or MemoryStick.

The NP-BX1 with its only 4.5 Wh could be seen as a bad joke, as the camera only achieves 220 shots according to the CIPA standard. In practice, however, this can also be considerably less. How convenient it is that the battery can be recharged quickly via the camera’s micro-USB interface, even when the charging indicator light is missing. If you prefer to charge the battery externally, you will find an appropriate charging cradle with Micro-USB connection in the scope of delivery of the camera. It has a charging indicator light. The USB charger including the USB charging function of the camera can be a role model for other manufacturers, because it satisfies all user groups. We were happy during a round trip with the RX1R II to be able to recharge the battery a little while while driving in the car between the stops with the existing USB port anyway. The USB port is hidden behind a neat interface flap on the left side of the camera (seen from behind). In addition, a stereo microphone connection and a micro HDMI interface are located here.

In addition to a program selector wheel with user memories, the RX1R II also has three further control wheels directly on the camera body. One of these is the exposure-compensation wheel, which locks in place but is sometimes accidentally adjusted in the heat of the moment. Two thumbwheels, one around the fourweights, are used to adjust the exposure time and ISO sensitivity or other parameters. In addition to the setting rings, various keys can also be freely assigned, allowing individual operation. There are also two adjustment rings and a switching ring on the lens. With the rear ring, the aperture is set classically in third steps in the range from F2.0 to F22. The front ring is used for focusing, while the switching ring is responsible for switching between normal and macro mode. The latter, with a recording distance of 20 to 35 centimeters, does not reveal any sensational macro properties in view of the large sensor.

The rear three-inch screen (7.5 centimeters diagonal) is pleasantly large in view of the compact camera. It offers good brightness and sufficiently fine resolution. The folding mechanism is also practical for shooting close to the ground or overhead. Unfortunately, it’s not a touchscreen, so the autofocus point in particular isn’t as comfortable to move. The highlight of the RX1R II is the small slide switch labeled “Finder” to the left of the display. If you pull it down, an electronic viewfinder will pop out on top of the camera. In contrast to the RX100 III/IV and HX90, the eyepiece does not have to be pulled backwards as it is pushed out by a spring. With 0.7x magnification, the electronic viewfinder is even surprisingly large, and Sony has even thought about diopter correction, as the lateral edges of the viewfinder are not visible with glasses due to the small exit pupil. With 2.36 million pixels, the viewfinder has a pleasantly high resolution. As usual, the flickering of the refresh rate is easily visible in bright areas. Due to the lack of an eyecup, the shielding of stray light is not as good, but the viewfinder, which activates automatically thanks to a proximity sensor, offers a better view of the subject in bright sunshine than the screen, especially as the high resolution makes it easier to judge the depth of field displayed in Live View. After all, an eyecup is included in the scope of delivery, but if you put it on, the viewfinder can no longer be retracted.

 

The Sony DSC-RX1R II offers a pop-up viewfinder with 0.7x magnification and a high resolution of 2.36 million pixels.

The Sony RX1R II offers a program wheel, an exposure compensation wheel, two thumbwheels and two lens rings for aperture and focus adjustment.

Of course, an electronic spirit level, recording information and various grid patterns can be displayed in the viewfinder or on the monitor. If, on the other hand, you think you can save power with the viewfinder compared to the screen, you are on the wrong track. Energy consumption is about five percent higher. The menus of the Sony are reasonably clear, especially as there is no vertical scrolling thanks to the tabs. In addition to the freely assignable buttons, a freely assignable quick menu also provides access to the most important recording settings.

Equipment

Even though the Sony RX1R II has a proud price, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t also have an automatic mode with scene and face recognition as well as scene modes, at least the eight most important ones. So you can also press them into Sony’s hand of a trustworthy person to have them take a picture of you. But the carefree mode can also be useful for photographers, for example when it comes to everyday and memory pictures. With the creative programs, however, it is then possible to fully exploit the camera and, for example, play with the depth of field. The Sony even offers a panorama mode, even the HDR mode is not to be despised for high-contrast motifs. It even assembles the images automatically. If you’d rather do it yourself on your PC, the RX1R II offers an extensive bracketing function with up to nine images at smaller exposure distances (0.3 to 1 EV) and up to five images at 3 EV, which means nine to 15 f-stops exposure distance from the darkest to the brightest image, which you should manage with.

The predecessor RX1 was not exactly famous for its autofocus speed. The new 42 megapixel sensor now offers a full 399 integrated phase AF sensors, which should make the autofocus legs tidy. In fact, the RX1R II is faster, but still not a sports cannon. With a total shutter release delay of 0.45 seconds, where 0.03 seconds is the cap of the pure shutter release delay, the autofocus is rather moderately fast. It is enough for everyday life, but not for sports motifs. The continuous shooting function with five frames per second for just over 20 frames in a row should certainly be enough for everyday use, but nowadays it doesn’t tear anyone away from their stool. The slow storage time is really annoying, because when the buffer is full, the Sony only manages a good 0.8 frames per second. As long as it is stored, one can continue to photograph as long as there is space in the buffer again, but the menu and the picture playback are locked. The camera leaves you in the dark about the saving process, no LED or screen display indicates it. Only when the memory card compartment is opened does the red write LED reveal itself, which is obviously only intended to warn against premature removal of the memory card.

For those who prefer manual focusing, the RX1R II offers all kinds of support. The focus selector switch makes it easy to switch between AF-S, AF-C, DMF and MF. With DMF, the Sony focuses automatically and can then be adjusted manually. With manual focus, there is not only support from the up to 12.5-fold magnifying focus magnifier, but also from the activatable focus peaking, which highlights sharp contrasting edges in color and thus makes the focus plane visible. The sharpness scale, on the other hand, only serves as a rough guide because it does not provide exact values.

The tripod thread of the Sony RX1R II lies in the optical axis, but quite close to the memory card and battery compartment.

The tiny lithium-ion battery of the Sony DSC-RX1R II is enough for only 220 shots, the memory card compartment holds SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

Focus peaking is of course also useful during video recordings. Here Sony has also thought about the Zebra mode. Unfortunately, the maximum video resolution is limited to Full HD (1,920 x 1,080), albeit with a fast 50 frames per second (PAL mode). In HD (1,280 x 720), however, even 100 frames per second are possible. Unfortunately, there is no 4K recording possibility, which would give away the sensor and even more the lens loosely. In addition to AVCHD and MP4, XAVC-S with up to 50 Mbit/s and thus high quality is also available for storage. By the way, the autofocus adjusts the sharpness in video mode very smoothly and purposefully, which is certainly due to the embedded phase autofocus. In contrast to photo shoots, videos also have an image stabilizer, which works digitally and costs a bit of wide-angle.

If you want to edit the pictures after taking them, the RX1R II, like all Sony cameras, has practically no corresponding functions. Not even raw images can be developed in the camera. Sony has consistently outsourced these functions to so-called “Camera Apps”, which are available partly free of charge and partly for a fee. One or the other useful special recording function is also available as an app. Sony has also outsourced the remote control function of the camera including live image transmission to an app. This makes the handling a bit more complicated, because you have to download the current version of the app after registration to be able to access all functions. The wireless transfer of photos from playback mode, on the other hand, works without having to start an app.

Picture quality

The Sony RX1 and RX1R already offered an impressive picture quality with high resolution up to the edge of the picture and also at high ISO sensitivities.

The lens of the Sony RX1R II is optically identical to the RX1R. Accordingly, distortion and chromatic aberrations are identical. The latter are negligible, while the lens has a not to be disregarded barrel distortion of over two percent, which can also be seen in the images. Interestingly, the edge darkening of the RX1R II is only slightly more than half as strong as that of the RX1R. Now there are only 0.4 f-stops at maximum, practically independent of the selected aperture setting. Here, therefore, the electronic correction, which is activated by default in contrast to the distortion correction, should have a somewhat stronger effect.

Behind a reasonable flap on this side of the Sony RX1R II are the interfaces. The lens is decorated with a Zeiss logo.

The Sony DSC-RX1R II offers a micro HDMI connection, a stereo microphone input and a micro USB socket.

There are clear differences in the resolution behavior, which is not surprising considering the higher resolution image sensor. The resolution is measured at 50 percent subject contrast (MTF50), a resolution well perceptible to the human eye. While the RX1R still reached a maximum of 56 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm) in the center of the image and 46 lp/mm at the edge of the image, the RX1R II reaches a maximum of 80 and 63 lp/mm. Overall, the resolution is significantly higher, whereby the RX1R II only has to be dimmed by one f-stop for the maximum resolution in the image center and maintains this high level up to F5.6. Starting from F8 the resolution starts to decrease due to diffraction, but also at F11 more than 70 lp/mm are possible without problems. At the edge of the picture, however, the highest resolutions only appear somewhat more dimmed. At F8 the maximum is, at F4 to F8 it is over 60 lp/mm. In relative terms, the RX1R II has a slightly higher resolution edge drop of up to 34 percent than its older sister, which showed a maximum edge drop of just under 30 percent. The resolution, however, is in absolute terms significantly higher throughout.

A higher resolution sensor often means higher image noise at high ISO sensitivities. The RX1R II even combines this with increased maximum ISO sensitivity. The RX1R was still a camera that showed enough detail even at the highest ISO sensitivity of 25,600. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case with the RX1R II. Above ISO 1.600, the signal-to-noise ratio already falls below the limit of 35 dB. The texture sharpness is very good up to ISO 3.200 and acceptable up to ISO 12.800, but detail losses are visible above that. Brightness noise shows up slightly from ISO 3.200 and becomes stronger with increasing sensitivity, from ISO 51.200 it is strongly visible. The RX1R II has color noise better under control, it only shows itself quite easily at the highest sensitivity of ISO 102,400.

From ISO 100 to 3,200, the RX1R II has a very high dynamic range of more than eleven f-stops, with a maximum of almost twelve f-stops. This results in a higher dynamic range than with the RX1R. The tonal curve of the II is well distributed, which makes for crisp JPEG images. Sharpness artifacts are measurable, but remain within the problem-free range. The output tonal range is very good up to ISO 400 and shows almost 256 of the possible 256 brightness levels. However, the value drops rapidly above this level. Already at ISO 3.200 it is only just over half as much, at ISO 6.400 the value finally drops below 128 levels. At ISO 1.600 the value is just good with just over 160 steps.

It looks better with the color reproduction. Up to ISO 3,200, the RX1R II shows over four million colors, but above ISO 12,800 this value also drops massively. While at ISO 12.800 there are still slightly more than two million colour tones, this value is halved at every further ISO level. The RX1R II itself reproduces colours quite accurately on average, but in the maximum the deviations are considerable. The deviation does not concern so much the hue, but rather a strong saturation, especially of warm colors. After all, the manual white balance is extremely accurate. So the RX1R II shows nice colorful, detailed pictures, but not necessarily a neutral rendition. In order to obtain these, one should fall back on the raw data format. JPEG photographers get beautiful-looking, high-resolution images that require practically no further post-processing.

Behind the powerful wide-angle fixed focal length of the Sony RX1R II is a 35mm sensor with 42 megapixels resolution.

The Sony RX1R II doesn’t offer much of a handgrip, but can still be kept reasonable.

Bottom line

The Sony DSC-RX1R II is not only an absolute premium product among the compact digital cameras in terms of price, but also in terms of image quality, at least as long as you don’t screw the ISO sensitivity too high. From ISO 3,200, the predecessor model with 24 megapixel resolution is ahead of the field and thus still has a right to exist. The case of the RX1R II is solidly crafted; it’s a shame that despite the luxury price it wasn’t enough for splash water and dust protection. The folding screen and above all the built-in electronic pop-up viewfinder are a real benefit for the camera, especially as the clever mechanism of the viewfinder does not enlarge the camera body. With Full HD resolution, the RX1R II offers a solid video quality, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough for 4K, which may also be due to the somewhat slow processor, which is also noticed negatively when saving serial images. The Sony RX1R II is therefore an absolute top compact camera model, which nevertheless lets air up.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Sony
Model DSC-RX1R II
Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)43.6 megapixels (physical)
42.4 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.5 µm
Resolution (max.) 7.952 x 5.304 (3:2)
Video (max.) 1.920 x 1.080 60p
Lens F2,0/35 mm
Filter threads 49 mm built-in
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,359,296 pixels resolution, 0.7x magnification (sensor related), 0.7x magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 dpt)
Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Disbandment 1.228,800 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swivelling
Touchscreen
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic scene mode control yes
Scene modes 8
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Multi-field (1,200 fields), center-weighted Integral, Spot
fastest shutter speed 1/4.000 s
Synchronous time 1/4.000 s
Flash connection Sony Multi Interface, standard centre contact
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS
Remote release yes, cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting
Storage medium
Memory Stick (Duo, Duo Pro)
SD (SDHC, SDXC)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 100-102,400
manually ISO 50-102.400
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 25 Contrast sensors
Speed 0,45 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (WxHxD) 113 x 65 x 72 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 500 g
Tripod socket in optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment k. A.
Battery life 220 (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very high resolution, especially in the center of the image
  • Built-in electronic pop-up viewfinder
  • Low noise even at high ISO sensitivities, but higher than RX1R
  • Compact, rugged body, although slightly thick lens

Cons

  • The higher resolution sensor makes the edge resolution losses of the lens visible
  • Missing touch screen (would simplify e.g. AF point placement)
  • Slightly sluggish autofocus
  • Short battery life

Sony RX1R II Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 35mm 36.0 x 24.0 mm (crop factor 1.0
)43.6 megapixels (physical), 42.4 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 4.5 µm
Photo resolution
7.952 x 5.304 pixels (3:2)
7.952 x 4.472 pixels (16:9)
7.072 x 5.304 pixels (4:3)
5.296 x 5.296 pixels (1:1)
5.168 x 3.448 pixels (3:2)
5.168 x 2.912 pixels (16:9)
4.592 x 3.448 pixels (4:3)
3.984 x 2.656 pixels (3:2)
3.984 x 2.240 pixels (16:9)
3.536 x 2.656 pixels (4:3)
3.440 x 3.440 pixels (1:1)
2.656 x 2.656 pixels (1:1)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 42 bits (14 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2.0)
Video resolution
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 120 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 100 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
Video format
AVCHD (Codec H.264)
MP4 (Codec H.264)
XAVC S (Codec H.264)

Lens

Focal length 35 mm (35mm-equivalent
)35 mm (physical)
Digital zoom 2X
Focus range 30 cm to infinity (wide angle)
Macro sector 20-35 cm (wide angle)
Apertures F2 to F22 (wide angle)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus with 399 sensors, contrast autofocus with 25 measuring fields
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (13x)
Focus control Depth of field control, Live View
Filter threads 49 mm

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor with 1,228,800 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, tiltable 109° up to 41° down
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,359,296 pixels, magnification factor 0.74x (0.74x KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement over 1,200 fields, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/4,000 to 30 sec (Auto
)1/4,000 to 30 sec (Manual)
Bulb with maximum 30 sec Exposure Time
Exposure control Fully automatic, Program automatic (with program shift), Aperture priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Scene automatic
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 9 shots, step size from 0.3 to 3 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -5.0 to +5.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 100 to ISO 102.400 (automatic
)ISO 50 to ISO 102.400 (manual)
Remote access Cable release, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
, remote control from computer: k. A.
Scene modes Landscape, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Sports/Action, 2 additional scene modes
Picture effects High Key, High Contrast Monochrome, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Retro, Selective Color, Toy Camera, 20 more Image Effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 3 presets, Incandescent light, from 2,500 to 9,900 K, Manual 3 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 5 fps at highest resolution and max. 26 stored photos
Self-timer Self-timer 10 seconds apart, special features: or 5, 2, 3 seconds; Self-timer (also for continuous shooting) 10, 5 or 2 seconds apart;
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Flash no built-in flash availableFlash shoe
: Sony Multi Interface, standard center contact
Flash range Flash sync time 1/4,000 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Flash On Second Shutter Curtain, Red-Eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer no optical image stabilizer
Memory
Memory Stick (Duo, Duo Pro)
SD (SDHC, SDXC)
Panorama Swivel panorama
3.872 x 2.160 pixels
8.192 x 1.856 pixels
5.536 x 2.160 pixels
12.416 x 1.856 pixels
Microphone Stereo
Power supply no power supply connectionUSB continuous power supplyUSB charging function
Power supply 1 x Sony NP-BX1 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 3.6 V, 1,240 mAh
)220 images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Red eye retouching, image rotation, image protect, highlight / shadow warning, playback histogram, playback magnifier, image index, slide show function
Face recognition Face recognition, face recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Grid can be faded in during recording yes
Special functions Electronic spirit level, orientation sensor, zebra function, live view, user profiles with 3 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
: available (type: B, G, N)
NFC: availableAudio output
: noAudio input
: yes (3.5 mm stereo microphone jack)
Video output: yes (HDMI output Micro (type D))
Supported direct printing methods Exif Print, PIM
Tripod socket 1/4″ in optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous Switchable optical low-pass filter with “Standard” and “High” settings; electronic image stabilizer (video only), ISO video mode 100-25600, multi-frame noise reduction, dynamic range optimization (DRO), DRO bracketing, LPF bracketing, 4K photo playback

Size and weight

Weight 500 g (ready for operation)
Dimensions W x H x D 113 x 65 x 72 mm

Other

included accessories Sony NP-BX1 Special battery charger
AC-UUD11/AC-UUD12, USB cable, shoulder strap, lens cap, hot shoe cover, instruction manual, CD-ROM
optional accessory Sony HVL-F20M Slip-on flash with swivel reflectorSony
NP-BX1 Special rechargeable battery
USB
USB 2.0 High Speed

 

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I am Peter Dench. Digital Photographer, born in London 1972, currently living in Deerfield, near Chicago. I have numerous photography expositions and also working in model photography. In this website, PhotoPoint, I usually review cameras provided by local dealers in Illinois and by the manufacturers. Sometimes I, Peter Dench, review lenses too, but only when I have a suitable camera for them. Please let me know in the comments if I can improve any of these articles.