Three years after having created the surprise, Sony is updating its compact professional. With a XXL 42 megapixel sensor and, finally, a viewfinder integrated.
They are flogged or amphetamines, one thing is sure: the Sony camera division engineers are out of control. In the continuous flow of news – and innovations, including some major – Sony offers us for several years now, the Japanese giant today announced the update of its compact professional: the RX1R Mark II. A compact optical expert sets which includes the fundamentals of its predecessors: put a full format sensor and an optical 35 mm Zeiss high range in a pocket format.
Micro format, maxi sensor
If the first version of the RX1/RXR already embarked a generous definition (24 Mpix) sensor, the RX1R Mark II hits very hard since it takes advantage of the new the new Alpha A7R Mark II of 42 Mpix CMOS sensor. Yes, 42 Mpix, what do the cropping of your cropping, prints of 5 m long or simply to explode your retinas… and your hard drives. And as the burst is quite generous for the definition: 5 frames per second.
This sensor impresses as despite its near record definition – only SLR EOS did better with 50 Mpix – Canon 5DR it is still able to see in the dark as it goes up to ISO 102.400, with a limit of the highest quality around 25,600 ISO (see tests).
Built-in electronic viewfinder and swivel screen
Two new significant equipment of this new version are the built-in retractable OLED viewfinder and the swivel screen. The first RX1 the name could well receive a viewfinder but it was optional, dear (449 euros!) and bulky. This second version integrates a 2.36 Mpix OLED viewfinder that can to get wrapped around the body in the manner of RX100 Mark III for example. You can continue to enjoy the extreme compactness of the housing in the shoulder bag see even the handbag, while making it appear valuable viewfinder at your leisure.
The LCD meanwhile offers finally more flexibility for framing at the level of the belly or low to the ground. It is however neither touch nor steerable in self-portrait mode, which is not well serious in view of the target – the experts/pros who theoretically have more interesting things to immortalize their selfies that.
Optics Zeiss Sonnar T * 35 mm f/2
One of the few elements do not change is optics, a lens fixed quality, namely a 35 mm f/2 containing the famous optical formula Sonnar (close to a century old!). If we know this perspective, a big unknown remains: “optically” at the level for a 24 Mpix sensor, what will happen with this monster of 42 Mpix? New sensors of the recent SLR – Canon EOS 5DS for example – have indeed rendered totally obsolete by some because of the lack of precision of these current optics. A phenomenon called the resolving power of the optics in the jargon. Hope that Sony engineers had in mind the great definitions of current sensors when they developed the first RX1, at the risk of getting very soft images.
Innovative low-pass filter
The first version of this compact was available in two versions: RX1 with low-pass filter and RX1 without filter low pass. In the first case the moire is contained in the price of a smoothing of the images, in the second case the dive is maximum but colorful artifacts can appear. The RX1R Mark II will exist only in one version as Sony would have managed to develop a low-pass filter disables says ‘fluid low pass filter. It is a thin layer of electrosensitive liquid that would play this role and we are really eager to see what this can give in practice. Some manufacturers like Nikon have simply abandoned the idea of a low-pass filter, others like Ricoh play on the intelligent use of mechanical stabilization (vibration sensor simulates the filter) and Sony seems the only one bringing an electronically elegant solution.
Miniaturized to the extreme, the first RX1 was not stabilized. Is the same for this second version, since there is not enough room for a mechanical device (sensor) or optical. Here again, we need to let speak tests: a 24 Mpix imperceptible motion blur can be inconvenient when the definitions explode, evidenced by the precedents of the Nikon D800 and D810. It remains to be seen the image processing tricks that Sony has probably been used.
WiFi, NFC but not 4K
The RX1R is modern to the end of the nail, or almost. You will find the Wi – Fi connection to trigger and control the unit from a smartphone or a Tablet as the NFC chip, which makes it easy to pair the device with your mobile devices – still not the iPhone/iPad but the fault is Apple. However, we are surprised by the lack of video recording 4K. An absence that surprises when we know that the RX100 Mark IV, small compact released in early summer and 3 times cheaper, is capable. Full HD video encoding, however, should be of good quality since the RX1R Mark II supports the new codec XAVC-S, a codec derived from professional cameras. Videographers will appreciate the presence of 24/25/30/50/60 p modes with a pushing at 50 Mbps data rate (it’s very good).
This evidence of effectiveness being made, there are strong bet that the Japanese giant has provided a much higher production volume for this new edition. The RX1R Mark II will be available in December at the price of… 3500 euros. And if you don’t have the budget for this new toy, the old version remains in the catalog. It remains to Sony to communicate the rate decrease on the RX1/RX1R…
In the meantime, you can get an idea of what is worth this compact Rolls by reading our first grip of the RX1R Mark II.
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