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Sony RX1-R review

World's smallest digital full-frame camera has anti-aliasing filter removed

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Sony RX1 R

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The Sony RX1-R's 35mm fixed length lens isn't the obvious choice for portrait photography, but you can get some great environmental type shots and interesting angles.

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Here we can see just how much detail the Sony RX1-R is capable of resolving. Have a look at the full resolution image and examine at 100% to see the clarity. You can also compare the noise performance of the Sony RX1-R compared with the original Sony RX1, by comparing it with the image below.

Sony RX1 R review

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This comparison image was shot on the original Sony RX1. If you zoom in to 100%, you can see that there is more evidence of image smoothing, making for an image which appears to have less noise than the Sony RX1-R. It's also worth noting that this image was shot at a higher sensitivity than the Sony RX1-R image.

Sony RX1 R

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Here we can see that the Sony RX1-R has coped well with a mixed lighting scene, with general purpose metering doing well to produce an image that has a well-balanced exposure.

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Again we can see here the amount of fine detail that the Sony RX1-R is capable of resolving. Compare it with the same scene shot with the Sony RX1 below.

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Zooming in to this image taken with the Sony RX1 shows that the camera isn't capable of resolving as much fine detail as its sibling.

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The Sony RX1's 35mm fixed focal length can be a little limiting if you can't physically get close to a subject. However, with a large resolution of 20.1 million pixels, you can effectively crop into an image without too much worry.

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As with its predecessor, the Sony RX1-R is capable of producing panoramic images simply by sweeping the camera across the scene. It stitches the image together in-camera so you don't need to worry about post-production work.

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Colours from the Sony RX1-R are bright and punchy straight from the camera. You can increase the vibrance by shooting in Vivid mode if the subject suits.