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Sony RX1R II Arrived

Get Sony RX1R II at B&H Photo. Be sure to order extra Sony NP-BX1 batteries also.

See my in-depth review of its 24-megapixel predecessor, the Sony RX1R, or view all blog posts and info about Sony RX1R.

The RX1R II has arrived.

Its built-in EVF is giving me fits; I cannot seem to get the diopter adjustment to a satisfactory place (the adjustment is atrociously bad in ergonomic terms, really quite ridiculous). The supplied eyecup is a fiddly thing that I also have my doubts about (installing/removing). I may have to get the Sony FDA-EVM1K to make it viable for me, even for testing.

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The 42-megapixel sensor in the Sony RX1R II is a big bump up from the 24MP sensor in the RX1R, but will the lens still be up to the task? Presumably, and with its same appealing rendering style.

What a shame that the built-in flash is no longer included: with its leaf shutter it was possible to flash sync at any speed on the Sony RX1R (certain cutoffs at f/2 and f/2.8), making fill flash a practical and convenient option any time. This is a huge plus for outdoor portraits and such, as with the Ricoh GR.

The built-in EVF so far sucks for my eyes, and is not worth the tradeoff for loss of the flash, since the eyecup (which I like) won’t let the EVF retract anyway. So now one has to carry a bulky and awkward hot-shoe flash? Ouch.

Sony RX1R II with EVF extended and with eyecup attached
  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Variable Optical Low-Pass Filter [of near zero practical use in the field, based on long experience, one more thing to fail perhaps]
  • Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 Lens
  • Full HD 1080p60 Video & XAVC S Format [BUMMER, no 4K support]
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • 0.39" 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF [BUMMER, 4MP upgraded would be nice, if Leica can do it, why not Sony?]
  • 3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • ISO 102400 & Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC

Curiously, the camera rear LCD shows an image in a 4:3 ratio. It’s unclear if this is just marketing, or if the camera crops 3:2 images to 4:3 for display. Presumably for marketing.

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