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Sony RX1R II

Built-in EVF

The built-in EVF in theory offers great appeal: no “wart” at camera top to bulk-up the camera. But in practice, the eyecup is needed lest glare (light from the side/top) become a problem, and so all the built-in EVF accomplishes is to decenters the EVF to the far left side of the camera—and it doesn’t swivel up/down as with the Sony FDA-EVM1K.

Losing the built-in flash means no easy solution fill flash, so if the camera is used for shots of people or other situations where a catchlight or touch of fill flash is desired, this is a significant loss with no convenient replacement. Moreover the built-in EVF is not as friendly to my eyes as the EVF in the Sony RX1R II. Also it is at far left (not center), a core ergonomic change that might or might not matter to ap particular user. . Nor is it quickly retractable with the eyecup installed, and that eyecup is really helpful for outdoor use and thus just stayed installed for my usage (eyeglass users might think so also).

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Sony RX1R II (left), RX1 (right)

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