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Sony RX1R II

Ergonomics: General

See also Ergonomics: Aperture Ring.

My first reaction to the Sony RX1R II was one of wonder and delight: the camera is diminutive and hardly feels like it’seven there when around the neck. Travelers looking for a high quality full frame camera will love that feel. When my wife first saw it, she asked if she could have it, being taken by its size and appearance. So it is a camera that will appeal for more than its photographic chops.

For the serious photographer, the initial reactions are quickly tempered by not so nice attributes which in part stem from the small design (a feature and and a bug), but also needless inconsistency.

Some operational issues are personal: size and flexibility of hands and fingers, and/or the use or non-use of gloves. And of course there are all kinds of considerations with respect to usage style: point-and-shoot, use of program mode, manual use, tripod use, etc. The best service I can offer here is to describe my personal reactions, as my hands are the only ones I have, and my usage patterns are my own too—no use guessing at someone else’s personal reactions.

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Sony RX1R II vs A7R II rear control layout
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