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Thoughts vs RX1R: Worth Upgrading?

Of value to whom and for what purposes? That’s the premise when “is it worth it” is asked. There can be a right answer only for one’s own scenario. Ditto for the cost/value proposition.

Is it worth upgrading from the Sony RX1 or RX1R to the Sony RX1R II? Actually, the question is whether it is an upgrade, or a sidegrade: depending on usage, the changes might be enticing or dissuading.

The strongest arguments in favor of the Sony RX1R II are two: its built-in EVF and its 42-megapixel sensor (and perhaps its support for uncompressed raw). Support for 4K video support was omitted, weakening the value proposition for a compact all-in-one full-frame camera.

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Sony RX1R II (left), RX1 (right)
Sony RX1R II (left), RX1R (right)

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