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Sony announces a pair of new high-end digital cameras

Sony has launched a pair of new digital cameras that fall into its Cyber-shot family. The first of the new digital cameras is the RX100 II that uses Sony's new Exmor R CMOS sensor to provide improved image quality in low light situations. The RX100 II also features integrated Wi-Fi and NFC technology along with the tilting LCD.

The new RX100 II is an upgrade to the original RX100 digital camera from Sony. The new version has a 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type CMOS sensor and one touch smartphone connection with NFC-equipped devices. The camera supports accessories using a multi-interface shoe and multi-terminal. The rear LCD measures 3.0-inches and is a White Magic LCD unit that tilts up-and-down.

Cyber-shot RX100 II

The RX100 II is able to record full HD resolution video at 24p/25p and gives users the ability to instantly choose from five popular focal lengths using the control ring including 28 mm, 35 mm, 50 mm, 70 mm, and 100 mm. The camera features 3.6 times optical zoom and Clear Image Zoom to 7.2 times.

The second new digital camera from Sony is the RX1R that features a full-frame image sensor with 24.3 effective megapixels. The RX1R also uses a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* F2 lens.

Cyber-shot RX1R

The RX1R has an optical low-pass filter in front of the sensor to suppress unwanted color artifacts, which is similar to many D-SLR cameras.

When the original Sony RX1 was introduced last year it was the first compact, fixed-this camera the future 35mm full-frame 24.3 effective megapixel sensor. The updated RX1R model promises to improve the performance of the original camera further. It will launch in mid July and can be pre-ordered now.

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I jizzed
By BRB29 on 6/27/2013 9:35:30 AM , Rating: 0
Full frame in a compact with Carl Zeiss lens. I can only wish for interchangeable lens.

RE: I jizzed
By Tony Swash on 6/27/2013 10:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
I have been using an RX100 for a year now and it is easily the best compact camera I have ever used, fantastic piece of kit, often equals mid-range DSLR image quality in a tiny form factor that fits in my pocket.

RE: I jizzed
By Wolfpup on 6/27/2013 10:48:09 AM , Rating: 2
Do these things use those big sensors like the NEX cameras? I get confused by what uses what.

I love my NEX 5 or whatever that I got last year, though honestly my 3.2MP Sony Cybershot from 2003 is better than any camera on a phone I've ever seen, by far, so from a certain perspective my new one is total overkill lol.

RE: I jizzed
By BRB29 on 6/27/2013 11:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yes it uses the same APS-C sized sensors I believe.

The RX1R being announced here is going full frame. I don't think there's anything better than this for a compact camera. Don't expect it to be anywhere near $1k lol.

I have the latest Nex 5R and it's way better than any phone or PS. It's not overkill though. I've been in plenty of situation where I wish it performed better.

RE: I jizzed
By Mint on 6/27/2013 12:56:44 PM , Rating: 2
The RX100 has a 1" sensor, so it's smaller than APS-C, but it has a lot more sensor area than the 1/1.7" found in most premium compacts and gobs more than the 1/2.3" found in typical compacts.

It's way, way thinner than a NEX, though, and is actually pocketable. Nikon put an APS-C in the Coolpix A compact, but it's a bit thicker, much more expensive, has no zoom, and the lens is f/2.8 (RX100 is f/1.8), so in the end you don't collect any more light either! Lots of drawbacks for a very marginal improvement in image quality.

I think the design choices in the RX100 are impeccable, and this second version takes it to the next level. No other compact comes close.

RE: I jizzed
By Tony Swash on 6/27/2013 12:48:34 PM , Rating: 3
Found this comparison between low light high ISO images from the RX100 and the RX100 II.

Looks like a definite improvement in image quality.

RE: I jizzed
By Mint on 6/27/2013 12:59:54 PM , Rating: 2
Incredible that Sony could improve quality after already being so far ahead of the competition. The RX100 II is an engineering marvel.

RE: I jizzed
By nikon133 on 6/27/2013 6:13:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm almost sorry I got RX100 less than a year ago, so I cannot justify purchase of new model...

... but I'm definitely happy they are pushing this further.

RE: I jizzed
By Silver2k7 on 6/28/2013 10:26:39 AM , Rating: 2
Im really happy I didn't splurge on a RX100 just a few weeks ago..
did a little research and saw this RX100 II on the rumor mill :)

RE: I jizzed
By BRB29 on 6/28/2013 11:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
I might just pick it up too. It would help a lot shooting events with people in their natural state. People tend tend to start acting weird when you yank out a DSLR or just even a NEX

RE: I jizzed
By cyberguyz on 6/27/2013 11:10:22 AM , Rating: 2
Really camera for a non-interchangeable fixed focal length lens job.

Jizzed ma pants too. But that $3000 price tag dried it right back up again. Yikes!

For that price I would expect to be able to slap on a whole range of interchangeable lenses.

A Nikon DSLR + a nice 24-85 3.5-4.5 mid zoom lens goes for about $2400 and leaves some cash to add a 50mm f1.4 prime lens to go with it.

RE: I jizzed
By cyberguyz on 6/27/2013 11:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
-- sorry for the double post...
(reference to the Nikon DSLR was for a D600 @ Henrys)

RX100-II is definitely the more versatile of the two to me even though it doesn't a full-frame sensor. It's lens is way more usable in a wider variety of situations.

Why do they bother with the low pass filter on the RX1R? It really isn't needed with the Zeiss glass and only softens the raw pictures. The full frame & resolution will take care of all moire you are liable to come across. DSLRs are starting to do away with the OLPFs for that reason.

RE: I jizzed
By Mint on 6/27/2013 1:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, calling the RX1R a compact is definitely a stretch, so you may as well go for something with interchangeable lenses.

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