The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Digital Camera is a compact high-performance camera that features a large 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD 1080p video. Benefitting the performance of the sensor is the omission of the optical low-pass filter, which allows for even higher resolution, detail, and image sharpness than normally possible. Also contributing to high overall image quality is the incorporation of the BIONZ image processor, which enables low noise levels with high sensitivity to ISO 25600. Furthermore, this processor provides quick performance to all aspects of the camera, including a full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 5 fps, a high-speed autofocus system, and intuitive handling throughout the menu system.
The RX1R's compact design incorporates a fixed Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens, providing a standard wide-angle perspective that is suitable for working in a wide variety of everyday conditions. This lens' bright maximum aperture is suitable for use in dimly-lit conditions and also benefits working with selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating also benefits the overall image quality by minimizing surface reflections and lens flare and producing imagery with greater contrast and clarity.
One of the most revered elements of the RX1R is its compact form-factor and as such, its inclusion of such a large sensor. The combination of these two elements helps to realize truly outstanding imaging capabilities in a highly portable and compact device. While small, the physical design of the camera and lens integrates numerous facets that provide efficient and intuitive use and control of exposure adjustments and camera features. There are three distinct control rings on the lens that give way to expedited handling of the focus, aperture control, and macro settings and a range of physical control dials and customizable buttons also allow for quick access to many different camera functions. For composing imagery, playback and review, and navigating the menu system, a large 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD monitor is available and employs WhiteMagic technology to increase the screen's brightness to support working in sunny and well-lit conditions. The design of the camera also includes a multi interface accessory shoe, which, aside from enabling the use of an external flash, permits mounting of an array of accessories including optional viewfinders and external microphones.