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Sony's RX1R II Camera Is Small But Mighty, And Mighty Expensive

by Devin Coldewey /

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Some photographers like to have a bulky camera body and a dozen lenses, one for each situation — and some want to have a smaller device that does it all, or attempts to. One of the leading examples of the latter type of camera is Sony's RX1 series, to which was added a new model on Wednesday: the RX1R II.

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This diminutive device is smaller than a DSLR body. Yet it packs not just a full-frame, 42-megapixel sensor originally seen in the company's flagship A7R II, but puts a fast, wide 35mm F/2 lens in front of it. Like the new sensor, the RX1R II's autofocus system also comes from the A7R II, with hundreds of detection points and better performance in low light. There's also a variable optical low-pass filter, something few would be able to identify but is nonetheless a valuable feature for serious shooters.

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The biggest external change is the addition of an electronic viewfinder that pops up from the corner, a feature borrowed from the smaller RX100 IV. The rear LCD now tilts, as well, but isn't touch-enabled.

It's a serious photographic machine in an extremely compact body — and you better believe you pay for the privilege. The RX1R II will sell for $3,300 in November — for which price you could buy any number of competing cameras and a handful of lenses.

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