Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II Review

February 23, 2016 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


Sony’s latest fixed lens full-frame compact camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II, was announced towards the end of 2015. It features a 42.4 million pixel sensor - the same as the one in the Sony A7R II compact system camera. A world’s first “variable optical low pass filter” is also included, which basically gives you the option to turn off the effects of an anti-aliasing filter depending on the subject you’re shooting. Also on board is a 35mm f/2 Zeiss lens, the same as found on the original RX1 and RX1R camera. A Bionz X processor is included, the latest Sony processor available. The main competition for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is the Leica Q, which also features a full-frame sensor and a fixed lens (28mm). The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II costs £2599 / $3299.

Ease of Use

Outwardly, it appears as if not much has changed in terms of design when comparing the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II with the original RX1R. However, Sony has managed to add both a retracting electronic viewfinder (we’ve seen similar before on the RX100 III and IV), and the screen now tilts. Sony has managed to do this while only adding a couple of mms to the dimensions of the camera.

The RX1R II looks a bit like a small compact system camera, and indeed you’d be forgiving for assuming that the lens detaches - it looks like it should. If it did, then you’d basically have an A7R II though, and this is a very different proposition.

In order to release the electronic viewfinder, you need to push down a lever on the far left hand side of the camera. With the RX100 IV there’s a two-step process which involves raising the viewfinder, and then pulling it out a little. Happily, here for the RX1R II, there’s just a one-step process which makes everything much quicker. Once you’re done with the viewfinder, you can push it back into the housing.

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Front of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

There’s a sensor on the viewfinder too, which means that when you lift the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II to your eye, the viewfinder will switch on and the rear screen will switch off. This makes for a smooth transition between using the screen and the finder, and more akin to using a traditional camera.

The new viewfinder comes at the expense of the RX1R II’s built-in flash. It’s arguable that this camera is designed with those who like to shoot in natural light, but it’s worth considering that you will need to invest in an additional flash unit if you need one.

In terms of using the camera to make changes settings, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is pretty much the same as its predecessors. Around the lens you’ll find three rings, one for altering aperture, another for switching to macro focusing, and a third for manually focusing. There’s a switch just to the side of the lens for switching between single, continuous and manual focusing. The aperture ring has numerical markings for each aperture stop, and lines for the third stops in between. As you turn the aperture ring, it clicks which is quite satisfying, but could have an impact on sound for video. Those with larger hands may find that the aperture ring is a little awkward to use - it’s something you get used to with practice, but because it is so close to the body of the camera it’s not entirely comfortable.

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

The lens rings can’t be used for any other function than their designed one. So, for instance, if you were shooting in shutter priority, the aperture ring has no use. It would be nice if you could customise the rings to control other functions if you wanted to, especially when you consider that elsewhere on the camera, there’s a high degree of customisation available.

On top of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is a custom button, with another found on the rear of the camera. These can be set to a number of different functions, such as ISO or white balance, but you can also change the functions of the four directional keys, the central button, the AEL button and the scrolling dial around the central button. Also on the back of the camera is a small scrolling dial which is used for altering shutter speed when using the camera in manual or shutter priority.

A mode dial for choosing between the various exposure modes, including manual, aperture priority, scene and automatic, is found on the top of the camera, along with a dial for setting exposure compensation. This second dial can be reached very easily with your thumb when holding the camera in one hand, allowing for quick changes to be made.

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II In-hand

There’s no touch sensitivity available on the RX1R II, Sony continues to be reluctant to want to include such functionality on its most expensive cameras. If you want to set the AF point, instead you’ll need to press the central button and then scroll to the point you need. As the AF system comprises of 399 points, it can take a while to get to the exact point you need - which is a shame when you’re trying to capture something which may move (such as street photography, which is a subject this camera should be perfect for). You may find it’s quicker to use a “Focus and recompose” technique and stick to just using one focus point.

A function menu can be accessed by pressing the Fn button. Here you’ll find a selection of most commonly accessed settings. You can completely customise this function menu to only have the settings you want, and get rid of the ones which you don’t think you will use.

To record video, there’s a small button just to the right of the thumb rest. It’s unlikely you’ll accidentally knock this on, but it is a little awkwardly placed. Unlike some of Sony’s other current cameras, the max resolution available on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is full HD (1080p). It seems reasonably likely that 4K isn’t possible because the small size of the camera may make it prone to overheating.

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Top of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

Along with the other new features of the RX1R II, Sony promised a 30% improvement in autofocusing speeds. That seems to be borne out with the camera able to quickly lock on to the target in good light, with speeds dropping a little in low light. It’s not usual for the camera to provide a false confirmation of focus, and even in very dark conditions, the camera usually eventually gets there.

However, processing speeds are a little on the slow side. This probably comes as a consequence of the huge file sizes that a 42 MP sensor produces (raw files are around 80MB). It can take a little while for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II to be ready for you to change any settings in the immediate few seconds after you take a shot, and it’s also pretty slow when you want to playback images, or zoom in to check critical focus.

Battery life is quoted as 200 shots for the RX1R II. That’s a pretty modest amount, but when a camera is this small but needs so much power, it’s not particularly surprising. During testing, battery life started to drop to show one or two bars after around 100-130 shots. It’s definitely worth investing in a second battery if you need to shoot all day.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 42 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 12Mb.

Without doubt the most impressive thing about the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is the amount of detail its capable of resolving. Throughout the sensitivity range, detail is very fine, and that impression is maintained whether you're looking at images at normal printing sizes or at 100% on screen.

The variable OLPF allows you to switch the effects of using an anti-aliasing filter. It's pretty difficult to see much of a difference between images taken with it on or off, especially at normal printing sizes. At 100%, there's a little bit of a difference, which you may find particularly useful if you're shooting macro, want to crop your image, or are shooting something with particularly fine detail. Not having an anti-aliasing filter can result in moire patterning, but I didn't see any of this present in any shots taken with the OLPF set to “off”.

The amount of noise, or rather, the lack of noise, is impressive. You can shoot with confidence throughout the native sensitivity range and still make decent prints all the way up to 12800. In JPEG images, the camera automatically applies noise reduction - you can really see how much when you compare the corresponding raw images. It's not too heavy handed, but if you want ultimate control over detail then it's best to apply your own noise reduction in post production.

Sony has made the decision not to include any kind of optical image stabilisation for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. This seems quite odd when you consider the huge resolution. It's difficult to shoot handheld at speeds slower than around 1/100th of a second and get something which is 100% sharp. If you can brace yourself then you may be able to get as slow as 1/50th, but for safeness you may want to stick to speeds of 1/125th or faster - or use a tripod if you're shooting a static subject.

In the majority of conditions, the RXR II's general purpose metering system creates well-exposed images, but you may have to deal in a little exposure compensation if you're photographing something particularly high in contrast. Similarly, automatic white balance is pretty good, but it can err on the side of too warm under artificial lighting - switching to Incandescent results in a more realistic look.


There are 14 ISO settings available on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting for both JPEG and Raw formats.


ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 64 (100% Crop)

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ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

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Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as Web - Quality 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are just a little soft and ideally benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. Alternatively you can change the in-camera sharpening level.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II handled chromatic aberrations very well during the review, with slight purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II allows you to focus on a subject that is 20cms away from the camera.




The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds in the Manual mode, which is great news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 100.


Night (100% Crop)

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Creative Styles

There are 13 Creative Style preset effects that you can use to change the look of your images.



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Night Scene

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Autumn Leaves


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Picture Effects

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II offers an extensive range of thirteen creative Picture Effects.


Toy Camera

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Pop Color


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Soft High-key

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Partial Color (Red)

High Contrast Mono

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Soft Focus

HDR Painting

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Rich-tone Mono


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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II camera, which were all taken using the 42 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Sony RAW (ARW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample video from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II camera at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 24 frames per second. Please note that this 17 second movie is 31.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Front of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Pop-up Flash

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Side of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Side of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Turned On

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Pop-up Viewfinder

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Main Menu


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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Tilting LCD Screen

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Rear of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II / Tilting LCD Screen

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Top of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Bottom of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Side of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Side of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Front of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Front of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II II

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Memory Card Slot / Battery Compartment


Cameras like this which have a high price tag and limited functionality will naturally only appeal to a few photographers. The RX1R was aimed at a pretty small area of the market, and the same is true here of the Mark II version. While it’s true that it probably won’t be a best seller (perhaps it will be in this very small area of the market), what it does, it does extremely well.

Images are quite frankly superb directly from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. The amount of detail resolved is pretty much unparalleled, with gorgeous colours and decent low-light performance.

Sony has also made some much needed improvements - the speed improvements when it comes to AF being one of the most important. The addition of the excellent electronic viewfinder is also very welcome, especially for enthusiast photographers who prefer to compose their images in this manner (rather than using a screen).

That’s not to say that this camera is perfect - far from it - unfortunately. There are still a reasonable number of problems with it, which stop it from claiming a full 5 stars.

Some issues, such as the lack of a touchscreen, are not particularly problematic, and indeed some users probably won’t care. However, others such as the poor battery life and the lack of any optical image stabilisation has a more important effect on usability of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II. Investing in a second battery is all but a must, especially if you want to be confident of still being able to use the camera at the end of a day.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II’s high resolution is both a benefit and a drawback. Having 42 megapixels to play with is great news for cropping, and of course detail resolution, however, it also results in huge file sizes. Not only does this slow down the processing of the camera, but also means you’ll need to have a very fast computer when you’re editing too - if you don’t have one, you’ll probably quickly get frustrated when it comes to post-production.

Last year the Leica Q emerged to take the crown from Sony in the full-frame fixed lens market. Now however, Sony has hit back with something which competes extremely well. There are benefits to both the systems, so it’s difficult to call an outright winner, but Sony has produced something very, very capable in the new Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 5
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II.

Leica Q (Typ 116)

The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a new serious compact camera, offering a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor, 1080 60/30p HD video recording, fast f/1.7 28mm lens, 10fps burst shooting, EVF and a 3-inch touchscreen. Read our in-depth Leica Q (Typ 116) review now...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II from around the web. »

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Sensor Type
35mm full frame (35.9 x 24.0mm), Exmor R CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Number of Pixels (Gross)
Approx. 43.6 MP
Number of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 42.4 MP
Approx. 43.6 MP


Lens type
ZEISS® Sonnar T*, 8 elements in 7 groups (3 aspherical elements including AA lens)
Max. Magnification (Standard/Macro)
0.15x / 0.26x (By Macro Switching Ring)
F-number (Maximum Aperture)
Aperture Type
Iris diaphragm (9 blades)
Focal length (f=)
f=35mm: [Still image 3:2] f=35mm, [Still image 16:9] f=37mm, [Still image 1:1] f=44mm, [Still image 4:3] f=38mm,[Movie 16:9] f=44mm (SteadyShot On), f=37mm (SteadyShot Off)
Focus Range (From the Front to the Lens)
Approx. 24cm to infinity (Normal mode), approx. 14cm to 29cm (Macro mode)
Focus Range (From the Focal Plane)
Approx. 30cm to infinity (Normal mode), approx. 20cm to 35cm (Macro mode)
Optical Variable Low-Pass Filter
Clear Image Zoom
[Still Image] 2x, [Movie] 2x
Digital Zoom
[Still Image] 42M approx. 4x / 18M approx. 6.2x / 11M approx. 8x, [Movie] Approx. 4x
Filter Diameter
49 mm


Screen Type
7.5cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Brightness Control
Auto / Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Up approx. 109 degrees, down approx. 41 degrees, at max.
Display Selector (Finder/Lcd)
Auto / EVF / Monitor
MF Assist Magnification
5.0x, 12.5x


Screen Type/Number of Dots
0.39-type electronic viewfinder (OLED), 2,359,296 dots
Brightness Control
Auto, Manual (5 steps)
Field Coverage
Approx. 0.74x (with 50mm lens equiv. at infinity, -1m-1)
Eye Point
Approx. 19mm from the eyepiece lens, 18.4mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (CIPA standard)
Dioptre Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0m-1


Electronic type (for movies)
Focus Type
Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus Mode
Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide (399 points for phase-detection AF / 25 points for contrast-detection AF) / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expand Flexible Spot / Lock-on AF (Wide / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expand Flexible Spot)
Auto Image Rotation
AF Illuminator
Auto / Off
Metering Type
1200-zone evaluative metering
Light Metering Mode
Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation
+/-5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps), with exposure compensation dial: +/-3.0 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)
ISO 100-25600 (1/3 EV step) (expandable to ISO 50/64/80/32000/40000/51200/64000/80000/102400), AUTO (ISO 100-102400, selectable upper / lower limit), Multi Frame NR: ISO 100-102400 (1 EV step), AUTO (ISO 100-102400, selectable upper / lower limit) 1
ISO Sensitivity (Movie)
ISO 100-25600
White Balance Modes
Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor.: Warm White / Fluor.: Cool White / Fluor.: Day White / Fluor.: Daylight / Flash / C.Temp. / Filter / Custom
WB Micro Adjustment
Yes (G7 to M7 (57 steps), A7 to B7 (29 steps))
Shutter Speed
Program Auto (30”-1/4000* sec.) / Aperture Priority (30”-1/4000* sec.) / Shutter Priority (30”-1/4000* sec.) / Manual Exposure (Bulb, 30”-1/4000* sec.) / iAuto (4”-1/4000* sec.) *At F5.6 or greater aperture value. Fastest limit at F2 is 1/2000 sec.
Raw Output
14 bit
Uncompressed RAW
Image Control
Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Creative Style, Color Space (sRGB/Adobe RGB), Quality (RAW / RAW & JPEG / Extra fine / Fine / Standard)
Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On / Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec., High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off, Multi Frame NR: Auto / ISO 100-102400
Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto / Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
Shooting Mode
AUTO (Intelligent Auto / Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall) 1,2,3, Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene Selection
Portrait, Sports Action, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur
Continuous Shooting Speed (Maximum) (Maximum Number of Recording Pixels)
Speed priority continuous shooting: approx. 5fps, Continuous shooting: approx. 2.5fps (AF-S) 2 3
10 sec. / 5 sec. / 2 sec. / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10 sec. 5 sec. or 2 sec. delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10 sec. 5 sec. or 2 sec. delay selectable
Drive Modes
Single, Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (cont.), Cont.-bracketing 4 , Single-bracketing 4 , White balance bracketing 4 , DRO bracketing 4 , LPF bracketing 4
Picture Effect
[Still Image] Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration, [Movie] Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono.
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
Number of Recognised Scenes
[Still Image] Superior Auto: 44, Intelligent Auto: 33, [Movie] 33
Flash Mode
Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Rear Sync. / Wireless(with optional compliant flash)
Built-in Flash Red-Eye Correction
On / Off


Minimum Illumination
Auto:1.5lux(Shutter Speed 1/30")


Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro 5 , Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) 5 , SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card 5 , microSDHC Memory Card 5 , microSDXC Memory Card 5 6
Recording Format
[Still Image]: JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), [Movie]: XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4
Recording Format (Movie Audio)
XAVC S: LPCM 2ch / AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch (Dolby Digital Stereo Creator) / MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Colour Space (Still)
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Movie Recording Mode (NTSC)
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/24p) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/24p), XAVC S HD: 60p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 30p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/30p) / 24p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/24p) / 120p 50M (1,280 x 720/120p), MP4: 28M (1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 16M (1,920 x 1,080/30p) / 6M (1,280 x 720/30p)
Number of Recording Pixels (Image Size)
[3:2] L: 42M (7,952 x 5,304) / M: 18M (5,168 x 3,448) / S: 11M (3,984 x 2,656), [4:3] L: 38M (7,072 x 5,304) / M: 16M (4,592 x 3,448) / S: 9.4M (3,536 x 2,656), [16:9] L: 36M (7,952 x 4,472) / M: 15M (5,168 x 2,912) / S: 8.9M (3,984 x 2,240), [1:1] L: 28M (5,296 x 5,296) / M: 12M (3,440 x 3,440) / S: 7.1M (2,656 x 2,656), [Sweep Panorama] Standard (3,872 x 2,160 / 8,192 x 1,856) / Wide (5,536 x 2,160 / 12,416 x 1,856)
Movie Recording Mode (PAL)
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/25p), XAVC S HD: 50p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 100p 50M (1,280 x 720/100p), MP4: 28M (1,920 x 1,080/50p) / 16M (1,920 x 1,080/25p) / 6M (1,280 x 720/25p)


Input and Output Terminals
Multi/Micro USB Terminal 7 , Micro HDMI, Microphone (3.5 mm Stereo minijack), Multi Interface Shoe
NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Yes (IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band))


Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)


Power Source
DC3.6V (supplied battery) / DC5.0V (supplied AC Adaptor)
Battery System
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
Power Consumption (Camera Mode)
Approx. 2.5W with LCD monitor and approx. 2.7W with viewfinder (CIPA standard)
USB Charge/USB Power Supply
Yes (supplied AC adaptor)
Battery Life
[Still Images] 8 : Monitor: Approx. 220 shots / Approx. 110 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 200 shots / Approx. 100 min., [Movies (actual shooting)] 9 10 : Monitor: Approx. 30 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 30 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB.), [Movies (continuous shooting)] 9 : Monitor: Approx. 50 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 50 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB.) 11


Supplied Battery
Rechargeable battery pack NP-BX1


Operating Temprature
Approx. 0°C to 40°C (32F° to 104F°)
Shooting Functions
Smart Teleconverter (approx. 1.4x / 2x) / Eye AF / Lock-on AF / Face Detection / Face Registration / Smile shutter / Grid Line / Quick Navi / Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll) / Exposure Bracketing / White Balance Bracketing / DRO Bracketing / Flash Bracketing / LPF bracketing / MF Assist / Peaking / Zebra / Marker Display / Photographer Name & Copyright / ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed / PC Remote Control / Auto Object Framing
Index Playback
9 / 25 images
Playmemories Camera Apps
Playback Zoom
Depends on Image Size
Playback Functions
BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI) / Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram & highlight/shadow warning) / 9/25-frame index view / Enlarged display mode / Auto Orientation / Slide Show / Panorama scrolling / Auto Review (10sec./5sec./2sec./off) / Forward / Rewind (Movie) / Delete / Protect / 4K still image playback

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
113.3 x 65.4 x 72.0 mm
480g (1 lb 0.9 oz.) / 507g (1 lb 1.9 oz.) (With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC Adoptor AC-UUD11/UUD12
  • Micro USB cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap
  • Shoe cap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Battery charger (BC-DCX)
  • Eyepiece cup

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