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15 January 2016
Sony Malaysia Introduces New Palm-Sized RX1R II Camera with 42.4 MP Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Image Sensor

Sony Malaysia Introduces New Palm-Sized RX1R II Camera with 42.4 MP Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Image Sensor

Sony's Latest Premium Compact Features Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Sensor, ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 Lens, High Speed AF, Retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder and World's First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter1 with Low Pass Filter Bracketing.

(Malaysia, 15 January 2016) - Sony Malaysia today introduced the latest addition to their acclaimed Cyber-shot™ RX compact camera line, the full-frame RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2).

Joining the original RX1 and RX1R cameras in the family of the world's smallest full-frame cameras, the new RX1R II delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made. This can largely be attributed to the new camera's high resolution 42.4 MP sensor paired with its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, which have been fine-tuned to optimise performance together.

Additionally, the new model features a 30% improvement in AF response speed compared to the original award-winning RX1 models and is equipped with the world's first optical variable low pass filter that can be set to "off", "standard", or "high" based on user preference with low pass filter bracketing available. It also has a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting, which has been implemented with minimal change in overall body size from its predecessors.

Ultimate Image Quality in the Palm of Your Hand

The new RX1R II camera utilises a back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Exmor R® CMOS sensor with approximately 42.4 effective megapixels paired with a powerful BIONZ X processing engine to achieve superior levels of image resolution and sensitivity (ISO 100-25600, expandable to 50 - 1024002) with wide dynamic range. The sensor's back-illuminated structure, with an expanded circuit scale and copper wiring design, enables faster transmission speed and outputs data approximately 3.5x faster than the original RX1R, ensuring high-speed performance.

Matched specifically for the image sensor, the large aperture 35mm F2 ZEISS® Sonnar T* lens ensures that all images captured by the camera are impressively sharp from the centre to the corners. The lens also has a unique Macro shift ring for focusing on subjects as close as 14cm in front of the lens, and has nine aperture blades that produce smooth, even background defocus or 'bokeh' in the most commonly used aperture ranges.

Another unique benefit of the new camera is its fixed lens design, which allows the positioning of its sensor and lens to be precisely adjusted to maximise all benefits of the sensor's extremely high resolution. The closer the two components are to one another, the wider the angle through which light can pass through the lens and directly reach the sensor, resulting in imagery that is rich in detail and resolution. Also, unlike the focal plane shutter common to interchangeable lens cameras, the RX1R II utilises an in-lens shutter, allowing 1/2000 sec flash synch speed and a significant reduction in overall body size.

The new RX1R II also offers uncompressed 14-bit RAW image capture to maximise the benefits of the image sensor's wide dynamic range, while also still supporting existing compressed format.

High Speed AF to Capture the Decisive Moment

The RX1R II model is the first in Sony's acclaimed RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities. The camera's sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area - the world's widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor - that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model. Additionally, the camera has adapted an advanced motion-detection algorithm that offers superior tracking performance of moving subjects and allows for the addition of AF-C mode that accurately tracks a subject after focusing. It also can achieve up to 5fps continuous shooting with AF tracking.

Other focusing improvements on the new model include multiple AF area settings including Wide, Centre and Flexible Spot, as well as Eye AF and lock-on AF.

World's First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter

As a first for digital cameras, the RX1R II features an optical variable low pass filter that allows shooters to manually adjust the balance of image resolution and presence of moiré or colour artifacts to match the subject.

The three settings for the low-pass filter3 include "off", which provides comparable effects to having no low-pass filter and is suitable when prioritising resolution, "standard", which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and colour artifacts, and "high", which places more emphasis on reducing moiré and artifacting. This unique feature allows photographers to achieve the desired image quality and resolution based on the presence of moiré-inducing high spatial frequency objects in the scene, essentially combining two cameras - one with and without a low-pass filter - into one body. Low-pass filter bracketing is also available and can be used to compare the effects of different settings.

New Retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder, Tiltable Screen, HD Video and more

New to the RX1 series, the RX1R II has a built-in retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finder™4 that pops up and down with a simple one-push operation. The viewfinder features ZEISS® T* Coating and four glass elements, including two aspherical lenses, that work together to deliver a magnification of 0.74x5 and clear corner-to-corner visibility with minimal distortion. The new camera also has a 3.0 type WhiteMagic™ 1.2 million dot LCD display that can tilt upwards to 109 degrees and downwards to 41 degrees, allowing for a greater range of shooting angles and positions.

On the video side, the camera's advanced sensor and processor deliver exceptionally detailed movies with low levels of noise. It is able to support full HD 1920x1080 video recording at frame rates of 60p, 30p or 24p through use of the versatile XAVC S movie recording format.6 The new RX1R II camera is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony's PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms, as well as Sony's growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™.

A new version of the popular "Smart Remote Control" app7 from PlayMemories Camera Apps™ is coming soon. It enables remote shooting from your smartphone, and features updated bulb and continuous shooting functionality to match the new camera. Learn more at

The new Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera will be available in Malaysia from 25 February 2016 onwards.

(The RX1R II will be made available for pre-order from 25 Jan - 21 Feb 2016 via our Sony Stores, Sony Centres, authorised Sony dealer outlets, and


Specification Sheet


Image Sensor

Sensor Type

35mm full frame (35.9×24.0mm), Exmor R™ CMOS


Number of effective


Approx. 42.4 megapixels


Lens Type

ZEISS® Sonnar T*, 8 elements in 7 groups

(3 aspherical elements including AA lens)

Focal length

(35mm equivalent)



(Maximum Aperture)


Iris Diaphragm

9 blades

Recording Format

Still Images

JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.3,MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)


XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4

Movie Recording



1920 x 1080 (60p (50p)/50Mbps, 30p (25p)/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p (100p)/50Mbps)


1920 x 1080 (60p (50p)/28Mbps/PS, 60i (50i)/24Mbps/FX, 60i (50i)/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)


1920 x 1080 (60p (50p)/28Mbps, 30p (25p)/16Mbps), 1280 x 720 (30p (25p)/6Mbps)

Compatible Recording Media

Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo(High Speed), Memory Stick PROHG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro

(Mark2),SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card ,microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card


Focus Type

Fast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detectio AF)

Auto Focus Points

399 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)

Focus mode

Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus

Focus Area

Wide, Centre, Flexible Spot (S/M/L),Expand Flexible Spot, Lock-on AF(Wide/Centre/Flexible Spot(S/M/L)/

Expand Flexible Spot)



Metering type

1200-zone evaluative metering

ISO Sensitivity

Still images: ISO100-102400 (1/3EV step)(expandable to ISO 50/64/80/32000/40000/51200/64000/80000/102400), AUTO(ISO100-102400, selectable with upper / lower limit), Multi Frame NR: ISO100-102400(1EV step), AUTO(ISO100-102400, selectable with upper / lower limit), Movie: ISO100-ISO25600 equivalent(1/3EV step), AUTO(ISO100-25600 equivalent, selectable with upper / lower limit)

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 F2.0 is 1/2000 sec.

Steady Shot

Electronic type (for movie)



Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum) (Maximum number

of recoded pixels)*

*You may not be able to shoot images in Burst mode depending on the Shooting mode.

Speed priority continuous shooting: approx. 5 fps, Continuous shooting: approx. 2.5 fps (AF-S)*

*Speed will be slowing after taking some shots.

Number of shots at burst mode (maximum number of continuous shots)

JPEG L Extra Fine: 26, JPEG L Fine: 35, JPEG L Standard: 48, RAW: 23, RAW+JPEG:22, RAW (uncompressed):9, RAW+JPEG (uncompressed):9



Electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED Tru-Finder™)

Total number of dots

2,359,296 dots

Field Coverage



Approx. 0.74x

(with 50mm lens equiv. at infinity, -1m-1(diopter))


Screen Type

7.5cm(3.0type)(4:3) / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD

Total number of dots

1,228,800 dots

Adjustable angle

Up by approx. 109 degrees, down by approx.

41 degrees


Built-in Microphone





Multi / Micro USB Terminal*, Micro HDMI, Microphone (3.5mm Stereo

minijack), Multi Interface Shoe *Supports Micro USB compatible device.


Yes (IEEE802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band))


NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing

PlayMemories Camera Apps™


Battery system

Rechargeable battery pack NP-BX1


Approx. 507g (1 lb 1.9 oz.)(Battery and Memory Stick Duo included) / Approx. 480g (1 lb 0.9 oz.) (Body only)

Dimensions (WxHxD) (CIPA compliant)

113.3 x 65.4 x 72.0mm (4 1/2" x 2 5/8" x 2 7/8")

Operating Temperature


About Sony Malaysia

Sony (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. began operations in Malaysia on 31 October 1973. The company specialises in marketing, sales and service for a wide range of consumer electronics products as well as broadcast & professional products and solutions. There are in total 2 Sony Stores and 54 Sony Centre outlets nationwide, offering consumers the latest Sony products and services.

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1 Among digital cameras. As of October 2015 press release, based on Sony research.

2 Expanded ISO 50-102400 available only for shooting still images.

3 Available only for shooting still images.

4 The XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ features 2,359,296 dots.

5 Approx. 0.74x with 50mm lens equiv. at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter).

6 A class 10 or higher SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format.

7 Version 4.0.

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