With the announcement of the RX1/R and the RX100 II, Sony has expanded its Cyber-shot RX-line of compact premium cameras to four. The new models are variations of the original RX1 and RX100, which both remain in the line-up.
The RX1/R is identical to the current 24 megapixel, full-frame RX1 but is designed for optimal resolution (hence, the “R” designation). In order to achieve high resolving power, Sony has removed the optical low pass filter (OLPF), a practice that has become more common with cameras like the Nikon D800E and Fuji’s X-series premium fixed lens models. Sony suggests that the RX1/R will appeal to landscape photographers and other pros who want and need the highest resolution (and sharpness) possible. (Be sure to read our hands-on review of the current RX1 (with OLPF), to be published in the August issue of PDN.)
The other addition to Sony’s Cyber-shot RX-line is the RX100 II. While the RX1/R is positioned to emphasize resolution, the RX100 II’s strengths are based around low light capabilities. Like the RX1/R, this smaller camera is, in many ways, a clone of its current 20 megapixel sibling.
For more on both cameras, including pricing and availability, see our full story on the Gear page of PDNOnline.