Sony RX1R Bests the RX1 in Sharpness by Ditching the Anti-Aliasing Filter


Sony now has two full frame compact cameras in its lineup—kinda. The company today announced the RX1R, a souped up (or perhaps stripped down?) version of the RX1 that shoots sharper photographs by ditching the anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor. Aside from the lack of an AA filter, the RX1R and its sibling are virtually identical cameras.


The RX1R is not a new camera that succeeds the RX1, but rather a “special edition” of the original groundbreaking camera that was announced last September.


The “R” suffix found in the model name stands for “resolution.” Sony says that it has released the “multi-segment optical low-pass filter” in front of the sensor to exchange artifacts for sharpness. You’ll see more resolution in your shots, but you may also find more moire patterns and color artifacts.

This design change can “bring new levels of realism to landscapes and other finely-detailed subjects,” the company says.

Inside the camera are the same guts as the RX1: a 24-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, 1080p/60p video recording, an ISO range of 10-25600, 5fps continuous shooting, and 14-bit RAW files.


On the outside is the same Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens and 3-inch LCD.


You’ll be able to pick up the RX1R for a retail price of $2,800 (yup, the same as the RX1) starting in July 2013.

  • df

    One of these would be so great for traveling. :). Leica? .. hmm. not needed..

  • Angus

    yep.. was just thinking the same thing.. once i buy the learjet, i’ll probably get one.

  • Horst Wrabetz

    i bet the people in the leica offices don’t even realize this release and keep jerking off to this X Vario thing.

  • Vlad Dusil

    Now let’s please get a firmware update for the RX1.

  • Mike

    Sony removes a part of the system and doesn’t sell the resulting “image quality” for more. Good job, Sony!

  • tttulio

    I hate “Pro” cameras with mode dial instead of sutter speed dial at the top, oh, and aperture ring at the lens. No wonder the mode dial is set to “P”
    Thanks, Fuji for making it the proper way.

  • Steven Wade

    Not to mention there is still no viewfinder?

  • df

    I thought it was the same price no? Nikon is the one who is charging more for the D800E ;).

  • df

    haha exactly..

  • Mike

    That’s exactly what I’m saying!

  • df

    haha sorry man.. I totally misread that. I was taking it as sarcasm for some reason. but yes, exactly.. I think the D800E is $200 *more* too… *looks at Nikon*

  • ms

    What?! I just bought an RX1….what am I supposed to do with this paperweight now? Weigh papers?!!?!

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  • Genkakuzai

    I truly want one, with the EVF obviously. Even more so without the AA filter… damn you Sony. It’s still a tad bit too pricey though, but time is likely to remedy that somewhat.

  • bernardroughton

    Sony now have 2 excellent RX100s with a one inch sensor, & two expensive (& slower focussing!) full frame RX1s. What we now need is an APS-C version combining the best features of these cameras! How about it Sony?!

  • Alan

    Sell it and upgrade to RX1R

  • Alan

    It’s called a sony NEX

  • yo

    Buy another one, you are rich ! :)

  • yoyo

    I was just about to pull the trigger on Rx1, wow, saved my life :)