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Two new top-end Cyber-shots

Sony has announced a pair of advanced digital compacts, the Cyber-shot RX1R and the RX100 II, which are upgrades to last years’ ground-breaking large sensor RX1 and RX100 models.

RX1RThe RX1R (right) features the same full-frame 24.3 megapixel sensor as the RX1 along with a Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 35mm F2 lens. But while the RX1 featured an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in front of the sensor to suppress unwanted moiré and colour artefacts, the RX1R removes this low-pass filter, ‘ensuring flawless capture of fine details without any blurring or dispersion.’

‘We’ve taken the unprecedented image quality of the RX1 to the next level with the RX1R which is optimally designed for an enhanced photographic experience,’ said Ervin Quek, marketing manager, Digital Imaging at Sony Australia. ‘Enthusiast photographers can now explore even more creative possibilities, with full-frame imaging from a compact camera that’s drastically smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR. Full-frame imaging is no longer restricted to the domain of high-end professional DSLR cameras.’

The RX1 R will be available from mid-July at an RRP of $2999.

RX100M2_left-680x544The RX100 II (left) uses Sony’s new 20.2 megapixel 1-inch (13.2×8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor to provide improved image quality in low light situations. The RX100 II also features integrated Wi-Fi and NFC technology along with the tilting LCD. Sony says it offers one-touch smartphone connection with NFC-equipped devices.

With NFC technology transferring and sharing photos online as simple as touching an  Android smartphone or tablet to the base of the camera. One-touch remote even lets you control the trigger and zoom functionality of the camera from your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to perfectly frame and capture the image even when you’re in it.

The camera supports accessories such as an EVF or flash using a multi-interface shoe and multi-terminal. The rear tilting LCD measures 3-inches.

The RX100 II is able to record full HD resolution video at 24p/25p and gives users the ability to instantly choose from five popular focal lengths using the control ring including 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, and 100mm. The camera features 3.6 times optical zoom (equivalent to 28 – 100mm)

The Cyber-shot RX100 II from Sony will be available in Australia mid-July for $899. The RX100 will continue to be available at $799.

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