Sony Cyber-shot RX1R announced: An RX1 minus the optical low-pass filter
The world's first full-frame compact camera just got a "less is more" update. The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is the same as the current RX1, except that there's no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in the R-designated model.
Imaging aficionados will know that without the OLPF the light entering the lens and passing to the sensor will not be subjected to diffusion, thus resulting in sharper images. However the removal of the filter can cause issues with moire and false colour that are typical of repetitious patterns - so the camera won't be ideal for all snappers.
The RX1R joins the RX1 in Sony's full-frame line-up to complement the range's reach. Short of the filter difference the two models are otherwise identical.
That means the RX1R offers up the same 24.3-megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* F2 lens. Even the asking price remains the same (gasp) £2599, ensuring that no premium is demanded for the R-spec model when it hits European sellers this August.
And that's that. Pocket-lint has already got our hands-on one of these super-sharp shooters, take a read of our first impressions here: