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Sony announces updated RX1R and RX100 II compact cameras

Last year Sony launched the RX1 and the RX100 cameras, which went on to become some of the best compact cameras money could buy. Now, less than a year from their launch, Sony has announced updated versions of both cameras: the special edition RX1R and the RX100 II.

The RX1R gets a minor improvement over the RX1. The new model gets rid of the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) found on the RX1R whose purpose is to suppress moiré and color artifacts. The removal of the filter helps the camera achieve even greater resolution through the same sensor with sharper images.

The RX100 II, on the other hand, gets a brand new 1-inch, 20.2 megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor. Sony claims it is the world’s first 1.0-type back illuminated sensor ever developed and offers 40% more sensitivity in low-light situations compared to the previous generation model. The RX100 II also gets Wi-Fi and is the first Sony camera to include NFC for quickly transferring content to compatible devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

Other additions include a hot shoe for connecting an additional flash, electronic viewfinder or flash and the display is now fully articulating. Lastly, the RX100 II can record videos in 1080p24 mode.

The special edition RX1R is priced at $2,800, same as the RX1 which will continue to be sold. The RX100 II, meanwhile, will replace the RX100 and costs $750.

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