Thursday, June 27, 2013
Sony Adds New Models To Cybershot RX Line
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Building on its lineup of compact cameras, Sony is introducing two new additions to the Cyber-shot RX series - the RX100 II and RX1R models.
Sony also today has introduced the HVL-F43M ? a new flash that is compatible with
all of the company's latest cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders equipped
with Multi Interface Shoe.
Based on the same design as the existing RX100 model, the new RX100 II features a
new 1-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor, enhanced system expandability and adds
Wi-Fi convenience with NFC One-Touch compatibility. With an identical camera body
and design as the existing RX1 camera, the new RX1R model has had its optical low
pass filter removed for increased resolution and detail.
Designed to increase sensitivity in low-light conditions and reduce overall picture
noise, the new Exmor R sensor in the RX100 II camera is the first 1.0-type back
illuminated sensor. It is approximately 40% more sensitive in dimly lit situations
compared to the existing RX100 model. The sensor is paired with an F1.8 Carl Zeiss
Vario-Sonnar T lens .
Additionally, the new RX100 II model is equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities and is
also the first ever Sony camera to include NFC (Near Field Communication)
technology, giving the convenience of one-touch wireless transfer of content
between compatible devices. Its Smart Remote Control functionality lets users
preview images and control shutter release directly from their connected phones or
A Multi Interface Shoe on the RX100 II model allows users to add optional
accessories including an electronic viewfinder, external flash and clip-on LCD
monitor. A Multi Terminal lets users add a shutter-release remote control.
The camera features a 3.0-type White Magic LCD display that tilts upwards (up to 84
degrees) and downwards (down to 45 degrees).
Additionally, the RX100 II model has expanded Full HD video capabilities with the
addition of 24p shooting. Other refinements include a step zoom function that lets
users instantly choose any of five popular focal lengths for handy scene framing.
Shooters can select 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm or 100mm focal lengths using the
camera?s control ring.
The new camera is also compatible with Sony's TRILUMINOS Color technology, ensuring
more natural color reproduction when connected to the new BRAVIA televisions
featuring TRILUMINOS Display.
In common with many digital cameras, the original Cyber-shot RX1 camera features a
multi-segment optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in front of the sensor to suppress
unwanted moire and color artifacts. The enthusiast-oriented RX1R model removes
this low-pass filter to realize the full resolution potential of the image sensor.
Additionally, to take advantage of the OLPF removal, the camera?s processing
functions have been optimized to maintain image sharpness without compromising
While weight and dimensions remain the same as the DSC-RX1, the special edition
RX1R is also now compatible with TRILUMINOS Color technology.
The new Cyber-shot RX100 II and RX1R models will both be available next month for
about $750 and $2800 respectively.
Sony also today introduced the HVL-F43M - a new flash that is compatible with all
of the company's latest cameras and interchangeable-lens camcorders equipped with
Multi Interface Shoe.
The new flash offers the 'Quick Shift Bounce' system that allows instant rotation
of the flash head when switching between landscape and portrait compositions. This
maintains the same bounce angle in either shooting position for consistently-lit
While the F43AM was compatible with the accessory shoe on older Sony A-mount
cameras, the new F43M is now even more versatile. It's equipped with a Multi
Interface Shoe for 100% compatibility with Sony's SLT-A99, SLT-A58, NEX-6,
NEX-VG900, NEX-VG30, Cyber-shot DSC-HX50, DSC-RX1, DSC-RX1R and DSC-RX100 II
The new F43M flash also adds a LED video light that can add natural, even
illumination to poorly-lit scenes, backlit subjects and more. Additionally, it
features a rugged dust and moisture resistant design.
The new flash is also compatible with wireless control for quick creation of
multi-flash effects. Lighting ratios for up to three on- and off-camera flash
units can be controlled and used to create exceptionally balanced, pro-style
results. Other smart functions include Auto White Balance adjustment with color
The Sony HVL-F43M external flash will be available this July for about $400.
1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor with back illumination technology
(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels
(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements
including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) - 4.9 (Tele); focal length =
10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm
||Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
||7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 84° / down 45° (approx.)
(Still image) Optical SteadyShot
(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)
||Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
||Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
|Sensitivity (still image)
Auto (ISO160-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 160/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800 (Expandable to ISO 100/125)
Multi Frame NR: Auto(ISO160-25600),200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
NB: ISO25600 is achieved by using overlay burst shooting
Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fps
Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)
Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter
Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep
|Picture Effect modes
Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial
Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone
Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
|Other Shooting functions
Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line,
Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure
Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Framing,
Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips
AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 50p/60p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p)
MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 25p/30p) / 3M VGA (640x480 25p/30p) *NTSC formats selectable as Setup menu option
(Still Image) Approx. 350 / Approx. 175 min. (CIPA standard)
(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)
||Multi Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
||Multi Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
Approx. 254g (body only)
Approx. 281g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)
||Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual
|HVL-F43M – key technical specifications
||43 (105mm, ISO100・m)
||24-105mm (15mm focal length covered with built-in wide panel)
||Pre-flash control, manual flash control selectable, direct through-the-lens (TTL) flash metering
||Click positions: up (30°/45°/60°/75°/90°/120°/150°); down (8°); right (30°/45°/60°/90°); left (30°/45°/60°/90°)
|LED video light
||Max. illuminance 400 lux/0.5m; illuminating distance approx. 1 m at ISO3200 / F5.6)
||Approx. 2.9 seconds (with alkaline batteries)
||Approx. more than 200 flash cycles (with alkaline batteries - based on Sony measurement)
|Power level switching
||22 levels: (1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128), 1/3 steps
|Wireless Ratio Control
||Available to control by 3 groups when used with α99, α77, α65, α58, α57, α37, α900, α850, α700, NEX-7, NEX-6, DSC-RX1, DSC-RX1R
WB Adjustment with Colour Temperature Info; Auto zoom control optimised
for image sensor size; High-Speed Synchro; Modeling Lighting; Test
Lighting; Multi Lighting. Supports camera’s Red-eye reduction feature.
Built-in wide panel and bounce sheet. High quality LCD screen.
||Multi Interface Shoe (Auto-lock Accessory Shoe with optional ADP-AMA adaptor)
||Connector protect cap, mini-stand, case
||Approx. 75 x 140 x 87 mm
||Approx. 355g (without batteries)
||4x AA Alkaline / AA Ni-MH batteries