News: Sony Reveals New Cyber-shot Cameras, RX100 II & RX1R, and External Flash

Sony Electronics announced the availabilities of the new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II and the Cyber-shot™ RX1R that improve on last year’s impressive offerings, as well as the HVL-F43M external flash that is compatible with many of the latest cameras and camcorders from Sony.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II builds on the popular Cyber-shot™ RX100, with enhanced picture quality and convenient new features such as Wi-Fi and easy One-touch smartphone connection with NFC. The RX100 II possesses increased sensor sensitivity with 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R™ 1.0-type CMOS sensor, delivering DSLR-style shots regardless of the shooting situation. It is also the first ever camera from Sony with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, enabling One-touch connectivity with Android smartphones and tablets.

It even allows you to snap images remotely from your smartphone. The new RX100 II comes with a bright, detail-packed 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD that tilts up and down, giving users even more creativity when composing their shots.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II digital compact camera from Sony will be available at selected Sony stores and authorised outlets from August 2013.

The sister version of the image-powerful Cyber-shot™ RX1, the RX1R removes the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) found in front of the RX1’s sensor, enabling flawless capture of fine details without any distortions. This makes it ideal when taking landscape and other high-detail scenes.

The camera’s compatibility with TRILUMINOS™ Colour technology ensures richer, more natural colours when viewing stills and video on the latest generation of BRAVIA™ televisions with TRILUMINOS™ Display.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX1R full-frame digital compact camera from Sony will be available at selected Sony stores and authorised outlets from August 2013.

Designed for use with the latest Sony A-mount SLT, E-mount cameras, camcorders and Cyber-shot™ models that have the Multi Interface Shoe, the versatile HVL-F43M combines smart, compact design with bright GN43 flash output, Quick Shift Bounce and dust/moisture resistant design.

Users of the HVL-F43M can even shoot Full HD videos in the dark with its powerful LED video light, while other smart functions such as Auto White Balance adjustment with colour temperature information ensures consistent natural-looking images under any lighting conditions.

The new HVL-F43M external flash from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from mid July 2013.


Retail Prices:

Details as shared by Sony Singapore and PR team.
Photos obtained Sony Singapore website.


Based on the press release photos, the RX100 II looks very much like the RX100.
I had a feel of it, when I was at one of the Sony stores.

Nice specifications, filled with function and goos overall feel (built), for a 10 mins hands-on.

As for the RX1, I didn’t look for it.
After all it’s way out of my budget and I was spending more time trying / playing with the HX50.

But my guess is the RX100 II and RX1R pricing, would be as close to its predecessors.
Around the S$1k (RX100 current pricing) and S$4k range (RX1 current pricing).

As for the external flash, perhaps in the S$700 – 900 range?

For the confirmed pricing, I’ll update once details are in.


Definitely an interesting year for Sony fans.
More mobile and digital imaging gadgets (and accessories) for 2013.

Almost couldn’t keep track and well, felt a little sore.

For Sony released the news of Xperia Z Ultra, just months after I bought my Xperia Z…
But once I stopped feeling sore / sad (took at most an hour), I understood that it was for the best.

Why stop at one, when you can push for better phones with nicer specs?

Guess I’ll just have to wait a while longer next time before any purchases 🙂
Waiting to receive a new toy confirmation, hopefully I’ll get it before the trip.

2 thoughts on “News: Sony Reveals New Cyber-shot Cameras, RX100 II & RX1R, and External Flash

    1. Haha! They just might roll out a pink model in future, I think, if enough interest generated 🙂

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