The RX1R is basically the same as the RX1, minus the optical low-pass filter. They both operate and function the same, without any change to the well-regarded body design. But the removal of the low-pass filter improves some shooting modes, with Imaging Resource noting it produced "sharper, more detailed images," though it's less noticeable in RAW. Still, the RX1R delivers "excellent image quality," according to ePHOTOzine. Since it's basically the same as the RX1, the RX1R still suffers from less-than-ideal battery life, with T3 calling it a "disappointment." Luckily, Sony charges the same price for both versions, so you won't be forced to choose based on price. One thing to keep in mind though -- at a cost of $2800, this camera is best suited for enthusiasts and professionals. Beginning photographers who want this kind of performance but need a cheaper option should consider the RX100 or the RX100 II.
It's nearly identical to 2012's flavor, with the exception of a redesigned sensor, which drops the optical low-pass filter in the interest of sharper captures. Of course, without that component, the camera is susceptible to moire and false color issues.
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