It’s been said the best camera is one that’s always with you. I’ve had a Sony RX100 dangling from my belt in a small Lowepro pouch since the original one was introduced in 2012. I’ve upgraded to every subsequent model. The latest one is the Cybershot DSC-RX100 Mark V, and there are compelling reasons to order one.
The main reason to upgrade is autofocus speed and accuracy. Images pop into focus immediately. You no longer wait for a camera to hunt and find focus. The RX100 V camera’s hybrid AF system focuses in 0.05 seconds, helped by 315 AF points on the sensor, covering approximately 65% of the frame.
Keep the shutter pressed, and the RX100 V can also shoot continuously at 24 images per second at full 20.1 MP resolution with AF/AE tracking for up to 150 continuous shots.
The RX100 V has a retractable 2.3f million dot OLED EVF and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 8.8-25.7 mm F/1.8-2.8 lens (equivalent to 24-70 mm in 35mm format.)
The focal plane phase detection AF sensor helps focusing and tracking, even with in 4K video mode. 4K video uses full pixel readout without pixel binning, using XAVC S codec, at data rates up to 100 Mbps. Continuous recording is limited to approximately 5 minutes per take–which is still astonishing for a camera so compact and advanced. I imagine that longer recording times would make this camera hotter than a Vermont hand warmer. 8 MP framgrabs can be captured from the 4K video.
The RX100 V is able to record up to 40x slow motion video, and can do this for about twice as long as the RX100 IV model. This extended time allowing users to capture a series of high-speed, fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.
Availability should be this month for about $1,000 US.
Sony’s new underwater housing for the RX 100 series cameras will ship in November for about $350.
- SENSOR: 1.0″ (0.52″ x 0.35″ – 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm) CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
- NUMBER OF PIXELS (TOTAL): Approx. 21.0 Megapixels
- NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE): Approx. 20.1 Megapixels
- OPTICAL ZOOM: 2.9x (Optical Zoom during video recording)
- ISO (STILL IMAGE): Auto (ISO 125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO 125-12800)
- LENS : ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* , 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspheric elements including AA lens)
- MAXIMUM APERTURE) F1.8 (W) -2.8 (T)
- ND FILTER: Auto/On (3 steps)/Off
- MONITOR : 2.95 in (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD, adjustable up approx. 180 degrees, down approx. 45 degrees
- EVF / NUMBER OF DOTS: 0.39″ electronic viewfinder (OLED), 2,359,296 dots
- VIEWFINDER FIELD COVERAGE: 100%
- IMAGE STABILIZATION: Optical SteadyShot, Active Mode (for Movie), Optical with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling)
- FOCUS MODES: Single-shot AF, Automatic AF, Continuous AF, DMF, Manual Focus
- FOCUS AREA: Wide (315 points (phase-detection AF) , 25 points (contrast-detection AF) ), Center, Flexible Spot (S / M / L), Expanded Flexible Spot, Lock on AF (Wide / Center / Flexible Spot (S / M / L) / Expanded Flexible Spot)
- ELECTRONIC SHUTTER: Auto (4″ – 1 / 32000) / Program Auto (30″ – 1 / 32000) / Manual (30″ – 1 / 32000) / Aperture Priority (30″ – 1 / 32000) / Shutter Priority (30″ – 1 / 32000)