On this evidence, it’s a resounding yes. Right from its very beginning, I've been a big fan of Sony's RX10 camera family. Contact Us. As I typically do when in need of low-light subjects, I actually started shooting during the golden hour, allowing the ISO sensitivity to ramp up automatically as the light faded over the next hour or two. Find out now by reading our in-depth Sony RX100 VII review, complete with a huge gallery of full-size sample images and videos. The important change here isn't one of resolution or pixel size, but rather of the new Sony Exmor RS sensor's performance and provision for on-chip AF. Since that first test, some personal issues and a busy time of year delayed this long-awaited second field test for far longer than I'd have liked. Full HD clips can also be recorded in AVCHD format, and frame rate options include 24, 25 or 30 fps at either 4K or Full HD resolution, plus 50p, 50i, 60p and 60i at Full HD only. (It's not often that you'll find yourself wanting to place the point of focus much closer to the edge of the frame anyway, for compositional reasons.). Originally, I'd planned two more field tests to close out this review, but in the interests of being a little more expeditious, I've decided instead to combine them into a single test instead. Much like its predecessors in the RX10-series -- as well as the pocket-friendly RX100-series which share the same sensor size -- the RX10 IV does a great job in low-light conditions, by fixed-lens camera standards. For one thing, as we mentioned earlier there's now a focus limiter function that will prevent the camera from racking through the focus range into macro territory if you are dealing with a particularly challenging subject. Som forgjengeren er kameraet er satt opp med en 1-tommers bildebrikke på omtrent 20 megapiksler og en lyssterk normalzoom. The ring has a lot of resistance, which is great for making precise adjustments, but not so good for making large adjustments quickly. The good news, though, is that the already great Wi-Fi + NFC connectivity of the Sony RX10 III has been supplemented with a Bluetooth Low Energy (aka Bluetooth 4.1) radio in the newer camera. Our Verdict. Sony RX100 V – Design and Handling From the outside, there isn’t a huge deal to differentiate the RX100 V from its stablemates. These 315 PDAF points are broadly distributed across 65% of the image frame, ensuring that your subject should be adequately covered no matter where you want to place it, or to track it around the frame. 10/11/2017: Performance posted by Mike Tomkins and Jeremy Gray The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is an exciting new premium compact camera. Recommended. That makes it quite easy to time your shots to catch the action. Sony has also upgraded the Eye AF algorithms in the RX10 IV, and it will now better handle the task of focusing on moving faces, or those for which you only have a three-quarter view looking to one side of the camera, rather than a full face looking more directly at the lens. The 2.35-million dot XGA OLED electronic viewfinder looks very good too and is nice to use thanks to its reasonably large size. It's a pocket powerhouse that combines a 28-200mm equivalent zoom with 20fps shooting (up to 90fps in a new short Single Burst shooting mode), 4K video capture now with human and animal eye AF and the performance (says Sony) of its flagship full frame mirrorless sports camera, the A9. (In wider shots of the scene below, the on-screen mark indicating the subject's location loved to race off along the black stripe of the tire barrier all by itself, even if there was no motion anywhere within the image frame.). Solely raw buffer clearing was the best of the bunch at around 34 seconds, but you should bear in mind that this is for less than half as many frames as in JPEG mode. With that said, the new three-inch display, which is still tilt-capable for framing high or low shots, looks great, and now offers Touch Pad AF and Touch Focus functionality. Slated to go on sale in the US market this October, the RX10 IV carries list pricing of right around US$1,700. And now we come to the part you've all been waiting for. Total resolution has increased from 640 x 480 pixels to 800 x 600, and there's now a touch-screen overlay, as noted previously. If you're familiar with its predecessor, the RX10 IV will feel very familiar. The Sony RX10 and RX100-series have always been known for their steep pricetags at launch, and the same is true of the Sony RX10 IV. Both hint at an area which was key to the redesign beneath the skin: Autofocus. Regarding the comfort of the newest model, the Sony RX10 IV feels quite nice in the hands, although it doesn't have the same robust, rugged feel you might expect from a camera that costs nearly US$2,000. Sadly, unlike that in the Sony A9, the RX10 IV's electronic viewfinder is not blackout free, so it won't be quite as useful for framing fast-moving subjects. It maintains its general DSLR-substitute body style, meaning that there are numerous controls on the camera body itself and it is well served as a complement to an A7-series or A9 camera or as a person's sole camera. You'll also be able to use the same external microphones and headphones you could since the RX10 II. Unfortunately, flash card write speeds still look set to be an Achilles heel for the RX10 IV, as Dave also noted a card clearing time of 48 seconds for Fine JPEGs once the buffer filled, and a leisurely 67 seconds for raw+JPEG buffer clearing. Watch this space for our final conclusion, coming soon! And thanks to its far-reaching, relatively bright zoom lens you should be able to get the shot in most situations, while the relatively large sensor means that video quality is very good indeed, for a fixed-lens camera. (In the past, I've estimated their karts to be capable of around 25mph, which while still far short of the claimed 40mph, is probably a good bit faster than any other kart track in my area.). If you're new to our Sony RX10 IV review, you'll want to click here and start by reading our first field test. But at the highest rates and in shoot time priority mode, the actual capture resolution can be as low as 912 x 308 pixels.). We've already covered general, daytime shooting in my first field test, so if you've not already read that, you'll want to start there. In the dying days of 2013, Sony launched the RX10, a camera which was lauded for bringing together the heady mix of a powerful, fixed zoom lens, and a much larger-than-average 1-inch type image sensor, as seen previously in its pocket-friendly RX100 II compact. Sony RX10 Mark IV hands-on shooting report. Now would seem as good a time as any to hand things over to our Reviews Editor Jeremy Gray, who's on the ground in New York for the official launch of the Sony RX10 IV, to give us a little insight into the camera's handling. And since Bluetooth 4.1 has relatively minimal power requirements, it should be able to do so without destroying your smartphone's battery life, something which has caused us to turn this feature off in many past cameras. However, it also means that the Sony RX10 IV still lacks support for UHS-II memory cards, just as did its predecessors. Sony RX10 II review: A high-class bridge camera with constant f/2.8 aperture, 4K video capture and amazing slo-mo skills. And I was thrilled to do so, as the RX10 IV is clearly one heck of a camera. To get an idea of how well the Sony RX10 IV would perform with some reasonably fast-moving subjects, I headed down to an old favorite shooting location: The go-kart track of Xtreme Racing Center in Pigeon Forge. Shares. I’m a huge fan of Sony’s compact cameras, and whilst I actually bought the RX100 VA by accident (scroll down for the full story), I’ve grown to love it even more than my other Sony models. Yes, it's a big ask, there's no question about that. Both the zoom ring and rocker are disabled during a burst, so you're stuck with the focal length you started at unless you have time to end the burst, adjust the zoom and then start shooting again. Is this the only camera that you'll ever really need? With sports shooting covered, next on the roster was low light shooting. It's after dark where the light-gathering benefit of the larger 1-inch sensor size used in the RX10 IV really makes itself known. Vi begynner som vanlig «på papiret». Still, you can slip it into … 11/29/2017: Field Test Part I posted04/04/2018: Field Test Part II posted. That's enough to buy three or four small-sensor superzooms. (Mea culpa, and sorry to all who've been waiting!) See our Sony RX100 VI review for all the details! Material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted or otherwise used without the prior written consent of The Imaging Resource. You can adjust the aperture ring to be de-clicked as well, which is perfect for making quiet aperture adjustments, which could prove useful to videographers. Even if you don’t buy the RX100 VI, it’s worth checking out. But it's here now, and it's safe to say right up front that my experiences with this powerful -- if also rather pricey -- shooter have continued to be superb! None of this can be directly compared with our in-house testing figures, as these use an intentionally hard-to-compress test subject for a real-world, worst case scenario, but they certainly body well for the Sony RX10 IV's real-world performance. So bearing that in mind, what did I think of the Sony RX10 IV's image quality in low-light conditions? Rather than asking Sony to lower its price in the face of minimal competition, we'd sooner ask of Sony's rivals... What are you waiting for? Slow-motion video doesn't lend itself well to long clips in the first clips, and the RX10 IV lets you choose whether to start the clip at the moment you press the video button, or to record continuously and then keep only the last few seconds from before you pressed the button. So the compromise has been made in the speed of the lens rather than the size of the camera, which offers much slower maximum apertures of f/2.8 at 24mm (compared with f/1.8 on the Mark V) and f/4.5 at 200mm … You can input audio from either the built-in stereo microphone or a 3.5mm external microphone jack. Now, with the fourth-generation Sony RX10 IV, the company continues to hone that design, turning its large-sensor, long-zoom camera into an even more capable sports shooter. ... but the popularity of Sony's RX100 line goes some way to explaining how we got here. Catch up already! It's what is to be found on the inside that's the really big story here. You can also enable or disable image stabilization (including active and intelligent active SteadyShot modes for Full HD footage, but not for 4K), or adjust the autofocus drive speed and tracking sensitivity. Its small, solid body give it a really premium feel. We're already well covered for low-sensitivity shots in the gallery, though, so with the exception of the karting shots above, I've limited the shots in this field test and its corresponding gallery update to those shot at ISO 1200 and above. You likely won't cover the same focal length range with a DSLR or mirrorless camera as you would the RX10 IV's built-in zoom, but you'll also likely find that, courtesy of an even-larger sensor, the interchangeable-lens camera will deliver a noticeably higher level of low-light image quality. And having shot entirely handheld well after sunset, I think the Sony RX10 IV will more than satisfy owners in this respect. Kemp House, 152-160 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX, United Kingdom. Of course, that's to be expected, as the RX10 IV will also set you back close to US$1,700 as of this writing. Like its predecessor, the Sony RX10 IV allows you to control the zoom via the switch beneath the shutter release or by rotating one of the three rings on the lens (in order they are focus, zoom and aperture rings). And you can also register a focus point or area for quick recall from a function button, which will prove very handy if you're shooting a somewhat predictable subject which requires that you frequently want to change and then revert the focus point -- say, a tennis match, for example. It remains the same with the EVF, at 370 shots. (And this goes some way towards explaining the still fairly sedate buffer clearing times of the RX10 IV, a shortcoming it shares with its predecessors.) On the outside of the camera body, if you ignore the change in the model number, there are only two significant differences to be found. The subject detection algorithms too often jump onto another object and start tracking that instead. And nor will that interchangeable-lens camera be capable of the mindblowing burst capture and autofocus performance of this camera, or anything even remotely approaching it. As you can see in the examples above, that's typically more than sufficient, though. Brikken er ny, men spesifikasjonene er de samme som den gamle, og objektivet er uforandret fra forgjengeren, så vi forventer ikke å finne store endringer i bildekvaliteten. Time code and user bit info are supported, and audio levels can be monitored via the built-in headphone jack, displayed on-screen and controlled automatically or manually. And if you don't actually need this much performance, note that lower rates of 3.5 or 10 frames per second are also optionally available. The Sony RX100 series represents the top tier of the point-and-shoot market. The solid-feeling camera is really small, measuring just 4 x 2.4 x 1.7 inches and weighing 10.7 ounces with battery and memory card loaded. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII review Seventh heaven By Matt Golowczynski 18 October 2019. (Not all of the shots from the gallery are included in this field test or the one which preceded it, so you'll want to make sure to browse through the remainder here.). However, it has to be said that there really isn't another camera on the market with these features, and so it's perhaps understandable that Sony expects a premium pricetag for what is, essentially, a unique camera. I've long enjoyed this particular location because there are several places affording a good shot of the track with the karts heading straight towards the camera down long straights, as well as some twistier parts where the karts briefly disappear from view behind foreground objects. Sony has given a little and taken a little with the LCD monitor, however. The only real frustrations are that you can't adjust the zoom or focus while HFR mode is active, and that you're still forced to wait for the camera to upsample its HFR clips to their output resolution. The Sony RX100 VA gets the Mark VI's newer BIONZ X processor. Sony RX100 VI review: What you need to know about Sony's compact camera, including the the RX100 VI's release date, price and specs. by Mike Tomkins and Jeremy ... that the Sony RX10 IV is based around the exact same 20.1-effective megapixel image sensor as in the pocket-friendly Sony RX100 … But with that one shortcoming aside, the Sony RX10 IV's combination of spectacular performance, extremely quick and accurate autofocus and a far-reaching zoom lens make for a really, really compelling sports shooter. Now, I'd like Sony to come out with a version of the original, smaller and lighter RX10 with the constant-aperture 24-200mm lens - but with the sensor, image processing, autofocus and video ability of the Mark IV. Much as we'd love to see the RX10 IV at a lower pricetag, we can't blame Sony too much here. In most respects, the Sony RX10 IV's power, storage and connectivity features are unchanged from the RX10 III. The result should be exceptionally swift autofocus, and very capable AF tracking that uses information not just from the user-selected autofocus point, but also from many of those which surround it, helping the RX10 IV to more accurately determine what constitutes the subject itself. Our understanding from speaking with Sony about this is that there were constraints in terms of both pricing and packaging which prevented Sony from including UHS-II support in the form factor and at the pricepoint it wanted. In fact, it's even sufficient to buy an entry-level or perhaps mid-range interchangeable-lens camera along with two or three consumer-grade lenses, or maybe an enthusiast-oriented zoom instead. Almost all of the time, if focus was missed for a shot, it was either because I'd wandered off the subject or briefly let up on the shutter button. To round out this second and final field test, I want to turn to movie capture. Developing cameras like these costs a lot of money, and that's money which is hard-fought over in the modern camera market. This allows a slow-motion effect ranging anywhere from 4 to 40x, so you can really slow the action down. Sony RX100 VI – Connectivity Wi-Fi is of course built in, along with both NFC to quickly set up a connection with compatible Android devices. And that was true even as the karts came impressively close to me. You asked for it (well, more than 1 of you), so here it is: a review of the Sony Cybershot DSC RX100(http://bit.ly/SoRX100). And if you are just here to see our latest thoughts, you'll want to start by reading our second field test, below! Shares. © Copyright 2003-2021 Photo 360 Ltd. And if your computer's not up to the task of editing 4K video just yet, you'll be happy to know that the RX10 IV also includes proxy recording, which captures two clips at once: A lower-res 720p clip for quicker editing, and an ultra-high definition 4K clip that you can swap in right before your final render. See our Sony RX100 VA review to find out what new features and performance the processor upgrade provides. Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II review Popular premium compact gets an upgrade By Amy Davies 12 July 2018. In fact, you can now go even a step further and recall whole custom settings groups, including not just the AF point, but other details like the exposure and drive modes, shutter speed, sensitivity or exposure compensation with a single button press, if you want. And if you've been paying attention to the way Sony's engineers and designers think, you won't be surprised in the least to find that the Sony RX10 IV is based around the exact same 20.1-effective megapixel image sensor as in the pocket-friendly Sony RX100 V. (We understand that the image processing algorithms used to process its output have been updated to those used in the Sony A9 mirrorless camera, though, bringing the potential for another step forward on the image quality front.). Colors feel a bit muted by ISO 6400, and noise does start to intrude a bit if viewing 1:1, but even all the way up at the maximum native sensitivity of ISO 12,800-equivalent you can get very usable results. Sony's venerable RX100 compact camera series has now reached its seventh iteration with the launch of the RX100 VII. They'll still work in the RX10 IV body, but they'll fall back to UHS-I compatibility mode, which is slower. But while both lens and stabilization system are unchanged, we understand that Sony has rethought how the latter works, making it more active during framing for a better shooting experience. Take it away, Jeremy! Reviews; Sony RX100 VII We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. In this second part, we'll look at low-light / high-sensitivity stills in a sunset shoot around my hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and we'll also head down to the Smoky Mountains for an action shoot in the tourist town of Pigeon Forge. In some respects, that's a great thing. Preview posted: 09/12/2017, Updates: For example, if you're upgrading from an earlier RX10-series model, you'll be able to use the same NP-FW50 lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs that you already have on hand. And now, some four years after I first reviewed the original RX10, the new Sony RX10 IV aims to take the RX10 III design to the next level courtesy of major autofocus and performance improvements which it shares with Sony's pocket-friendly RX100 V compact. Speaking of batteries, CIPA battery life is down just slightly with the new LCD to 400 shots versus 420 for the predecessor. Compared to smaller-sensor, long-zoom rivals, Sony's flagship RX10-series camera yields much more satisfying images with significantly more detail and lower noise levels, to boot. Sony's venerable RX100 compact camera series has now reached its seventh iteration with the launch of the RX100 VII. So... the body we all know and love from the RX10 III remains almost unchanged. Watch this space for more formal performance testing at a future date, just as soon as we're able. The power of the RX100 V in an SLR-like package that's infinitely more versatile, A couple of minor control tweaks in the autofocus department, Fast Hybrid autofocus with blinding performance and high-density AF tracking. Shares. Take a quick glance at the Sony RX10 IV, and you could very easily confuse it with its predecessor. Now, we should note that we haven't yet had the opportunity to compare the RX10 III and IV side by side, so it's perhaps possible that LED backlight technology has improved sufficiently in the meantime to negate this difference, but even if so, that improvement could likely have been even more significant with use of WhiteMagic technology, which couples the traditional red, green and blue pixels with white ones, allowing its desirable characteristics. The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV is the best all-in-one camera you can buy, whether you’re a photographer or videographer. I've included a raft of images below shot at ISO 1000 or above through all of the native sensitivity range, so you can make the final judgement for yourself, as there's certainly a measure of personal taste here. I have to say, I think it does a really great job! Last year's RX10 III brought even more performance and a new, much further-reaching zoom lens, albeit with a noticeable increase in heft. (Note that at the lowest frame rates, the camera does come fairly close to recording at the Full HD output resolution, with a capture resolution of up to 1,824 x 1,026 pixels. And when it comes to tracking, the Sony RX10 IV debuts a Cyber-shot first, inheriting the same high-density tracking AF system which we've seen previously in the Sony A6300 and A6500 mirrorless cameras, while the autofocus algorithms are borrowed from the Sony A9. Nor is that all on the autofocus front, either. And the same attributes that make it great for sports will also prove very helpful with other active subjects like kids and pets, too! As before, that lens includes Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology, which has a 4.5-stop corrective strength, a must when shooting towards the telephoto end of its mighty range, especially in low-light conditions. In terms of design, controls and operation it’s virtually identical to the Mark III before it, sharing essentially the same DSLR-styled weather-sealed body, XGA OLED viewfinder, screen articulation and optics. We will of course be testing the performance for ourselves, both in the lab and the real world, as soon as we get the chance, but in the meantime IR founder and publisher Dave Etchells gave it a quick test at the press event in New York, and in Fine JPEG mode saw a buffer depth of 251 frames, just slightly besting Sony's spec, while he also recorded a 114-frame raw burst, and a 110-frame raw+JPEG burst. Our Verdict. 09/13/2017: Gallery posted (Sony hasn't yet quantified the scope of this improvement, however. Plenty of control is available over the look of your footage, with profiles included for ITU 709, S-Log 2 or S-Log 3 gamma curves, among others, and support for manual adjustment of black gamma, knee, color mode, saturation, phase, depth and detail. Sony RX100 II review - Has Sony improved on arguably the best compact camera around? Suffice it to say that I've really been looking forward to getting my hands on the Sony RX10 IV ever since its announcement in mid-September 2017 -- and now that I've done so, I'm happy to be able to bring you the first in my two-part, real-world test of the RX10 IV!