Sony has introduced the latest iteration of the Cyber-shot RX100 series. The Mark V version is here with a new focus system, thus becoming the world’s fastest autofocusing compact camera in the world.
The annual refresh of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 line-up took longer in 2016. Nevertheless, the Mark V version has been unveiled as a replacement to the Mark IV unit, but without featuring too many changes.
Whereas the sensor is the same, the Sony RX100 V features a Hybrid AF technology, which will allow the compact camera to focus on its subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds – the quickest in its category.
Sony RX100 V is a world record-holding compact camera
Some might say that we live in a time when replacing a compact camera annually is unnecessary. And then there is Sony. The Japan-based company is not troubled by others and has just introduced a more-than-welcomed upgrade over the RX100 IV.
The new Sony RX100 V employs a Fast Hybrid AF technology with 315 focus points with a frame coverage of about 65%. The system is the world’s fastest in the compact camera department, as it focuses in 0.05 seconds, while featuring the highest number of focus points.
Powered by a BIONZ X processor and front-end LSI, the 20.1-megapixel 1-inch-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip is capable of delivering a continuous shooting mode of up to 24fps for up to 150 frames.
As expected, the compact shooter is capable of recording 4K movies with full pixel readout support and without pixel binning. Moreover, if you reduce the resolution, then you will be able to capture slow-motion footage at 960fps.
Sony and Zeiss partnership carried over into the Cyber-shot RX100 V camera
The specs list of this nifty compact camera includes a built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a full-frame focal length equivalent of 24-70mm. The maximum aperture of the lens stands between f/1.8-2.8, depending on the selected focal length.
Users will find integrated, pop-up electronic viewfinder and flash in the Sony RX100 V. Additionally, there is a autofocus assist light in the front, while on the back you will find a regular display – without touch functionality, but with 180-degree upwards tilting capabilities.
This camera has an Anti-Distortion Shutter, which is actually an electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000th of a second. It is great to use in bright light or when dealing with fast-moving objects, as it will reduce rolling shutter effects.
Since we are talking about a Sony camera, there is almost no point in reminding people that it features built-in WiFi, NFC, and XAVC S codec. This is a compact, lightweight, and pocketable camera that will become available for $1,000 in November 2016.