Sony unveiled their latest RX100 compact camera this morning, and the headline feature of the newly minted RX100 V is an all new hybrid-AF system that should bring with it some serious AF improvements to the compact camera line.
The hybrid AF system features 325 AF points, with the number Sony is throwing around as a .05-second response time giving this likely one of the fastest and most accurate AF systems if any compact camera – and certainly better than any RX100 previously.
Continuing along with the AF theme, another noted feature of the new RX100 V is its impressive new continuous burst mode of 24FPS continuous shooting with AF tracking and AE modes on. That is impressive, showing the sort of power Sony has crammed into this little compact camera.
RX100 V Product Highlights
- 20.1 MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
- Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
- Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
- 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
- HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
- 2.36m-Dot OLED Tru-Finder Pop-Up EVF
- 3.0″ 1.23m-Dot Multi-Angle Xtra Fine LCD
- ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting
In terms of pricing, the RX100 V will continue in the tradition of other RX100 series cameras falling into line right around that $1000 price point. This is and has always been a tough pill to swallow for anyone looking for a quality compact camera, but Sony can do this because, at this point, no other compact comes close to the sort of convenience and capability of the RX100 series – even the M4 version still, so the new RX100 V widens that gap even further.
The RX100 V is expected to be available come November, with pre-orders opening up soon. If you are interested in further information you can find all of the details over on Sony’s website, here.