Sony RX100 V Brief Review



  • Sensor : 20.1 megapixel 1" CMOS sensor
  • Processor : BIONZ X
  • ISO : 125-12800
  • Shutter Speed : 30 sec. 0 1/2000, Bulb, Anti-distortion shutter up to 1/32000
  • Aperture : f/1.8-2.8
  • Zoom : 2.9x optical (11x digital)
  • Burst Speed : Up to 24 fps
  • Autofocus Points : Up to 315
  • Autofocus System : Phase detection and contrast detection
  • Image Stabilization : Optical
  • RAW : Yes
  • Video : 4k (3840) at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps
  • Flash : Built-in, manual pop-up
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-Fi and NFC
  • GPS : No
  • Screen : 2.95" tilting LCD
  • Weather Sealing : No
  • Battery : Li-ion rated up to 220 shots
  • Weight : 10.5 oz. (299g)
  • Other Features : Control ring, Focus peaking
  • Release Date: 2016-10-28
  • Final Grade: 97 4.85 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony's beloved flagship compact now boasts super speed
With a 24 fps burst and quick autofocus, the Sony RX100 V is certainly eye-catching.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 10/11/2016

Sony is back with the latest update to their popular flagship compact, and keeping true to the RX100 tradition, boasts some pretty impressive specs (and a pretty jaw dropping price tag).

The Sony RX100 V uses the same 1 inch sensor size, but now that sensor is stacked, bringing faster shooting and faster autofocus. Sony says the RX100 V has the world's fastest autofocus speed at .05 seconds and while we haven't been able to test that theory, we're prone to believing them based on past experience alone. The sensor is also upped to a 20.1 megapixel design.

The need for speed continues with a very impressive 24 fps burst speed at full resolution that still uses autofocus between frames. Sony's "worlds best" claims continue with up to 315 autofocus points, a first for compact cameras, according to the company.

All "worlds best" claims aside, the Sony RX100 V does have a pretty impressive list of specifications with some big speed while continuing the RX100 line's traditional one-inch sensor that has a pretty excellent track record. The camera also uses optical image stabilization and is capable of shooting 4K as well.

All that tech is wrapped up in a pretty tiny body. The Sony RX100 V weighs in at just over 10 ounces. The tilting screen measures in at just a touch under three inches, and flips up 180 degrees. The front of the camera features the RX100 line's usual control ring for easier access to the camera's manual settings.

Once again, Sony appears to be reaching for that best compact title with the RX100 V, but once again, that comes at a pretty significant cost. With a $999 list price, that portability needs to be a necessity, since it's possible to pick up a decent DSLR for that price point. Still, if performance is key yet you still need something not much bigger than a smartphone, the Sony RX100 V will likely not disappoint (though your wallet may fell a bit dismayed). 

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