The Sony RX100 VII Digital Camera is the company’s latest pocketable 1″ inch sensor compact. It uses the same 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 lens as its predecessor but features a more powerful, easier-to-use auto-focus system. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera is packed with everything it takes to deliver gorgeous images. The 24-200mm equivalent zoom lens is complemented by 0.02-sec. super fast AF, Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, plus enhanced image stabilization and external microphone jack. Here I have write a review on Sony RX100 VII Digital Camera.
Additional features : 20.1 megapixel 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor; BIONZ X image processor; Fast Hybrid AF with 357 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection points; continuous shooting at up to 20 fps with tracking; 4K movie recording; pop-up OLED viewfinder; 3-inch tilting touchscreen; wireless connectivity.
|1. Fast, sticky face detection||1. Poor Touch functionality|
|2. Advanced user control||2. No in-camera raw processing|
|3. Impressive AF speeds and adherence||3. Corner softness at 24mm and 200mm|
|4. Solid build and pocketable form||4. Average battery life|
|5. Decent zoom range for a 1-inch sensor||5. Expensive|
If you love to make videos or you’re sick of using your phone to take pictures the Sony RX100 VII is a fantastic choice to take excellent photos and videos. With 20 megapixel photos and a 24-200mm lens you can get nearly any vantage point. Most of the features of the Sony RX100 VII are geared toward video though. With a microphone jack and a flip screen this make the RX100 VII an incredible vlogging camera. Plus it has stabilization and 4K video modes.
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- 20MP 1″-type stacked-CMOS sensor with phase detection and built-in DRAM
- 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom
- 20 fps continuous shooting with full autofocus and auto-exposure, and no blackout
- Seven frame, 90 fps ‘single burst’ mode
- Retractable 2.36M-dot EVF with 0.59x equiv. magnification
- 4K video recording to 30p
How the seventh camera in the Sony RX100 camera series is popular among photographers, that may explain a bit. The current version of the Sony RX100 VII Camera updates quite well compared to previous versions. However, the price of the four figures of this camera and the inconsistency of the camera’s features do not seem justified by to many photographer’s.
The Sony RX100 VII does well by sporting long lenses on the camera. Most of the features of this camera match the mirrorless cameras of the Sony Alpha series. Previous versions updates of Sony RX100 Camera Series are well on the way to the recent version updates. In the first five version of the Sony RX100 series, the zoom range and maximum wide aperture were modestly maintained. On the Sony RX100 VI camera swapped it for a lens vs. 24-200mm in 35mm terms and the Sony RX100 VII retains its consistency in the camera. The lens has aspherical, advanced aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass to keep the inside bright. Optical SteadyShot technology has also been included to keep it stable.
It is not possible to have the same sensor resolutions for the seven camera versions of the Sony RX100 series, In the new version, the camera sensors have been updated and the 1-inch dimensions and stacked architecture have been integrated. To help crunch all data from the sensor, a separate DRAM chip has been added and Sony is working with the latest version of the BIONZ X engine. This is a big positive matters for the Sony RX100 VII camera. Sony claims that the A9 will maintain a dynamic performance in line with the model, which is still the flagship mirrorless camera in the Alpha family.
The Sony RX100 VII camera calculates 60 autofocus and auto explorer per second, which allows for burst shooting at 20fps with autofocus and auto-exposure working throughout, without any blackout either the viewfinder or the LCD. It’s Impressive enough. If you exclude adjustments for autofocus and auto exposure and turns single burst shooting drive mode, Then you can take pictures at 30 fps, 60 fps and ridiculous 90 fps at full resolution.
You can video up to a maximum of 30p video frame rates in 4K UHD quality, with no pixel binning and the option of 4K Active SteadyShot. Which is eight times more effective at still footage than conventional 4K standard SteadyShot. If you don’t need 4K recording, you can knock it in full HD at frame rates up to 120p. Various Super-slow motion options are on top with frame rates up to 960fps and while shooting in 4K it is also possible to ignore the default five-minute recording restriction.
These are supported by a strong secondary video feature set, with a 3.5mm microphone port on the camera’s side, the S-Log2, S-Log3, S-Gamut3.Cine and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) modes. Common focus peaking and zebra options we have seen on many previous Sony models. The camera detects when you are shooting vertically and saves this direction when the footage is offloaded.
One of the major changes to the video of the camera on the Sony RX100 VII model, its provides real-time tracking and real-time eye AF during recording. Until now, they have only been available for still images of the A9 and A6400 (and now more recent A6600) models. Although here it is for both Steel Pictures and Movies and we’ll be exploring exactly what these allow.
When not needed, the electronic viewfinder hides neatly on the top plate and and pops up into position with a single flick of the catch at its side. As before, it represents the same 2.36 million dots and a feed as 0.59x magnification (35mm terms). Underneath it is a 3-inch LCD touchscreen with 921,600 dot and mounted in a relatively long bracket. Which makes it rotate downward to sit or Or face-to-face at a 90-degree angle to the camera. The camera is perfect for video bloggers, who are essentially the key audience for the Sony RX100 VII camera.
Build and handling
The Sony RX100 VII version’s camera looks a bit similar to the previous version Sony RX100 VI, with some minor differences, on the other hand, its metal body feels as solid as the previous model. It feels less comfortable to handle than rival models, much like the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III model’s camera. This is definitely a camera designed to be as compact as possible. One of the advantages of the Sony RX100 VII camera is that it can be rotated without the thumb restraining the rear control dial on the regular side of the LCD screen, because it has a thin profile and flush the back plate.
This is often a challenge for this small body, however, it is only a small problem if the LCD is extended a bit from the body. The electronic viewfinder easily springs up from the top plate, When you release the catch to its side. However on the Sony RX100 VII camera, there is no need to back the viewfinder before using it. One of the advantages of the camera compared to some of its competitors, rear control dial on the back can be rotated, the thumb is constantly bashing on the side of the LCD screen.
The control ring around the lens has a stiff finish, which handles it beautifully. It has been de-clicked, and does not provide any body response as standard. Although it does make a small click sound as the camera rotates for it. It has been de-clicked, for suitable use when recording video.
The Sony RX100 VI packs a great autofocus system, however the Sony RX100 VII brings more great updates to the autofocus system. Compared to older cameras, Sony trying to improve the performance of this camera through the latest Alpha models AF system with firmware updates, it has tried to be more user-friendly. Now Sony is trying to bring the same magic to its cyber-shot range.
So what’s the novelty of it? There are now more phase-detect AF points, ranging from 315 to the Sony RX100 VI to 357, and they cover 3% more than before the frame. The previous 25-point contrast-detect AF system is also ramped to the 425-point system. Sony promises that the camera can focus in less than 0.02 seconds. The biggest change is autofocus-wise is real time tracking, which uses AI powered tools to detect a person’s face, able to switch between standard autofocusing automatically, while tracking any moving subject and face / eye tracking.
In the past Sony has got applause for the menu system on the camera. Recent models have made color coding easier to navigate. The Sony RX100 VII has the option to set up a tab with your own options. Touchscreen works well for setting up focus points, even the lighter touch works great and responsive. You can also use the screen as a touchpad to use the viewfinder. The touchscreen can also be used to zoom in, move around, and capture pictures.
The viewfinder on the Sony RX100 VII camera is a little smaller than the mirrorless cameras, but that’s expected. The main thing is that it is relatively bright and sharp. The Sony RX100 VII camera’s viewfinder will give the photographer good visibility. The 90 fps burst capabilities are one of the most important things on the Sony RX100 VII camera, which distinguishes it from previous models, which sets it apart from all other compact cameras. The fact that its buffer depth is just seven frames makes you wonder.
The camera will capture the first seven frames as you press the button and the equivalent of less than 0.8 seconds of reality at 90 fps. This will be more if you use the 30 fps or 60 fps options. If the camera could provide deeper buffer depths at 30 fps and 60 fps settings, its brust rate would have been much more usable. But it cannot, perhaps for technical reasons or lacks UHS-II support.
The image quality of the previous Sony RX100 VI models has impressed us greatly. The Sony RX100 VII model also met our expectations. The camera has been able to manage a lot of strong images quality in some condition ranges, with minimal intervention required.
The camera provides overall good and particularly best image quality, maintained when using ISO settings towards the middle of the sensitivity range. Colors are very nice on standard settings. The exposures are usually sound, though the scenes are relatively wide tonal range if you are shooting from room to frame, will see a loss of detail in their highlights. The colors in standard settings are great and especially in the default standard mode the camera has wide range of color options. The video quality of this camera is better than all cameras in the previous Sony RX100 series and it continues to shine here.