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Sony Announced The RX100 Mark V | The Ultra Premium Compact

By Justin Heyes on October 7th 2016

The Sony RX100 series has garnered much attention from photographers with its ability to capture high-quality images in a point-and-shoot style body. Due to to the Kumamoto earthquake, there were no updates to this line released during Photokina, but Sony recently had a small event in New York launching the RX100 V and the a6500.

[REWIND: Sony’s New a6500: A More Powerful Flagship APS-C with IBIS & Touchscreen ]

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Sharing a few firsts with the A6500 the RX100 MK V has the new 315-point phase detection AF-system, touting the world’s fastest AF at .05 seconds. Sony has also refreshed the 20.1 megapixel RS BSI CMOS sensor with a front end LSI chip that maximizes processing speed and improves high ISO quality. Along with a larger cache, the RX100 V can capture 24 frames-per-second in stills mode, for up to six seconds.

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The Specs:

  • 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Up to 24 fps Shooting and ISO 12800

The pop-up 2.36 million dot OLED EVF and the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 T lens with optical image stabilization, remain unchanged, but Sony has included an Anti-Distortion Electric Shutter with a max speed of 1/32000 of a second. The electronic shutter automatically kicks in for shutter speeds greater than 1/2000s, or frame rates greater than 10 fps.

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Sony has a habit of including 4K in their high-end cameras, and the RX100 V doesn’t disappoint. The camera produces a 4K UHD stream from an oversampled 5028×2828 pixel region. In other words, the RX100 V captures a 14-megapixel image and downsizes it to the 8-megapixel frames. Sony says the camera features a “full pixel readout without pixel binning condenses about 1.7 times as much data as is required for 4K movies, so 4K movie output looks unbeatably brilliant.” The RX100 V seems to be just another step forward to what many would consider the world’s ultimate compact camera.

The RX100 V is available for pre-order at B&H for about $1000. What do you think of Sony’s new compact? Does it justify space in your camera bag/pocket?

About

Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

Explore his photographic endeavors here.

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