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Sony has unveiled its seventh addition to the 1″ pocket camera series. The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII shares the same features as its predecessor with some major differences.
The camera has the same 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom but is mounted in front. It is said to use the new 20MP stacked-CMOS sensor that boasts of more phase-detection autofocus points.
One of the highlights of the latest installment, is the use of the new autofocus systems from Sony that combines Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Tracking. The combo was first seen on the Sony A6400 Compact System and the Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera.
Real-time Tracking uses the latest algorithm from Sony, including object recognition based on AI that guarantees subjects are captured with high-level accuracy even when a shot is made using the touch panel on the camera’s rear screen.
When it comes to performance, the RX100 VII can shoot up to 20fps without the problem of a viewfinder blackout. For its compact build, it can also shoot seven-image bursts at up to 90fps. The ‘Single Burst’ mode gives you more opportunity to capture the moment.
The latest generation BIONZ X image processor, combined with the newly developed image sensor 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS, delivers speed performance and peak autofocus that have never been possible with a compact camera.
According to Sony Electronics’ deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Neal Manowitz, “The RX100 VII sets a new standard for performance in compact cameras.”
There’s a downside, however. You’ll need to release the shutter button before you can make another shot. The exposure and focus are also locked, and pre-buffering is not available.
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is also equipped with the UHD 4K video of the Mark VI but is further enhanced with an image stabilization mode that is more powerful and combines optical and digital correction. The camera also comes with a microphone socket.
Users can record 1080p videos at up to 120p with no rolling shutter. They can also tag videos for playback in portrait orientation.
Given the camera’s latest and advanced features, it’s dubbed as the compact and lightweight device that will support movie making capabilities at a professional level. It can be used to record movies at a vertical-position data, time-lapse videos via interval shooting, and up to 960fps super slow-motion recording. For vloggers, the camera comes with a 180-degree flip screen for easy vlogging.
The RX100 VII is priced at approximately US$1,200 and CA$1,600 and will ship in August.
Sony is also set to introduce the DSC-RX100M7G, a Shooting Grip Kit that includes the Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) and the RX100 VII compact camera. The kit will allow for easy recording. You can also zoom in and out right at your fingertips.
Two Rechargeable Battery Packs (NP-BX1) and a Bracket with Accessory Shoe completes the kit. For audio input, you’ll need to buy an external microphone. Get one that can easily mount onto the accessory shoe that comes with the kit, such as the such as the ECM-XYST1M Sony Stereo Microphone.
Sony also introduced the body case for the RX100 Series that sports the look of leather.