Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V offers the identical sensor from the previous versions, lens and viewfinder (all of which are excellent anyway), the V adds a new chip to accelerate burst shooting into a full 24 fps with autofocus and autoexposure, in addition to offering oversampled 4K for incredibly comprehensive video. There is currently a 315 point phase detection autofocus system, allowing for much more impressive monitoring capabilities, including continuous Eye AF at 24 fps. The pop-up digital viewfinder remains, though we are disappointed that the LCD still is not touch-enabled.
Autofocus is fast and accurate in full auto mode, after issues and faces around the whole framework and focusing on them at lightning speed, even at 24 fps. Attempt to take control over specifying your topic, however, and the camera may falter. The faster processor now lets you shoot those 24 fps bursts and immediately input playback andcheck focus on the final picture the camera has written to the card. The buffer can be exceptionally large. Battery life isn’t among those RX100 V’s strong suits.
The camera’s 4K movie is incredibly detailed, and rolling camera has become so well controlled as to be a non-issue for many. Extensive video programs make this among the very capable video-oriented stills camera available: log gamma captures high contrast scenes, incredibly powerful insertion in 1080 makes for rock-steady footage, along with the new AF system is uncanny in its ability to intelligently pick and decisively keep focus on subjects. It still lacks a mic input though.
Still image quality is only slightly changed in the RX100 IV, meaning it also leads the competition as a result of the sharp lens (if you get a fantastic copy) and fantastic JPEG image quality, even in low light. That is to say: it is very good.
The handling and ergonomics are still function as RX100-series’ weak point, and we wish Sony would address some of those concerns as they continue to add features and capacity to a camera where the controls and menus are already overwhelmed. The outcome is a remarkably capable camera that promotes point-and-shoot usage, and a movie toolset that rivals many cameras at much higher price points. If that’s precisely what you’re looking for, and you can justify the cost, it unquestionably gives the ideal combination of video and photo quality, autofocus, speed and compactness in its own category.