Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII

20MP 1"-type Stacked CMOS sensor | 24-200mm equiv. F2.8-4.5 lens | Hybrid AF system

What we like:

  • Industry-leading autofocus
  • Excellent image quality
  • Oversampled 4K video

What we don't:

  • User interface can be overwhelming
  • Low light performance limited by slow lens
  • Slippery grip
  • Expensive
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VII is a compact that combines a flexible lens, fast performance and a powerful autofocus system to create what is a pocketable do-everything camera.
The RX100 VII has a limited number of direct controls, but offers extensive customization for making the most of them. A touchscreen can be used for choosing a focus point or initiating AF tracking in video. The camera also includes the single-press pop-up viewfinder we liked so much on its predecessor.
The RX100 VII is the most capable pocketable camera ever made
The RX100 VII not only has the easiest-to-use autofocus implementation of any compact: it also has the most reliable. Tracking modes do a great job of sticking to whatever you point the camera at, even in the blackout-free 20 fps mode. The burst buffer is deep, but slow to clear due to its UHS-I SD card slot. Battery life is acceptable.
Image quality is excellent. JPEGs offer pleasing colors and Raw files have good flexibility. The lens is sharp throughout its zoom range, though its slow maximum aperture means there's a noise cost as light levels drop.
4K video quality is excellent, with good detail and minimal rolling shutter. Effective optical and digital video stabilization makes for smooth hand-held UHD 4K shooting. And autofocus tracking in video is impressively sticky. Plus, the inclusion of a microphone socket adds to its cinematic appeal.
The RX100 VII is easily the most-capable compact camera on the market thanks to its great image and video quality, fast shooting, versatile lens and a highly-capable, easy-to-use AF system, though all of that comes with a high price tag.

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