Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

20MP 1"-type Stacked CMOS sensor | 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens | 4K video capture

What we like:

  • Excellent photo quality
  • Stellar continuous and Eye AF, even during bursts
  • Ultra-slow motion and 4K video capture
  • Clever pop-up EVF

What we don't:

  • Interface can be overwhelming and lacks polish
  • Limited zoom compared to some competitors
  • Pricey
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 IV continues the RX100 line's tradition of taking the absolute latest technology Sony has to offer and cramming it into a truly pocketable camera body. Compared to its predecessor, the RX100 IV offers an entirely new sensor with faster readout that enables advanced AF functionality, 16 fps continuous shooting, 4K internal video, slow-motion video up to 1000 fps. and more.
Besides all those headline features, the RX100 IV offers a higher-resolution 2.36M-dot pop-up OLED EVF offering gorgeous contrast, a tilting LCD and a fair amount of custom controls. We do think it would benefit from a touchscreen, and with all the new features having been added since the RX100 series began, the menu system is beginning to feel quite unwieldy.
Our small quibbles over handling aren't serious enough to take the shine off the excellent stills, video and autofocus performance of the RX100 IV
The fast sensor also brings a fully electronic shutter, both of which help the camera achieve remarkable continuous AF performance for a contrast-detect system. Face and eye detection, as well as general subject tracking, function even during 5 fps continuous Raw shooting to ensure your subject is in focus even if it is moving.
Still image quality isn't noticeably improved from the RX100 III, but it still leads the competition. Still shooters will appreciate plenty of detailed, high dynamic range in Raw files, and sharp performance from the lens throughout its zoom range. The efficient 1"-type sensor rivals the performance of even larger sensor compacts.
The new 4K and 1080/120p video modes along with log gamma modes bring incredible resolution, slow-motion and dynamic range, respectively, to video. Autofocus is extremely smooth and decisive, almost surprising for a contrast-based system. And active image stabilization produces steady results from unbelievably shaky footage. It's a formidable pocket video camera, albeit one that lacks a microphone input.
The handling and ergonomics of the RX100 series aren't perfect, but the best auto ISO implementation of the bunch and one-touch magnification of the AF point in playback show that Sony is making steps in the right direction. And though the sheer volume of features does strain the user interface, none of our small quibbles are serious enough to take the shine off the absolutely stellar results this camera produces.

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