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The Sony RX100 VII is the company's latest pocketable 1" sensor compact. It uses the same 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 lens as its predecessor but features a more powerful, easier-to-use autofocus system.

This comes in addition to the already impressive capabilities we saw in the Mark VI, including very fast continuous shooting and high-quality 4K video capture. And, for the first time in the series, the Mark VII has a mic socket for improved audio recording.

The Mark VII can shoot at up to 20 frames per second with no viewfinder blackout: specs that are a match for the company's flagship a9 sports camera. And it's this capability, along with the enhanced AF, that prompts Sony to talk about 'the power of an a9 in your pocket.' To be clear, though, it does not share its hardware with that model.

Key Specifications

  • 20MP 1"-type stacked-CMOS sensor with phase detection and built-in DRAM
  • 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 zoom
  • 20 fps continuous shooting with full autofocus and auto-exposure, and no blackout
  • Seven frame, 90 fps 'single burst' mode
  • Retractable 2.36M-dot EVF with 0.59x equiv. magnification
  • 3" touchscreen LCD (flips up 180° or down by 90°)
  • Oversampled UHD 4K video (up to 5 min clips in standard temperature mode)
  • Combined lens and digital 'Active' stabilization mode in video
  • High speed video at up to 1000 fps
  • Intervalometer
  • Wi-Fi with Bluetooth and NFC

The RX100 VII will be available in August 2019 at a recommended price of $1200. It'll sell for around €1300 in Europe and £1200 in the UK, with both figures including tax. These are around the same prices as its predecessor was launched at, so we expect to see the Mark VI get re-positioned, to make room.

What's new and how it compares

The RX100 VII looks like its predecessor but borrows know-how (though not hardware) from the pro-sports a9 model.

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Body and handling

The RX100 VII is an evolutionary product but somehow finds room for a mic socket, as well as that massive lens.

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Operation and controls

The control layout and logic is unchanged from previous models (for better or worse). There's a good degree of customization available.

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Initial thoughts

The RX100 VII looks incredibly capable, but it also looks a lot like its predecessor (which we expect to be sold at a lower price). This could be a challenge for the new camera.

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Sample gallery

We've been shooting with a pre-production RX100 VII for a few days now. Have a look at what the new sensor can do.

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