Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Review
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 capable, 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.
- 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
- 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.
Body and handling
The RX100 VII is an evolutionary product but somehow finds room for a mic socket, as well as that massive lens.
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.
AF and video performance
The RX100 VII offers one of the best autofocus implementations of any compact on the market, video impresses too.
Image quality from the RX100 VII is slightly improved over the VI. Check out our studio test scene to see how it compares to the competition.
The RX100 VII receives our gold award and recommendation. Here's why.
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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