Sony recently came out the 5th generation Sony RX100 series camera and it’s better than ever. In this article I will breakdown the New Sony RX100 V covering all the things that matter… For starters, Sony stuffed the NEW RX100 V with much more power in the processing department via the Front End LSI. They also added a Hybrid AF System with 315 Phase detection points across the sensor, High Frame Rate mode (Slow Motion Video) is now available in full HD all the way up to 960 frames per second, and the max frames per second with photography shooting is now 24fps!
All of these new features are welcomed and powerful in there own way, but the Front End LSI in particular is what provides the extra processing throughput power/ speed. This then allows for the upgraded Slow motion and frames per second processing power requirements. That is an insane amount of data for the camera to process per second!
The Hybrid -AF is a huge gain for tracking subjects in low light and in all other conditions for that matter. Especially helpful for video tracking, sports, pets, kids that never stay still, etc… This should be pretty noticeable based on other Sony cameras I’ve tested before and after hybrid af was implemented on the sensors.
The Sony RX100 series cameras has always been to me the best possible quality available, in the smallest form factor possible. In addition to that, it has always been packed with an incredible amount of features that you would only see in more pro model cameras. The versatility of such a compact camera is also impressive based on the compromises that must be made due to the small pocket size. Sony has added and changed the hardware a lot over the years, but the key fundamentals have always remained the same in my eyes. Incredible awesome pro power and image quality, in a pocket sized camera!
The RX100 V digs into wallet $998 US deep. At first the price seams high when comparing to other 1inch sensor model cameras, but when you see the real world results and compare features in detail, it makes sense where the money is going to me. Top quality everything….
Also, be sure to check out my RX100 IV Review to see what that model can do in the real world and I think you will be impressed at the power, quality, and size of the camera. Lets take a closer look and note all the new features in red, and all the rest that remained the same. If those features in red are important to you, then it might be worth considering the RX100 V.
RX100 V – Key Features and Upgrades in Red:
20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
super-fast 0.05-second AF speed
HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
0.39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting
Built-In ND Filter
Weight = 10.55 oz / 299 gwith battery and memory card
At the end of the day, the New Sony RX100 V is one of the best ultra compact cameras you can buy today. At the $998 US price point, this camera is clearly designed for people that want the latest and greatest technology, and the best possible image quality in the smallest possible size. Pro’s looking for a pocket camera is also a very popular I have seen over the years 😉 The large one inch sensor of the RX100 series make it stand out in the image quality department as you can see from the killer sample photos on the web, and what I have gotten with the previous generation model RX100’s. The video quality is also incredible and stands out compared to most other camera models in this class. Personally I think it’s the best option for an ultra compact super high quality feature rich camera. I can’t personally justify spending that much money on a pocket camera when I have other higher quality cameras already, but if I could, I would!
Be sure to check out my reviews of all the previous generation RX100 series models linked below:
Check pricing and availability on the Sony RX100 V @ BHPhoto and Amazon I hope you all got something out of this Sony RX100 V breakdown style article, and please feel free to ask questions or comment below.
Have a great day, Jay
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