Sony’s original Cybershot RX100 was groundbreaking when it was introduced, carving out a niche in the ultra-premium compact camera market. Each new generation of RX100 has brought just enough advances to burn additional holes in enthusiast wallets. The Mark VII is no exception. It packs a boatload of features more typically found in full-frame mirrorless cameras like Sony’s a9 into its relatively-small form factor for $1200.
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII By the Numbers
Many of the specs will be familiar to current RX100 owners. That includes a 1-inch sensor (which has been updated) and the same 24-200mm f/2.8-f/4.5 lens found in the previous version. The big upgrades are in processing power, including Sony’s latest BIONZ X chip and large performance increases in shooting speed and AF. For example, the VII can shoot at 20fps without blacking out the viewfinder, and can even shoot seven consecutive frames at 90fps.
The faster processor also brings a big upgrade in autofocus performance, promising focus acquisition in as little as 20 milliseconds, as well as real-time eye-tracking of both humans and animals. The AF system is supplied by an impressive 357 phase-detection and 425 contrast detection sensors. All this comes in a similar size package to previous iterations, measuring 102 x 58 x 43 mm, and weighing in at 302 grams.
Upgrades for videographers include 4K HDR with full-pixel readout in XAVCS format, real-time subject tracking and real-time Eye AF. There is an upgraded version of 4K Active SteadyShot stabilization that promises to be “8x more effective than Standard SteadyShot,” and the Mark VII can now capture and properly label vertical format video. The addition of a mic jack will also be welcome news for anyone trying to capture quality audio. HLG (HDR) and several Log color spaces are also supported.
Price and Availability
Consistent with the Mark VI, the Mark VII will sell for $1,200 when it is available in August. There will also be a $1,300 Shooting Grip Kit designed for vloggers that bundles a handheld grip, bracket with accessory shoe, and two battery packs in with the camera.