New Gear: Sony RX100 V Advanced Compact Camera Gets A New Sensor, Serious AF Bump

315 AF points, 4K video, and super slow-motion round out the new features.

Sony RX100 V Compact Camera
The RX100 V maintains the same pocket-friendly form factor, but amps up the power.Sony

In addition to the new A6500, Sony has also announced the RX100 V, an update to one of the best pocket cameras available. The RX100V is built around a new 1-inch Exmoor RS CMOS sensor, which sits behind a 24–70mm (full-frame equivalent field of view) f/1.8–2.8 zoom lens.

One of the biggest improvements is the new AF system, which is now Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF, using a total of 315 dedicated AF points spread across 65% of the frame.

As with the A6500, the processing power has also been amped up, giving it the ability to shoot 20.1-megapixel images at 24 fps for up to 150 shots with AE and AF tracking engaged. That’s serious speed for a compact camera.

The new “anti-distortion shutter” now enables a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000th of a second to allow for shooting at wide apertures even in bright conditions.

In addition to the new A6500, Sony has also announced the RX100 V, an update to one of the best pocket cameras available. The RX100V is built around a new 1-inch Exmoor RS CMOS sensor, which sits behind a 24–70mm (full-frame equivalent field of view) f/1.8–2.8 zoom lens.

One of the biggest improvements is the new AF system, which is now Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF, using a total of 315 dedicated AF points spread across 65% of the frame.

As with the A6500, the processing power has also been amped up, giving it the ability to shoot 20.1-megapixel images at 24 fps for up to 150 shots with AE and AF tracking engaged. That’s serious speed for a compact camera.

The new “anti-distortion shutter” now enables a maximum shutter speed of 1/32,000th of a second to allow for shooting at wide apertures even in bright conditions.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 4K video capture has also made its RX100 series debut in the Mark V. At least on paper, the 4K capture seems to be very similar to the specs offered by the A6500, including 100 Mbps when shooting 4K. In terms of slow-mo, it can go as fast as 960 fps, which requires lots of light and causes a reduced resolution, but is still a cool thing to plan around if you want to create something really unique

The RX100 V will come with a retail price of $1,000 and will also have an optional underwater housing with a retail price of $350.

We were already fans of the RX100 IV, and this seems like a very considerable upgrade, especially if the new sensor delivers even higher image quality. We’re looking forward to trying it out and will bring you some impressions and sample images as soon as possible.

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