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This morning Sony announced an updated model to its compact RX line with the introduction of the RX100 VII. We’ve always been big fans of this line of high-end compacts and the RX100 has some impressive features inside its small body. The camera has the same 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens, but the new model features a 20MP stacked-CMOS sensor, speed performance similar to the Alpha 9 and Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals.

Sony RX100 VII
It features the familiar 180 degree flip screen, good for selfies and vlogging. Sony

Here is what else we know about it:

  • 60 AF/AE calculations per second and 20fps blackout-free shooting with AF/AE tracking
  • 357-point focal-plane phase-detection AF + 425-point contrast-detection AF
  • 0.02 sec focus acquisition speed
  • Single burst shooting drive mode at up to 90fps
  • Capable of UHD 4K video
  • 1080p video at up to 120p, high-speed shooting up to 1000 fps
  • Integrated microphone jack
  • 180 degree flip screen
  • Available in August for $1200
Sony RX100 VII camera side
The camera has the same 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens as its predecessor. Sony

Although the price-tag doesn’t make this one a likely choice for casual shooters, it is likely that the new model means a price drop for older models. This compact powerhouse will be most appealing to pro shooters and vloggers, especially since it finally adds a headphone jack for monitoring audio capture.