The Sony RX100 VII is the 7th and the latest version of Sony’s premium compact camera model the RX100. This highly capable yet pocketable & travel-friendly fixed lens camera now inherits tech from the company’s flagship alpha a9. The result is, it is now faster and a better performer than its already excellent predecessor especially for video uses like vlogging.
Announced on July 25th it will start shipping in August.
What’s new in Sony RX100 VII (vs RX100 VI)
The RX100 VII is physically identical to its predecessor the RX100 VI except for an extra interface port. But there are quite a few significant upgrades inside, especially for video uses. Here’s a list of the noteworthy updates against the RX100 VI.
- New sensor with the latest BIONZ X image processor
- RX100 VII gets a Microphone Jack (vs no mic port on RX100 VI)
- Real-time Eye AF (for humans) & Real-time tracking in Movie mode (vs none)
- No limit on continuous 4K video recording time (RX100 VI is limited to 5 mins of continuous 4K recording)
- Detects the videos recorded in a vertical orientation, for them to play the right way
- Faster autofocus speed at 0.02 sec (vs an already fast 0.03 sec)
- More AF points: 357 phase & 425 contrast-detection AF points at 68% frame coverage (vs 315 phase & 25 contrast detection with 65% coverage)
- Real-time eye AF (humans & animals) and Real-time tracking (vs eye AF for people)
- True blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps (Continuous up to 24 fps with Blackout)
- A new single burst shooting mode where for every single shot, the camera shoots 7 consecutive images at speeds up to 90 fps
- Improved stabilization for video with optical & electronic stabilization (vs only optical)
- Min ISO 100 can be expanded to ISO 64 & 80 (vs ISO 125 extendable to ISO 80 & 100)
- Timed interval shooting to create time-lapse movies in post
Things to remember
These are a few things to note when considering the RX100 VII.
- There’s no headphone jack
- Touch-sensitivity doesn’t work for menus & navigation
- Tilting LCD tilts vertically, not sideways. It flips up 180° & flips down 90˚.
- No Neutral Density (ND) filter
- No place on the camera to mount a “not-so-portable” microphone
Key Features / Specs
- Processor: BIONZ X
- Lens: 24-200 mm | F2.8-4.5 | 8.0x Optical Zoom
- Pixels: 20.1 Megapixels
- Type: Stacked CMOS
- Auto ISO: 100 - 12800
- Extended ISO: 64 - 12800
- Fastest: 1/2000 Sec
- Slowest: 30 Sec
- AF Points: 357 / 425
- Speed: Upto 20 FPS
- 4K UHD: Upto 30 FPS
- Full HD: Upto 120 FPS
- Images: Approx. 310 Shots
- Video: Approx. 155 mins
- Screen: 3.0" with 0.92 m-dot Tiltable Touchscreen LCD
- Viewfinder: 0.39" with 2.36 m-dot OLED EVF
- IBIS: Built-in optical stabilization
- Wireless: WiFi / Bluetooth / NFC
- HDMI (micro)
- USB (Micro-B)
- Microphone (Stereo Mini)
Sony RX100 VII review
Ultimately though if you’re after a do-it-all pocket travel camera that’s also great for video and action, the RX100 VII is hard to beat. It’s not cheap, but there’s nothing else that offers all of this and still fits in your pocket.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Review
The RX100 VII is the most capable pocket camera currently on the market. It offers a versatile zoom range and an industry-leading AF implementation, as well as good image quality and smooth, stabilized 4K. However the small maximum aperture of the lens does limit the camera’s use in dim light.
Hands on: Sony RX100 VII Review
The RX100 VII’s main benefit over its predecessors is that it’s a potentially excellent, if very expensive, little vlogging camera. While it seems likely that the RX100 VII will again be the best compact camera you can buy, there is better value to be found elsewhere.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII (RX100M7) Review (So far)
… it is one of the most expensive compact cameras available, however, it’s also one of the very few compact cameras with a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and a built-in microphone socket. It’s also one of the smallest compact cameras to offer 8.3x optical zoom.