The compact camera has almost gone the way of the dodo thanks to the ever-improving quality and features of smartphone photography.
However, Sony has continued to successfully produce its premium RX100 line of compact cameras.
The newly released RX100 VII sports a newly developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and latest-generation BIONZ X image processor. The new camera also shares some features from Sony’s top-of-the-range Alpha 9 including up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second and 20fps blackout-free shooting with AF/AE tracking.
The RX100 VII also features 357-point focal-plane phase-detection AF + 425-point contrast-detection AF and according to Sony, the world’s fastest 0.02 sec high AF speed
Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals, a feature only previously available on Sony’s more expensive interchangeable cameras.
For the first time in a compact camera, the RX100 VII introduces advanced ‘Real-time Tracking’ and ‘Real-time Eye AF’ capabilities. ‘Real-time Tracking’ utilises Sony’s latest algorithm including artificial intelligence-based object recognition to ensure that subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy, even via the touch panel on the rear screen.
‘Real-time Eye AF’, the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology, employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real-time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking the performance of Eye AF for both humans and animals.
Single Burst Shooting, for capturing the perfect high-speed shot at up to 90fps in JPEG/RAW format utilising the anti-distortion shutter. ‘Single Burst Shooting’ allows the photographer to frame fast-moving action and shoot as if taking a single shot but the camera will actually deliver 7 still images, taken at 90fps, 60fps or 30fps.
The RX100 VII has a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 (35mm equivalent) zoom lens.
The compact and lightweight characteristics of the RX100 VII (approx. 302g / 102mm x 58mm x 43mm means it can always be carried around and can be mounted in places that larger cameras cannot. But its small factor belies a multitude of pro-level movie-making capabilities perfect for on-the-go shooting such as vlogging.
“The RX100 VII sets new standards for both photography and videography in a compact camera and we are confident that its phenomenal speed and AF capabilities will be very well received by customers,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, director of product marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe.
The RX100 VII will ship in Europe in August 2019 priced at approximately €1,300.