20.10
Megapixels
2.92x zoom 1 inch
size sensor
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Resolution: 20.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Lens: 2.92x zoom
(24-70mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 125 - 12,800
Extended ISO: 80 - 25,600
Shutter: 1/32000 - 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 1.8
Dimensions: 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.6 in.
(102 x 58 x 41 mm)
Weight: 10.5 oz (299 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 03/2017
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony RX100 V specifications

Sony RX100 V Review -- Now Shooting

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Preview posted: 10/06/2016

Updates:
10/07/2016: Gallery images posted!
10/11/2016: First Shots lab images posted!
12/18/2016: Field Test posted!
12/29/2016: Image Quality Comparison posted!
02/24/2017: Performance test results posted!
: Print Quality Analysis posted!

Sony RX100 V Review -- Product Image

Sony has done it once again: The company responsible for creating the 1"-sensor, fixed-lens camera market has taken it to the next level with a new model -- and the Sony RX100 V is truly a pocket powerhouse!

Almost identical to the RX100 IV in terms of body design, sensor resolution, lens and controls, the Sony RX100 V differentiates itself by providing greater full-res burst capture performance and burst depth than we've ever seen in such a pocket-friendly camera.

The Sony RX100 V is all about performance

For the fifth generation in the RX100-series, Sony has clearly focused on performance. The Sony RX100 Mark V is simply unrivaled in this area: It can shoot full-resolution images at a truly staggering 24 frames per second, and that's with autofocus and autoexposure adjustments between frames. (For bonus points, you can also enable silent shooting at this rate, so you won't even distract your subject.)

And that performance is not available just for a handful of frames, either: A roomy buffer allows space to store as many as 150 JPEG frames at full resolution, and even raw shooters should be able to manage an impressive 72 frames in each 24-fps burst. Even if you favor raw+JPEG capture, you should be able to shoot around 62 images in a burst, a fair bit more than twice as many as was possible with the RX100 IV. See our Performance page for details.

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A new hybrid autofocus system with more points than you can shake a stick at

Sony has achieved this level of performance in part thanks to a redesigned image sensor with a brand-new hybrid autofocus system. The RX100 V's new 20.1-megapixel image sensor might not offer any higher resolution than the previous generation, but it now includes a generous 315 on-chip phase-detection autofocus pixels. These cover 65% of the image frame, besting the recently cancelled Nikon DL-series cameras by around 5%.

The on-chip phase-detection pixels are first used to quickly determine the required focus adjustment and direction. To complete the AF cycle, the system switches to using contrast-detection to fine-tune the precise point of focus. And you can manually adjust both the AF drive speed and tracking sensitivity. The result, according to Sony, is "professional-level AF performance" capable of determining a focus lock in just 0.05 seconds.

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The Sony RX100 V is the latest to gain a high-speed LSI chip

Of course, the image sensor is only part of the story. The Sony RX100 V also derives some of its epic performance from a change in the way data from the sensor is handled. Just as in the A99 II interchangeable-lens camera, the Sony RX100 V now supplements its BIONZ X image processor with a new front-end LSI chip for even greater performance.

A little back-of-the-envelope math provides a testament to the power on offer. Since it can capture 150 images in a burst, each at full 20.1-megapixel resolution, that means that the RX100 V is handling some three gigapixels of raw sensor data in each burst. And with a claimed capture rate of 24 fps, each full burst is completed in just 6.25 seconds. That's a whopping 482.4 megapixels of data being processed each second!

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Even more capable 4K and high-frame rate video capture

All of that performance isn't just harnessed for stills, either. The RX100 IV was already an exceptionally capable video shooter for a pocket-friendly camera, providing for both 4K ultra-high definition recording and up to a maximum capture rate of 1,000 frames per second at reduced resolution. Now, the Sony RX100 V follows with improvements on both fronts.

For one thing, when shooting 4K video you have access to the same new hybrid autofocus system used for still imaging. Also, 4K footage is captured with almost the full sensor width, without any line skipping or pixel binning. This means that the video is coming off the sensor at higher than 4K resolution, and then being downsampled to its final output resolution. And it's not by a small margin, either: 4K video is effectively oversampled by about 1.7 times. And compared side-by-side with 4K footage from the RX100 IV, the Sony RX100 Mark V's output is noticeably wider-angle at the same focal length.

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At the same time, Sony has managed to double the maximum length of high frame-rate movies captured with the RX100 V. Where the RX100 IV had a maximum HFR capture time of either two or four seconds, the RX100 V is now be able to capture as much as eight seconds of HFR footage. And while that might not seem like much, it's important to bear in mind that depending on your recording and output frame rates, that's potentially as long as a five-minute output video with a 40x slow-motion effect.

All this, and the Sony RX100 V isn't even any bigger!

Perhaps most impressively of all, Sony has managed to cram in all of this extra performance with almost no increase in size and weight. At 4 x 2.4 x 1.6 inches, the Sony RX100 V is the exact same width and height as its predecessor, and an indistinguishable 0.02 inches (0.4mm) thicker than its predecessor. And its weight, too, is basically unchanged. It packs amazing performance into a body so small you can forget you're carrying it!

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Most other features are similar to the preceding model

In most other respects, the Sony RX100 V is very much like the camera in whose footsteps it follows. It sports the same ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T*-branded lens, for example, with focal lengths ranging from 24-70mm equivalents and a bright maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8 across the zoom range. It also retains the same high-resolution XGA electronic viewfinder, which is based around a 2.3-million dot Organic LED display, and whose eyepiece features a Zeiss T* coating.

Also making the leap from the RX100 IV to V is a 3.0-inch, 1.3-million dot LCD monitor. This still sits on an articulation mechanism which allows tilting upwards by 180-degrees for shooting from the hip or even selfie shooting, and downwards by 45 degrees for easier over-the-head shots. And like its predecessor, the Sony RX100 V also includes Wi-Fi wireless networking connectivity with a choice of either NFC pairing for Android devices, or QR code pairing for iOS and those few Android devices which lack an NFC antenna.

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Pricing and availability

Available since October 2016 in North America or November 2016 in Europe, the Sony RX100 Mark V carries US-market pricing of around US$1,000. That's the exact same pricepoint at which the RX100 IV launched. In Canada, pricing is in the region of CA$1,250, while in Europe pricing is about €1,200.

 

Sony RX100 V Field Test

Pocket powerhouse: An unassuming compact with unbelievable performance

by Mike Tomkins |

Sony RX100 V field test photoFour years ago, Sony reinvented the compact camera with the RX100, a pocket-friendly beauty with a sensor far larger than those typical of its rivals. Although it wasn't perfect -- no camera ever is -- I fell in love with the RX100 almost instantly, and quickly bought one with my own hard-earned money just as soon as we'd completed our review.

Fast-forward to the present day, and the compact camera series that changed everything has now reached its fifth-generation, courtesy of the Sony RX100 V. Interestingly, Sony still continues to sell all four previous RX100-series models, allowing users to pick and choose the camera which best fits their needs and budget.

What separates the Sony RX100 V from the crowd?
So what separates the Sony RX100 V from its siblings? Take a look at the Sony RX100 IV and V side by side, and you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Both cameras share the exact same body and control layout. They also share the same sensor size and resolution, and use the same lens, display and popup electronic viewfinder.

Sony RX100 V Technical Insights

A rundown of all the tech in this incredible camera!

by Mike Tomkins |

Sony RX100 V tech section illustrationSensor
For the fifth straight generation, resolution from the Sony RX100 V's 20.1-megapixel, 1"-type, backside-illuminated image sensor is all but unchanged from that of the previous model, suggesting that Sony is happy with the sweet spot it has found in terms of resolution and sensor size. (Until the RX100 IV, all RX100-series cameras had a slightly higher effective resolution of 20.2 megapixels, but that difference is so small as to be indistinguishable in the real world.)

However, it's not the exact same sensor used in the RX100 IV. This time around, Sony has added on-chip phase detection autofocus pixels, allowing for a super-speedy new hybrid autofocus system, which we'll come back to momentarily.

Sony RX100 V Image Quality Comparison

See how the Sony RX100 V's IQ stacks up to the competition!

by Mike Tomkins |

Sony RX100 V image qualityBelow are crops from our laboratory Still Life target comparing the Sony RX100 V's image quality to its predecessor, the RX100 IV, as well as both of its nearest 1-inch sensor-based compact camera rivals, the Canon G7X II and Panasonic LX10. For good measure, we've also compared it against a compact with an even larger sensor, the Panasonic LX100, as well as a similarly-priced mirrorless camera with a far larger sensor, the Sony A6300.

NOTE: These images are from best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera. For those interested in working with the RAW files involved, click these links to visit each camera's respective sample image thumbnail page: Sony RX100 V, Sony RX100 IV, Canon G7X II, Panasonic LX10, Panasonic LX100 and Sony A6300 -- links to the RAW files appear beneath those for the JPEG images, wherever we have them...

 

In the Box

The Sony RX100 V retail box ships with the following items:

  • Sony RX100 V camera
  • NP-BX1/M8 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
  • AC-UUD12 USB charger (charges battery in-camera)
  • Wrist strap
  • Shoulder strap adapter
  • Micro USB cable
  • Instruction manual
  • Warranty card

 

Recommended Accessories

  • Extra NP-BX1/M8 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack for extended outings
  • BC-TRX battery charger, so you can charge a spare battery while using the camera
  • Large capacity SDHC/SDXC memory card. Given the high resolution and large file sizes of the RX100 V, 32GB is a good tradeoff between cost and capacity for shooting stills. But if you plan to capture XAVC S video clips, a 64GB or larger SDXC card with UHS Speed Class U1 is required, and if you want to record 100 Mbps video, a 64GB or larger UHS Speed Class U3 card is required.
  • Small camera bag or medium to large pocket. ;-)

 

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