Sony RX100 V Review: It might look unassuming, but it’s really a pocket-friendly rocket ship!
posted Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10:09 PM EDT
Five years ago, Sony wowed us all with the RX100, a compact camera that could slip almost unnoticed into a pants pocket, and yet which featured a much larger-than-average 1-inch image sensor for great image quality, even in low light. Incredibly, that camera is still on sale today, as are all four models which followed it, each with its own unique spin on that same pocket-friendly formula. And the most recent of the series is the Sony RX100 V, a camera which looks little different to the original RX100, and yet which somehow packs in power that's been hitherto unheard of in such a pocketable camera.
In the automotive world, the Sony RX100 V would be what's known as a "sleeper", with not much to distinguish it from a run-of-the-mill camera in terms of its looks, and yet hiding performance far beyond what you might expect. Even most enthusiast and pro-oriented interchangeable-lens cameras would struggle to keep up with the RX100 V's impressive 24 frames-per-second full-res burst capture speed. And that performance becomes all the more incredible when you consider that the RX100 V can still perform autofocus and autoexposure adjustments between frames, even when shooting at such an astounding rate!
But there's a whole heck of a lot more to the Sony RX100 V than just performance, as we've discovered in our in-depth review of the camera. And today, we bring that review to its end with the publication of our final conclusion. And of course, once it's time for our final words, we have to bear the RX100 V's pricing in mind. There are no two ways about it: The Sony RX100 V is a pricey little thing, commanding far more than is typical either for a pocket-friendly compact.