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Sony launches RX100 V to strengthen Cyber-shot RX Camera lineup

Sony has announced it's latest offering in the Cybershot RX Lineup, RX100V with solid specs and 4K recording.

Elevating the digital imaging experience, Sony India today announced the new flagship model for their popular Cyber-shot® RX100 series, of compact cameras the RX100 V.

RX100 V promises uncompromising image quality through a new level of AF performance and speed to today’s compact camera market. It is equipped with a Fast Hybrid AF system with the world’s fastest AF acquisition1 at 0.05 seconds, and world’s highest number of AF points on sensor1with 315 points covering approximately 65 per cent of the frame. The camera can further shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps – the world’s fastest for a compact camera1 – at full 20.1MP (approx. effective) resolution with AF/AE tracking for up to 150 continuous shots.

1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor

This unique camera elevates photographer’s journey with a newly developed 1.0-type stacked ExmorRS CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip, a ZEISS®Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm F1.8 to 2.8 large aperture lens, and an enhanced image processing system with a new front-end LSI chip that maximizes processing speed, expands the memory buffer and optimizes image quality, in particular at high ISO settings. The camera also features 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, super slow motion recording at up to 960fps with extended recording time and more.

World’s fastest AF speed with 0.05 sec and 315 AF points with Phase – detection AF technology

Sony has been at the forefront of innovation always. A first for Sony’s RX100 series of cameras, the new RX100 V model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of focal-plane phase detection AF and contrast detection AF. It ultimately enables the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.05 seconds.2 This high speed focusing is a perfect complement to the 315 dedicated AF points that cover 65 per cent of the sensor, and ensures that shooters will be able to capture their intended subject with high speed and accuracy, even if it is moving rapidly in unpredictable directions.

24fps with AF/AE continuous shooting

To complement the experience, processing speed has been greatly enhanced through the addition of a front-end LSI that perfectly supports the camera’s BIONZ X image processing engine. These two components combined with the powerful AF system allow the camera to shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps3 at full 20.1MP (approx. effective) resolution for up to 150 shots4 with AF/AE tracking. Viewfinder blackout between shots has also been minimized in this high-speed shooting mode, which greatly improves photographers’ ability to follow fast action and capture the decisive moment. Silent shooting is also available in these high-speed modes.7

Other advancements to AF performance on the new RX100 V include the addition of AF-A mode, which allows the camera to automatically switch between continuous and single-shot AF modes. Users can also manually select if they’d like the continuous AF and phase detection AF areas to be displayed live on screen while they are framing a shot.

The RX100 V has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second) that minimizes the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects.   This fast shutter speed also allows the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV19. Shooting/ at wide aperture with the fast shutter speed allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.

New on the RX100 V, users can freely select the initial magnification ratio when shooting in a mode with Focus Magnifier. Users can also select between “focus point” and “centre of display” for the location of Focus Magnifier.

4K movie recording

In 4K mode, the new RX100 V utilises full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and ‘jaggies’. These high-quality results are achieved through the use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K movie recording and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting.

Additional professional grade video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2 /S-Gamut, 100p HD Full HD mode and more. Users also have the ability to manually select a frame from a recorded movie and save it as a still image file of approximately 8MP during 4K movie recording or 2MP during HD shooting.

Enables recording in super slow motion upto 40X

The RX100 V is able to record super-slow motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, and can do this for about twice as long as the RX100 IV model. This extended time allows users to capture a series of high-speed, fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.

Designed for the ease of professionals, prior to shooting, users will have the ability to choose among 960fps, 480fps and 240fps frame rates and among 50p and 25p playback formats to optimize the recording to fit the speed of the moving subject, with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed.

Professional Movie Functionality

Providing photographers with a state-of-the-art lens that supports shooting in diverse environments, the new pocket-sized RX100 V is packed with a variety of video capabilities that will satisfy even the most demanding video enthusiasts.

Equipped with fast Hybrid AF, the focal plane phase detection AF sensor ensures accurate focusing and tracking performance, even for the severe focusing requirements of 4K movie recording. AF drive speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted via the menu system, giving shooters plenty of flexibility based on their focusing preferences.

Pocket-Friendly Design, Premium Performance

The new RX100 V maintains the convenient pocket-sized design of the remainder of the RX100 family and is equipped with a high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The electronic viewfinder (EVF) conveniently retracts in and out of the camera body based on user’s preference, and features optics with ZEISS® T* Coating.

The new camera is also Wi-Fi® and NFC compatible, and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications.

Another convenient addition is the ability for users to freely set the leading three characters of saved file names for easier sorting and organization.

The newly launched RX100 V will be available in all Sony Center, Alpha flagship stores and major electronic stores across India.

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Kunwar Prithvi Singh Chauhan

Part time journalist, full-time observer. Editor-in-Chief at The Indian Wire. I cover updates related to business and startups.

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