Sony Unwraps the RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera
Sony has announced for August shipment an addition to its series of RX compact cameras: the RX100 VII (Model DSC-RX100M7; $1,200) – a camera that includes technologies previously available only in its Alpha 9 full-frame mirrorless camera, says the company.
The RX100 VII is powered by a newly developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest-generation BIONZ X image processor, which work together to deliver autofocus and speed performance that the company says is unique in a compact camera. Its ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high-magnification zoom lens makes the RX100 VII suitable for all types of shooting scenarios and users, ranging from photo enthusiasts to professionals, says Sony.
For the first time in a compact camera, says Sony, the RX100 VII introduces advanced Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF capabilities. Real-time Tracking utilizes 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, uses AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time. This results in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF for both humans and animals, which allows the photographer to concentrate exclusively on composition. Compact and lightweight, the camera is easily portable and has mounting flexibility that surpasses larger-footprint cameras.
Some of its other pro-level movie making capabilities include: 4K in-body movie recording with full pixel readout; 4K Active SteadyShot that is eight times more effective than 4K standard SteadyShot; compatibility with the Movie Edit add-on from the ‘Imaging Edge’ mobile application for movie stabilization and editing; Super Slow-Motion recording at up to 960fps; and a 180-degree flip screen.
The RX100 VII Shooting Grip Kit for vloggers, to be available later in 2019 for approximately $1,300, bundles an RX100 VII and Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) that allows for easier recording and zooming; Bracket with Accessory Shoe; and two Rechargeable Battery Packs (NP-BX1). It can be paired with an external microphone (sold separately), such as the Sony Stereo Microphone (ECM-XYST1M), which mounts onto the bracket’s accessory shoe and allows for a convenient and simple vlogging setup, says Sony.