Friday, October 7, 2016

News: Sony RX100 V

Sony RX100 V
Sony just announced the fifth version of their RX100 camera, the Sony RX100 V. This version is seemingly the same as version IV, but a close look at the specks reveal an impressive advancement in auto-focus, speed and buffer.

In fact, the camera has 315 auto-focus points, which would make it the most of any camera ever. Sony claims that the camera can acquire focus in .05 seconds, which makes it the fastest auto-focus camera ever. The camera can capture 24 full-resolution JPEGs in 1 second, the fastest of any compact camera (and one of the fastest, period). The camera can capture 150 JPEG exposures at 24 FPS before needing to pause.

That's all highly impressive!

Of course most people don't need anywhere close to that kind of speed. In fact, there are some advantages to slowing down your process. However, sports and nature photographers, as well as spray-and-pray types, will appreciate the quickness.
Sun Rays Over Cummings Mountain - Tehachapi, California
Captured using a Sony RX100 II.
As far as image quality, there's no major improvements from the original version and this one. The lens changed at version III (some say to better, some say to worse). Version II (which I used to own) saw a small improvement in high-ISO capabilities over the original. Version four and five have improved video capabilities. There are some differences here and there, but as far as image quality is concerned, the five different cameras in the RX100 line are essentially the same.

I think that cameras like the RX100 (and RX10) line will eventually become the "standard" digital camera. Just enough versatility and capabilities that you could "get away with" using it as your main photographic tool, yet very compact. I think, for the most part, interchangeable-lens will fall by the wayside. If you buy a camera with an exceptional zoom built in, what else do you need?

The Sony RX100 V will be available later this month for $1,000. My recommendation is, unless you just really need the speed, get version III or, if you need 4K video, get version IV, for less money. If size and weight aren't all that important to you, for less money you could get a camera like the Nikon D3300 and a couple of good lenses. Then again, the reason to get an RX100 series camera is because you get a lot stuffed into a tiny package.

Size and weight do matter. Cameras that can fit into your pocket will get used more. I prefer my gear to be as small as practical. Even though I won't be buying the RX100 V, I do appreciate seeing its release.

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