Sony has unvealed its latest model from the RX10 line – the RX IV. Replacing the popular III, the new additional brings some impressive specifications to the table that will push photographer’s perceptions of what features can be available in a bridge camera.
Like the RX10 III, the IV is built around a dust and moisture-resistant DSLR-like body, with a fixed Zeiss lens that gives an effective focal length of 24-600mm (f/2.4-4). However the big change between the models is speed. In fact, thanks to the Bionz X processor, the maximum burst rate has jumped from 14 to 24 frames per second. That’s right, you could actually shoot an action sequence at the same rate the camera records video!
Talking of video, the 20-megapixel 1.0-inch type sensor in the RX10 IV can capture ultra high-quality 4K footage (3840×2160) with full pixel readout, along with giving users the additional option of shooting 120 frames per second in Full HD to create dramatic slow motion sequences. You can watch a videoshowing examples of the RX10 IV’s slow motion footage here.
Along with the ultra-fast shooting speed, Sony say the 315-point autofocus system is rapid too. The points cover 65% of the sensor and can lock onto subjects in just 0.03 seconds. What’s more, Sony say that, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV employs High-density Tracking AF technology. This technology, which was only previously available in Sony’s range of interchangeable lens cameras, concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.
Built-in image stabilisation gives 4.5-stops of compensation so photographers will be able to keep shooting in low light conditions without the risk of camera shake. The RX10 IV also boasts a high maximum shutter speed of 1/32000sec. The 3-inch LCD is tiltable, offers a resolution of 2350k-dot and is touch-sensitive so the shutter can be triggered by simply pressing the screen.
The RX10 IV will ship in October and is expected to have a price-tag around £1800 in the UK and $1700 elsewhere.