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Sony Launch the RX10 IV, a Bridge Camera that’s Big on Speed

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.

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The RX10 IV is a bridge camera, with a fixed 24-600mm zoom lens!

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!

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Built-in image stabilisation helps prevent camera shake at long focal lengths

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.

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The rear LCD is tiltable and touch-sensitive!

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.

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The RX10 IV serves up 315 AF points!

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.