New RX100 VII brings Sony a9 speed to the pocket-friendly compact

Sony is having a busy time of late. Fresh from launching the a7RIV – the world’s highest-resolution full-frame camera – the brand has followed up with another impressive launch. The RX100 VII is the newest incarnation of Sony’s popular premium compact and this time around, there are some serious upgrades to discover…

Check out the new RX100 VII…

First up on the RX100 VII is a newly-developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip, which has been paired with Sony’s latest BIONZ X image processor. This pairing is important as it brings a huge performance increase to the camera.

The RX100 VII packs a 20-megapixel sensor.

In fact, the RX100 VII offers what Sony claims is; ‘Alpha 9 level speed performance with up to 60 AF/AE calculations per second and 20fps blackout-free shooting with AF/AE tracking.’ This is a serious upgrade and will bring speed to the compact RX100 VII that simply can’t be matched by rivals.

Shoot sports annd wildlife thanks to the fast burst rate and advance autofocus.

That blistering bust rate is backed up by upgrades to the autofocus system with the RX100 VII offering 357-point focal-plane phase-detection AF and 425-point contrast-detection so the camera can focus in just 0.02 seconds. What’s more, the autofocus upgrade doesn’t end there as the RX100 VII sports Sony’s Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals that is seen on its a7 full-frame cameras.

The RX100 VII’s LCD features a titlting design – perfect for composing selfies.

The RX100 VII offers a 24-200mm zoom range with a variable f/2.8 – f/4.5 variable aperture through the focal range and measuring just 102mm x 58mm x 43mm, the RX100 VII is pocket-friendly, tipping the scales at only 302g.

The RX100 VII features a vast 24-200mm focal length.

There’s even features for videographers too, with the RX100 VII capable of shooting 4K footage, inclusion of Sony’s Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) and S-Log colour profile options along the presence of a 3.5mm microphone input to enable enhanced audio to be recorded.

Capture stills or try shooting 4K video with the RX100 VII.

The RX100 VII will ship from August priced at $1200/£1200, though Sony also plan to offer a Shooting Grip Kit that will pair the RX100 VII with the brand’s VCT-SGR1 and other accessories, which will be of great appeal to Vloggers. This extra kit will be available later in 2019 and will be priced from $1300.

Sony’s Grip Kit is popular with Vloggers.