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Sony Announces Powerhouse RX100VII: Real-time AF, Mic Jack, 90fps Burst Shooting

In its seventh iteration, Sony has just announced the latest in line of its RX100 premium compact camera family. With a similar form-factor, the RX100 VII squeezes in the latest and greatest features first seen on the flagship blockbuster Alpha 9 (A9) mirrorless camera.

On the outside, the RX100 VII has not changed much. Image: Sony

At the heart of this super-compact monster is its 1-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which is paired with the latest Bionz X image processor to deliver top-end performance in such a tiny form factor. This allows for autofocus and processing speeds that have only yet been seen on the A9.

To complement the impressive image processing, Sony has implemented a versatile Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm equivalent f2.8-f4.5 zoom lens.

With the blazing-fast speeds borrowed from the flagship A9 mirrorless camera, along with its extended zoom range, the RX100 VII punches high above its weight. Image: Sony

That means users can capitalise on the all-new, jaw-dropping 90 frames per second burst shooting enabled with the new drive mode, Single Burst Shooting. This utilises an anti-distortion electronic shutter to capture fast-moving action with great clarity.

With such fast shooting speeds, the RX100 VII has an autofocus system to match. It sports 357 focal-plane phase-detection AF points, along with 425 contrast-detection AF points to deliver 0.02 second autofocus acquisition.

Eye AF on the RX100 VII is optimised for both human and animal subjects, offering greater utility to a wider variety of photographers. Image: Sony

That also means that real-time Eye AF for both humans and animals will also be available on the RX100 VII, centring focus on the eye of subjects without additional effort from photographers. With on-board artificial intelligence, Real Time Tracking with autofocus will track subjects with great accuracy.

In addition to such impressive specifications for stills photography, the RX100 VII packs incredible video performance as well.

The 180-degree flip screen makes the RX100 VII ideal for both selfies and vlogging. Image: Sony

4K HDR recording (Hybrid Log Gamma) can be performed in conjunction with real-time autofocus tracking and Eye AF, making the RX100 VII ideal for professional-looking footage.

Stabilisation is now available in 4K with 4K Active SteadyShot where it was previously only available in 1080p. Vertical position sensing will automatically rotate footage for vertical video platforms like IGTV.

For a truly professional package, the RX100 VII offers an integrated microphone input for high-level audio to match the footage. The 180-degree flip screen makes this ideal for vlogging applications.

To this end, the Shooting Grip Kit (DSC-RX100M7G) which includes the RX100 VII, Shooting Grip (VCT-SGR1) and microphone attachment bracket allows the relevant equipment to be mounted in a secure fashion. The kit also includes two rechargeable battery packs (NP-BX1).

The RX100 VII will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from August 2019. Local prices are to be announced, though it has been announced in the US starting at USD 1,200.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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