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Sony Cyber‑Shot RX10 IV with 0.03 Second Auto-Focus & 25x Optical Zoom (DSC-RX10M4)
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- World’s Fastest AF acquisition speed of 0.03 sec. Optical image stabilisation technology developed by Sony is valuable for handheld still and movie shooting, especially in low light or at the ultra-telephoto end of the zoom range up to 600 mm
- 315 phase-detection AF points covering Approx. 65% of the frame
- ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm3 f.2.4-F4 ultra-zoom Lens
- 20.1MP 1" back Illuminated Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor w/ DRAM
- 24 Fps4 continuous shooting up to 249 Frames5 with AF/AE tracking
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SONY RX10IV High Zoom Digital Camera
Featuring the world’s fastest1 AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds2 and up to 24 fps4 continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, a 315 point phase-detection AF system as well as an exceptionally versatile 24-600mm3 F2.4-F4 ZEISS Vario Sonnar T lens, the new RX10 IV delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.
World’s Fastest1 AF acquisition speed of 0.03 sec. 2
The RX10IV features the world’s fastest1 AF acquisition time thanks to its 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor w/ DRAM and fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points - covering approximately 65% of the sensor - and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds2. Subjects can be tracked and captured with precise detail and clarity within the extensive 24-600mm3 range.
Incredible Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor
This large 1” (1.0-type) back illuminated Exmor RS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure due to more circuit sections; it also realizes super-fast readout speed - thanks to a DRAM chip integrated into the sensor structure. Together with the BIONZ X processing engine and front-end LSI, it allows for stunning 20.1-megapixels at up to 24fps4 continuous shooting up to 249 frames5 with AF/AE tracking, blazingly fast shutter speed of up to 1/32000 sec., breathtaking 4k6 movie and super slow-motion HFR7 (High Frame Rate) movie clip recording of up to 960fps (40x), not to mention remarkable low-light low-noise capability.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm3 ultra-zoom lens
The astonishing 24-600mm3 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens features a large maximum aperture of F2.4-F4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire ultra-telephoto zoom range. Eight ED (extra-low dispersion) glass elements including two ED aspherical and one Super ED lenses compensate for the chromatic aberration while the ZEISS T* Coating helps reduce flare and ghosting. This incredible lens also features built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and a minimum focusing distance of 2.36 ft. with 0.49x maximum magnification for tele-macro photography.
24 fps4 up to 249 frames5 with AF/AE tracking
Designed to allow for high resolution, continuous shooting at high frame rates, the RX10 IV features a BIONZ X image processing engine with front-end LSI that achieves high-speed continuous shooting of 20.1-megapixel images at up to 24 fps4 with full AF/AE tracking, and an impressive buffer limit of up to 249 images5. With the significant improvements in processing power for the RX10 IV, EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, allowing you to capture the decisive moment with ultimate confidence. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.
4K6 movie w/ direct pixel readout, no pixel binning and fast AF
RX10 IV offers the advantages of 4K6 (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system, realizing fast and accurate focusing speed and AF tracking for video. In 4K6 mode, the new RX10 IV utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K6 movie output ensuring that all the finest details are captured accurately. Utilizing the XAVC S9 codec to record video at a high data rates, users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K6 mode up to 100mpbs, or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.
Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter
The super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter has a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second, which minimizes the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This blazingly fast shutter speed also allows the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture in bright conditions. Shooting at wide aperture with fast shutter speed allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.
High-density Tracking AF technology.
For the first time on a RX-series camera, advanced high-density tracking AF technology - which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony’s acclaimed line of α interchangeable lens cameras - concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing even the most unpredictable subjects including fast-moving athletes and birds in flight to be captured with ease.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps to reduce image blur caused from camera shake, equivalent to approximate 4.5 stops shutter speed improvement, which is especially handy at high magnification when the lens is fully extended to 600mm, but equally as good throughout the entire zoom range.
Tele-macro up to 600mm3 as close as 2.36 ft.
With a minimum focusing distance of 2.36 ft (72 cm) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm3, the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm3 F2.4-F4.0 lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.
Features & Notes
Super slow-motion movie HFR7 (High frame rate)
See the unseen with super slow-motion HFR7 (High Frame Rate). The RX10 IV can capture super slow motion movie clips at up to 40x slower than real time. You can chose from 960fps, 480fps or 240fps4 capture rates to playback at 1920 x 1080, in either 60p, 30p or 24p. Choose between 'quality priority' (4 sec. recording) and 'shoot time priority' (7 sec. recording). There’s also an option to set 'start trigger', 'end trigger' or 'end trigger half”'which will start capturing movie before, after or before and after you press the movie rec. button so you can time those split-second moments perfectly.
Designed for a pro-video workflow
The RX10 IV has a variety of including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone via MI (multi-interface) shoe or mic jack and output for headphone monitoring. Focus and exposure can be monitored for fine control with peaking function and zebra respectfully. You also have the choice of region setting between NTSC and PAL movie frame rates.
1 Among fixed lens digital cameras with 1.0-type sensor. As of September 2017 press release, based on Sony research.
2 CIPA standard, internal measurements, at f=8.8mm (wide-end), EV6.8, Program Auto, Focus mode: AF-A, AF area: Center.
3 35mm equivalent.
4 With 'Continuous shooting mode: Hi'.
5 With 'Continuous shooting mode: Hi' and 'Image quality: Fine'.
6 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.
7 Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.
8 Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
2017 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Exmor RS, SteadyShot and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance. ZEISS is a registered trademarks of Carl Zeiss Inc. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Fixture Type||tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1,440,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Display Technology||TFT LCD|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||128|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;Micro SD;Memory Stick|
|Image Aspect Ratio||unknown_aspect_ratio|
|Item Dimensions||5.02 x 3.7 x 5.22 inches|
|Item Weight||2.32 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.3 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.7 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.31 grams|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||3.53 pounds|
|Style Name||Sony Cyber Shot|
|Supported Battery Types||Sony NP-FW50|
|Video Capture Resolution||4k|
|Viewfinder Type||electronic viewfinder|
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Featuring the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, a 315 point phase-detection AF system as well as an exceptionally versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 ZEISS Vario Sonnar T lens, the new RX10 IV delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.
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Like many dad photographers, for years I’ve been the Captain Ahab of the camera world, always searching for that elusive white whale camera that can do everything I need it to do, all in one package. Among those needs are:
* Excellent picture quality (this is #1)
* Long zoom range (for when your kid is playing sports or is in the last row of the school sing-along)
* Great video with auto-focus
* Convenience (not messing around with a lot of different lenses)
* Good at portraits *and* action shots
Until now, there really hasn’t been anything out there that can do all of this. DSLRs are great at many of these things, but if you want long zoom range, you need to buy a number of different lenses. And if the action at your kid’s soccer game goes from the far end of the field to the near side, there’s no time to change the lens back to the wider angle. Also, many DSLRs are awful at autofocus during video, and manually focusing with the little screen in back is a nightmare. (The Canon cameras with Dual Pixel autofocus are actually very good at this, as are the Sony SLT cameras, but you’re still left with the multiple lens problem.)
Bridge cameras of the past were tempting, and I tried one or two, but they suffered from poor image quality and tended to have very poor autofocus. With their tiny sensors, it was very difficult to get any kind of separation (when your subject is in focus and the background is blurry), and the quality above the lowest ISO levels was pretty bad.
Enter the Sony RX10 line. I’ve owned the first, third, and now the fourth generation models. For my purposes, as a dad documenting my kids’ childhoods, I have finally found that one “do everything” camera I’ve always been looking for. The 1” sensor, combined with the wide aperture lens, allows for great portraits with (to my eye) very pleasing bokeh (blurry background). The later models, including the mark IV, have also greatly improved on high ISO performance. In my opinion, while of course you always want to shoot with an ISO as low as you can, ISO 3200 is perfectly usable on this camera. Yes, there is noise when you push it that high, but unless you’re zooming in 100%, it really isn’t an issue. And with a 600mm equivalent zoom, you don’t have to do as much cropping in post, you can get that shot in camera. (Also, when you’re indoors, you should always be using bounce flash anyway, when possible, so you don’t even have to go that high with ISO.)
I upgraded from the first generation RX10 to the mark III to get the extra zoom range and video features like super slow motion. However, I still couldn’t bring myself to let go of my DSLR (the Canon 6D), because the RX10 mark III had a weak spot -- the autofocus, particularly at the long end of the zoom range, was just too slow and unpredictable to get any kind of action shots. So while it had the range to take it to those soccer games, that range didn’t do much good because it could not maintain focus when the kids started moving.
This one weakness has been addressed in the RX10 mark IV. It uses a focus technology known as “phase detection,” which has been used in SLR cameras for decades, but which has only come to mirrorless cameras in recent years. This focus technology is vastly superior to the technology (known as “contrast detection”) that was used on the previous model. The RX10 IV tracks motion extremely well, and I’m happy to say with this improvement, I have happily sold my last DSLR and all those lenses, and the RX10 IV is that “do-it-all” camera I’ve been looking for.
I’m attaching a couple sample shots here. One is from a soccer game I took the camera to on the first weekend I had it (it was freezing here in the midwest; hence the big coats). There is some motion blur on her feet, but that's because my shutter speed wasn't fast enough. The camera tracked her around the field perfectly. The other sample is a portrait taken with the camera. I’m providing this as a counter to the people who will tell you that you can’t take portraits with a 1” sensor. Not only can you take portraits, you can take great portraits. On the same day I took this one, I took some family portraits for a friend of mine, one of which he had printed on a 24x36 canvas, and it looks fantastic. This camera really does do it all. (Oh, and Sony added the ability to do back-button focus on the Mark IV, which is a welcome change if you're used to doing focus that way.)
Finally, a quick note on the price. There’s no question that this camera is expensive -- as far as I know, you literally cannot find a more expensive bridge camera. But considering all that this camera does, the price really is a deal compared to what you’d have to spend to do the same with a traditional camera set up and multiple lenses. A Canon 600mm F4 lens is over $11,000 just by itself. Would you get better pictures with that lens than with the Rx10 IV? Sure. But you can get pictures that are (in my opinion) 90% as good, for a small fraction of the price. And the RX 10 IV does things that many DSLR cameras can't. For example, in addition to its fancy slow motion video tricks, the RX10 IV can sync with a flash at incredibly fast shutter speeds (1/4000th compared to 1/200ths for most DSLRs), meaning you can get that effect where your subject is lit and the background is entirely black. Hard to do on a traditional DSLR.
If I had to pick a complaint on the camera, it would be that the pop-up flash cannot act as a wireless controller for off-camera TTL flashes. Sony's DSLRs can do that with the built-in flashes; not sure why Sony didn't include that feature on this one. Also, Sony's menu system is notoriously non-intuitive. Everything is there, and it's not bad once you get used to it, but some things aren't where you'd expect them to be in the menu.
All in all, it's easy to give this camera five stars. If you're looking for that one camera to rule them all, this is the one. You won't regret it.
Like I said, I actually own this camera. I got it from Best Buy. You would be hard pressed to find another bridge camera that is even close to its performance and functions. I used to own a Canon 1DX MK II and multiple lenses. I had all "l" lenses. 24-70, 70-200, 100-400, and 11-24. My backpack with those lenses weighed 18 pounds. It got to a point that I wouldn't take my system out if my iPhone would do. I sold the Canon system and purchased the FujiFilm X-T2 APS-C system. I also purchased the same equivalent lenses plus 3 primes (24, 14, and 60). I did not buy the Fuji 100-400, instead I purchased the Sony RX10 IV. The Sony camera weighs less than the Fuji 100-400 lens and cost $200 less. My backpack with the Fuji system plus the Sony Camera weighs 8 pounds. I take out my system more than I ever did with the Canon. The pictures I have taken with both systems are on par with the Canon I used to own. There has been many blind test with full frame and APS-C/1” sensors on PRINTS and people were hard pressed to see a difference. The “pixel peepers” who zoom pictures to 100% can surely see a difference, but are not people who enjoy the hobby of photography. Anyone who complains about sensor size or picture IQ is a troll and not a photographer. They have forgotten about the reason most of us got into this hobby – for the fun of it! For people who have full frame cameras you can say “you ONLY have a full frame digital camera when there are digital medium format cameras available?” Really puts it in perspective.
but take care for the heaviness as it comes with the lens
still working on all its features
I do love my Nikon DSLR for my setup shoots, and for night shooting with time lapse... but for going out with my kid or taking to the park, this will be my new camera 75% of the time. With a 24-600MM lens, it literally replaces all 3 of my other Nikon lenses, and not having to switch back and forth is such a huge benefit!!!
This will be a treasure for most of the pro-sumer market... and one they will find themselves often grabbing over the others, simply for its ease of use, and ability to capture stunning phones (especially action shots) without having to fiddle with their gear.
(Attached a picture that I shot last weekend in FULL AUTOMATIC mode!)
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