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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera
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- World's first1 20.1 MP 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS, High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel readout and no pixel binning, Super slow-motion movie3 HFR (High frame rate) up to 960 fps (40x)
- Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max. 1/32000 sec. up to 16fps, Bright F1.8- F2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonar T* lens (24-70mm), Fast Intelligent AF thanks to the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor
- Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder and Sharp 3" multi-angle LCD, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC w/ camera apps, Dual record of 16.8MP photos while shooting movie w/ auto settings
- Enhanced pro-video functions and NTSC switchable
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Sony RX100 IV
Inside the compact RX100 IV is the world’s first 1-inch stacked back-side illuminated Exmor RS CMOS sensor (1) — a remarkable advance in image shooting possibilities. Use it to reveal the wonders of up to 40x super slow motion (3), super-high-speed 1/32000 sec. Anti-Distortion Shutter, and handy 4K movies (2). Now Explore super-speed imaging beyond human vision.
World's first 20.1 MP 1-inch Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor (1)
Introducing the world’s first (1) 1-inch (1.0-type) stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and a blazingly fast shutter speed of up to 1/32000. This new Exmor RS sensor not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure with more circuit sections; it also realizes over five times faster readout speed of the previous RX100 III - thanks to a DRAM chip integrated into the sensor structure. This processing speed allows for stunning 20.1-megapixels at up to 16fps continuous shooting, breathtaking 4k movie and super slow-motion HFR (High Frame Rate) recording of up to 960fps (40x) movie clips – not to mention remarkable low-light low-noise capability.
High resolution Clip-4K movie with direct pixel readout and no pixel binning
The compact - pocket-size RX100 IV features Clip 4K: short video of up to 5 minute 4K movie recording directly to SD memory card* - ideal for everyday casual use. High quality 4k is achieved by the 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor with full pixel readout and no line skipping or pixel binning - resulting in images that exhibit higher resolution and less moire and jaggies than typical 4K movies. Moreover, the XAVC S format is incorporated to maximize high-bitrate shooting up to 100 Mbps for professional quality video.
Super slow-motion movie (3) HFR (High frame rate) up to 960 fps (40x)
See the unseen with superspeed HFR (High Frame Rate). The RX100 IV can capture super slow motion HFR movie (3) at up to 40x slower than real time. You can chose from 960fps, 480fps or 240fps to playback in XAVC S at 1920 x 1080, in either 60p, 30p or 24p (4). Choose between 'quality priority' (2 sec.) and 'shoot time priority' (4 sec.). There’s also an option to set 'start trigger' or 'end trigger' which will start capturing movie before or after you press the movie rec. button so you can time those split-second moments perfectly.
Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max. 1/32000 sec.
Thanks to dramatically accelerated sensor readout, shutter speeds of up to 1/32000 sec. minimize distortion caused by rolling shutter phenomenon. This new blazing-fast - Anti-Distortion Shutter system — can capture shots of swiftly moving subjects without altering their shape as conventional CMOS sensors tend to do. Additionally, the super high speed shutter gives you freedom to shoot photos with defocused backgrounds by using large aperture settings under very bright lighting conditions. This is achieved by a combination of 1/32000 super high speed shutter and built-in ND filter that allows photos to be shot in extremely bright light at a maximum of EV19 with a fully open F-number aperture setting.
Bright F1.8- F2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens (24-70mm)
The RX100 IV features a large aperture F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 24-70mm zoom (35mm equivalent). The lens is perfect for portraits and macro shots with beautiful defocused backgrounds (bokeh). Two aspherical lens elements are incorporated into the design to improve sharpness while the premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
Fast Intelligent AF thanks to the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor
With Fast Intelligent AF, the RX100 IV can capture those decisive moments and fleeting opportunities much faster than previous models. It incorporates an autofocusing system that enables high-speed, high-precision contrast detection, thanks to Sony’s proprietary algorithm and the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor.
Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer electronic viewfinder
View every scene in rich detail with the bright and retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer electronic viewfinder (EVF) with high resolution equivalent to approx. 2,359k-dots. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately frame your image, focus and monitor the results. The ZEISS T* coating enhances clarity and reduces flare and reflection in the eyepiece optics.
Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, you can easily connect to a compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet with the free PlayMemories Mobile App. From there you can control your camera, preview and frame using your mobile device and trigger the camera shutter or movie button. Then instantly transfer a photo or MP4 movie to your device. NFC (Near Field Communication) provides 'one-touch connection' convenience to Android smartphones and tablets with NFC. Simply touch devices to connect. Setting up your mobile device is as simple as downloading a free PlayMemories Mobile app.
Personalize your camera with PlayMemories Camera Apps (5)
Add new features to your RX100 IV with PlayMemories Camera Apps (5). Find apps to fit your shooting style - with everything from time lapse to motion shot and more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos to your smartphone using Wi-Fi, making it easy to post photos directly to your favorite social media site or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.
Selfie-ready multi-angle 3 Xtra Fine LCD studying
Selfies have never been easier with a beautiful 3 inch (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display that rotates in multiple angles. This also makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 180° and down approx. 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
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1 At the time of June 2015 press release, based on Sony research.
2 Records in up to 29 minute segments.
3 Sound cannot be recorded when shooting slow motion. An SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required.
4 In NTSC mode. Frame rate is 1000/500/250fps and recording format is 50/25p in PAL mode.
5 PlayMemories camera apps require download with existing Sony Entertainment Network account. Download available in all countries/areas where Sony Entertainment Network is available.
Sony, BIONZ X, Exmor RS, PlayMemories Home, PlayMemories Mobile, PlayMemories Camera Apps, PlayMemories Online SteadyShot INSIDE, , Xtra Fine LCD and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Windows is a trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI are a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;;;|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 1.6 x 4 inches|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3.5 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Focal Length||25.7|
|Minimum Focal Length||8.8|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Sony NP-BX1|
|Video Capture Format||4K, HD|
|Video Capture Resolution||other|
|Viewfinder Type||electronic viewfinder|
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|Video Resolution||other||4k||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
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Introducing the world’s first 1” (1.0-type) stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and a blazingly fast shutter speed of up to 1/32000. This new Exmor RS sensor not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure with more circuit sections; it also realizes over five times faster readout speed of the previous RX100 III
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But the camera is not very robust. I have been using it heavily -- I've been traveling for six months, averaging 100 photos a day -- and it is starting to fail. The control wheel on the back no longer works, so no shutter speed or f/stop adjustment, no manual focus. Still works great in auto. Some of the buttons on the back are becoming intermittent. Disappointing!
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I'm now in Seville, Spain. I took the RX-100 to a camera shop (I had emailed them earlier). I was told to wait 30 minutes. I came back expecting a diagnosis and a time frame. The camera had been fixed! My Spanish is not so good so I did not fully understand what the repairs were, but I heard the word "solder." It works fine now. Cost me $25USD and 30 minutes, and caused me to ponder the lack of decent repair shops in the US. (But that's off topic.)
I still like the camera, but it seems best for light use, or as a backup. The high speed video is fantastic, but if you're a pro, keep this camera for backup only!
Since it's two months out of warranty, Sony wants me to send it to their repair center for a flat rate of $306 USD. But I'm out of the country for a while longer, so I'll have to find another repair place.
I'll update this review in a few weeks...
I have done side by side comparisons with my brothers Panasonic LX100, my Sony RX1 (not a fair comparison but I had to have a high reference point) & my RX100ii. For video the Panasonic wins for me (Mac friendly & the colors seem to pop) but when it comes to IQ, EVF and size, the RX100iv wins hands-down over the Panasonic & RX100ii.
If you are looking to upgrade from the RX100iii or Panasonic LX100 then its probably not worth it. I love the new RX100iv & for its size nothing out there delivers so much bang for the buck. For me its a winner.
Fast Image processing
Limited length of video
You can shoot bursts at 16 frames per second at max resolution. Autofocus is VERY fast with almost no lag.
I’ll be using this a lot indoors and sometimes with close subjects, so the 24-70 mm lens on this camera will be fine. At greater distances, I’ll still use the DSLR with a longer lens. Just keep in mind that even though you’re almost spending a thousand dollars, there are much better options if you looking for a wide zoom range. However, the RX100 IV will give you EXCELLENT QUALITY IMAGES. I have no complaints about the image quality. It far surpasses the quality of most cameras of this size that I have used.
The camera has a pop-up viewfinder that has amazing resolution. This is extremely helpful in direct sunlight where the main screen is difficult to see. The articulating 3 inch screen is extremely useful for getting shots at strange angles (along the ground for example) and still has decent resolution. No complaints on the viewfinder or main screen. There main screen is not a touchscreen, but I prefer having physical dials and buttons anyway.
The high frame rate video will be fun to experiment with. However, the amount of time you can capture the video is limited; 2 seconds at 960 fps. It captures 4K video but is limited to a file size of 4 GB or 29 minutes whichever comes first. This works out to about 5 minutes of 4K video before the maximum file size is reached. I’m using this camera mainly for still pictures and it does great! If I wanted to shoot a lot of 4K video, I would buy a dedicated video camera.
This camera is very small considering what it can do. It will be very handy to keep it in my pocket, ready at a seconds notice. I’ll be able to capture many more shots simply because of the size of the camera and being able to keep it with me at all times. I’m not crazy about the control ring around the lens, but I’m sure I’ll get more comfortable with it as time goes on.
Overall, this is a great camera that produces excellent images. If you don’t need to shoot long 4K videos, I would highly recommend this small and fast camera.
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