Sony RX100 VII Review

Sony RX100 VII camera view

The Sony RX100 VII positions itself as one of the top tier point-and-shoot cameras available in the market. This seventh-generation model supports 8x lens advancement compared to its predecessors, along with an autofocus system that makes it to the top of the company’s high-end lenses.

It is the latest pocket-size camera of Sony products. This camera uses a 24-200mm lens, which is pretty impressive and easy to use with an excellent autofocusing system.

It can shoot videos at a rate of 20 frames per second with no viewfinder blackout. It has an enhanced AF and comes with a high price. This camera offers a zoom power that matches a full-frame lens.

It is a top-notch camera that you should try.

Sony RX100 VII Review

To know further details about this product, kindly read the information below.

Sony RX100 Specifications:

Product Brand SONY
Product Dimension L x W x H 101.6 mm x 58.1 mm x 42.8 mm
Product Weight 302 grams
Video Quality 4K Ultra HD at 30p and 20p
Image Size 5472 x 3648 max pixel
Memory Card SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder The pop-up electronic viewfinder (EVF)
LCD 3 in tilting touchscreen (921k dots)
Max Burst 20 frames per second (90 frames per second for short burst mode)
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Product Overview:

The Sony RX100 VII is not the lightest but undoubtedly the slimmest compact camera in the market. It has a dimension of 101.6 mm in length, 58.1 mm in width, and 42.8 mm in height. It weighs around 302 grams without battery and SD card attached.

Since it is so small, it maximizes the portability feature as you can insert it easily to your pocket. This product composed mostly of metal, which is why it bears a considerable weight.

This camera doesn’t have any protruding handgrip that will give you ease in handling, but you can purchase it separately by other third-party companies who offer camera accessories.

You will notice on its physical features. There are buttons located on the rear side of the camera, which enables you to start and stop videos. You can access on-screen the Fn menu and another text-based menu system.

It has a four-way function to help you navigate and choose options. Alongside the menu buttons, below is the button to play and delete photos.

 

Sony RX100 VII display

 

Composition and Aesthetics

This camera has a smart-looking and compact design. At first glance, you will safely say that its physical features are the same as the Sony series. One of the nearest models in that series that you can compare with the RX100 VII is the sixth generation of it.

The only difference between the two is that the microphone socket is on the upper right portion of the camera.

It doesn’t flex nor feel fragile, but it feels relatively robust. The control layout has never changed; it has the same functioning based on the previous models.

Lens and Controls

This camera has a 24-200mm equivalent lens. It offers an F2.8 – 4.5 maximum aperture range, which allows it to obtain an impressive zoom range. It is typically a point-and-shoot camera. It can shoot RAW or JPG images at a clear resolution of 20 megapixels.

This lens performs excellently. It delivers sharp results. The only noticeable loss of resolution on its edges when you use it at 24mm, but this issue can be addressed by adjusting the aperture to f/5.6 or f/8. Although these are minor concerns, you will only notice it when you zoom in the picture.

 

Sony RX100 VII lens

 

This camera has a rotating control ring that is around the lens used to adjust the settings and a small clicking wheel located on the rear plate use to change settings also. This camera comes with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD to aid in focusing the subject you want to highlight.

In case you don’t feel like touching the screen, it also has an autofocus feature that gives you maximum convenience in taking shots and covering videos. You can also point the camera to your subject, then half-press the shutter button and recompose it to keep track of the subject.

By default, when talking a picture, it has a faux shutter sound to indicate that you have already taken the shot. But you can set it to be turned off to continue silent imaging.

Ports and Battery

It is impressive for this camera to have numerous ports inclusion despite its small build. It has a sensor, foldable lens, battery slot, SD card slot, and cavity for the viewfinder to pull back whenever not used.

It has an outstanding full size 3.5mm microphone socket. This camera also has a micro HDMI port and a micro USB socket. The battery that is used for this camera is the NP-BX1 battery. It is a 4.5Wh unit capable of making  260 shots per charge.

Of course, the ratings of making the number of shots per charge vary depending on your shooting habits, and as per testing, it plays around 200 shots per charge. You must bring an extra battery to enjoy uninterrupted shooting sessions.

Especially when you are traveling or making a tour in a place, it is a good practice that you must bring extra ammunition to keep your camera operating. Or you can charge it through an external battery via micro USB if you are planning to have an all-day photoshoot.

It has an automatic sleep mode feature, which saves energy in idle moments, especially when you forgot to turn off the camera.

Sony RX100 VII – Menu Options

The Sony RX100 VII undoubtedly uses the same menu system in comparison to its predecessors. But among those Sony series cameras, it has a more elaborate menu system. Why did we say that?

It is because this camera has many different features and options such as function menu, autofocus menu, etc. One good factor in using this camera, it has a customizable menu tab that suits to your needs.

Those options that you frequently used or adjusted, and you can access it within your fingertips. Thus, you can set it up in a manner that you don’t necessarily master the other options in the camera.

Instead, you will put an option wherein by pressing it. It will take you directly to your customized menu tab. Function (Fn) menu can store up to twelve functions in the camera’s menu, which means you don’t necessarily dig into the vast, confusing options. It has a four-way controller in which you can dial the setting you want to pick.

Customization Button

This camera has four customizable buttons depending on which assigned function. These are the delete button, center button, right and left directional buttons which are part of the four-way controller.

These buttons can be re-assigned depending on your likings, such as assigned for stills, video, and playback modes.

Adjustable Focus Ring and Autofocus

The focus ring for this camera can be adjusted manually to take the desired quality. It is pretty accurate as you use it smoothly, changing the focus ring. It has an option to use autofocus to maximize photo and video performance.

The company has redesigned its sensor, so it polls autofocus points and covers it with a phase-detection pixel.  The camera sensor is a stacked CMOS sensor, meaning the company was able to build DRAM storage into the sensor to buffer large amounts of data that can be read on the chip.

It is a noticeable difference in comparison to the previous models, the more extensive spread coverage of phase-detection elements on the camera sensor.

As per above mentioned, the RX100 VII gains real-time tracking autofocus that gives ease to you when taking good coverage. It gets a perfect job in tracking moving subjects and can detect human faces and eyes.

It is also an applicable setting to track pets as well. This is practically useful if you are covering videos on your pets such as dogs, cats, etc. This camera has a hit rate of 20 frames per second. It has a built-in image stabilization mode to have a smooth handheld shooting.

 

Sony RX100 VII screen

 

Real-Time Tracking

Real-time tracking means the camera’s ability to follow and focus on the subject. It is a notable feature of this gadget. Remember that real-time monitoring is not turned on by default, you need to explore it and set the focus to AF-C.

You must select the tracking from the focus mode options in the camera menu. When it is already enabled, the camera can identify the subjects and moves the focus area to keep up with their motion maintaining a half-press on the shutter button.

Real-time eye autofocus means the camera’s ability to detect eyes without you holding a separate button to focus. It is applicable when you are in video mode tracking animals, human subjects, and other creatures, which gives you a significant advantage in documentary filming.

The camera’s focusing system keeps up even at 20 frames per second. It has 90 frames per second burst mode in addition to the standard burst mode.

Single Burst Mode

This camera can shoot seven raw shots with fixed exposure and focus within a tenth of a second. It is advantageous when capturing moments of action such as balloon popping, baseball bat hitting a pitched ball, etc.

All these seven frames trigger with a single press of the shutter button. It means that you can get a higher chance of capturing the perfect moment where timing is critical.

Note that the focus and exposure of these shots are fixed. Moreover, you can option it to slow down the hit rate from 60 to 30 frames per second to suit it to your need.

Movie Stabilization Mode

This camera has offered a steady 4k video shot through turning on the movie stabilization mode. This feature is a combination of a standard camera’s optical image stabilization plus a digital IS. This added stabilization is there to give smooth filming, mainly when covering a tour, which contains a lot of walking and touring around the place.

It is inevitable when walking while filming, a shake can ruin your video, but this will save you from this headache. It is available both 4k and full HD shooting.

Efficient Connectivity

This camera enables the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Moreover, it has been enhanced through its connection via mobile apps. You just need to download the free Sony Imaging Edge Mobile App, which is applicable for both Android and iOS devices.

It controls the camera remotely and lets you copy photos from the camera to your cellphone without the need of attaching chords on both ends. Furthermore, you can notice on its physical feature a single memory card slot with support for UHS-I SDXC media.

 

Sony RX100 VII connections

 

Pros:

  •  Stabilized 4k video shooting
  •  Good image quality
  •  Autofocus feature is exceptional.
  •  Added microphone socket is very helpful.
  •  Sharp zoom lens
  •  Electronic viewfinder

Cons:

  •  Complex user interface
  •  Pricey
  •  Features need to be explored to get the best settings.

Conclusion

The Sony RX100 VII is a very versatile camera both in video and stills. Although it is an undeniable fact that this camera compared to the previous models, it has the same lens, pixel count, body composition, image, and video quality, but the question is, why would you venture for this product?

Simply because it has dramatically improved on its autofocus feature. This camera gives you the ease of taking shots and video coverage, and definitely, you will enjoy it since the built-in technology gets the work done.

The real-time tracking AF does an exceptional job in sticking to the subject, plus it minimizes the movements because of the movie stabilization feature. It is pretty compact and professionally built.

It has a lot of options to offer in terms of complexity of camera settings, and you can also opt to customize the buttons to navigate your desired settings using the Fn Menu easily.

This camera is indeed somewhat expensive, but it will give you the value for your money.

Make it yours today, and enjoy the photo world with this fantastic companion!

 

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