Sony Reveals Their Most Impressive Cyber-Shot Camera to Date: the RX100 Mark 5

Sony has just launched the latest generation of their epic RX100 line, with the new Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 Mark 5.

Sony_DSC-RX100M5_1200px.jpgBuilding upon the Mark 4 from last year, the M5 continues the tradition of super performance in a compact design, that can truly fit into your shirt pocket. They've taken the same 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor technology first introduced with the M4 and pushed it to the next level, with built-in phase detection AF built right in. This new FAST Hybrid AF system utilizes 315 AF points that cover 65% of the frame, offering lighting fast AF, as well as improved subject tracking. This amazing AF system gives the RX100 Mark 5 the world's fastest AF system in a compact camera, which also works while capturing UDH 4K video.

Another impressive improvement with the M5 is its burst mode. You can now capture full resolution, 20-megapixel still images at an astounding 24fps, with full-time AF/AE. And, the camera can do this for up to 6 seconds, or about 150 frames (in JPEG mode). You can even shoot this fast in RAW/JPEG mode, with a reduced buffer depth.

Part of what makes all of this possible is the newly enhanced BIONZX processor, which features a front-end LSI.

This is looking to be one beast of a camera, which we're excited to get our hands on. Stay tuned for a hands on preview from our staff that are on site at this Sony event.

The RX100M5 is scheduled to start shipping later this month, with a MSRP of $1000 US. Below is the official M5 press release:

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Sony Announces New Addition to Acclaimed Line of Cyber-shot® RX Cameras

 

New Compact RX100 V Model Boasts World's Fastest AF Speed1, World's Most AF Points and World's Fastest Continuous Shooting1 for a Compact Camera1

 

NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2016 - Sony - a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer - has today announced a new flagship model for their popular Cyber-shot RX100 series of compact cameras, the RX100 V (model DSC-RX100M5).   

            The exciting new camera brings a new level of AF performance and speed to today's compact camera market.  It is equipped with a Fast Hybrid AF system with the world's fastest AF acquisition1 at 0.05 seconds2 and world's highest number of AF points on sensor1 with 315 points covering approximately 65% of the frame.  The camera can also shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps3 - the world's fastest for a compact camera1 - at full 20.1 MP (approx. effective) resolution with AF/AE tracking for up to 150 continuous shots4.   

The RX100 V is equipped with a newly developed 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip, a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm5 F1.8 - 2.8 large aperture lens and an enhanced image processing system with a new front-end LSI chip that maximizes processing speed, expands the memory buffer and optimizes image quality, in particular at high ISO settings.  The camera also features 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning6, super slow motion recording at up to 960 fps7 with extended recording time and more.  

  "Featuring a level of power and performance that has never before been achieved in a compact, the new RX100 V redefines what it means to be a 'pocket camera'," said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  "This camera is yet another example of Sony innovating to a level far beyond what exists in the conventional marketplace."

Fast Focusing, Fast Shooting

A first for Sony's RX100 series of cameras, the new RX100 V model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of focal-plane phase detection AF and contrast detection AF and ultimately enables the camera to lock focus in  as little as 0.05 seconds2.  This high speed focusing is a perfect complement to the 315 dedicated AF points that cover 65% of the sensor, and ensures that shooters will be able to capture their intended subject with high speed and accuracy, even if it's moving rapidly in unpredictable directions. 

Additionally, processing speed has been greatly enhanced through the addition of a front-end LSI that perfectly supports the camera's BIONZ X® image processing engine.  These two components combined with the powerful AF system allow the camera to shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps 3 at full 20.1 MP (approx. effective) resolution for up to 150 shots4 with AF/AE tracking.  Viewfinder blackout between shots has also been minimized in this high-speed shooting mode, which greatly improves  photographers' ability to follow fast action and capture the decisive moment.  Silent shooting is also available in these high-speed modes as well8.

Other advancements to AF performance on the new RX100 V include the addition of AF-A mode, which allows the camera to automatically switch between continuous and single-shot AF modes.  Users can also manually select if they'd like the continuous AF and phase detection AF areas to be displayed live on screen while they are framing a shot. 

The RX100 V also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum speed of 1/32000 second) that minimizes the "rolling shutter" effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects.   This fast shutter speed also allows  the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV199.   Shooting at wide aperture with the 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.

New on the RX100 V, users can freely select the initial magnification ratio when shooting in a mode with Focus Magnifier, and can select between "focus point" and "center of display" for the location of Focus Magnifier. 

Professional Movie Functionality

The pocket-friendly RX100 V is packed with a variety of video capabilities that will satisfy even the most demanding video enthusiasts. 

With Fast Hybrid AF, the focal plane phase detection AF sensor ensures accurate focusing and tracking performance, even for the severe focusing requirements of 4K movie shooting.  AF drive speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted via the menu system, giving shooters plenty of flexibility based on their focusing preferences.

            In 4K mode 6, the new RX100 V utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and 'jaggies'.  These high-quality results are achieved through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during full HD shooting10.

            Additional professional caliber video features include Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, 120p HD Full HD mode and more.  Users also have the ability to manually select a frame from a recorded movie and save it as a still image file of approximately 8 MP during 4K shooting or 2 MP during HD shooting. 

The RX100 V is able to record super-slow motion video7 at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, and can do this for about twice as long as the RX100 IV model.  This extended time allowing users to capture a series of high-speed, fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.    

Prior to shooting, users will have the ability to choose among 960fps, 480fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats to optimize the recording to fit the speed of the moving subject, with the option to use the movie record button as a 'start trigger' to begin recording once button is pressed or 'end trigger' to record footage up until the button is pressed. 

Pocket-Friendly Design, Premium Performance

            The new RX100 V maintains the convenient pocket-sized design of the remainder of the RX100 family and is equipped with a high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality.  The EVF conveniently retracts in and out of the camera body based on user preference, and features optics with ZEISS® T* Coating.

The new camera is also Wi-Fi® and NFC™ compatible and can access Sony's growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications.  Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca.

            Another convenient addition is the ability for users to freely set the leading three characters of saved file names for easier sorting and organization.

            There will also be a new underwater housing (model MPK-URX100A) that will be available as a separate accessory for the RX100 V and all other RX100 series cameras.  Designed exclusively to fit the RX100 cameras, the housing features a depth level of 40m/130ft. 

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (model DSC-RX100M5) compact camera will ship this month for about $1,000 US and $1,250 CA. 

The new underwater housing (model MPK-URX100A) will ship in November for about $350 US and $450 CA. 

Both products will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.   

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new RX100 V camera and other Sony products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com , Sony's community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand. 

The new content will also be posted directly at the global Sony Photo Gallery and the Sony Camera Channel on YouTube.

For more information on the new RX100 V camera, please visit its product homepage on Sony.com HERE. 

For more information on the new underwater housing (model MPK-URX100A) for RX100 series cameras, please visit its product homepage HERE.

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1.       Among fixed lens digital cameras with 1.0-type sensor. As of October 2016 press release, based on Sony research.

2.       CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=8.8mm (wide telephoto), EV4.7, Program Auto, Focus mode: AF-A, AF area: Wide,

3.       With "Continuous shooting mode: Hi".

4.       With "Continuous shooting mode: Hi" and "Image quality: Fine".

5.       35mm equivalent

6.       Continuous recording is available for approx. 5 minutes. The duration available for the shooting may change according to shooting conditions.

7.       Sound cannot be recorded when shooting slow motion. An SDHC/SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required

8.       Silent shooting can be activated via "Shutter type: Electronic" and "Audio signals: Off".

9.       Using built-in ND filter.

10.    An SDHC/SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording and UHS Speed Class 3 is required for recording at 100Mbps