Sony RX100 V Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

Actually, the Sony DSC-RX100 V is an old camera and yet somehow new. Where other manufacturers add a “Mark II” or assign a new type designation, Sony distinguishes the improved model variant only by an appended A in the article number. The DSC-RX100M5A incorporates the powerful front-end LSI of the Alpha 9, which has a larger buffer memory than its predecessor, which is no longer available. This is accompanied by a new menu and improved autofocus. What advantages this brings and whether the image quality is affected, we clarify in the test.

The optical errors (distortion, vignetting and color fringes) of the lens are corrected very well (digitally), the sharpness is very high for 20x30cm prints with all apertures and focal lengths up to the image edge. The absolute resolution shows good results at all focal lengths and even very good results in the center of the image when dimmed at wide-angle. At the edge of the picture, the lens is best at medium focal length and shows the strongest loss of resolution at wide-angle. The image quality is very good up to ISO 800, good at ISO 1,600 and acceptable at ISO 3,200, but noise and loss of detail are already apparent. The autofocus works very fast and the shutter release delay is very short.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The Sony DSC-RX100 V offers a 24-70mm zoom with a high luminous intensity of F1.8-2.8 and a relatively large 1″ sensor in a compact housing.

For some months now Sony has been selling the 2016 RX100 V with a new processor under the same model name, but with an RX100M5A model number supplemented by an “A”. While Sony is sticking to the previous model name RX100 V, many dealers call the new model the DSC-RX100 VA for better differentiation, which we want to follow in this test for simplicity’s sake. But before we go on to the actual test, let’s briefly summarize the new features.

The switch to the more powerful auxiliary processor (it concerns the front-end LSI) had a very simple reason: the old one was no longer available as a component and Sony had to react. The new front-end LSI of the Sony Alpha 9 was used quite pragmatically. As a result, the RX100 VA has a larger serial image buffer which, according to the data sheet, can now buffer 233 instead of the previous 150 images at a fast 24 frames per second. As before, even the autofocus and the exposure are adjusted. This should work even better with the new model.

In addition, the RX100 VA features the newer Sony menu design, which has an advantage but also a disadvantage. The new menu is a little clearer and also offers the “My Menu”, which offers quick access to preferred menu functions in a central location. However, the PlayMemories camera apps, with which the first generation of the RX100 V could be expanded to include recording and image processing functions, have been omitted. In addition, the automatic white balance now offers three options with standard, ambient light and white.

The autofocus, on the other hand, has been extended by the zone function and the exposure metering offers different sized spot metering fields including a measurement on the lights. Another practical feature of the new menu is the ability to rate images directly in the camera. Videographers can look forward to the proxy function, which not only records 4K videos but also 720p videos in parallel. HDR videos (HLG or Hybrid Log Gamma), on the other hand, are still reserved for the zoom-enhanced RX100 VI. So much for the innovations.

Because the camera is not new from a marketing point of view, there are no Sony test devices of the RX100M5A.

The following text is largely based on the test of the largely identical RX100 V predecessor model. At the decisive points, however, we will discuss the differences, for example in the autofocus, the continuous shooting function and the image quality.

Ergonomics and workmanship

The Sony DSC-RX100 VA is almost tiny for its relatively large 1″ sensor (13.2 x 8.8 millimetres), at least for a compact camera, and its fast lens. The case measures only ten times six times 2.5 centimeters; in addition, there is the lens tube that protrudes 1.5 centimeters out of the case. When switched on, the lens extends by a further almost four centimeters, but becomes shorter again when zooming from 24 to 70 millimeters (35mm equivalent). The case has a modern and simple design, the black anodized metal has a high-quality touch. At almost 300 grams, the RX100 VA is truly not a lightweight. Due to its small size, it looks almost heavier than it is, which underlines the high-quality impression. Sony is charging a whopping 1,049 Euros (RRP) for the compact camera, which is 150 Euros less than the RX100 V cost when it was launched on the market (which also “only” cost 1,049 Euros before it was replaced by the RX100 VA). Unfortunately there is no weather protection at the case despite the proud price. The high price may be mainly due to the modern, powerful technology inside, which distinguishes the VA from the next lower-priced model RX100 IV. But more about that later.

As nice as the small housing is designed and as little space the camera takes away in the bag, so you can almost always have it with you: This minimalism is not good for ergonomics. Due to its size or “small” size alone, one hardly knows where to leave one’s fingers. The thumb finds a small rubberized surface on the back, where it finds quite safe hold. This applies less to the two or maximum three fingers on the front of the case, because not only is it smooth, it also has no contours or handle (after all, Sony offers a handle as an optional accessory). Even the left hand desperately looks for hold, as the display reaches to the right edge. The lens is also too narrow to hold and the top of the camera accommodates two pop-up devices.

If you still have to compromise on ergonomics, the RX100 VA shines with its display, viewfinder and many buttons. With 7.5 centimeters, the screen not only offers a large diagonal, especially in view of the camera size, but also has a very fine resolution of 1.23 million pixels. Even the brightness is extremely good thanks to the additional “white” subpixels of 860 cd/m², so that it is almost impossible to find situations in which brightness and contrast are no longer sufficient. In addition, the screen can be folded down 45 degrees and up 180 degrees. This offers a lot of flexibility, even if a small part of the screen is covered by the case of the Selfie. Unfortunately a touch screen functionality is still missing.

Already known from the RX100 III is the ingenious pop-up viewfinder, which Sony further improved on the RX100 IV. Mechanically unlocked, the viewfinder rushes upwards, and the eyepiece must also be pulled out. The camera turns on at the same time. Whether it is switched off again when the viewfinder is retracted can be set in the menu. The viewfinder offers not only diopter correction, but also an eye sensor for automatic switching. With 0.6x magnification compared to 35mm, the viewfinder is even decently large. Due to its design, however, the eyepiece does not offer any protection against light incident from the side between the eye and the viewfinder. In addition, eyeglass wearers are unable to see the viewfinder because the exit pupil is too small, and the viewfinder is clearly shaded from the side. The resolution is very fine with 2.36 million pixels. An OLED is still used, but it flickers slightly in very bright areas of the image.

Sony had to be economical with controls because of the small case size, but the RX100 VA offers the essentials even for ambitious photographers. For example, there is a control ring on the lens and an additional thumbwheel so that two functions can be controlled independently of each other. Depending on the mode, the lens ring in particular can take on a wide variety of functions and can also be used, for example, as a zoom ring as an alternative to the zoom rocker, if desired in stages. In addition, there is the control pad with central confirmation key and four additional operating keys, some of which can be assigned individually.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The Sony DSC-RX100 V has a pop-up viewfinder and a pop-up flash, but no flash shoe. Too bad, because the integrated flash is very weak-chested.

In principle, Sony remains true to the menu, except that with the new front-end LSI, the revised menu is also used, which can also be found in the latest generation of mirrorless Alpha system cameras. The main categories have been somewhat regrouped and the menu pages are no longer numbered, but provided with corresponding headings, so that when browsing through pages one knows more quickly what is set on the respective menu page (e.g. flash, exposure, film etc.). Up to six menu items can be found on up to twelve menu cards, which can be found in one of the six main categories.

The menu with the PlayMemories Camera Apps has been omitted, with which earlier Sony models could be extended by new functions. Instead, you can now find a “My Menu” that contains up to 30 menu items spread over five pages. Unfortunately, one cannot save the current menu item to the My Menu in the normal menu by pressing a key, but has to do this via the administration page of the My Menu, where all menu items can be found on 30 pages. During the initial setup you have to take some time, but then you get faster access to preferred menu items in individual sorting. All in all, the new menu offers a little more clarity, but is still very extensive, so that you have to search for special, rarely used menu items first.

The small housing of the RX100 VA, on the other hand, is extremely sparingly equipped with interfaces. There is only one Micro-HDMI and one Micro-USB interface. The latter also serves to charge the replaceable lithium-ion battery, which only provides juice for 220 photos – despite the faster processor, this is just as much as with the RX100 V, but 60 shots less than with the RX100 IV, which has to get by without a front-end LSI. Those who use the 4K or HFR video functions will notice a significantly increased battery consumption with accompanying heat development on the right side of the case, which sometimes even requires cooling breaks. After all, the USB interface is not choosy as to whether the energy comes from the original power supply unit or a third-party device, such as a smartphone charger. Even when the camera is switched on, the power supply continues to run, which is by no means a matter of course for cameras, unlike smartphones.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The tripod thread of the Sony DSC-RX100 V unfortunately sits far outside the optical axis and right next to the battery and memory card compartment.

Unfortunately, the tripod thread on the underside of the case is located outside the optical axis and right next to the battery and memory card compartment. In order to use the 4K and HFR video functions, a correspondingly fast memory card is required, which best fulfils the UHS Speed Class 3. But the card doesn’t have to be much faster either, because the memory interface manages a maximum of 38 megabytes per second and thus represents the bottleneck (more about this below).

Equipment

The Sony RX100 VA offers the necessary range of functions for all user groups. If the camera is to accept all settings automatically, it does so without complaint in auto mode. You can even choose to select normal modes only or those that reduce noise or shake by taking multiple shots, for example. In panorama mode, wide-screen shots are just as successful as in portrait mode, and the scene modes allow the user to specify the subject for the camera. Despite the automatic mode, the RX100 VA offers a number of intervention options, such as continuous shooting mode or manual focusing. In addition, a simple option selection allows, for example, the influence on background blur or colors, filter effects such as monochrome or toy camera are also available.

Ambitious users will be pleased with the classic creative programs in which they can influence the image effect by means of aperture and exposure time. The Sony even offers a swing-in neutral density filter. The darkening by almost three f-stops allows the use of a wide open f-stop even in brighter surroundings. In addition to the classic exposure programs P, A, S and M, three individually assignable memory locations are also available for preferred shooting settings.

As a compact camera, the Sony RX100 VA operates with a central shutter that only allows shutter speeds of up to 1/2,000 seconds. These are also available for flash sync. However, the integrated flash with a guide number of about 4.2 is quite weak even for a compact camera. Sony is fully committed to high speed and good image quality, even at higher sensitivities, which still gives you decent flash ranges. The Sony offers the necessary flash programs like a long time synchronization, the flash at the end of the exposure or a flash exposure correction, but external flashes are neither supported by flash shoe – which is missing – nor by wireless TTL. So the RX100 VA is definitely the wrong choice for flash enthusiasts.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    Thanks to the powerful front-end LSI, the Sony DSC-RX100 V achieves 24 continuous frames per second including AF-C, which is made possible by the phase AF sensors integrated in the image sensor.

If you find 1/2,000 seconds exposed too long for your photos, you can use the electronic shutter. This enables short exposure times of up to 1/32,000 second. Instead of a quiet click, no shutter noise can be heard at all. Unlike some other cameras, the Sony also allows longer exposure times – up to 30 seconds – with electronic shutter. However, the rolling shutter effect has to be taken into account, especially for pans or fast motifs. Thanks to the fast sensor, the rolling shutter effect is small, but not completely absent.

Sony had already significantly enhanced the continuous shooting mode with the RX100 V, the RX100 VA even goes one better. This is made possible above all by the front-end LSI, which sits between the image processor and the sensor and can take many pictures with its approx. 2 GByte buffer. 24 continuous shots per second are thus possible at full resolution. The buffer holds an impressive 109 raw shots (72 on the RX100 V) and 221 on the highest JPEG quality (153 before). After that, however, the long wait begins. Despite its fast card, the write interface is a bottleneck that allows a maximum of 38 megabytes per second to pass through. It takes a beaten 52 seconds for the buffer to be emptied of raw images again; with JPEG, the waiting time is even more than two minutes, considerably longer than with the RX100 V. One reason for this is the more complex JPEG image processing of the RX100 VA, which is the real bottleneck in JPEG mode.

After all, the RX100 VA now has a write indicator on the screen that even shows how many images are still in the buffer. And Sony has also extended the multitasking of the camera. It can be operated at any time practically completely including menu. Even the memory card can be accessed (at least the images already stored). This was not the case with the RX100 V yet.

As for autofocus, Sony has also promised improvements with the RX100 VA’s new front-end LSI. After all, 315 phase AF sensors are integrated on the sensor and work together with the contrast autofocus. The measurement in the laboratory showed a release delay of only about 0.2 seconds including focusing, a very good value. Without focusing, it only takes 0.04 seconds from pressing the shutter button to taking the picture. In addition, autofocus also works during fast continuous shooting and can actually follow subject movements very well. Even faces and eyes are recognized by the autofocus and tracked reliably.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    Thanks to NFC and WLAN, the Sony DSC-RX100 V connects easily to smartphones and tablets, but for extensive remote control functions, an app must first be installed on the camera.

The video capabilities of the RX100 VA are impressive, although there are some limitations due to the small case. The heat development during a video recording is not insignificant, even if you film “only” in FullHD. In 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), the recording length is limited to five minutes from the outset, as with the predecessor model. However, the quality of the videos, especially at the highest quality setting, knows how to impress. The Sony smoothly and accurately tracks the autofocus and exposure, whereby the exposure can also be controlled semi-automatically or manually if desired. The zoom works slower and almost noiselessly, the autofocus is not audible and practically doesn’t pump. The optical image stabilizer works the loudest, but is not annoying. The new proxy video recording in HD (1,280 x 720 pixels) with 9 MBit/s is practical for video editing. So you can work smoothly in this resolution in the editing program and let the 4K videos render afterwards.

The HFR video mode even records up to 1,000 frames per second, which are played back up to 40 times slower. The recording length is limited to a maximum of seven seconds, depending on the mode. Nevertheless, you should tune the shot well to the action motif. By the way, processing and storage takes half an eternity, but an HFR film is up to several hundred megabytes in size. The resolution of the high-speed videos is apparently extremely good with Full-HD as the output resolution. Depending on the frame rate and recording time, however, the resolution is upscaled in some cases by significantly lower resolutions. Depending on the frame rate, the recording resolution is between 800 x 270 pixels at 1,000 frames per second and 1,824 x 1,026 pixels at 250 frames per second.

The further range of functions is limited to standard functions such as bracketing, a multiple self-timer, HDR shots or the dynamic expansion DRO. Especially after recording, the RX100 VA offers hardly any image processing possibilities. Also the Camera Apps, which extended the functional range partly free of charge and partly with costs, are no longer available. But the WLAN connection has become easier again, since the current camera app no longer has to be downloaded, but is an integral part of the firmware. Unfortunately Sony missed the opportunity to add Bluetooth to the RX100 VA, so that you have to rely on the logging function of the Sony smartphone app for geotagging. This also allows remote control of the camera with various function settings and live image transmission.

Picture quality

Sony’s original first RX100 once set new standards in compact camera image quality. Of course, the RX100 VA wants to be in no way inferior to this. The RX100 VA had to show in the digitalkamera.de laboratory test, on which the following considerations are based, whether it succeeded in doing so and whether there are any differences to the RX100 V (without A). The complete laboratory test with all diagrams and explanatory texts is available for a fee via the links below. The single call-off costs 1.40 Euro, while laboratory test flat rates with temporary access to the entire test archive are available from the equivalent of 2.08 Euro per month. A purchase also helps us to continue offering editorial tests like this free of charge.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The Sony DSC-RX100 V offers only a Micro-HDMI and a Micro-USB interface. The camera battery is charged via the latter.

It’s not surprising that the F1.8-2.8 fast 24-70mm lens (all focal lengths according to 35mm) with all apertures and focal lengths on the 20 megapixel sensor offers sufficiently sharp images from the center to the edge of the picture for prints of 20 x 30 centimeters in size. The edge darkening remains always low with a maximum of 27 percent (0.4 f-stops), also the distortion plays no role, whereby the new image processing reduces the edge darkening even more. Color fringes continue to take place at an unchanged low level.

The measurement of the actual resolution at 50 percent contrast (MTF50) shows the strengths and weaknesses of the lens. It resolves up to 62 line pairs per millimeter (lp/mm, 35mm equivalent), which is very good for a sensor with a physical resolution of 20 megapixels. This maximum is reached in wide angle at F4. When the aperture is open, the lens has a lower wide-angle resolution, but still a good resolution of over 40 lp/mm. Starting at F5.6, diffraction already sets in, which is especially noticeable at the smallest aperture F11 and reduces the resolution to below 40 lp/mm. At the edge of the image, the lens has a wide-angle resolution of over 30 lp/mm, but never over 40 lp/mm and thus shows a visible edge drop in larger printouts over A3. Due to diffraction the resolution beyond F5.6 drops below 30 lp/mm.

When zooming, the edge resolution initially increases slightly, but the resolution in the image center also decreases. The more you zoom, the more even the resolution becomes. At medium focal length, the resolution in the center of the image is between 45 and 47 lp/mm and drops significantly at F11. The edge resolution is between 35 and 39 lp/mm and thus just below the 40 lp/mm mark. In telescopic position the resolution is a little bit lower, it moves between 35 and 43 lp/mm in the center and 29 and 32 lp/mm at the edge of the image. So the lens can be seen, but it doesn’t really shine with the highest edge resolution. The image processing of the RX100 VA is a bit smoother than that of the RX100 V. This costs some resolution, but the sharpness artifacts are much lower, which results in more natural images.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The lithium-ion battery of the Sony DSC-RX100 V is sufficient for only 220 shots. The memory card interface also proves to be a bottleneck, fast UHS-II cards are not supported.

The measurement results of the new 1″ sensor are impressive and partially exceed those of the predecessor model, which is mainly due to the modified image processing. Up to ISO 1.600, the signal-to-noise ratio is between 40 and 35 dB and only above ISO 3.200 does it fall below the 35 dB limit. The noise is fine-grained and only becomes slightly visible above ISO 3.200 in the form of brightness noise, while color noise plays practically no role. The texture sharpness shows images rich in detail up to ISO 1,600. Even at ISO 3.200, the Sony still delivers enough detail, even if the images are a bit softer here. Although the signal-to-noise ratio of the RX100 VA between ISO 200 and 1,600 V is slightly worse than that of the RX100 V, it still shows a little more detail at ISO 1,600 and 3,200, because the noise reduction is slightly smoother here.

Up to ISO 1.600, the input dynamics move at a high level of over ten f-stops and decrease linearly above this. Above ISO 1.600, the dynamic range is therefore somewhat worse than with the RX100 V. The tonal value curve runs divided for high-contrast midtones. The RX100 VA’s somewhat more natural image processing is again reflected in the output tonal range in a steadily decreasing and thus also worse measured value than with the RX100 V. Up to ISO 400, the RX100 VA shows a very good output tonal range with over 192 of 256 possible brightness levels, up to ISO 1,600 it remains in the good range of over 160 gradations. At higher sensitivities, the value begins to decrease more, already at ISO 3.200, the tonal range is only sufficient with less than 128 steps. The colour accuracy is moderate, some colour tones suffer above all from a clearly turned up saturation. The Sony RX100 VA differentiates more than four million colour tones up to and including ISO 1,600. Here, too, at higher sensitivities from ISO 3,200, there are differences to the RX100 V with metrological advantages for the latter.

The Sony RX100 VA doesn’t show the most neutral colours in general, but it inspires with beautiful JPEG images that don’t need any further post-processing. Those who like to “put their hands” on the image development themselves will anyway be better off resorting to the raw data format. In any case, there’s hardly anything left to optimize at the JPEGs and Sony gets a better image quality from the 1″ sensor than most of its competitors. Particularly at higher sensitivities such as ISO 800 and 1,600, the images appear neither soft rinsed nor noisy. Even at ISO 3,200, the image quality hardly deteriorates. In comparison between the RX100 VA and the RX100 V, the measured values show advantages for one camera and for the other with a slightly positive overweight of the RX100 V. On the other hand, the RX100 VA’s images are somewhat more natural and above all not quite as artificially sharpened.

Bottom line

The Sony DSC-RX100 VA is not only an extremely compact, but also a very good camera. The technology inside is of the finest quality, with the exception of the missing seal, the case also has a quality of workmanship commensurate with the price. The ergonomics suffer somewhat from the compactness, but the range of functions does not. Especially the performance of the camera during autofocus, the continuous shooting speed and the videos is impressive and has partly increased compared to the also excellent predecessor model. But the RX100 VA also has a few downsides, such as the weak-chested flash without external control or the somewhat fiddly viewfinder. However, the Sony RX100 VA scores most in image quality, where it continues to raise the bar for 1″ sensor cameras. Up to ISO 1,600, it does not even need to shy away from comparison with an MFT or APS-C camera. It should also be mentioned that the same camera is available with less video functionality and a lower continuous shooting rate as well as a slightly lower viewfinder resolution at a significantly lower price. This makes the Sony DSC-RX100 III the biggest competitor for the RX100 VA, between the two models there is even room for the RX100 IV.

Owners of a RX100 V don’t have to worry about the RX100 VA, the differences are quite small, even if the advantages like a larger serial buffer with better multitasking and better autofocus are not to be denied. However, a change is hardly worthwhile, especially since the differences in image quality are marginal overall. It’s a shame that Sony didn’t miss out on the RX100 VA with Bluetooth and a touch screen, which are reserved for the RX100 VI, but which actually falls into a completely different camera category with its weaker, albeit zoom-enhancing lens.

Fact sheet

Fact sheet
Manufacturer Sony
Model DSC-RX100 V
Sensor CMOS 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm (Crop factor 2.7
)21.0 Megapixel (physical)
20.1 Megapixel (effective)
Pixel pitch 2.4 µm
Resolution (max.) 5.472 x 3.648 (3:2)
Video (max.) 3.840 x 2.160 30p
Lens F1,8-2,8/24-70mm
Filter threads
Video viewfinder EVF, 100 % field coverage, 2,359,296 pixels Resolution, 1.6x magnification (sensor-related), 0.6x magnification (KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 dpt)
Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm)
Disbandment 1.228,800 pixels
tiltable yes
rotatable
swivelling
Touchscreen
AV connector HDMI Output Micro (Type D)
Fully automatic yes
Automatic motif control yes
Motif programmes 13
Program automation yes
Program shift yes
Aperture priority yes
Aperture priority yes
Manual yes
Bulb long time exposure yes
HDR function yes
Panorama function yes, Sweep panorama
Exposure metering Multi-field, Centre-weighted Integral, Spot
fastest shutter speed 1/2.000 s
Lightning bolt built-in
Synchronous time 1/2.000 s
Flash connection
WLAN yes
NFC yes
GPS
Remote release yes, remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
Interval shooting
Storage medium
Memory Stick (Duo, Duo Pro)
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Sensitivity
automatic ISO 125-12.800
manually ISO 80-12.800
White balance
automatic yes
manual measurement yes
Kelvin input yes
Fine correction yes
Autofocus yes
Number of measuring fields 315 Line sensors25
Contrast sensors
Speed 0.20 to 0.34 s
AF auxiliary light LED
Dimensions (WxHxD) 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Weight (ready for operation) 299 g
Tripod socket outside the optical axis
Zoom
Zoom adjustment Lens ring (motorized), ring rocker (motorized)
Battery life 220 (according to CIPA standard)
– = “not applicable” or “not available”

Short evaluation

Pros

  • Very good image quality up to ISO 1.600
  • Fast autofocus
  • Impressive continuous shooting mode
  • Very good, albeit time-limited, 4K video function
  • Compact, high-quality housing

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Quite high price
  • Only moderate edge resolution of the lens

Sony equips DSC-RX100 V as DSC-RX100M5A with a new processor

Some other manufacturers are launching new models without any notable innovations, while Sony is replacing an existing model with an improved one without prior notice: The DSC-RX100 V compact camera is equipped with a new processor, which improves series picture performance and autofocus, as well as the current menu structure including the My-Menu function. The new one has the same model name as the old one, but the model number gets an “A” appended and is now DSC-RX100M5A. Some dealers have made the new model known as the DSC-RX100 VA.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    On the outside, the first generation of the Sony DSC-RX100 V is indistinguishable from the second. An “A” was attached to the DSC-RX100M5 only on the nameplate on the underside of the camera.

With the exception of the processor, the RX100M5 and RX100M5A are technically identical. The large 1″ image sensor resolves 20 megapixels and records 4K videos at up to 30 frames per second, while high-speed videos in (interpolated) Full HD resolution achieve up to 1,000 frames per second. The sensor is exposed by an F1.8-2.8 fast 2.9x zoom with an equivalent focal length of 24 to 70 millimetres. A grey filter can be swivelled in at the touch of a button to use the open aperture in bright environments. The whole thing is packed in a 102 x 58 x 41 mm compact metal housing, the compact camera weighs just 300 grams.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The rear screen of the Sony DSC-RX100 V can also be folded down by 45 degrees in the second generation, but is still not touchable. [Photo: Sony]

For focusing, the RX100 V uses a hybrid AF system consisting of 315 phase AF points integrated on the sensor, covering 65% of the sensor surface, and a contrast autofocus. Faces and eyes are also recognized by the autofocus, the latter should work even better thanks to the new processor. In addition to automatic shooting programs, the classic creative programs P, A, S and M are also available, with which the photographer can set the exposure. In addition to the rear 7.5cm screen, which folds 45 degrees down and 180 degrees up for Selfies, the RX100 V also offers an electronic pop-up viewfinder with 2.36 million pixels resolution. Also, the new processor with an increased refresh rate brings an improvement. A small pop-up flash is also not missing.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    Selfies are also possible with the Sony DSC-RX100 V thanks to the 180-degree upward foldable display. New is now the “My Menu”, but the expandability with PlayMemories Camera Apps is omitted. [Photo: Sony]

The change to the more powerful processor (it concerns the front end LSI) has a very pragmatic reason: The old one is no longer available as a component and so Sony had to react. The new front-end LSI of the Sony Alpha 9 is now being used pragmatically. The second generation of the RX100 V, for example, has a larger continuous-advance buffer, allowing 233 shots to be taken at a fast 24 frames per second instead of the previous 150. As before, even the autofocus and the exposure are adjusted. This should work even better with the new model. In addition, the second generation features the newer Sony menu design, which has an advantage but also a disadvantage. The new menu is a little clearer and also offers the “My Menu”, which offers quick access to preferred menu functions in a central location. However, the PlayMemories camera apps, with which the first generation could be expanded to include recording and image processing functions, are no longer available.

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Model 2018 (DSC-RX100M5A)

    The Sony DSC-RX100 V has a very compact housing, which contains a more powerful processor in the second generation. Instead of 150, 233 pictures can now be taken in series at 24 fps including AF-C. [Photo: Sony]

In addition, the automatic white balance now offers three options with standard, ambient light and white. The autofocus has been extended by the zone function and the exposure metering offers different large spot metering fields including a measurement on the lights. Another practical feature of the new menu is the ability to rate images directly in the camera. Videographers can look forward to the proxy function, which not only records 4K videos but also 720p videos in parallel. HDR videos (HLG or Hybrid Log Gamma) are still reserved for the RX100 VI.

DSC-RX100 V – DSC-RX100M5A Datasheet

Electronics

Sensor CMOS sensor 1″ 13.2 x 8.8 mm (crop factor 2.7
)21.0 megapixels (physical), 20.1 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 2.4 µm
Photo resolution
5.472 x 3.648 pixels (3:2)
5.472 x 3.080 Pixel (16:9)
4.864 x 3.080 Pixel
3.888 x 2.592 pixels (3:2)
3.648 x 3.648 pixels (1:1)
3.648 x 2.736 pixels (4:3)
3.648 x 2.056 Pixel (16:9)
2.736 x 1.824 Pixel (3:2)
2.720 x 1.528 pixels (16:9)
2.592 x 1.944 pixels (4:3)
2.544 x 2.544 pixels (1:1)
1.920 x 1.920 pixels (1:1)
Picture formats JPG, RAW
Colour depth 24 bits (8 bits per color channel), 36 bits (12 bits per color channel)
Metadata Exif (version 2.3), DCF standard (version 2)
Video resolution
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 30 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 25 p
3.840 x 2.160 (16:9) 24 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 120 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 100 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 60 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 i
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 50 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 30 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 25 p
1.920 x 1.080 (16:9) 24 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 30 p
1.280 x 720 (16:9) 25 p
Maximum recording time 20 min
Video format
XAVC S (Codec H.264)
AVCHD (Codec H.264)
MP4 (Codec H.264)

Lens

Focal length 24 to 70 mm (35mm equivalent
)2.9x zoom8
.8 to 25.7 mm (physical)
Digital zoom 5.8x zoom
Focus range 5 cm to infinity (wide-angle
)30 cm to infinity (telephoto)
Apertures F1.8 to F11 (wide-angle
)F2.8 to F11 (telephoto)
ND filter ND filter (3.0 EV levels)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus mode Phase comparison autofocus, contrast autofocus with 25 measuring fields
Autofocus Functions Single autofocus, Continuous autofocus, Tracking autofocus, Manual, AFL function, AF Assist Light (LED), Focus Peaking, Focus Magnifier (11x)

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 3.0″ (7.5 cm) OLED monitor with 1,228,800 pixels, anti-glare, brightness adjustable, tiltable 180° up to 45° down
Video viewfinder Video viewfinder (100 % field coverage) with 2,359,296 pixels, magnification factor 1.59x (0.59x KB equivalent), diopter compensation (-4.0 to 3.0 dpt)

Exposure

Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, matrix/multi-field measurement, spot measurement
Exposure times 1/2,000 to 30 s (Automatic
)1/2,000 to 30 s (Manual)Bulb function1/32
,000 to 30 s (Electronic)
Exposure control Fully automatic, Program automatic (with program shift), Aperture priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Scene automatic
Bracketing function Bracket function with maximum 9 shots, step size from 1/3 to 3 EV, HDR function
Exposure compensation -3.0 to +3.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO 125 to ISO 12.800 (automatic
)ISO 80 to ISO 12.800 (manual)
Remote access Remote control via Smartphone/Tablet
,Remote control from computer: certain functions
Motives Fireworks, Landscape, Macro, Night Scene, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sunset, Food, Sports/Action, Animals, 3 additional scene modes
Picture effects HDR Effect, High Key, High Contrast Monochrome, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Retro, Selective Color, Softer, Toy Camera, 4 more Image Effects
White balance Auto, Cloudy, Sun, White balance bracket, Fine-tune, Shadow, Flash, Fluorescent lamp with 4 presets, Incandescent light, from 2,500 to 9,900 K, Manual 3 memory locations
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB
Continuous shooting Continuous shooting function max. 24 fps at highest resolution and max. 233 stored photos
Self-timer Self-timer 10 seconds apart, features: 5 or 2 seconds; 3-5 consecutive shots; bracketing with 10, 5 or 2 seconds delay
Shooting functions AEL function, AFL function, live histogram

Flashgun

Lightning bolt built-in flash (hinged)
Flash range 0.4 to 10.2 m at wide angle0
.4 to 6.5 m at telephotoat
ISO 3,200Flash range
at ISO autoflash sync
1/2,000 s
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, Slow sync, Flash on second shutter curtain, Red-eye reduction by pre-flash, Flash exposure compensation from -3.0 EV to +3.0 EV

Equipment

Image stabilizer optical image stabilizer
Memory
Memory Stick (Duo, Duo Pro)
SD (SDHC, SDXC, UHS I)
Panorama Swivel panorama

12.416 x 1.856 pixels
5.536 x 2.160 pixels
8.192 x 1.856 pixels
3.872 x 2.160 pixels
Microphone Stereo
Power supply Power supply unit connectionUSB continuous power supplyUSB charging function
Power supply 1 x Sony NP-BX1 (lithium ion (Li-Ion), 3.6 V, 1,240 mAh
)220 images according to CIPA standard
Playback Functions Image rotation, Protect image, Highlights / Shadow warning, Playback histogram, Playback magnifier, Image index, Slide show function
Face recognition Face recognition, smile recognition
Picture parameters Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Grid can be faded in during recording yes
Special functions Electronic spirit level, orientation sensor, zebra function, live view, user profiles with 3 user profiles
Ports Data interfaces: USBUSB type
: USB 2.0 High SpeedWLAN
: available (type: B, G, N)
NFC: availableAudio output
: noAudio input
: noVideo output
: yes (HDMI output Micro (type D))
Supported direct printing methods DPOF, Exif Print, PIM
Tripod socket 1/4″ not in optical axis
Features and Miscellaneous BIONZ X Image ProcessorMulti-Frame Noise Reduction
(ISO125-25600)
Dynamic Range Optimizer (incl. Bracket)
DRO BracketCreative
Styles (14 Settings)
Picture Profile (10 Settings)
Bravia Sync

Size and weight

Weight 297 g (ready for operation)
Dimensions W x H x D 102 x 58 x 41 mm

Other

included accessories Sony AC-UUD12 AC AdapterSony
NP-BX1 Special Battery Strap
, Micro-USB Cable, User Manual
optional accessory Sony AG-R2 (Handle
)Sony LCS-RXG BagSony
LCS-RXK BagSony
MPK-URX100A Underwater HousingSony
NP-BX1 Special BatterySony
VCT-SGR1 (Handle)Sony LCS-RXG BagSonyNP-BX1 Special BatterySony
VCT-SGR1 (Handle)
USB
USB 2.0 High Speed (Micro-USB)

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