Hands On Preview: Sony RX100 IV

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Sony Singapore had introduced two new exciting cameras in its Cybershot RX series on Thursday 2 Jul 2015, the RX 100 IV and the RX 10 II.

Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX100 IV

Despite of the size difference, both of the cameras boast the world’s first stacked 1.0″ CMOS sensor with DRAM memory chip, 40x super slow motion capture, 4K in-camera video shooting, high-speed anti-distortion shutter and more. In this preview, we’ll focus on the RX100 IV.

You can say that the RX100 IV is essentially the RX100 III equipped with the new stacked 1.0″ CMOS sensor with DRAM memory chip because they use the same Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, same retractable XGA OLED Zeiss T* coated Tru-Finder, same 180-degree tillable LCD monitor, and etc. The RX100 IV’s appearance is same as its predecessor the RX100 III, except the focus ring is now decorated with diamond shape.

Diamond Shape Focus Ring
Diamond Shape Focus Ring

Let’s see what does the new image sensor brings to the RX100 IV and RX10 II, and some feature highlights sample shots from the RX100 IV

40x Super Slow Motion Capture

Well, although slow motion recording is not something new as you can find this feature in the professional DSLR or even in some of the smartphones, but the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II are capable to record at 40x slower rather than the 10x slower recording we found in the smartphones.

The RX100 IV and RX 10 II are capable to record super slow motion videos up to 1000 fps and save the video among 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p playback formats. For example, a 2 seconds video shot at 1000 fps and 25p will take approximately 80 seconds to playback. I uploaded a full HD 2 seconds (recording in real life time) sample recording (playback for 80 seconds) but I trimmed the video and show the last 20 seconds below (The first minute of video can be said as totally static and that’s the reason I trimmed it).