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Sony DSCRX100M4 Advanced Digital Compact Premium 4K Camera (EVF, 4K Movie, 40 x Slow Motion, Wi-Fi, 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD Screen) - Black
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- 1/32000 sec Anti-Distortion Shutter allows to capture fast motion
- 40x highly slow movie with 1000fps speed and 4K recording
- 20.1 MP 9 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip
- ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-70 mm lens with F1.8-2.8 aperture
- BIONZ X engine for high detail and noise reduction
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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||24 megapixels||20.1||20.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.1||20.1|
|Has Image Stabilization||—||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||10.16 x 4.1 x 5.81 cm||—||13.25 x 12.74 x 9.4 cm||10.16 x 4.1 x 5.81 cm||10.16 x 5.81 x 4.1 cm||10.55 x 4.22 x 6.09 cm|
|Item Weight||271 grams||263 grams||213 grams||272 grams||271 grams||294 grams|
|Max Focal Length||70 mm||70 mm||37.1 mm||70 mm||70 mm||100 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||24 mm||10.4 mm||24 mm||24 mm||24 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||21 megapixels||20.1||20.2 megapixels||21 megapixels||21 megapixels||20.9 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card|
|Special Feature||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode^Shutter Priority^Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||Auto Exposure (AE) lock; Auto Focus (AF) assist beam; Auto Focus (AF) lock; Auto focusing (AF) modes: AI Focus, Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus; Battery charger included; Battery level indicator; Battery life:240 shots; External flash connector; Field of vision:100%; Flash exposure lock; Flash range (tele):0.4 - 4 m; Flash range (wide):0.5 - 7 m; Full HD; Light metering: Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot; Near Field Communication (NFC); Operating temperature range:0 - 40 °C; PictBridge; Self-timer:Copper ethernet cabling technology: 2,10 s; Sill image capture resolution:5472 x 3648, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 2400 x 1600, 4864 x 3648, 3248 x 2432, 2432 x 1824, 2112 x 1600, 5472 x 3072, 3648 x 2048, 2736 x 1536, 2400 x 1344, 3648 x 3648, 2432 x 2432, 1824 x 1824, 1600 x 1600; Touch sensitive screen; Vari-angle LCD display; Video recording; lens structure:11/9|
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Sony DSCRX100M4 Advanced Digital Compact Premium Camera (EVF, Wi-Fi, NFC, 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD Screen).
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ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens for high depiction
Large-diameter ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm F1.8-2.8 lens allows wide-angle shooting out to 24 mm. Maximum aperture of F2.8 brightness at the telephoto end enables shooting images without camera shake and subject motion blur and capturing photos (such as portraits) with beautiful background defocusing. ZEISS T* Coating reduces ghost and flare.
20.1 MP (effective) 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor
The 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip enables up to 40x slow motion and up to 1/32000 high-speed shutter beyond human perception. The extended circuit features high signal processing capacity and more than five times faster high-speed readout than conventional models.
BIONZ X for high detail and texture
Digital cameras convert light captured by their sensor into digital images. Since the engine that powers conversion is as important as your lens and sensor, the RX100 IV features the high-speed BIONZ X processor for more natural details, more realistic images, richer tonal gradations and lower noise while shooting photos and movies.
Slow motion at maximum of 40x
Using the mode dial to select HFR, it’s easy to create slow motion movies containing split-second moments of action. Choose shooting frame rates of 960/1000 fps, 480/500 fps or 240/250 fps (NTSC/PAL), for the speed of a moving subject. Image quality is nearly Full HD at 240/250 fps and HD at 480/500 fps in Quality Priority mode. The end trigger mode also enables you to capture 2 or 4 seconds before the Movie button is pressed, letting you capture the decisive moment.
1/32000 sec. Anti-Distortion Shutter
Up to 1/32000 sec. Anti-Distortion Shutter works to minimise image distortion caused by the rolling shutter phenomenon. The fast shutter speed also allows you to produce photos with background defocusing using a large aperture setting even under bright conditions at a maximum of EV19.
Up to 16 fps continuous shooting with reduced blackout
Thanks to the high-speed image sensor — and despite its 20.1 MP17 high pixel count — the camera features accelerated readout speed that helps achieve continuous shooting up to 16 fps. This lets you capture moments of fleeting beauty or facial expressions.
180 degree tiltable LCD screen for flexible composition
High-resolution 3.0-type screen with tilt capability is appropriate for taking selfies and framing of otherwise impossible overhead or low-angle shots. You can use it in high/low shooting positions for high flexibility in capturing creative compositions.
Bright XGA OLED Tru-Finder for inspired shooting
High-contrast retractable electronic viewfinder (EVF) delivers high resolution equivalent to 2359 k dots. High resolution and self-illumination allow display of subtlest details for precise composition. EVF eyepiece optics are treated with ZEISS T* Coating to reduce unwanted reflections for clear corner-to-corner visibility.
Control ring for advanced photography
Convenient lens-mounted control ring allows you to operate pro-style manual control such as selecting shutter speed, aperture and more for added creative command — another feature making this camera an ideal choice for serious photographers.
Connect to smartphones and tablets with one touch
Instantly transfer a photo or movie to your Android smartphone or tablet by simply touching it with the camera — using downloadable PlayMemories Mobile and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication). One touch can also activate Smart Remote Embedded, for remote control of the camera from a mobile device and movie recording start/stop.
Direct 4 K movie recording via camera alone
The RX100 IV can record high-precision 4 K movie data. Moreover, high-precision 4 K images with suppressed moiré and jaggies can be delivered via data readout without pixel binning or line skipping.
Rapid AF response to capture decisive moments
The camera adopts Fast Intelligent AF featuring high-speed, highly accurate contrast-detection autofocus. Improved from the AF system used in α7 series, it achieves focus by minimising wasted lens motion, predicting AF range and accelerating lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture even more fleeting moments.
|Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor||1.0 inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor|
|Image Processor||BIONZ Z||BIONZ Z||BIONZ X||BIONZ X||BIONZ X|
|Continuous Shooting||10fps||10 fps||10fps||16fps||24fps|
|Maximum shutter speed||Bulb, 30" - 1/2000||Bulb, 30" - 1/2000||Bulb, 30" - 1/2000||Bulb, 30" - 1/32000 Anti-Distortion Shutter||Bulb, 30" - 1/32000 Anti-Distortion Shutter|
|LCD Monitor||3.0” LCD (Fixed, 1,229k)||3.0” LCD (Tilt, 1,229k)||3.0” LCD (Selfie, 1,229k)||3.0” LCD (Selfie, 1,229k)||3.0” LCD (Selfie, 1,229k)|
|Wifi||Wi-Fi only||Wi-Fi/NFC||Wi-Fi/NFC, PMCA||Wi-Fi/NFC, PMCA||Wi-Fi/NFC, PMCA|
|Viewfinder||No||No||OLED (1,440k)||OLED (2,359k)||OLED (2,359k)|
|Movie||Full HD/50p AVCHD||Full HD/50p AVCHD||Full HD/50p XAVC S||4K/25p XAVC S Up to 40x super slow motion (HFR)||4K/25p XAVC S Up to 40x super slow motion (HFR)|
|Slow motion recordings||No||No||No||Up to 960 frames for 4 seconds||Up to 960 frames for 7 seconds|
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So what are the stand-out features?
- Ruggedness has to be one of them. On my 2nd day (!) of ownership it detached from the top of my tripod (my fault) and fell from table height onto a stone floor.The body is metal and feels nice and solid, but it was a bit flattened on one corner. However, that's it. No problems whatsoever with any camera functions. Since then I have fallen off my bike with the camera around my neck, and despite road contact, it came up smiling (I didn't).
- The quality of the lens. I think this is why the zoom is limited. The lens does its job superbly and I suspect that Sony didn't want to push it outside its optimum performance envelope. The quality of the image means you can overcome some of that zoom limitation simply by cropping.
- Low light performance. This is astonishing. Using the "Night, Hand Held" setting you can take the most amazing pictures without a tripod. Several of the images I have included (the moon through the clouds, patio at night, deep dusk sunset, are simply hand-held. The photos of the milky way had the benefit of a tripod though I have taken lots of starry pictures without one.
- Challenging light conditions generally; I've included a few images taken towards the sunrise and it copes well.
The nice to have are:
- Electronic view finder, very, very good.
- Screen at back can be tilted (very useful, more than I expected) and it understands selfies too.
- Lots and lots of manual control and special setups like the hand-held at night. Worth exploring those.
- Raw image if you want it.
- The WiFi is handy and works well. I paired it with my iPad no problem, and the download is fast.
- I think the much touted slow motion up to 1000 frames per second is overdone. On my iPhone I can do only modest slo mo, but it's easy to use. I just film as usual, but having selected slo mo first. Thats it. With the RX100 you have to go into a special High Frame Rate Mode, put the camera into standby, point it at the thing you want, and press go. It only buffers a few seconds worth, and I think if you want to film your child and pony clearing a jump, don't bother (or use an iPhone). I've taken some very nice dequendes of dripping water and things falling, but it's not convenient.
None. It oozes quality, has super dynamic range, stunning images, convenience, usability and more. If you don't fancy forking out for a M4, consider one of the others, down to and including the M1. My daughter has that and it too is a super camera. I wanted a view finder so I held out for the M4, but it looks like the M3 would do most of what I want too.
The image quality is unbelievably good, although arguably not a huge step up from the already fantastic RX100 III. Being able to shoot at ISO 6400 and getting clean images is something I had previously reserved for my Canon 7D MkII but now I can capture fantastic shots at night with the RX100 IV. If you are passionate about photography and prefer a bit more control over your shots, you will feel right at home with the manual controls over almost every setting imaginable. The stacked sensor can process images rapidly - I put it in continuous burst mode shooting at 16fps and it didn't slow down at all; it sounds like a mini machine gun!
The ring around the lens is smooth and feels excellent in the hands. It can be programmed to adjust what you like and operates the most obvious settings in aperture and shutter priority modes quickly. It can also be used to zoom more smoothly if you find the little trigger by the shutter release too fast. The lens itself is magnificent, capturing incredible levels of detail across the entire range and with smooth bokeh in the out of focus areas. Some may find the zoom doesn't reach as far as some of its rivals but the images are large enough to give some room to crop without losing too much quality.
The autofocus is spot on and super fast. You can choose the usual modes for autofocus areas and metering modes through the menu system (a little clunky but easy enough to figure out), or you can set the ring around the lens to manually focus.
Onto the video quality, whether you shoot Ultra HD or Full HD the video is sublime. However the real stunner is the high frame rate shooting which can go up to 960fps! One thing to bear in mind though, the quality degrades as the frame rate increases - I don't go above 480fps which is 20x slower than normal as the 960fps mode isn't that great as to make 4 seconds stretch to 3 minutes, the quality has to be reduced significantly. Also to bear in mind is if you are shooting 4K, it will stop after 5 minutes to cool down. It is a trade off to have 4K and a pocketable camera but it is something to think about if you had planned on shooting a lot of 4K video. It also doesn't have a headphone out or mic input but I haven't found this to be too much of an issue (I record audio using a HD audio app on my iPhone separately) but something else to know.
If you are considering buying this camera, please note you will need minimum 64GB Class 10 UHS-I SD cards to be able to use a lot of the new functions. I originally put in a 32GB card and I couldn't shoot UHD or HD video, or use the high frame rate video. Instead I got a message to use SDXC cards (64GB and higher).
All in all though, this camera is absolutely incredible. I find myself reaching for it so much more than my 7D MkII (even with the 70-200 f2.8L II lens) and to have super sharp images in an instant is a dream. My only gripe is the battery life is not great especially when you start shooting in HD and HFR modes but with a Sony NP-BX1 Rechargeable Camera Battery costing around £25, this hasn't been a deal breaker. I also bought the Sony screen protector for £10 to help protect against scratches - it is practically indistinguishable once on the camera.
If you have made it this far in the review, you deserve a medal and you have probably realised I highly recommend this camera. If your budget is a little stretched, there is no harm in going for the RX100 III which has similar fantastic image quality, especially if you do not need 4K video.
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