Will the Sony RX10 V be released in 2022?

Sony RX10 V mock-up
(Image credit: Sony)

The Sony RX10 IV is the fourth generation of Sony’s premium-build bridge camera, and although it's been a popular and well-rated model, it's now five years old, having been launched back in 2017.

An update to the Sony RX10 IV in the form of fifth-generation RX10 V has been making its way around the rumor mill for some time, but the latest reports are suggesting that it could be released at the end of 2022 – that's if supply chain issues don't cause any disruptions.

We've yet to report on this potential new bridge camera in the Sony section our camera rumors guide, but as specifications have been circulating we were interested to find out more about what the camera could hold, and whether it might be similar to the best Sony cameras currently on the market.

Rumored specs of a Sony RX10 V are thin on the ground, but they suggest the new iteration could have some build and design improvements over its predecessor that make for more ergonomic and overall more pleasant handling. The flash could also go, while the same lens as the RX10 IV (a 25x optical zoom) might stay.

Although rumors point towards a "significant technological upgrade" this gives us no clue as to the sensor that would be used inside the RX10 V. The current Sony RX10 IV manages to combine extreme zoom range – thanks to the 24-600mm lens – with fast autofocus and a lightweight form. We'd hope that any new model would still include these features, but would definitely like to see an improvement on the video specifications, to keep up with the needs of today's premium compact audience.

We'll keep our eyes peeled for more information on the Sony RX10 V. Could it make it into our guide to the best bridge camera? For now, the Sony RX10 IV is still a very good superzoom and the best Sony RX10 IV deals make it an even more tempting prospect if you're looking for a premium bridge camera.

Confused about RX10 models? You're not alone! Here's a guide to the Sony RX10 vs Sony RX10 II vs Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX10 IV. Since you're here, you might also like to see the Best Sony lenses.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.