Sony has managed to pack a heck of a lot of tech into its latest Cyber-shot RX100 camera, making the seventh iteration of this very popular line perhaps the best point-and-shoot camera the electronics giant has produced to date.
For starters, there's a large 1-inch 20.1MP sensor under the hood of the RX100 VII that captures crisp images with striking detail, framed through a Zeiss lens featuring an impressive 24-200mm zoom range. Then there's the pop-up viewfinder that's barely visible when not in use, giving the little camera a neat and minimalist aesthetic.
And like we said, that's just for starters. It uses a powerhouse of a DRAM chip that has made the RX100 VII one of the fastest compact cameras available which, alongside the latest Bionz X image processor, gives the pocket rocket the ability to capture superb 4K footage at up to 30fps and a maximum burst speed of 20fps (with auotofocus/auto exposure working throughout). If that continuous shooting speed isn't enough, you can bump it up to a whopping 90fps by using the Single Burst mode onboard.
It's essentially the power of the Sony Alpha A9 professional sports shooter in the palm of your hand!
Of course, being a Sony camera, its autofocus performance is par excellence. There's a 357-point phase-detection AF system (with Real-Time AF tracking) that boasts a really quick 0.02 second response, so you won't miss out on any of the action.
It even boasts Sony's S-Log2 and S-Log3 video formats, in case you were after some high-end video features.
All this tech, though, means the RX100 VII is also Sony's most expensive compact camera, carrying an official price tag of AU$2,125. It's possible to find the camera for a little less, but it's still quite pricey for most people. However, if you've been keen on getting your hands on this little powerhouse, then you can save a decent chunk of change when shopping on VideoPro's official eBay store.
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII | AU$1,646 (RRP AU$2,125; save AU$479)
It's fair to say this pocket rocket is one of the most expensive compact cameras currently on the market, but it's possible to save some dosh if you look hard enough. Like this offer on eBay, thanks to VideoPro, where it's listed at a much more affordable price – over 22% lower than Sony's own price tag if you're crunching numbers. So if you've been lusting after what is one of the best point-and-shoot cameras, then this is your chance.