The Sony RX100 VII crams the power of the Sony A9 into a pocket sized camera

Sony RX100 VII
(Image credit: Sony)

The Sony RX100 family is a pocket-sized camera best suited to travel and family photography, you’d have thought, but with each generation Sony is packing more and more power into this tiny compact.

The brand new Sony RX100 VII now boasts many of the technologies featured in Sony’s professional A9 mirrorless camera, one of the best mirrorless cameras you can get. These two cameras are completely different, of course, and aimed at different markets, but with its 357-point focal-plane phase-detection AF/425-point contrast-detection AF system and viewfinder blackout-free burst shooting at up to 20 frames per second with autofocus and auto-exposure, the RX100 VII does boast the power of a professional sports camera.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at