Sony RX100 Mark V review

Sony has shoe-horned some impressive technology into the body of this high-quality compact camera

Sony RX100 Mark V
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Launched way back in 2016, this premium compact camera is still going strong. Confusingly several generations of the RX100 are available - with this being the fifth of seven generations of this compact camera. The appeal is that it has a reasonably sizes Type-1 sensor, and it has distinctive pop-up electronic viewfinder which many users love.


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    Pop-up electronic viewfinder

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    315 autofocus detection points


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    No touchscreen

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Externally the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VV is an unassuming compact camera, but pick it up and its solid metal-bodied build becomes apparent. Its price tag hints that it’s a bit more than the average pocket-sized camera.

Inside the Mark V is a one-inch type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with 20.1 million pixels. The sensor’s stacked construction means the signal from the photosites (aka pixels) has less distance to travel, enabling a faster read-out speed. A DRAM chip and newly developed front-end LSI that supports the BIONZ X processing engine also enables 4K video, and a phenomenal maximum stills shooting speed of 24fps at full resolution with continuous autofocusing and metering for up to 150 shots.

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.