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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.8-4.5 Lens
  • 24-200mm (35mm Equivalent)
Mixing speed, reach, and portability, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is a pocket-sized camera packing a wealth of stills and video versatility. This seventh-generation camera in the esteemed RX100 series is the second to feature the impressive 24-200mm-equivalent ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens that covers wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths for greater shooting flexibility in a variety of conditions. Making use of the extended range is a redesigned 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, along with an improved BIONZ X image processor, for fast shooting performance, high sensitivity to ISO 12800, and UHD 4K video recording. The updated sensor design is all about speed and enables blackout-free continuous shooting up to 20 fps for easier subject tracking. Single Burst Shooting also permits shooting at an extreme 90-fps setting for working with the fastest moving subjects. The sensor's design also provides a 357-point hybrid AF system for quick and accurate focus performance and subject tracking in both stills and video modes. A stacked design and front-end LSI also contribute to quickened operation and enhanced image quality. Video performance also remains impressive with the incorporation of S-Log3 and HLG gamma settings, and High Frame Rate shooting allows you to record at up to 960 fps for slow-motion playback.
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Sony DSC-RX100 VII Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 3ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm Lens
  • 4Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Phase-Detection Points
  • 5UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 6Body Design and Wireless Connectivity
  • 7Other Camera Features

Mixing speed, reach, and portability, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII is a pocket-sized camera packing a wealth of stills and video versatility. This seventh-generation camera in the esteemed RX100 series is the second to feature the impressive 24-200mm-equivalent ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens that covers wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths for greater shooting flexibility in a variety of conditions. Making use of the extended range is a redesigned 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, along with an improved BIONZ X image processor, for fast shooting performance, high sensitivity to ISO 12800, and UHD 4K video recording. The updated sensor design is all about speed and enables blackout-free continuous shooting up to 20 fps for easier subject tracking. Single Burst Shooting also permits shooting at an extreme 90-fps setting for working with the fastest moving subjects. The sensor's design also provides a 357-point hybrid AF system for quick and accurate focus performance and subject tracking in both stills and video modes. A stacked design and front-end LSI also contribute to quickened operation and enhanced image quality. Video performance also remains impressive with the incorporation of S-Log3 and HLG gamma settings, and High Frame Rate shooting allows you to record at up to 960 fps for slow-motion playback.

Retaining the classic sleek form factor of an RX100, the VII still has a pocketable stature despite the extended zoom lens. A pop-up 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder is a sleek means for eye-level viewing or, alternatively, a 3.0" 921.6k-dot LCD touchscreen can be used. The LCD features a tilting design to support working from high and low angles and its touch capability permits the use of Touch Focus and Touch Shutter functions. The camera also sports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing imagery to a linked mobile device or for embedding location information from your smartphone.

20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
Utilizing an advanced stacked structure with an integrated DRAM chip, the updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor of the RX100 VII is able to deliver outstanding image quality from ISO 100-12800 with incredibly fast performance. This sensor stacks the pixel area, a high-speed signal processing circuit, and memory in order to increase data throughput and deliver features such as Single Burst Shooting, an Anti-Distortion shutter, UHD 4K video, and more. This 1" sensor also has 357 phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast detection areas for faster, more precise focusing.

This sensor is paired with a revised BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI, which dramatically improve the speed and throughput of the entire imaging system, enabling blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps with continuous AF/AE calculations being performed at 60 times per second. The Single Burst Shooting function also permits recording up to seven frames, in raw or JPEG, at 90 fps, 60 fps, or 30 fps for capturing the fastest of moments. The front-end LSI and enhanced sensor performance also improve overall image quality, especially at higher sensitivities, by reducing noise and offering higher perceived resolution and color definition.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm Lens
Spanning an impressive 24-200mm equivalent range, the integrated ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens suits photographing in a wide range of situations. Now covering wide-angle to mid-telephoto, the updated zoom range affords greater shooting versatility while still retaining a compact form factor due to the f/2.8-4.5 maximum aperture range. The optical design incorporates eight aspherical elements, including four advanced aspherical (AA) elements, to greatly reduce aberrations and distortions in order to achieve high sharpness and accurate rendering. A ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to suppress reflections and glare for improved contrast and color fidelity.

The flexible reach is complemented by four stop-effective Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake to suit handheld shooting in low-light conditions. Additionally, Clear Image Zoom can also be used to further extend the effective reach of the zoom with nearly no image degradation.
Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Phase-Detection Points
The RX100 VII is equipped with an on-sensor phase-detection AF system that dramatically improves autofocus speed for both stills and video. The camera uses a hybrid system with 357 phase-detection points that cover approximately 68% of the frame along with a 425-area contrast-detection system to provide fast, accurate focusing in a range of situations. The RX100 VII is able to lock onto subjects quickly, in just 0.02 seconds, and it can use Real-time Tracking for AI-based tracking on moving subjects. Real-time Eye AF, suitable for both humans and animals, also ensures critical sharpness when shooting portraits.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Able to record UHD 4K video at 30/24 fps, the RX100 VII, is capable of producing movies with exceptional clarity. By using a full pixel readout without binning, the camera collects about 1.7x the information needed for 4K output. This oversampling helps to increase clarity while reducing the impact of moiré and jaggies. Benefitting sharper recording, an Active SteadyShot mode can be used for recording that prioritizes smoothness when reducing the appearance of camera shake. Fast Hybrid AF is available during movie shooting for ensuring accurate, fast tracking using phase-detection AF points. The camera also offers Sony's advanced XAVC S format for recording a high bit rates up to 100 Mb/s. In addition to high-resolution internal recording, uncompressed HDMI output also enables the use of an optional external recorder for clean 4K recording with 4:2:2 sampling.

Affording extensive customizable color and gamma controls, the RX100 VII allows users to adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also, users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high-end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal then traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility. HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support is also available, along with the BT.2020 color space, for recording within a wide color gamut and, in addition to S-Log2, S-Log3 is also available for producing an effective 14-stop dynamic range with increased grading control in the shadow to mid-tone regions of the image.

Speed is also a huge advantage of the RX100 VII, and, in video, users will benefit from advanced High Frame Rate shooting and super slow motion. In Full HD, shooters will have access to a standard 120 fps setting that will enable outstanding slow motion when placed in editing software. In addition to this, the camera also offers a dedicated HFR mode that boosts the camera's frame rate to up to 960 fps.

A Photo Capture function is built directly into the camera, allowing shooters to quickly save an 8.29MP still from their UHD 4K movies. Full HD can also benefit from this feature, where users will be able to pull a 2MP still. Additionally, the camera is NTSC/PAL switchable, making it usable around the world, vertical videos can be recorded with embedded metadata to correct for the vertical orientation during playback.
Body Design and Wireless Connectivity
  • Rear 3.0" 921.6k-dot tilting LCD features a touchscreen design for intuitive operation, including the ability for working with Touch Focus, Touch Pad AF, and Touch Shutter functions. The screen's tilting design, which goes from 180° upward to 90° downward, also suits photographing from high, low, and front-facing angles.
  • One-push pop-up XGA OLED electronic viewfinder offers a resolution of 2.36m dots and 0.59x magnification for crisp, clear viewing. The EVF also uses a ZEISS T* coating, to ensure clarity from corner to corner, and has a one-push access design for more convenient switching between the LCD and EVF.
  • Integrated 3.5mm external microphone port supports improved audio recording quality.
  • A manual control ring surrounds the lens and features a smooth, click-less design for quick and quiet changing of settings. The ring can be assigned to control a variety of features, at different values, including zoom and aperture.
  • Custom button and other programmable button can be set to one of over 40 functions for quick access to commonly used settings.
  • Pop-up flash will help illuminate subjects in dimly lit scenes.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables instant transferring of imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices, with no complex set-up required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and, using Smart Remote Control, remotely control the camera's shutter release. Additionally, connection to a smartphone using a QR code is also possible.
  • Bluetooth connectivity, via the PlayMemories Mobile app, also allows you to embed location information into both stills and movie files for geotagging.
Other Camera Features
  • Anti-Distortion electronic shutter can enable completely silent shooting as well as the ability to work at shutter speeds as fast as 1/32000 second. This shutter also keeps rolling shutter effects to an absolute minimum and enables photographers to work in bright light with wider apertures.
  • The Fn menu can be accessed and edited immediately after continuous shooting, while data writing is still in progress.
  • File name setting allows users to change the first three characters of the file name from DSC to three characters of their choice. Additionally, images shot in continuous mode can also be displayed, reviewed, and deleted in the groups they were shot for faster operation.
  • Step Zoom lets you quickly change between five common focal lengths (24, 28, 35, 50, or 70mm) by rotating the control ring.
  • Users can set a minimum shutter speed when using ISO AUTO to help minimize shutter blur.
  • Creative Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, and Style Box.
  • Picture Effect modes: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-Key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
  • Picture Profile parameters: Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2, S-Log3, HLG, HLG1, HLG2, HLG3), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Depth, Color Phase, Detail, Copy and Reset.
UPC: 027242918511

Sony DSC-RX100 VII Specs

Key Specs
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel (5472 x 3648)
Image Sensor
1"-Type CMOS
Image Stabilization
Digital
Optical in Integrated Lens
Focal Length
9 to 72mm (35mm Equivalent: 24 to 200mm)
Optical Zoom
8x
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 to 4.5
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
100 to 12,800 in Auto Mode (Extended: 64 to 25,600)
Video
100 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
Internal Recording Modes
MP4/XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps [16 to 100 Mb/s]
AVCHD/MP4
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [17 to 24 Mb/s]
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Wireless
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Display Size
3.0"
Display Type
180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Built-In Flash/Light
Yes, Flash Only
Battery Type
1x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh (Approx. 240 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4 x 2.29 x 1.69" / 10.2 x 5.82 x 4.29 cm
Weight
10.65 oz / 302 g
Imaging
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel (5472 x 3648)
Image Sensor
1"-Type CMOS
Image Stabilization
Digital
Optical in Integrated Lens
Lens
Focal Length
9 to 72mm (35mm Equivalent: 24 to 200mm)
Optical Zoom
8x
Digital Zoom
4x Maximum (32x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (16x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 to 4.5
Focus Range
3.15" to Infinity / 8 cm to Infinity (Wide)
3.28' to Infinity / 1 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Optical Design
15 Elements in 12 Groups
Exposure Control
Shutter Speed
Mechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 30 Seconds
1/2000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
1/2000 to 30 Seconds in Bulb Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 30 Seconds
1/32000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
Bulb/Time Mode
Bulb Mode
ISO Sensitivity Range
Photo
100 to 12,800 in Auto Mode (Extended: 64 to 25,600)
Video
100 to 12,800 in Auto Mode
Metering Method
Average, Center-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation
-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance
Presets: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous Shooting
Up to 20 fps at 20.1 MP
Up to 90 fps at 20.1 MP
Interval Recording
Yes
Self-Timer
2/5/10-Second Delay
Special Options
Panorama
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image File Format
JPEG, Raw
Video Capture
Internal Recording Modes
MP4/XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps [60 to 100 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100 fps [16 to 100 Mb/s]
AVCHD/MP4
1920 x 1080i at 50/59.94 fps [17 to 24 Mb/s]
Recording Limit
Up to 30 Minutes
Broadcast Output
NTSC/PAL
Built-In Microphone
Stereo
Audio Recording
AC-3 Audio
2-Channel LPCM Audio
Interface
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Internal Memory
No
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Input
Power I/O
1x Micro-USB Input
Other I/O
1x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
Wireless
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Mobile App Compatible
No
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)
No
Monitor
Display Size
3.0"
Resolution
921,600 Dot
Display Type
180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Viewfinder
Type
Built-In Electronic (OLED)
Resolution
2,359,296 Dot
Coverage
100%
Magnification
Approx. 0.59x
Diopter Adjustment
-4 to +3
Flash
Built-In Flash/Light
Yes, Flash Only
Flash Modes
Auto, Flash On, Off, Rear Sync, Slow Sync
Effective Flash Range
ISO Auto
1.31 to 19.36' / 0.4 to 5.9 m (Wide)
3.28 to 10.17' / 1 to 3.1 m (Telephoto)
External Flash Connection
No
Environmental
Operating Temperature
32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
General
Battery Type
1x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh (Approx. 240 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4 x 2.29 x 1.69" / 10.2 x 5.82 x 4.29 cm
Weight
10.65 oz / 302 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6 x 4.6 x 2.85"

Sony DSC-RX100 VII Reviews

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Does the ($99) 3-Year Pro Plan cover crack & ...

Does the ($99) 3-Year Pro Plan cover crack & scratches on the lens on the RX100 VII?
Asked by: sunny
Yes.- - covered! With SquareTrade, you're covered for mechanical and electrical failures from normal use. Accident protection also covers you for life's accidents, including drops and spills. (Plan doesn't cover intentional damage, loss or theft.) Drop it? Spill on it? No worries, you're covered for accidents caused by you and people you know. Broken Zoom Engine SquareTrade covers your camera's zoom engine, which allows your lens to zoom in and out. Mechanical & Electrical Failures SquareTrade covers you beyond the manufacturer's warranty, or if the manufacturer denies coverage for common failures. Screen Failure SquareTrade covers dead pixels, lines on your screen, discoloration, or dim screens that can make your camera unusable. SD Card Reader Failure SquareTrade covers SD card reader failure, which could prevent you from being able to store or access files on your camera For the fastest service, file a claim online at SquareTrade.com/claim anytime, 24/7. SquareTrade Pro Plan provides free express shipping to and from their repair center, and repair your item within 2 days of receiving it.* * For large items, you will be contacted within 24 hours of having your claim approved to schedule on-site repairs. With the Pro Plan, If SquareTrade can't repair your item, they'll determine whether to send you a replacement or refund the full replacement cost (up to the purchase price).
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-09-09

Does the viewfinder black-out when connected to ...

Does the viewfinder black-out when connected to micro HDMI out?
Asked by: Bill
Unfortunately, the LCD and the EVF will black out when connected to an external monitor via HDMI.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-01-22

How does this camera compare to the Leica D-Lux7?

How does this camera compare to the Leica D-Lux7?
Asked by: Tom
Both are great cameras that produce very good images. If you need a longer zoom, then go with the Sony.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-07-03

I see the camera comes with two batteries - is ...

I see the camera comes with two batteries - is the battery charger included in the package as well or does the battery have to be charged while inside the camera?
Asked by: Robert
The Sony RX100 VII does include an AC adapter with a USB connection and a Micro USB cable in order to charge the battery within the camera. If you prefer a separate charger, you may purchase the Sony BCTRX Battery Charger, B&H # SOBCTRX. https://bhpho.to/2tfobTZ
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2023-09-07

How long are the RX100-series cameras likely to ...

How long are the RX100-series cameras likely to last before having problems with the lens extension/retraction? (My Lumix LX100 lasted about 3 years)
Asked by: Deborah
The Sony RX100 series cameras typically don't have lens issues, it also depends on usage, If you get sand in the camera, etc... This camera should last several years, at least 5, without having issues.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-02-18

Can the RX100 VII immediately play back slow ...

Can the RX100 VII immediately play back slow motion in the camera and via HDMI out, or does the file have to be removed and processed in software before it can be viewed in slo-mo?
Asked by: Paul
The playback of HFR video files can be done directly on the camera or when connected via HDMI. The file would need to finish processing in camera before the next action.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-08-19

Does it make sense to buy this if I have an ...

Does it make sense to buy this if I have an iPhone 11 Pro?
Asked by: Jonathan
While the iPhone definitely has it’s uses, the RX100 VII has a 1”sensor for much more accurate capture of color and light. It has far superior image quality with a broad range zoom lens to capture a variety of subjects with smooth and seamless zooming while shooting video. Low light capability is noticeably better for those times when a flash or video light would ruin the ambiance of the photo or video. Capturing action is far better with the Sony. You can freeze action with great ease as well as having smoother panning with 4 stop stabilization to aid in low light photo or video. And for the occasion that you may want to enlarge an image, you can make a high quality enlargement to hang on your wall or give to a relative. Having Eye Auto Focus and Animal Auto Focus is a huge plus when capturing people and or pets. And finally, having the ability to produce quality bokeh or background blur is easy with the RX100 VII when shooting in aperture priority or manual mode.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2022-04-09

Can you equip the camera with a neutral density ...

Can you equip the camera with a neutral density filter?
Asked by: Jack
While the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera is not specifically threaded for filters, there are 3rd party options out there that allow for the mounting of filters.
Answered by: Naftoli
Date published: 2023-12-13
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