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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

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 20.1 Megapixel (5472 x 3648)
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type1" CMOS
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
Lens
Focal Length9 to 72mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 200mm)
Optical Zoom8x
Digital Zoom4x Maximum (32x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (16x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/2.8 to 4.5
Focus Range3.15" to Infinity / 8 cm to Infinity (Wide)
3.28' to Infinity / 1 m to Infinity (Telephoto)
Optical Design15 Elements in 12 Groups
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 12800 (Extended: 64 to 25600)
Shutter SpeedMechanical Shutter
1/2000 to 30 Second
Bulb Mode
1/2000 to 4 Second in Auto Mode
Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 30 Second
1/32000 to 4 Second in Auto Mode
Metering MethodAverage, Center-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 20 fps at 20.1 MP
Up to 90 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 7 Frames
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/5/10-Second Delay
Special OptionsPanorama
Video
Recording ModesMP4/XAVC S
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p [60 to 100 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 23.976p/25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p/100p/119.88p [16 to 100 Mb/s]
AVCHD/MP4
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 50i/59.94i [17 to 24 Mb/s]
Video SystemNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input (Stereo)
Audio File FormatAC3, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeElectronic (OLED)
Resolution2,359,296 Dot
Viewfinder Coverage100%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.59x
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution921,600 Dot
Display Type180° Tilting Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Flash On, Off, Rear Sync, Slow Sync
Effective Flash RangeISO 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 ConnectionNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
Connectivity3.5mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
WirelessBluetooth
Wi-Fi
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Physical
Battery1 x 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" / 101.6 x 58.1 x 42.8 mm
Weight10.65 oz / 302 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.8 x 7.1 x 6.4"

Sony DSC-RX100 VII Reviews

Best travel camera.

By Leah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-21

When you want beautiful travel photos that your phone can't give you, this is the camera. I traveled to New Orleans one year and got the best colors and details and didn't have to.carry my larger cameras. This camera is a win, win. Leah

Awesom Sony

By Sarah E
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-02

This camera is awesome. Photos are crisp and sharp. The zoom part is more detailed than I expected. If you do not own this camera. Go out and purchase it at B&H.

Zero Battery Life

By Barton
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-31

Gave my Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII it's first real world work out. Left with a fully charged battery and after making only 36 images, the battery died with the lens in the extended position. The icons on the screen are impossible to read/decipher and the software interphase with the Mac Book Pro is clunky and awkward. How does a battery die after only 36 images?

Excellent choice

By Lynda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-29

This camera is an excellent choice for its photo quality, ease of use, portability. I had an RX100 iv before ordering this latest version and am very pleased with the new one. The included quick start guide will have you shooting quickly but I highly recommend the Alexander White guide on Amazon to guide you through the many features in an easily readable format.

Expensive compact camera performs

By Bernard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-20

This Sony camera is costly, but it does everything they say and more. The start-up page is too brief to be useful, and the manual (over 600 pages!) is online only. The camera is so small that my iPhone looks big in comparison.

Worth every penny

By Andrei
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-04

Yes, the cost does not even come close to being trivial. But use it for a bit and you will understand why. Sony has designed a super champ here. Every gram is justified albeit at a premium. Does have a short battery life but I am willing to live with that because of the weight and the size of it. For stills you can buy a bucketful of generic batteries if you think you'll be taking thousands of photos in one outing. I always thought my iPhone would do for occasional, unexpected travel photography. This Sony has changed my mind.

Better than an iPhone

By Lucille
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-03

Totally portable, this 24 megapixel camera is a go-to for camera buffs who don't want to lug their A1 or A7iv around for casual walks or street photography. Lightweight and yet a monster in capabilities. Equivalent in almost every way to the much heavier RX10, and with today's AI deNoise and Sharpen programs, you'd hardly know it was a crop camera. Even the menu is similar to the A1, so an easy transition when shifting from one camera to the other. The only downside (and it's a minor one) is the smaller battery which requires more frequent charging. But I bought a spare, and except for heavy duty shooting days, can usually get by with a single charge.

It Fits In My Pocket

By Randy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-21

I recently purchased this camera after spending quite a bit of time researching the best point and shoot that had both raw capabilities as well as full manual usage. The Sony quickly rose to the top and the pop up eye piece was some of the icing on the cake. I do most of my work with a Nikon D610 but I wanted something with good capabilities that would be easy to carry with me on a daily basis. I must say that, after using it quite heavily over the last 20 days, I am pleased with the results that I can get with it. The images do need a bit more touch up in my processing and they are not equal to what I get from my full frame dslr, but they're quite good. And, It Fits In My Pocket.

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