Each generation of the Sony RX100 has been a runaway success and showing no signs of slowing down with one new model every year since 2012. All RX100s offers a large 1″ sensor with a bright zoom lens in a highly compact body. The third generation added a built-in EVF which pops up when needed, while the fourth added 4K Ultra-HD video.
The new Sony Cybershot RX100 V keeps every feature of its predecessor and makes it faster. At its core is a 20 megapixels 1″ high-speed CMOS sensor which can now continuously capture full-resolution images at an outstanding 24 FPS with a buffer for 150 JPEG images. The sensor uses a 1.3X-crop region to record 4K Ultra-HD video and can record full 1080p HD video at up to 1000 FPS! This gives motion video that plays 40X slower than real-time. It can also capture conventional 1080p video at up to 120 FPS.
The new 20 MP sensor adds a 315-point Phase-Detect AF system which is claimed to be the fastest in the world among compact digital cameras. There is still a 0.39″ EVF with 2.4 megapixels, 0.59X magnification and 100% coverage which is very impressive considering its popup design. A 3″ LCD with 1.2 MP is also available for framing. Usability is made relatively efficient for a compact camera with dual control-dials plus a traditional mode-dial.