Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review

August 24, 2015 | Amy Davies |
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Specifications

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) (CIPA)
101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0 mm
Weight (CIPA)
271 g (Body only), 298 g (With battery and media)

Sensor

Sensor Type
1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Effective pixels
Quality Priority: 240fps/250fps (1824 x 1026), 480fps/500fps (1676 x 566), 960fps/1000fps (1136 x 384)/ Shoot Time Priority: 240fps/250fps (1676 x 566), 480fps/500fps (1136 x 384), 960fps/1000fps (800 x 270)

Lens

Lens type
ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
F-number
F1.8 (W) - 2.8 (T)
Focal length
Focal Length (f=) 35mm format equivalent [Still Image 3:2] f= 24-70 mm [Still Image 16:9] f= 26-76 mm [Still Image 4:3] f= 25-73 mm [Still Image 1:1] f= 30.5-89 mm [Movie 16:9] f = 25.5-74 mm (SteadyShot Standard), f = 30-86 mm (SteadyShot Active), f = 33.5-95 mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active) [Movie 4K 16:9] f = 28-80 mm (SteadyShot Standard), [HFR 960 fps] f = 42-118 mm (Quality Priority), f = 60-170 mm (Shoot Time Priority) [HFR 480fps] f=28-80 mm (Quality Priority), f=42-118 mm (Shoot Time Priority) [HFR 240 fps] f = 26-75 mm (Quality Priority), f = 28-80 mm (Shoot Time Priority)
ND Filter
Auto / On (3 steps) / Off

Zoom

Optical Zoom
2.9x
Digital Zoom (Still Image)
Up to 11x
Digital Zoom (Movie)
11x
Clear Image Zoom
Still Image: 20M Approx. 5.8x / 10M Approx. 8.2x / 5.0M Approx. 11x / VGA Approx. 44x

Stabilization

Steadyshot
[Still Image] Optical [Movie] Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti Rolling type)

Focus

Focus Type
Contrast detection AF
LOCK ON AF
Yes
Focus Mode
Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, DMF, Manual Focus

LCD

Screen Type
7.5cm (3.0type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Adjustable Angle
Up: approx. 180 degrees, down: approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps)/Sunny Weather

Shutter

Shutter Speed
iAuto(4" - 1/2000) / Program Auto(30" - 1/2000) / Manual(Bulb, 30" - 1/2000) / Aperture Priority(30" - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority(30" - 1/2000)
Electronic Shutter
iAuto (4" - 1/32000) / Program Auto(30" - 1/32000) / Manual (30" - 1/32000) / Aperture Priority (30" - 1/32000) / Shutter Priority (30" - 1/32000)

White Balance

White Balance Modes
Auto;Daylight;Shade;Cloudy;Incandescent;Fluor.: Warm White;Fluor.: Cool White;Fluor.: Day White;Fluor.: Daylight;Flash;C.Temp./Filter;Custom
Bracketing
Yes

Noise reduction

Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On / Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1/3 sec. High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off

Storage Media

Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick Duo;Memory Stick PRO Duo;Memory Stick PRO Duo(High Speed);Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo;Memory Stick Micro ;Memory Stick XC-HG Duo;Memory Stick Micro (Mark2);SD Memory Card;SDHC Memory Card(UHS-I);SDXC Memory Card(UHS-I);microSD Memory Card ;microSDHC Memory Card ;microSDXC Memory Card

Recording

Recording Format
Still Image: JPEG ( DCF Ver 2.0, Exif Ver 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format);Movie: XAVG S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible MP4
Still Image Resolution
3:2mode:20M(5,472×3,648) / 10M(3,888×2,592) / 5M(2,736×1,824),4:3mode:18M(4,864×3,648) / 10M(3,648×2,736) / 5M(2,592×1,944) / VGA,16:9mode:17M(5,472×3,080) / 7.5M(3,648×2,056) / 4.2M(2,720×1,528),1:1mode:13M(3,648×3,648) / 6.5M(2,544×2,544) / 3.7M(1,920×1,920) ,Sweep Panorama:Wide(12,416×1,856/5,536×2,160),Standard(8,192×1,856/3,872×2,160)
Still Image Number of Recording Pixels (Image Size) During Movie
[16:9] 17M (5,472x3,080) / 7.5M (3,648x2,056) / 4.2M (2,720x1,528)
Movie Recording Mode
NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode AVCHD: 28M PS (1920 x 1080/50p) / 24M FX (1920 x 1080/50i) / 17M FH (1920 x 1080/50i) / 24M FX (1920 x 1080/25p) / 17M FH (1920 x 1080/25p), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M (3840 x 2160/25p) / 25p 60M (3840 x 2160/25p), XAVC S HD:50p 50M (1920 x 1080/50p) / 25p 50M (1920 x 1080/25p) / 100p 100M (1920 x 1080/100p) / 100p 60M (1920 x 1080/100p), MP4: 28M (1920 x 1080/50p) / 16M (1920 x 1080/25p) / 6M (1280 x 720/25p) [NTSC] mode AVCHD: 28M PS (1920 x 1080/60p) / 24M FX (1920 x 1080/60i) / 17M FH (1920 x 1080/60i) / 24M FX (1920 x 1080/24p) / 17M FH (1920 x 1080/24p), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M (3840 x 2160/30p) / 30p 60M (3840 x 2160/30p) / 24p 100M (3840 x 2160/24p) / 24p 60M (3840 x 2160/24p), XAVC S HD:60p 50M (1920 x 1080/60p) / 30p 50M (1920 x 1080/30p) / 24p 50M (1920 x 1080/24p) / 120p 100M (1920 x 1080/120p) / 120p 60M (1920 x 1080/120p), MP4: 28M (1920 x 1080/60p) / 16M (1920 x 1080/30p) / 6M (1280 x 720/30p) Sensor Readout Number of effective pixels: Quality Priority: 240fps/250fps (1824 x 1026), 480fps/500fps (1676 x 566), 960fps/1000fps (1136 x 384)/ Shoot Time Priority: 240fps/250fps (1676 x 566), 480fps/500fps (1136 x 384), 960fps/1000fps (800 x 270)
HFR
NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode XAVC S HD: 60p 50M (1920 x 1080/240 fps), 60p 50M (1920 x 1080/480 fps), 60p 50M (1920 x 1080/960 fps) / 30p 50M (1920 x 1080/240 fps), 30p 50M (1920 x 1080/480 fps), 30p 50M (1920 x 1080/960 fps) / 24p 50M (1920 x 1080/240 fps), 24p 50M (1920 x 1080/480 fps), 24p 50M (1920 x 1080/960 fps), NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode XAVC S HD: 50p 50M (1920 x 1080/250 fps), 50p 50M (1920 x 1080/500 fps), 50p 50M (1920 x 1080/1000 fps) / 25p 50M (1920 x 1080/250 fps), 25p 50M (1920 x 1080/500 fps), 25p 50M (1920 x 1080/1000 fps)

Built-in Flash

Built-in Flash Mode
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Sync / Flash Off
Flash Type
Built-in, manual pop-up
Built-in Flash Range
ISO Auto: Approx.0.4m to 10.2m (W) / Approx. 0.4m to 6.5m (T), ISO12800: up to Approx. 20.4m (W) / Approx. 13.0m (T)

Shooting

Image Processor
BIONZ X™
Shooting Mode
Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto;Program Auto;Aperture Priority;Shutter Speed Priority;Manual Exposure;MR(Memory Recall) 1,2,3;Movie Mode(Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure);HFR Mode(Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure);Panorama;Scene Selection
Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum)
Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 16 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 5.5 fps
Self-Timer
10sec. / 5sec. / 2sec. / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable
Scene Selection
Portrait;Sports Action;Macro;Landscape;Sunset;Night Scene;Handheld Twilight;Night Portrait;Anti Motion Blur;Pet Mode;Gourmet;Fireworks;High Sensitivity
Photo Creativity
Yes
Picture Effect
[Still Image] Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration [Movie] Toy camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Mono.
Panorama (Shooting)
Sweep Panorama
Shooting Functions
Eye AF;Face Detection;Face Registration;Still Image Recording (during movie recording);Smile shutter;Grid Line;Quick Navi;Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll);WB Bracket;DRO Bracketing;MF Assist;Peaking;Zebra;Marker Display;Micref Level;Step Zoom / Quick Zoom;Self-portrait timer;TC/UB;Photographer Name & Copyright;ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed;PC Remote Controll
Picture Profile
Off/PP1-PP7 (Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Color Level, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)

Playback

Playback Modes
BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI);9/25-frame index view;Auto Orientation;Slide Show;Forward/Rewind (Movie);Delete;Protect;Motion Shot Video;Beatuty Effect;TRILUMINOS Colour;4K image output

Exposure

Exposure Control
Yes
Minimum Illumination (Movie)
Auto: 1.2 lux (Shutter Speed 1/30")
Exposure Compensation
+/- 3.0EV, 1/3EV step
Light Metering Mode
Multi Pattern;Center Weighted;Spot
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)
Auto (ISO 125-12800, selectable with upper/ lower limit), 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100), Multi Frame NR: Auto (ISO 125-12800), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600
ISO Sensitivity (Movie)
Auto (ISO 125-ISO 12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800

Power

USB Charge/USB Power Supply
Yes (Shooting, Playback)
Battery System
NP-BX1
Power Consumption (Camera Mode)
Approx. 1.9W with LCD monitor and approx. 2.3W with viewfinder(CIPA standard)
Battery Life
Still Images (CIPA) :Monitor: Approx. 280 / Approx. 140 min. Viewfinder: Approx. 230 / Approx. 115min; Movies (actual shooting) : Monitor: Approx. 45 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 45 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4 GB); Movies (continuous shooting) Monitor: Approx. 80 min. Viewfinder: Approx. 85 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4 GB)

Interface

Input and Output Terminals
Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI, Multi/Micro USB Terminal
Wireless Capabilities
[NFC] NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing, [Wi-Fi] Yes (IEEE802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz band)

What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Strap adapter
  • Instruction Manual