Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII Review

October 16, 2019 | Mark Goldstein |

First Impressions

We've spent some time shooting with the exciting new Sony RX100 VII compact camera. Here are our initial first impressions...

With the new RX100 VII, Sony are promising to deliver Alpha A9 levels of speed and AF performance inside a much smaller camera. Let's take a detailed look at what the new model has to offer...


Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

The RX100 VII has a newly developed 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip and the latest BIONZ X processor, as featured on the Alpha 9 and A7R III/IV full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Take a look at some full-size Sample Images to see just what the RX100 VII is capable of.


Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

There are 357 AF phase detection points, with 68% frame coverage in total.

The RX100 VII can auto-focus in just 0.02 sec, making it the World's fastest fixed-lens compact camera with a 1-inch sensor when it comes to auto-focusing.

Burst Shooting

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

The RX100 VII offers 90fps single burst shooting - yes, 90fps - with the AF point and exposure locked at the first frame, or a still very impressive 20fps with black-out free continuous AF/AE, just like on the flagship Alpha A9. There are also "slower" 60fps and 30fps rates available if 90fps is too fast for you.

Also, interval shooting is now available on the RX100 series for the first time.


Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

The RX100 VII is no slouch when it comes to video recording, although it still lacks 10-bit recording and 4K/60p.

It offers 4K movies through full pixel readout without any pixel binning, oversampling from 14 megapixels to 8 megapixels (1.7x), with real-time tracking and real-time eye AF for both humans and animals, both features taken from the flagship A7R IV camera.

Other key improvements to the RX100 series video include enhanced Active SteadyShot image stabilisation for 4K video, claimed to be 8x more effective than on previous models, and the welcome addition of a 3.5mm microphone jack.

If that wasn't enough, you can also now record and edit movies in the vertical orientation for IG TV and other social networks that use this format.


Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII

Just like its predecessor, the RX100 VII still has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a touchscreen LCD that can be flipped up by 180-degrees and down by 90-degrees, and a versatile 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens.


The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII will be available in August priced at £1300 / 1300 Euros / $1300.


There's also a new jacket case, the LCJ-RXK, which allows you to charge the camera, flip the screen and access the terminals without having to take it off.