Sony RX100 Mark VII: The perfect compact camera
December 28, 2019

The best point and shoot camera you can get.

Sony’s RX100 series has always been a favorite. Having owned a Mark II (which seems so old by now), the various improvements that come with each iteration ultimately made this the best point and shoot camera on the market – if you can afford it. Now on its 7th generation, the world’s best compact camera brings in a plethora of new features and improvements. Let’s check it out. 

Even with smartphone cameras getting more advanced, some still prefer the power of a good old camera. Sony’s RX100 VII brings all the power of every great camera you’ve owned and places it inside a tiny structure. It’s technically a compact camera, but the images and videos you can shoot with this are similar to what you’ll get on more expensive DSLR cameras.

From the outside, it looks similar to its predecessors and only keen-eyed users will be able to spot the difference. It’s a little heavy too, thanks to the nearly all-metal material. It still lacks a handgrip, though accessories for it are available. 8x of zoom is provided, and packs in a full-frame 24-200 mm lens. 

And just like previous models, you get a 3-inch  tiltable display along with the bulk of the controls located on the right side that includes the zoom control, shutter release, mode dial and power switch. The screen can also be used to tap subjects into focus, but it’s touchscreen capabilities are limited since you can navigate menus with and would need to use the physical dial to do it.

There’s also an electronic viewfinder (EVF) that can mechanically pop-ups when you need it. The OLED screen is clear and crisp and is a good alternative to framing your shots if you don’t want to use the screen.

The RX100 VII supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth through Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app where you can transfer your shots or even control the camera since it can function as a wireless remote.

Big changes on the RX100 VII is the newer autofocus, where accurately detect moving object or even detect faces and eyes. These new features work on humans and on pets as well.

There’s 20fps shooting too where the RX100 VII uses an electronic shutter to take images in succession. There’s also a 90fps burst that shoots 7 RAW shots, perfect for those once-in-a-lifetime moments.

The 1-inch sensor on the RX100 VII produces incredible shots, made even better by the accompanying 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 zoom lens. Low-light images are great too, though you can play around with the ISO to reduce noise.

The compact design of the RX100 VII also makes it ideal for vloggers, and since it shoots in 4K, the footage never disappoints. You even have the option to shoot in 60Mbps or 100Mbps 4K video in 24 or 30 fps. You can also shoot in slow motion at 120 fps on a 1080p video. A slower 960fps slow motion is also available, but you’re limited to 480p in terms of resolution.

At 4,999 AED, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VII isn’t cheap, but with the design, high-end features, and great image quality, it seals its place as the top tier point-and-shoot cameras available.

We Love: 

+ Sharp zoom

+ 20 fps capture

+ 4K video recording

We Hate: 

– Crazy expensive

– Touch functions could have been better

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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