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Sony RX100 VII: pocket-sized with ‘a9 performance’

Sony has announced the RX100 VII, a 20.1-megapixel premium compact camera boasting the Sony a9’s autofocus performance, up to 60 AF calculations per second, and 20fps blackout-free shooting. It will be available from August with an RRP of $1,999.

Sony RX100 VII.
Sony RX100 VII.

That’s a lot of performance for the size – it weighs just 302g, and measures 102mm x 58mm x 43mm (width, height, depth).

The​RX100 VII has a newly-developed 1.0-inch stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor. This combination delivers the autofocussing performance and speed of the Sony a9.

The RX100 VII has 357 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection points. AF acquisition is done in as little as .02 seconds, thanks to a new lens drive control.

It also has Sony’s latest AI-based object recognition AF technology – Real-Time Tracking – with focus pinned on moving objects, and Real-Time Eye AF, which works with both human and animal eyes.

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm​8 F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens is the same that appeared on its predecessor.

‘As the global leader in sensor and processor technology we have been able to deliver many of the incredible features of our Alpha 9 in to a compact camera that fits in your pocket,’ said Jun Yoon, head of Sony ANZ Digital Imaging.

‘The AF speed and industry-leading AI allows RX100 VII users to capture moments and create images and videos that were simply not possible before. When you see what this camera can produce, you’re guaranteed to be amazed.

‘The release of the RX100 VII is another exciting breakthrough highlighting Sony’s commitment to innovation in our industry.’

The camera can record 4K video, and has an integrated mic input.

Oh, and it has a 180-degree flip screen for the Sony vloggers!

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