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Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Introduction

The RX10 IV, as the name suggests, is the fourth in Sony’s series of 1″-type sensor, long zoom compacts. The Mark IV is the first to offer phase detection autofocus alongside a series of changes designed to boost the speed and capability of the camera, for both stills and video shooting.

Sony is adamant that the camera is much more than an RX10 III with an RX100 V sensor in it. Let’s take a look at what the latest version brings.

Autofocus

One of the biggest changes in the Mark IV is the addition of on-sensor phase detection autofocus. There are a total of 315 phase-detect points, which cover 65% of the total sensor area. This is a significant update as it should eliminate the RX10 III’s need to hunt for focus, which was a particular problem at the long end of the zoom.

In addition, we’re told the camera has “exactly the same” processor as used in the company’s flagship sports camera: the a9. This means the RX10 IV has the same autofocus algorithms for subject tracking and the improved Eye AF mode we saw on the a9.

Touchscreen

The RX10 IV also becomes the first camera in the RX series to gain a touchscreen. This can be used for tap-to-focus in both stills and video mode. In video mode it is designed to offer a smooth focus transition between subjects which, combined with on-sensor PDAF, should make it relatively easy to shoot good-looking video without having to worry about manual focus.

The screen can also act as an AF touchpad when the camera is held to your eye, with the option of limiting the active area of the screen to one of nine regions → continue…

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What happened to the A7III? We have to wait few weeks more :(

By SonyAlpha Admin

The Sony announcement is over and it’s a disappointing to know there was no E-mount stuff. I didn’t know for sure what would be announced today (a part of the last minute RX rumor). But the one source who said the A7III would be announced today was definitely wrong. Pity as he shared correct rumors […]

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Sony RX0 – Is this the ultimate mini-cam (for now at least).

By alisterchapman

RX0 Sony RX0 - Is this the ultimate mini-cam (for now at least).

Sony have just released a rather exciting looking new type of mini-cam, the RX0.

I have not played with one yet, so I can only base my comments on the specs, but the specs are both impressive and exciting.

Most gopro type cameras use tiny sensors packed with pixels. This presents a problem as they tend not to be very light sensitive. However those small sensors when combined with an ultra wide angle lens eliminates the need to focus as the depth of field is vast. But for many applications that’s not what you always want. Sometimes you don’t want an ultra wide fisheye view of the world, sometimes you want to get in a bit closer. Sometimes you want a bit of selective focus. In addition it’s hard to be creative when you have no focus or depth of field control. Talking of control most mini-cams have very, very little in the way of manual control as they don’t have adjustable apertures and as a result rely entirely on variable gain and shutter speeds to control the exposure.

Enter the RX0. The RX0 shares a lot of features with the well regarded RX series of compact stills cameras. It has a 1.0″ type sensor, huge compared to most other minicams. It has 24mm f4 lens so it’s less wide and has a shallower DoF. It can shoot in 4K, it can even record using S-Log2 to capture a greater dynamic range so it may turn out to be a great mini-cam for HDR productions (although how big that dynamic range is is not clear at this time). I wish I had some of these for the HDR shoots I did at the beginning of the year.

It’s a camera you can control manually and it even has a special high speed shutter mode → continue…

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Sony announces the new ultra-compact RX0 camera!

By SonyAlpha Admin

The camera will be available for preorder from September 5 at BHphoto and Adorama. The previously posted rumor was correct and Sony indeed announced a new RX camera today: The new Sony RX0 is an ultra compact and waterproof camera. This is not an action camera and it’s not a GoPro killer. It doesn’t record […]

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