Hello and in this Sony RX100 IV Review I will cover all the information you need to know like real word photography, video quality, high ISO abilities, and camera design plus features… I will also show you how to use the camera in the lab, so you can get a good idea how you will actually use it in the real world 😉
I have been putting more time into my youtube video style reviews for the past couple of months now, because I think it’s much more appealing than reading reviews to most people. I also enjoy the video production process and creation of the videos in particular these days. Therefore, please watch the entire video style review below in addition to reading and checking out the sample photos etc…
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RX100 IV – Key Features:
- NEW 20.1 MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor
- Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
- Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
- EFL: 8.8-25.7mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-70mm)
- Minimum Focus Distance: Wide: 1.97″ (5 cm) – Infinity, Telephoto: 11.81″ (30 cm) – Infinity
- Super Speed anti-distortion Shutter 1/32000 sec
- Built in 3-stop ND Filter
- 2359k-Dot OLED Tru-Finder Pop-Up EVF vs 1440k-Dot on RX100 III
- 3.0″ 1229k-Dot Multi-Angle Xtra Fine LCD
- Slow Motion Video up to 960 fps
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- ISO 12800 and 16 fps Continuous Shooting vs 10fps on RX100 III
- Weight = 10.51 oz / 298 g with battery and memory card
- Price = $948 US vs $748 for RX100 III
RX100 IV Camera Body Design
Sony RX100 IV Review – Youtube Version
Please be sure to use full screen mode and also select the highest quality option for the best video viewing experience…
RX100 IV – Real World Sample Photos
Please be sure to click on the sample photos for a higher res version that looks much better!
Lab and High ISO Testing:
As you can see below, the high ISO abilities are improved over the previous generation, and the separation offered by the 1″ sensor is pretty darn good.
The bottom line for the Sony RX100 Mark IV in my opinion is, it’s a ultra compact pro grade camera when it comes to image quality and features! Particular with video this camera stands out with exceptional quality! I watched the 4k video footage from youtube on my 4k smart TV and it really does look incredible to me. I uploaded the 4k footage as it’s own video, because the other video footage for this review was recorded using my much older Sony Nex-6.
The 1” sensor is very large for such a small camera and offers some quality separation from the backgrounds if you are close to your subject in particular, as you saw in the sample photos earlier.
The RX100 IV can literally fit in your pocket and does not burden you with size and weight like some other larger cameras and lens combos. If you want the smallest yet highest quality camera, then the Sony RX100 Mark IV is worth considering for sure!
Is it worth upgrading from the RX100 III?
Compared to the RX100 III, the high ISO is better for sure thanks to the new sensor, and the OLED Viewfinder is about double the resolution which is much better as well. It also has 16fps as apposed to 10fps high speed shooting. In addition to that, the RX100 IV can record 4k video internally and has the powerful Slog-2 gamma profile for higher dynamic range video capture. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same… My Sony RX100 III review is here >>
If you want more versatility, then the RX10 II camera would be a better option due to the killer constant aperture 24-200mm f/2.8 lens and larger camera body design. The New RX10 III actually has a 24-600mm lens!! The RX10 III packs the same 1” sensor as the RX100 IV, so you can expect very similar Image and video quality results, but with way more optical freedom. The downside or upside depending on your needs, is a larger camera body design compared to the deck or cards sized RX100 series cameras.
If you want to learn how to use more features on the camera, be sure to check out my Sony RX10 Mark III Review on my Youtube channel, where I breakdown how to use the camera in more detail then I did in this review. All the Sony cameras work the same way pretty much as far as the menu and features…
That is about it for this review and I really hope you guys got what you were looking for! I look forward to your comments and questions below as always 🙂
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