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Sony’s New RX100 VII Stands Toe-To-Toe With Alpha 9 In A Pocketable Package

Sony has finally launched its very first 61-megapixel camera in Singapore and alongside its full-frame mirrorless camera, Sony also launched the RX100 VII. It utilises the same technology developed for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless camera Alpha 9. This gives the RX100 VII unparalleled camera performance in one compact, pocketable body. 

This new camera comes packed with Sony’s newly developed 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest generation BONZ X image processor. A combination which essentially means that the camera is able to deliver high levels of autofocus performance and capture images with speeds previously only seen in the Alpha 9. 

The RX100 VII is built around a 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 lens, which gives the camera immense high flexibility when shooting in various scenarios, such as in a sports tournament or just a fun day out with the family. 

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Thanks to the newly optimised lens drive control, the RX100 VII has the “world’s fastest 0.02-second AF acquisition time”. This leap in performance means that the camera is able to perform AF/AE calculations up to 60 times per second, with fast-moving images captured at 20fps with AF/AE tracking. 

The image sensor in the RX100 VII is also debuting a new drive mode, the Single Burst Shooting, for capturing the perfect high-speed shot at up to 90fps utilising anti-distortion shutter. With Single Burst Shooting, photographers will be able to take fast-moving objects with just a single click on the shutter, and get not just one but seven still images taken at either 90fps, 60fps, or 30fps, so that users have more choices to choose from. 

We tried using the RX100 VII to capture the moment a bubble popped, which is usually not an easy feat. But lo and behold, we were not only able to capture the moment the bubble burst, but also that split second when the bubble is being pierced by the finger, right before it burst.

Also, for the first time ever, the RX100 VII also comes with advanced ‘Real-time Tracking’ and ‘Real-time Eye AF’ capabilities in a compact camera. 

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Its compact and lightweight body also makes the RX100 VII the ideal camera for vloggers. At just 302g, the camera can be easily carried around and mounted in places bigger cameras cannot reach. 

It might be a moot point by now but do not be fooled by the RX100 VII’s small form factor as it is also a great camera for videographers.

The RX100 VII is capable of taking 4K video recording, with Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for videos as well as photos. Sony has also added picture profile settings for better colour grading of videos. 

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The camera might also be of particular interest to vloggers as it comes with vertical-position data recording to let you take the best videos for your Instagram stories, as well as a 180-degree flip screen to let you see how you look in the camera as you vlog. 

The RX100 VII will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and Sony authorised dealers from August 2019. 


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