12 Sep 2017

Sony RX10 Mk IV: Sony just can't stop improving its cameras!

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The rate at which Sony is bringing out new versions of its cameras is astonishing. Here's the latest RX10 - and it looks good. 

Sony has announced the latest in its RX series of 1” sensor cameras, the RX10 Mark IV. This camera joins the recently-released RX0, a 1” sensor camera in an waterproof action camera form factor weighing just 3.9oz.

The RX10 Mark IV builds upon Sony’s RX10 Mark III introduced last year but adds fast (.03 sec) AF, 315 phase detect autofocus sites, 24fps continuous shooting and retains the 24-600 f/2.4-4 fixed mount zoom lens.

Of particular interest to video shooters is its UHD resolution at 24p or 30p with full hybrid autofocus. In HD mode, the camera can capture slo mo up to 100fps or up to 960fps in reduced resolution. Recording is to Sony’s XAVC-S codec. The fast sensor is able to capture UHD video without any pixel binning.

Sony’s RX series of cameras are positioned as a bridge between enthusiast and professional cameras. Sony noted, for example, that photo professionals were shooting RX10 III cameras at the recent US Open Tennis competition owing to the camera’s compact form factor but with built-in 600mm telephoto reach.

Video professionals will find the RX10 IV a useful run and gun camera because of its autofocus capabilities, compact size and extreme focal range. Like previous RX models, it offers picture profiles and SLog3/SGamut-3, display assist (in video terms, read “viewing LUT”), bright LCD for outdoor viewing and XGA OLED viewfinder.

The RX10 IV will retail for $1699 and shipments begin in October.

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David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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