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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V Review - Performance

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response 0.0secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.125secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.15secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 2.1secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.0secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
20fps (168 shots, AF-S, 19fps with AF-C)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 2.4secs
Continuous Shooting - RAW 24fps (72 shots)

When shooting using the high speed continuous drive mode, the camera uses an electronic shutter. We were able to take 168 JPEG (Fine) shots at 20fps with single AF, or 19fps with continuous AF, before continuous shooting slowed, and it then took 44 seconds to write these images to the memory card. When shooting raw we were able to take 72 shots at 24fps before the camera stopped shooting (AF-S and AF-C), and it took 43secs for the camera to write these to the memory card. We tested the camera using a Lexar Professional UHS-II, U:3, 2000x, 300MB/s card.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Sample Photos

Sample Photos - Images show good levels of colour saturation, and are quite contrasty with a lot of punch, particularly with DRO (Dynamic Range Optimisation) switched off. With this switched on, the shadows are boosted and you can record more dynamic range in your images. In sunny locations with harsh shadows, using DRO or the HDR shooting mode can massively improve the camera's ability to record the whole scene without under or over exposing areas of the image. Alternatively you can process the raw files to your taste.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Lens test images

Lens Performance - The lens is bright at the wide-angle end of the lens with an f/1.8 aperture, and an f/2.8 aperture at the telephoto end of the lens. The lens zooms from 24mm equivalent wide-angle to 70mm equivalent telephoto. Detail is good and quality remains good into the corners of photos whether shooting wide-angle or telephoto. The lens is quite resistant to flare although when the sun is in the frame flare can be an issue depending on the position of the sun. Purple fringing and chromatic aberrations are minimal, with images automatically corrected in-camera. Macro photos can be taken with the subject 5cm from the lens when shooting wide-angle, and 30cm at the telephoto end. There is some vignetting visible when shooting at the wide-angle end of the lens, but minimal barrel distortion, as this is automatically corrected in-camera. When looking at JPEG results straight from the camera (with default settings), the RX100 Mark V gives slightly sharper results than the Panasonic Lumix LX15

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - With an almost identical sensor as the last RX100 IV, the RX100 V performs in an almost identical way when it comes to noise performance, with excellent results between ISO80 to ISO800. For lower light situations ISO1600 to ISO6400 still provides good results, although noise increases and detail is reduced. At ISO12800 noise levels become strong and we would recommend avoiding this setting if possible, although results may still be useful if resized and used on the web. ISO12800 and ISO25600 could still be useful when shooting using the multi-frame noise reduction mode, however detail is low. The RX100 V gives better results than the Panasonic Lumix LX15, particularly at ISO6400 and above.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under Tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving an accurate result. Under fluorescent lighting, the auto white balance gives a slightly warm result, with the fluorescent preset giving a more accurate result, with a slight colour cast. 

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Digital filters

Digital Filters - Picture effects can be selected when shooting JPEG images (raw is not available). There are also colour options (called Creative Style), that let you adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness, and this is available when shooting JPEG and raw.

Sony Cyber Shot RX100 V Panoramic2 DSC00305 | 1/500 sec | f/8.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125
Panoramic 2 | 1/500 sec | f/8.0 | 8.8 mm | ISO 125

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic sweep mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results can be very good, with a well-stitched image with a high resolution. If you don't get the panning speed correct, or stop panning too soon, then you can end up with a large grey section in the image, which will need cropping off later, as shown above. 

Video - The camera records 4K Video at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 25fps, with stereo sound and optical zoom available. Video compression options include pro-grade XAVC S codec at 100mbps, and you can record slow motion videos at 1000fps. To record 4K and High-Speed video you need to use a UHS:I, U:3 memory card. ISO12800 is available as the highest ISO setting available. 

Standard video resolution and compression options are:

  • XAVC S 4K - 25p, 100Mbps, 25p, 60Mbps
  • XAVC S HD - 1920x1080 50p, 50Mbps, 25p, 50Mbps, 1920x1080 100fps, 50Mbps
  • AVCHD - 50i, 24Mbps, 50i 17Mbps, 50p, 28Mbps, 25p, 24Mbps, 25p, 17Mbps
  • MP4 - 1920x1080, 50p, 28Mbps, 1920x1080, 25p, 16Mbps, 1280x720, 25p, 6Mbps

High speed (HFR) video options available: 

Quality Priority: 4 seconds

  • 240fps/250fps (1,824x1,026)
  • 480fps/500fps (1,676x566)
  • 960fps/1000fps (1,136x384)

Shoot Time Priority: 6 seconds

  • 240fps/250fps (1,676x566)
  • 480fps/500fps (1,136x384)
  • 960fps/1000fps (800x270)

The high-speed video is then upsampled to a resolution of 1,920x1,080 and does not record sound. Additional example videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel, including high-speed examples.


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meuvoy 7 5 Brazil
25 Nov 2016 8:11PM
Sony really needs to start shipping cameras with a new, way larger battery!

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