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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V Review - Verdict

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Sony Cyber Shot RX100 V Hands On (6)

Value For Money

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V is available for £999 which makes it one of the most expensive compact cameras with a 1inch CMOS sensor, however it does offer the quickest continuous shooting. Similar alternatives with a 20 megapixel 1inch CMOS sensor include the following:

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V - 24fps, pop-up EVF, tilting screen, 4K video, £999
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark IV - 16fps, pop-up EVF, tilting screen, 4K video, £749
Panasonic Lumix LX15 - 10fps, Tilting touch-screen, 4K video, £599
Canon Powershot G5 X - 5.9fps, EVF, Vari-angle touch-screen, FullHD video, £579
Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II - 8fps, Tilting touch-screen, FullHD video, £649

You could also have a look at the RX100 (£349), RX100 Mark II (£439), and RX100 Mark III (£578). 

Have a look at more serious compact cameras in our Top 10 Best Serious Compact Cameras. You could also look at some of the more compact mirrorless cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Verdict

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V offers the highest specifications available in any digital camera, with a 20 megapixel 1inch BSI CMOS sensor, 315PDAF points, 24fps continuous shooting at full-resolution with continuous AF, 4K video recording, and high-speed video recording. This makes it significantly faster than anything else available on the market! However, for most people that are likely to want to shoot high-speed shots, then the limited zoom range could be a disappointment, and to get telephoto reach they will need to stick to cameras with an interchangeable lens, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II (18fps with C-AF) or Sony Alpha A77 Mark II (12fps), both capable of shooting at high speeds. 

If you don't need to shoot at 24fps, or don't want to shoot high-speed video for up to 6 seconds, then the RX100 Mark IV should suit most photographers, with its still impressive 16fps and up to 4 seconds of high-speed video. Previous versions also have the advantage of offering better battery life. If you don't think you'll need such high-speed shooting, nor high-speed video, then the recently introduced Panasonic Lumix LX15 offers 10fps continuous, a touch-screen, and a brighter f/1.4 lens, as well as a more competitive price. 

If you want the fastest camera currently available, and you also want a compact camera that produces excellent image quality, then the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V is the fastest and highest specification compact camera currently available. It, therefore, makes sense that this would come at a price, and for those that want the best, then the price will be quite easily justified. However, we can't wait to see what comes next and if this technology is implemented in future RX cameras, such as updated versions of the RX10 Mark II (8.3x optical zoom) or RX10 Mark III (25x optical zoom), then these could quickly become go-to cameras for high-speed sports and wildlife photography.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Pros

  • Excellent noise performance
  • Excellent image quality
  • 24fps continuous shooting raw at 20mp
  • High-speed video modes
  • High-resolution pop-up EVF
  • Wi-Fi / NFC built-in
  • Good HDR modes

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Cons

  • High price
  • Shorter 220 shot battery life
  • Competitors feature touch-screen
  • Panoramic mode could still be improved

Features5/5
Handling4/5
Performance4.5/5
Value3.5/5
Overall Verdict


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

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