Today Sony has announced the latest in their RX10 series of cameras. The 20.1-megapixel RX10 IV takes all-in-one cameras to a new level with its Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f/2.4-4 lens, 315 phase-detect autofocus points, 4K 24/30p video recording, 24 fps stills shooting, anti-distortion shooting up to 1/32,000 second shutter speeds, and more.
Utilizing a one-inch stacked Exmor CMOS sensor with DRAM and a BIONZ X image processor, Sony promises an “unmatched combination of mobility and speed” for sports, wildlife, and travel photographers. The RX10 IV features 0.03 second autofocus speed, continuous shooting of 24 fps while autofocus/auto-exposure tracking, 4.5-step optical images stabilization, and phase-detect autofocus covering 65 percent of the frame working two times faster. The ISO ranges from 100 to 12,800 and can be expanded down to ISO 64.
At the wide end of the focal range, focus can be achieved as close as 1.97 inches. At 600mm, the minimum focus distance is still an impressive 2.36 feet for tele-macro photography.
Video can be shot in 24/30p 4K (100 Mbps) with full pixel readout and no binning. In Full HD mode, one can record up to 120p. Super slow motion mode allows for 240, 480, or 960 fps for up to seven seconds with frame rates chosen from 24p, 30p, and 60p. This creates up to 40x slow motion movies. There's an input for external mics and an output for headphone monitoring. Other ports include HDMI D and Micro-USB. Pictures Profiles, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, and Time Code/User Bit are also present.
Upgraded from the previous generation, there's now a 3-inch, 1.44-million dot tiltable LCD touchscreen enabling the user to move the focus point with their finger as we've seen in other recent Sony releases such as the a9 and a6500. The lens features a physical aperture ring, a focus ring, and a zoom ring. Each of these work very smoothly and are video friendly. The camera is dust and moisture resistant.
The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens packs 18 elements in 13 groups, 6 of which are aspherical and 8 are extra-low dispersion. The aperture opens up to f/2.4 if shooting wide, f/4 if shooting telephoto, and closes down to f/16 throughout. Filters can be mounted to the front of the lens using the 72mm threads.
Check back soon for our first hands-on impressions.
The Sony RX10 IV will be available in October 2017 and is priced at $1,698. You can pre-order through B&H starting on September 14 at 10 a.m. ET.