Tiny Powerhouse: A Review of the Sony RX100 VII Camera

Now in its seventh iteration, the Sony RX100 is a highly capable, ultra-portable camera that is a fantastic option for any photographer looking for a take-anywhere device that will enable capabilities beyond those of their cameraphone. If you are looking for such a camera, check out this great video review of the latest in the series. 

Coming to you from The Hybrid Shooter, this excellent video review takes a look at the Sony RX100 VII. I had the original RX100 years ago and always loved shooting with it to the point that it basically lived in my jacket pocket for two years, and in the intervening time, Sony has only improved the camera. Headline features in the latest version include a 20.1-megapixel sensor with almost 800 autofocus points, an ISO range of 100-12,800, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps, autofocus technology borrowed from the a9 series, a versatile 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 lens with four-stop Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 4K video at 30 fps with 1.7x oversampling, a 3.0-inch tilting touchscreen, collapsible OLED electronic viewfinder, electronic shutter, pop-up flash, and built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. Altogether, it looks to be a very powerful camera packed into quite a small body, making it a versatile carry-everywhere option. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Nitin Chandra's picture

The price rivals a top-end crop DSLR!!!

Jerry Suppan's picture

Yeap! Sony pretty much traverses down the same path as Apple does with grossly overpriced products, the Sony Tax in this case.

Zobeid Zuma's picture

Summer vacation time. . . Which would you rather have in your pocket, this camera or a Ricoh GR III?

Fred Pinkerton's picture

Sure it's expensive. But it's not a "Sony Tax". There is NO other camera with this combination of wide focal length range, low-noise sensor and TINY size. There's no one else making a comparable model for "less money". If there was no "Sony" or previous RX100 models--and Nikon or Canon introduced this model, everyone would agree it's an unprecedented breakthrough. The best camera is the one you have with you--and the size and quality of the RX100 always makes it the front-runner to win the "Which camera should I take with me today?" contest. I have to plan to use my APS-C or full-frame cameras--but not the RX100.
BUT...as an owner of two of this series (RX100 II and V), you MUST get one of the add-on finger grips. It's very hard to hold an RX100 with one hand safely otherwise. It's heavy and smooth and doesn't bounce if it slips out of your grip.

Michael Krueger's picture

Still feels expensive for what it is in my opinion but I may not belong to the target market or understand the target market it's meant for. I've got some interest in the RX 100 line up but I'd probably buy the RX 100 III for cost/performance and features.

Mark English's picture

Having bought one of these I thought I'd have the perfect all round holiday/vlog/carry everywhere camera. In my experience though the auto focus is poor in low light and the image stabilisation is also poor. Slow mo is fun but I get better results with my phone. All things considered I should've just upgraded my phone to the latest model. Unfortunately it's been an expensive mistake for me but one that has taught me to make more considered choices in future.