Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, yesterday announced two of the most advanced, versatile Cyber-shot cameras, the compact RX100 IV and high-zoom RX10 cameras.
The two new models feature the world’s first 1.0 type stacked Exmore RS CMOS sensor with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip. The high speed signal processing and DRAM memory chip work together to enable more than five times the readout rate of image data and are responsible for a variety of standout features that have previously only been available in selected professional-level video cameras. These impressive capabilities include 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960fps, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high-resolution 4k movie shooting and more.
Now if you’re not the techy person, like I am, you perhaps wouldn’t really understand all the technical stuff. However, I’ve had the chance to try out RX100 IV first-hand, and we tested the 1/32000 seconds shutter speed by taking pictures of a water balloon bursting!
The ultra-fast readout of the image sensor is responsible for the high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum sped of 1/32000 second). which allows the new cameras to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels up to EV19. It also minimises the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.
So something that happened over the span of 2 seconds, got about 20 shots with the RX100 IV, and I was amazed with the pictures! I can still see the sphere of water circle right when the water balloon burst.
More close up pictures:
(Source: Tech Goondu)
The RX10 II has the same body design as the original RX10 and feature a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) F2.8 lens. Both cameras are equipped with a new high-contrast SGX OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.35 million dots of resolution, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality.
The new RX100 IV maintains the compact, pocket-sized design of the RX100 family, and has a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) F1.8-F2.8 lens, and it continues to have convenient retractable EVF with ZEISS T* COATING FROM THE RX100 III model that debuted last year.
Both new models feature an upgraded Fast Intelligent AF system that enables high-speed, high-precision contrast detection of a moving subject in as little as 0.09 seconds. Sony’s proprietary AF algorithm allows them to recognize and lock-in on a subject with a somple half-press of the shutter button at a much more efficient rate compared to previous models. The new cameras are also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible, and has the ability to access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications.
Pricing and Availability
Starting from 3 July 2015, the new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV will be available for pre-ordering at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and selected authorized Sony dealers. All pre-orders will come with a Leather Carrying Case (LCS-RXG) and a 64GB High Speed SD Card (SF-64UZ).
The new Cyber-shot cameras from Sony will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and selected Sony authorized dealers at the dates and recommended retail prices as stated below:
RX100 IV: 16 July 2015 S$1399
RX10 II: 30 July 2015 S$1899
A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with RX cameras can be found on http://www.sony.com.sg/microsite/rx/ from 14 July 2015. This is Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of Sony imaging products.
For more details on the RX100 IV and RX10 II, please visit the following product pages:
Written by Kaiting.