Sony RX100 VII :: Incredible!!!

Sony RX100 VII :: Incredible!!!

90 frames a second 20 megapixel RAW files black out free that is fast this is the Sony rx100 7 which I'm really excited to share with you guys today this is a pre-release camera that I've had for about a week now and I've done a lot of shooting with this is a special camera for me I have owned pretty much every version of this camera and it's one that I actually use and so I'm really excited about this one thing you're gonna notice is there's not much body change from the last version the version before actually it's really the same body is every version since the rx100 3 hey wait a minute wait a minute is that a mic jack only took five versions in six years but we now have a mic jack and believe me there is much more exciting than a new mic jack we have a new stack CMOS sensor with D Ram a noob ions X processor with front-end LSI we're gonna get into all this stuff in a second because it really has opened this up not only in terms of still but also for video real quick I want to give 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the autofocus up to 60 times a second now what I love about this is this will impact you even if you don't do a lot of sports shooting even if you don't do a lot of burst shooting it generally means because it's auto focusing that fast that when you do click the shutter you will be in focus with high-speed continuous shooting on this camera the big update is this actually is a true black out free display so I'll explain this a little bit on the RX 105 the arts 106 you were able to do 24 frames a second which is crazy I mean either one of these speeds 20 frames a second is still better than most flagship DSLRs but my point is is that we had 24 before now why is it 20 well we now have actually a true black out free shooting experience and so if you look really closely on the rx100 6 as soon as I engage high-speed continuous shooting you're going to see one little black out and then followed by what looks like just kind of a delayed kind of jittery motion and what it's actually doing to make this happen is it's actually showing you the last frame that was taken so it's not really a lag that you're gonna notice but that was the trick to work around that on the rx100 7 it really is completely blackout free and it's really kind of creepy when you're shooting on this because if you don't have the audio signal turned on to let you know that the shutters running it's an electronic shutter in this instance so you're not gonna hear anything that's why it's blackout free there's nothing blacking it out in terms of mechanical shutter it's weird because you don't feel like you're taking an image and it's really pretty amazing but Sony have up their game on this camera even further by introducing a new drive mode and so this is called single burst shooting what this allows you to do is it's like you're doing a single shot you just hold down the shutter but you're going to be able to shoot at three different speeds you can get 30 frames a second 50 frames a second or 90 frames a second what it's going to do is it's going to do a quick burst of seven images this obviously goes very quickly when you're using 90 frames a second when you're on the high-speed mode but what interesting about it is it plays along with the buffer and one thing that I've noticed is it doesn't have to buffer all seven shots before you can start shooting again and at first I thought this was gonna be a little bit weird and to be honest with you 90 seconds is way faster than anything I would need this for but it was interesting to play with this and see I teach summer camps and I've finished that up last week but I went back over to photograph some of the kids playing soccer it really is mind-blowing how well this performs and everything just happens in the background it's really quite amazing but what's cool is because you're playing against that buffer I've done shoots with Sony where we've done soccer games and matches with the a9s and I come back with literally thousands of images with just filled up cards it's a lot of stuff to go through to start putting my video together I actually prefer and I thought this was gonna be awkward at first but I actually like this single burst mode shooting where you're actually just getting a little clips and once you practice a little bit and get it down it comes pretty intuitive and it's an extremely useful tool to have one feature that I am probably the most excited to see included on the rx100 7 is Sony's latest autofocus technology that we saw any major firmware update this last year to the Sony a 9 this was a firmware update that enabled real-time object tracking and this works in conjunction with both human eye AF as well as Annamalai AF and if you haven't used this it's really pretty cool so there's a little bit of setup that you have to do in the menus and the auto focus menu you want to go into the focus mode and by default this is on automatic and you want to select continuous auto focus to get this to work if you go back out under focus area you're going to select tracking and it's all the way at the bottom it's going to be tracking expand a flexible spot now what's really cool about this is when you have touch enabled on the camera it allows me to touch to set that point and then this is going to be locking on to whatever I define it to so if you put an object on here you're going to see a series of icons that Sony will use to represent what it is that it thinks it's focusing on this allows it to grab onto something that might be moving or turning for instance a human being or even an animal and if it is able to basically detect their face you'll see a large box around a face when it comes in to detecting an eye you will see the auto focus emphasis is put on the eye if the subject turns it's going to go into a more generic icon that will continue tracking but it'll lock back on as soon as they turn around this is probably one of my favorite autofocus systems on any camera its own available at the time I'm filming this on a handful of Sony cameras the news a 7 r4 has it the a9 has it the a7 doesn't but guess what the arts 107 does we've been talking about still photography features up to this point but I want to note that the arts 107 has some amazing new video features as well now we mentioned the mic jack that is a big deal to some people so you don't have to use an external recorder and sync up later you can plug a mic directly in and sync it up to the video you're filming that is a huge deal but there's some bigger things that I'm even more impressed with so first of all we now for the first time in an rx100 camera have iaf in video and this is a feature that is not on some of the a7 cameras sony's up to this point they do really well with autofocus I'm using the a7 3 to record this video on now and I use face detection it will detect the face and it will track and keep it in focus it does a great job and now it's actually down to the human eye so when you're looking at the back screen you're actually going to see a little white box around eyes once they're detected and the autofocus is absolutely incredible with this camera another feature that I think is extremely useful as we finally have the ability to use active image stabilization in 4k video now this is something that's always been kind of reserved down at 1080 we've had 4k video since the rx100 mark 4 but as soon as you go into 4k you're stuck with the standard video image stabilization which is fine but there's a lot of micro jitters and as a result I've used these cameras a lot on gimbals I have to have some alternative method for stabilization now the active image stabilization is still not the best I've seen I still think that panasonic or the gold standard is probably Olympus r2 but it's better than it was and for certain situations it eliminates the need to have to have sit there and balance a gimbal and have all this rigging that you have to use just to shoot something you can just handhold and shoot and that makes it really nice to use another thing that they've added interestingly enough if you do any serious production for Instagram or vertical video as they now have the metadata added so if you were filming vertical video it will put that in the file and when you bring it in to Final Cut Pro it saves you a couple extra steps so you don't have to flip the video 90 degrees now the one video feature that I am probably the most excited about is one that I'm not hearing Sony say much about which is really kind of interesting now I had a technical briefing on the rx 107 last week when I was in New York and I didn't think to ask at the time but there were a couple slides and I noticed that there were some Astra C's as image and some about a five-minute recording limit now this has been the case so for K first appeared in the arcs 100 series when the arts 104 came out ever since the four at the five the six we've been limited to five minutes of recording in 4k and there are basically some thermal issues in the camera that prevent it going any longer it gets really hot and so for instance if you were shooting on the arts 105 like I did a lot and let's say you push it all the way up to that five minute limit and it turns you off well you start recording again you think you're going to get another five minutes right well no you get the little thermometer and finally it says it has to shut down for thermal reasons so I wanted to test and see what was up with the rx100 seven now I noticed in the menu system that there's an addition and if you go over to the setup menu go over to page three and the first option is auto power off temperature now this is something that we saw in the a 6300 and basically it says I don't mind if it gets a little warm keep recording so I did a little test and I thought well my guess is this will probably go ten minutes maybe 15 minutes and I was making lunch and I sat there and I hit record and I'm watching it and I watched it I got to 20 minutes that was pretty amazing I got to 30 minutes that was really amazing and mind you I'm recording 4k video xav CS I'm shooting s log three and I've got active image stabilization turned on I get to 45 minutes I got to an hour and the battery died now I could do a second test and when I do a full review of this camera I will because you can actually power this with a USB battery pack now which would take away the battery limit so pretty much this will record as long as you want to keep it running and the front of the camera got a little bit warm but it wasn't like hot nothing dangerous and like even the previous versions of this camera you could feel it on the back like there was a really hot point back there it that I I'm blown away that this is the case and now your mileage may vary I did my test in an air-conditioned environment and I am in Texas and if you go outside in the Sun your mileage could probably vary but what turning that off does is it allows you within reasonable conditions to get a lot more recording time out of this camera I think that's probably one of the biggest features because there's a lot of people who were really put off by the 5 minute limit with 4k recording like why even have it on there well it's gone now as you could probably tell I am very excited about the rx 107 and partly because this is a camera that I we use a lot and they have enabled some features with this latest version of the rx100 that really put this next level not only in terms of still shooting but also what you can do with video now is it absolutely perfect there are a few caveats I still have now first of all is the battery life and I mentioned that earlier I'm impressed that I was able to get a full hour off of a fully charged battery before it died but that's one thing now that's not the end of the world I typically carry multiple batteries with me but as you start changing him in and out depending on if you're out all day that there was a video I did a couple years ago in Brooklyn where I filmed all day on an Rx 105 I'll link that up in the show description if you're interested in seeing that I had a bunch of batteries but then you start forgetting which ones are exhausted and which ones are full and so it's a lot to wrangle and I think you know Sony have had the same body style now ever since the arts 103 the tune had a hot shoe the one was a slightly different shape than this and I understand that that helps the manufacturing process it keeps the cost down this is a flagship camera that fits in your pocket and I think it's probably time to rethink the size I agree it needs to be compact I could go just a little bit bigger if it meant designing a battery that had a little more capacity to it so that's one thing the second thing about this camera and I think a lot of people will agree with me on this is that it's incredible it is a beast for video and it was really useful up until the 5 the 5 was a great camera it's actually the 5a now they made some adjustments to it but it's awesome and it had a different lens on it and so essentially what they've done is they put a longer zoom length on here so this is now a 24 to 200 equivalent in 35 millimeter world and I think that's awesome and I can see why they went that direction because if you're really going for speed if you're going for the stack CMOS sensor design they want you to be able to shoot sports and so if that means you're gonna shoot your kids at their softball game or something like that you need a long enough telephoto lens so you can zoom out and get to the action and this lens does that very well but as we result the design of the lens the rear element is a lot closer to the sensor than the last version of this lens and so what that means it can no longer have variable ND filters built into the body that's something they took out in version 6 I would love to see Sony offer this camera in two versions so you can select the limbs that you want to use and I think that would be incredible because if you have more of an emphasis on video you do you're probably gonna want the slightly wider aperture the length doesn't bother you as much but those ND filters being able to shoot with a 180 degree shutter outside and bright sunlight with a low aperture is really very useful and so this lens you end up having to bump the shutter speed up so it's not a 180 degree shutter it works but you get better motion estimation I would love to see this camera offered in two versions you could have these shorter lens and the longer lens depending on what you want to do and I know that a lot of other video shooters will agree with me on that if you're still shooter and you want something that is faster than anything you ever need 20 megapixels I think for the price it is the most expensive compact camera out there but it's also a flagship in a tiny little package and so I think that's something to consider too and if you look at it from that angle I think it's very much worth it this is where I want to know from you guys what do you all think drop me a comment below I'll see you in the next video until then later

20 thoughts on “Sony RX100 VII :: Incredible!!!

  1. Making it a slightly bigger camera with a bigger battery, hotshot mount and ND filter would be perfect, super useful. Also having 2 versions with different lenses would be great, maybe one with 16-70mm and one with 24-200mm

  2. Excellent review, Ted. I'm surprised about the no time limit in 4k. I gave up on the V in 4k because of no IS and overheating, but use it a lot for 1080p B roll, for which it is perfect, with separate audio. Sony must have made a major change in the electronics to keep the heat generation down, as well as activate IS in 4k. I assumed this would not be possible. This implies a much more substantial internal update of the electronics than one might first assume. I've skipped the Va and VI, but the VII is worth looking at closer now for video, at least for me. Trickle down technology is a winner, once again.

  3. It is like the marketing team said – we need 90fps, the engineers said – we can't, than the marketing said "you must" and … there you have it 7 frames at 90fps 😀

  4. So the quick burst is completely useless… I preffer the older 24fps :). It was going to be awesome to have 24fps AF or 30fps noAF with 200-300 frames buffer. MUCH more useful than 7 frames at 90fps…

  5. Three brief comments: 1) good review; 2) speak faster, much faster, please, and 3) I think I will wait a few months for the version VIII (or even IX) of this camera. 😉 Thanks.

  6. The very FIRST thing I said when I saw the RX100VI was,,"why did they mess up the lens??..No 1.8 ,,,no ND filter built in". I'll admit , this new camera is an achievement question,,but the long lens killing the depth of field control is too limiting for me,,despite its many other superior capabilities. What I did,, as a loyal AOP viewer/subscriber was,,(1) bought a Panasonic GX850,,(Feb 15, 2017) with a few of its interchangeable Leica primes to augment the kit zoom and (2),,rigged up my own version of the Sparrow MK1.(Nov 16, 2016) ,,,.your Rode micro/ Zoom H1/on a bracket set-up,,couldn't be more pleased..

  7. The very FIRST thing I said when I saw the RX100VI was,,"why did they mess up the lens??..No 1.8 ,,,no ND filter built in". I'll admit , this new camera is an achievement question,,but the long lens killing the depth of field control is too limiting for me,,despite its many other superior capabilities. What I did,, as a loyal AOP viewer/subscriber was,,(1) bought a Panasonic GX850,,(Feb 15, 2017) with a few of its interchangeable Leica primes to augment the kit zoom and (2),,rigged up my own version of the Sparrow MK1.(Nov 16, 2016) ,,,.your Rode micro/ Zoom H1/on a bracket set-up,,couldn't be more pleased..

  8. The very FIRST thing I said when I saw the RX100VI was,,"why did they mess up the lens??..No 1.8 ,,,no ND filter built in". I'll admit , this new camera is an achievement question,,but the long lens killing the depth of field control is too limiting for me,,despite its many other superior capabilities. What I did,, as a loyal AOP viewer/subscriber was,,(1) bought a Panasonic GX850,,(Feb 15, 2017) with a few of its interchangeable Leica primes to augment the kit zoom and (2),,rigged up my own version of the Sparrow MK1.(Nov 16, 2016) ,,,.your Rode micro/ Zoom H1/on a bracket set-up,,couldn't be more pleased..

  9. If you can afford it and like it, buy it, if you can't then get something nearly as good Lumix lx100… Ricoh, MFT?

  10. 9:30 that 4k record won't get as hot if it is not also using other features like auto focus engine, zooming, variation in pixel readout based on movement and action etc.

  11. Two versions would be so perfect!! I have the Rx100v. I want all the new features but I dont want to give up my 24-70 / 1.8-2.8

  12. Interesting point you brought up regarding the size. Didn’t think about that before but I quite agree! I think with a retracting lens, the size of the RX1 will be perfect. The RX1 uses the same battery as this one, but since the RX100 has a much smaller sensor, it’ll most likely fit a larger battery.

    Also the wider lens is a great point. I don’t know if it’s currently possible to make an even wider lens with reasonable zoom range for this camera (24mm equivalent is already down to 8.8mm on 1”), but having a lens down to 16 or 18mm in a different version (RX100W?) sounds like a great thing to have. That will be perfect for landscape shots and video.

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