While we no longer rent this product, we do carry the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 V. You may also find alternatives in the Recommended section on the left-hand side of this page.
20.2MP 1.0-inch BSI stacked sensor
Excellent low-light performance
Internal 4K video capture
Wireless image transmission and camera control
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is an advanced compact point-and-shoot camera and the predecessor to the RX100 V. Key features include:
What’s New. Much like its big brother, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II, the RX100 IV improves on its predecessor with an updated 20.2MP 1.0-inch back-side illuminated sensor, vastly increased processor and speeds, and internal 4K video capture.
20.2MP 1.0-Inch BSI Stacked Sensor. This technology improves on traditional back-side illuminated sensors by increasing pixel-level light sensitivities. Additionally, there’s a dedicated DRAM memory chip attached to the sensor that provides 5x faster data throughput than the RX100 III, enabling up to 16 fps continuous shooting and an Anti-Distortion Shutter mode that tops out a 1/32,000 sec.
Fast-Aperture Zoom Lens. The same Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Vario-Sonnar T* (equivalent) lens finds its way into the RX100 IV, allowing image capture in low light, as well as subject/background separation at the long end of the zoom.
Integrated Pop-Up Electronic Viewfinder and Tilting LCD. One of the most notable features of the RX100 III is the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF), and this continues in the RX100 IV. However, it’s been upgraded to a 0.39-inch 2,359k-dot SVGA OLED display. The 3.0-inch 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine tilting rear LCD offers 180° up/45° down of tilt, giving tripod and arm’s length shooters plenty of options.
Internal 4K Video (Burst). The RX100 IV shoots UHD 4K video at 24/30 fps in XAVC S format for up to 5 minutes, utilizing full pixel readout with no line skipping or pixel binning. The increased data throughput from the integrated DRAM chip also enables extremely fast Full HD 1080p capture at up to 960 fps. There’s full manual exposure control, a built-in mic for stereo audio recording, and a micro HDMI connection for uncompressed capture via external recorder.
Advanced Controls. Like the other models in Sony’s RX series, the RX100 IV offers manual control options for advanced users, as well as iAUTO mode for those who just want to pick up and shoot. There’s a dedicated function button and manual control ring that can be programmed to offer quick adjustments of several different functions, allowing users to forego menu diving.
Built-In Wi-Fi. Allows wireless transmission of images as well as camera control with compatible smartphones and tablets.
User Flexibility. The RX100 IV records images/video to SDHC/XC memory cards (not included) and is powered by the same NP-BX1 rechargeable lithium battery rated for 280 shots per charge.
Please Note: The Sony RX100 IV doesn’t come with a battery charger. The battery must be charged through the camera. If you need a charger, we rent the Sony BC-TRX Charger.
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The Sony RX100 series are some of my favorite cameras; I take them everywhere because they’ll fit in a pocket but they give me a far better-than-cell-phone-if-not-quite-interchangeable-lens-camera-...
The Sony RX100 series are some of my favorite cameras; I take them everywhere because they’ll fit in a pocket but they give me a far better-than-cell-phone-if-not-quite-interchangeable-lens-camera-quality image. For me, that’s an incredibly useful travel/walkabout/party camera. The question most people ask me is “Which one is best?” I don’t have a simple answer for that, but maybe this will help you decide which one is best for what you want to do.
First, there’s a reason to stay with versions IV-VI. These all have a stacked-architecture sensor that gathers more light and a separate processing chip, the earlier versions don’t. They also have a programmable control ring (you know, like Canon invented for the "R’ cameras, except it was already here), 4k video capability, slow motion video, and a lot of other goodies.
Next, version VI is the only one with a wide zoom range: 24-200mm f/2.8-f/4.5 equivalent. So if you want pocket telephoto capabilities, that one is your choice. If you can get by with a more standard zoom range, versions IV and V have a higher-quality, higher-aperture 24-70mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens.
That leaves a lot of people choosing between the IV and V. The IV is less expensive. The V can shoot slightly longer video clips. The IV has only a 25-point contrast detection AF system, while the V has that and adds a 315-point on-sensor phase detection system. If you’re a really superb photographer trying to shoot action or tracking video with a tiny camera, the V is probably a better choice for you. For what I use this for, the IV meets my needs perfectly. If I’m shooting action shots and tracking subjects, I’ll go get my big-boy camera.
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