Small yet powerful
Thanks to the combination of the 1-inch sensor and the BION X image processor, the Sony RX100 Mk V is Sony’s best compact ever. It has great image quality out of the box – and for something this small, it is incredible to see photos looking similar to bigger cameras.
Yes, this camera can easily record 4K video. Thanks to Sony’s expertise in 4K videography, what they have learned has been translated into the features that you can see in the RX100 MkV like S-Log2 for massive dynamic range capture, focus peaking, and zebras. These features, combined with the lens makes the RX100 MkV a very capable video camera on the go.
Zeiss all the way
The now standard 24-70mm on the RX100 series is still one of the best set of lenses that anyone can own for any camera out there. Designed by Zeiss, it has great image reproduction, not to mention colour clarity with every press of the shutter button.
Come on, focus already…
One drawback of the RX100 MKv is that the autofocus system is similar (if not the same) as with the previous models. It can focus correctly, but not at lightning speeds. It will take a bit of time to get it right, but when it is right, the shot is guranteed to be a winner.
One glaring omission that Sony neglected to fix is the inclusion of a touch screen. This is compounded with the fact that it has the first phase detection autofocus (PDAF) for a compact camera – yet it needs to be controlled by delving too deep into menus and options. A direct touchscreen control will make everything better – trust us on this.
Highlight 1 – Pop-up EVF is still remarkable, and drains battery like tomorrow never comes
Highlight 2 – You get NFC and WiFi so transferring images is a touch and a snap.
Highlight 3 – The control ring on the front is still useful, but we prefer a touchscreen
Highlight 4 – The camera is so small you can literally hang it from a lanyard
24 hours experience
Hour 1 – Love the compact size of the RX100 Mk V
Hour 6 – Excellent performer for something pocketable
Hour 10 – Why didn’t Sony put a touch screen on this camera?
Hour 14 – That EVF is something else totally
Hour 19 – Controlling settings with a ring is kind of useful
Hour 22 – WiFi saves the day!
Hour 24 – If only the price is lower, this would have been the perfect camera
Price: RM 4,599
Dimensions (HxWxD): 101.6×58.1×41.0 mm
Weight: 299 grams (with battery)
Resolution: 21 Megapixels
Storage : SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Lens: 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*
Display: 3.2-inch 1.62 million dots
Ports: Mini HDMI/Audio Jack/microUSB
Video: Still Image:JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.31,MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), Movie:XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4
Value – 8
Performance – 9
Features – 9
Design – 8
Usability – 9
Total – 8.6
Verdict: A go-anywhere camera that is beyond its paygrade, with nitpicks.
Byline: Sharil Abdul Rahman