New Sony RX10 IV Super-Zoom Gets AF Boost and S-log3

Sony have announced the RX10 IV, an updated version of their already popular super-zoom, which has been getting upgrades every year for the past three years. In a nutshells, the new Sony RX10 IV has (according to Sony) “the world’s fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds” for a camera in its class. The RX10 IV’s oomph is quite impressive with 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile fixed 24-600mm f/2.4 – f/4 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens, making it an ideal choice for those who prefer to grab one camera and lens to fit their photo needs.

Of course, on the video side, the new Sony RX10 IV delivers UltraHD 3840 x 2160 at 24, 25 and 30p as well as 1080p/120 super-slow motion, which combined with a latest 20.1 megapixel 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip and a powerful BIONZ  image processor and front-end LSI, getting the right shot shouldn’t be a problem. The RX10 II and later models have been popular with journalists shooting video and docu filmmakers, who prefer to keep a low profile and from the spec sheet, the RX10 IV looks even better, now that the Hybrid AF system has approximately 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new RX10 IV utilises full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The RX10 IV records video in the XAVC-S codec, at a data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode.

Sony RX10 IV Features

  • 20.1 Megapixel 1-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 Zoom with 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 4K UHD up to 30p
  • 1080p/120fps
  • 240fs and up to 960fps Super-Slow motion in burst
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
  • ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Price: $1,698 (B&H, Adorama)

The new camera also has a variety of other professional calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring making a decent proposition for shooting professional or enthusiast video.

Sony RX10 IV

The new RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for the Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions.

Additionally, it is equipped with an approx. 2.35M dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

B&H have prepared a first look video on the RX10 IV, which you should definitely check out below.

The RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant, and also Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible. The camera is due to start shipping in October for approximately €2000 in Europe, or $1700 in the States.

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