The RX100 VII compact camera aims to be the next vlogger's camera.

Sony has announced a new RX compact camera — the RX100 VII — and it looks like it’s made for vlogging.

Let’s break down what the camera has to offer:

RX100 VII rundown

Sony RX100 VII
Sony RX100 VII

At the center of it all, the RX100 VII has a newly developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and sports the latest-generation BIONZ X image processor. Together, Sony claims to two “deliver peak autofocus and speed performance that has never before been available in a compact camera.”

The lens

The camera uses a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens. This lens should make the RX100 VII fairly versatile for different shooting.

RX100 VII ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens
The camera sports a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens

AF performance on the RX100 VII

When it comes to the RX100 VII’s autofocusing features, the camera has focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points. There’s also “newly optimized” lens drive control. Additionally, Sony says the camera “performs AF/AE calculations up to 60 times per second and captures fast moving action at 20fps with AF/AE tracking.”

Similar to the tech found in the Alpha 9, the RX100 VII’s image sensor realizes blackout-free shooting. So you can get a live view even when continuous shooting at 20fps.

There support for advanced Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF capabilities, a first for a compact camera according to Sony.

Video shooting

Video shooting with the RX100 shouldn’t be too difficult. The RX100 VII is both compact and lightweight (weighing 302g and measuring out to be 102mm x 58mm x 43mm). It shouldn’t be hard to carry around.

Moving on to all the video features, here’s everything the camera supports:

  • 4K in-body movie recording
  • full pixel readout
  • No pixel binning in high bit rate XAVCS
  • Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for video
  • 4K Active SteadyShot
  • 4K Standard SteadyShot
  • 3.5mm microphone input
  • Hybrid Log-Gammaxii(HDR) / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3
  • Vertical-position data recording
  • Interval Shooting for stunning time-lapse videos

Designed for vloggers

The camera has a 180-degree flip screen. That will be useful for any vlogger. Also, as mentioned before, the camera should be easy to carry. Those are both great features for vlogging. Plus, there’s a Shooting Grip Kit coming that will include a Shooting Grip with the RX100 VII.

RX100 VII's back screen
Here’s a great look at the back screen.

Additionally, Sony’s revealed a new leather-look body case for the RX100. The case includes a lens jacket and shoulder strap to protect the camera from bumps and shocks.

Pricing and availability

The RX100 VII will ship in August for $1,200. You can learn more about camera at Sony’s website.

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