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Sony’s best pocket camera just got a massive speed boost

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Sony RX100 V

Sony’s RX100 series is almost universally heralded as one of the best compact cameras money can buy, with its immense feature set defying its pocket-friendly size. In fact, it's our favourite compact camera series.

Well year-on-year Sony continues to add improvements and, for the latest model, the name of the game is speed. Greasy, fast, lightning speed.

The RX100 V boasts the world’s fastest autofocus speed among fixed lens digital cameras, lasering in on the focal point in just 0.05 seconds.

Sony has also upped its game to 315 autofocus points, another claimed world first, which it says covers 65 per cent of the sensor.

“Shooters will be able to capture their intended subject with high speed and accuracy, even if it’s moving rapidly in unpredictable directions,” Sony says.

Continuous shooting is also a big deal for this year’s RX100.

Sony says it’ll now capture 24 frames per second, so instead of looking like a flicker book, it’ll pretty much look like video when you scan through images.

This is another world first, Sony says, complemented by full resolution 20.1-megapixel images and the potential for 150 continuous shots.

Related: Sony RX100 IV review

In these circumstances the camera also has a new mode which knows to automatically switch between AF and continuous AF.

In more velocity-related improvements, the 4K video recording can now handle 1,000fps for twice as long as the previous iteration.

The RX100V will be available in Europe in November, priced at 1,200 Euros, which is approximately £1,060 in worthless post-Brexit sterling.

Over £1,000 sure seems a lot for a compact camera. Will it tempt you? Share your thoughts below.

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Bugblatter

October 6, 2016, 8:43 pm

I've got the Mk IV and this doesn't make me want to upgrade. The super slo-mo is nice to play with but it's fine as it is. The continuous shooting is already plenty fast enough and I don't want even more photos to go through in order to find the good ones.

The focusing can be a little iffy at times unless you do it manually so perhaps that'll improve.

The piece seems to say the Mk V can do 4K video at 1,000 fps. I think it's probably 4K video OR 1,000 fps.

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