Sony RX100 comes to the fifth declension: body super compact, 1-inch sensor and optical bright Zeiss. The look does not change, and indeed precisely exploiting this constancy of the RX100 previous accessories are compatible with the latest arrival: you add the waterproof case that allows you to go down to 40m depth and is backwards.
The fifth version of the RX100 was improved Exmor RS sensor and Bionz image processor X and LSI : The sensor is stacked (layered) type and in addition to providing the layer wider and powerful processing, sensor mounts on the DRAM memory. This ensures a high operating rate up to shoot up to 24 frames per second at full resolution (20 megapixels), record video in 4K, shoot video in Full HD at full resolution up to 240fps (for slow motion fluid at one tenth the speed) , or, reducing it up to 960fps (at 1/40 the normal speed).
Even the autofocus has been improved with 315 research points to the phase distributed on 65% of the area of the sensor and with a speed according to Sony records over competitors. Finally it was increased the buffer to have more capacity with continuous shots.
First impressions: impressive speed
We got to touch the two machines to the European presentation and, far from being able to write a complete test, we can certainly share the first impressions. The new RX100 V has especially surprised us for fast acceleration during the shots made with quick and accurate fire, as well as for the buffer capacity that lasts several seconds, about 14 to the maximum of cadence).
The ability to trace the subject to keep in focus, also in a deliberately non-ideal lighting conditions it was tested leaving us taking pictures to two break dance dancers during their evolution. The same scene we also used to test the super slow motion: video FullHD fluid to one tenth of normal speed.
Another significant release on the ability to freeze the moment is paint jumping with the music : a place speaker in black cloth he was stretched horizontally with the colored paint hopping due to sound vibrations. In this case, shooting at 24 frames per second and silently (you do not hear anything at all), is impressive to see the shooting numbers that proceed fast to the press of the shutter button and release the graph buffer discharge.
The concept is that every shot can actually be a short burst including then each time to choose the best shot (if you do not fear the thousands and thousands of photos to check again). Even after a burst and while downloading you can do other blasts.
The removable OLED viewfinder is a high enough resolution to use convenient for precise shots. The flash has an extraction mechanism, the control is done through the ring and the microtasti places to the right of the rear display.
The RX100 is a premium compact camera, and Sony’s philosophy embodies the second room (after the mirrorless), to keep in your pocket and make the flight, ensuring an unknown quality any smartphone. Thanks Zeiss optics light 24-70 f / 1.8-2.8 with selectable ND filter (to cut the excess light in case of aperture and shutter speed outdoors), provided you find comfortable the body and miniaturized keys succeeds in its mission to impress.
Sony α6500, a nice step forward
The α6500 is the evolution of α6300 last year. It uses the same APS-C sensor of 24 megapixels with 425 points Phase research and 169 for law enforcement search for the focus. But the processor Bionz X was added the Front End LSI also adopted on the α99 II. With increased processing power, improved both the speed and precision auto focus (which Sony claims record than direct competitors) that the quality of the shots, especially at medium and high sensitivity. The most important upgrade is still in our view the integrated image stabilizer on the sensor working on 5 axes.
The engineers were able to reduce the electronics footprint of its predecessor to to enter the same thickness of the actuators for the stabilization of the sensor. The α6500 so it is able to compensate for the shaking vertically and horizontally, the pitch, roll, and rotation (this often happens when you press the shutter button) with any E-mount mounted optic is that A-mount ( with optional adapter), and probably also with lenses of other brands thanks to specific third-party adapters, but this is obviously not guaranteed.
In α6500 has also increased the memory buffer, now capable of holding 307 shots that even at the maximum speed of 11 fps burst guarantees about 30 seconds of accumulation. Even in this case you can do gusts in sequence, adding other shots even if the buffer has not been emptied. It was then increased the volume of the handle to make the safest, most comfortable grip and the rear display has become touch. Besides being comfortable being reviewed, recovering serves as touch to focus in liveview, or if you are using the viewfinder as “ track to focus “, that is, with his finger It shifts the focus point in the viewfinder and then the room will continue to track the subject. Unfortunately there was not possible to publish the photos taken with this new α6500 because the firmware was not yet final but we still got to enjoy some of these features.
In particular, in a studio setup we tried to stretch unnaturally the shutter speed to a second (stopping down), then checking the freehand results. In theory, considering the 5 declared gain step, one second would be to shoot at 1 / 30sec . At a rough (and the camera’s display), the scene appeared firm and moved there was only the subject. The intervention of the SteadyShot is so tangible, and in fact is a major plus compared to the previous model.
One thing that has not convinced us fully is the absence of a second adjustment ring : given the increased volume of the handle would not be bad integrate an increasingly convenient front bezel; you can always use the rear wheel of the menu but it is less convenient and direct.
For the rest of this new camera is the right “evolution” dedicated to an advanced amateur photographers: with an APS-C sensor of high quality, fast acceleration capabilities important and a focus system and record-breaking stabilization, the new Sony it can only do well. Last answer must be on placement in range: price list according to Sony, the only body of this α6500 costs 1,700 EUR which is in the range of Full Frame mirrorless Sony and other Full Frame based competitors. This means that, in the same price range, the advanced user can now choose between full or APS-C sensor models with the same design level (the body of α6500 is made of magnesium and resistant to splashes and dust as α7 sisters ) and the choice is not necessarily obvious as in the past.