Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Fourth Review

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Sony's latest high-end compact camera receives a quick processor and 4K video

The range of Sony RX100 compact cameras has won plaudits from critics and consumers over the past few years, finding optimal as a model which you can move in your pocket or handbag when you do not want to carry DSLR or CSC.

[Update: RX100 IV (referred to as DSCRX100M4 by some retailers) has been replaced by RX100 V and RX100 VI. Unlike many of the RX100 V's, the new camera has a more advanced effect, which includes a more advanced F-system and 24-Af burst shooting. The RX100 IV is still a great camera though great image delivers smooth 4K video and top-notch performance.]

We are now around on this fourth generation of this popular camera, and Mark Quadha sometimes composed to outshine all other compacts about the Internet, almost crying around - although it's a brave claim, though backed up by some pretty impressive specs.

Even though Sony has counted 20.1 million pixels, similar to the RX100 III, the sensor employs Sony's new XS RS design, which combines a stacked structure with a DRAM (memory chip) attached. It is capable of readable speed, which is 5 times higher than the conventional model, and facilitates growth, such as 16fps without the blackout, with faster processing.

That sensor is added by Sony's Bionz X processor, which is designed for super fast speeds, so, all of us, our hands should have a very nippy little camera in our hands - it claims that autofocus speeds are improved.

The previous version of the RX100 came with an electronic viewfinder, which came at RX100 II's hot shoe cost. Mark maintains the fourth EVF, but the references have increased significantly, with 2.35 million points compared to Mark III's 1.44 million.

While shooting the video, an electronic 'anti-distortion' shutter is used to reduce the impact of casting shatter (Zero). This means that you can shoot more than 1 second to 1/2000 super fast spaces, which you want to shoot in the wide aperture of bright sunlight, or if you are trying to capture the fast-moving action, it is very useful.

The RX100 fourth lens remains a 24-70mm (equivalent) with a f / 1.8-f / 2.8 maximum aperture. It may seem a small focal length for a compact camera, but it is a popular focal range for DSLR users and it is perfectly suitable for internal and travel/street photography. A digital zoom is available if you need additional access.

This is the first RX100 model included in the 4K video shooting but noted that it is limited to five minutes, while Sony's new RX10 II can shoot for up to 30 minutes. You can record 40x super slow video, it can be played back at different frame rates.

It can be recorded in two- or four-second blasts, which does not sound like many, but when it comes back very slow it translates into more clips - a two-second explosion at 1000fps occurs 80 seconds of video

While regular shooting, the RX100 III's very impressive features are preserved, with five-figure image stabilization to keep the images blur-free. There are individual focuses that want to focus their shots manually, with the ultimate focus for additional support.

Wi-Fi and NFC are included, so you can control the camera remotely from your smartphone or tablet and quickly share your images. You can download free and play-off Play Memory Apps directly from the Sony's website to the camera, which gives you additional functionality like time increment or multiple exposures.

An area where the new camera is slightly sloppy, and its battery life. The RX100 IV has been quoted in 280 shots (although not even better) than it is with Mark III 320. Perhaps it is a result of a more powerful sensor, but if you think you are going to use this as your travel camera,