Sony Upgrades Superzoom, Releases RX10 IV

Sony has announced an upgrade to their much-acclaimed superzoom lineup with the new Cyber-shot RX10 IV (also known as DSC-RX10M4). The camera boasts the world’s fastest AF system and up to 24 fps continuous shooting.

The RX10 IV uses the latest 1.0-inch Type, 20.1 megapixel Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip for imaging. The sensor is supported by a BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI. The camera retains the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f/2.4-4 lens of its predecessor.

Sony claims that the camera clocks the fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds. The device also boats up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking. The camera has 315 phase-detection AF points for fast tracking of moving subjects. The RX10 IV also employs high-density Tracking AF technology, a technology that has trickled down from the premium α range. In this release, Sony has also managed to reduce EVF display lag during continuous shooting. A high-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) reduces the rolling shutter effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. Silent Shooting mode is yet another feature that is sure to impress the users.

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f/2.4-4 lens achieves outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto. The lens includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration. A ZEISS T* Coating helps to minimise flare and ghosting. The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation helps reduce camera shake and image blur. It provides approximately 4.5 stops of shutter speed advantage.

The RX10 IV offers 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required. The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec, recording video at up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.

The RX10 IV is dust and moisture resistant, and features Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity options.

Pricing and availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for about U.S. $1,700. An Indian price is yet to be announced.

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