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Sony Announces RX10 IV With 24 fps, Fast AF, Big Lens Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

12 September 2017

Sony has introduced its RX10 IV, the new flagship of its RX10 line, featuring 0.03 second autofocus speed, 24 fps continuous shooting with tracking, 315 phase detection points, a fast 24-600mm Zeiss zoom and 4K movie recording without pixel binning.

The RX10 IV uses the latest 1.0-type 20.1-Mp Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a powerful BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI.

The new RX10 IV is the first RX10 to feature a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65 percent of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds.

Also for the first time in a Cyber-shot, the RX10 IV employs High-density Tracking AF technology. Previously available in a few Sony's cameras, it concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing unpredictable subjects like athletes and birds in flight to be captured in focus.

The 24-600mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens features a fast maximum aperture of f2.4-f4.0, a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration and Zeiss T* Coating to minimise flare and ghosting.

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to reduce camera shake and image blur for an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

In 4K mode, the new RX10 IV uses full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing 1.7x more information than required for 4K output. The camera uses the XAVC S codec, recording video at a data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. You 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of the RX10 IV include:

  • 20.1-Mp 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor
  • BIONZ X image processor ans front-end LSI
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f2.4-f4 Zoom Lens
  • 24-600mm focal length range (35mm equivalent)
  • 2.36m-dot OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0-inch 1.44m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30 video, Full HD 1080p at 960 fps
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 points
  • ISO 12,800 and 24 fps zLoting
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth

SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications for the RX10 IV include:

SONY RX10 IV SPECIFICATIONS
Sensor 20.1-megapixel 1" CMOS sensor
1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 aspect ratios
Storage Memory Stick: Duo, ProDuo, PRO Duo (High Speed), Pro HG-Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Viewfinder EVF with -4 to +3m diopter adjustment
100 pct. coverage
Monitor 3.0-inch rear, tilt, touchscreen LCD
1,440,000 dots
100 pct. coverage
Shutter Mechanical: 30 to 1/2,000 second
Electronic: 30 to 1/32,000 second
Frame Rate Up to 24 fps at 20.1-Mp for up to 249 JPEGs
ISO Auto, 100 to 12,800
Extended Mode: 64 to 12,800
Autofocus Yes
Live View Yes
Flash Built-in, hot shoe
Range at Wide Angle: 3.28 to 35.43 feet
Range at Telephoto: 3.28 to 21.33 feet
Movie 3840x2160p: 30/25/24 fps
1920x1080p: 60/50/30/25/24 fps
1920x1080i: 60/50 fps
1280x720p: 30/25 fps
1920x1080p: 240/480/960 fps
1824x1026p: 240/480/960 fps
1676x566p: 240/480/960 fps
1920x1080p: 250/500/1000 fps
1824x1026p: 250/500/1000 fps
1676x566p: 250/500/1000 fps
Up to 29 minutes
Built-in stereo mic
Connectivity WiFi (802.11b/g/n)
HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0
Power NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
7.4 VDC, 1020 mAh
Dimensions 5.2 x 3.7 x 5.7 inches
Weight 2.41 lbs.

BUILT-IN LENS SPECIFICATIONS
Focal Length 8.8 to 220mm (24-600mm 35 equivalent)
25x optical zoom
Aperture Maximum: f2.4 to f4
Minimum: f16
Minimum Focus Wide Angle: 1.97 inches
Telephoto: 11.81 inches
Optical Design Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar
18 elements in 13 groups
6 Aspherical, 8 ED elements
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes, up to 4.5 stops
Filter Thread 72mm

PRICE, AVAILABILITY

The RX10 IV will ship in October for $1,698. B&H is now accepting pre-orders.

For more information see the news release below.

Sony's New RX10 IV Combines Lightning Fast AF and 24 fps Continuous Shooting with Versatile 24-600mm f2.4-f4 Zoom Lens

World's Fastest AF Speed of 0.03 seconds, 24 fps Continuous Shooting with full AF/AE tracking; 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approx. 65 percent of the frame; Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f2.4-f4 Large Aperture, High Magnification Zoom Lens; 4K Movie Recording with full pixel readout without pixel binning

Sony has announced the new flagship model in its acclaimed Cyber-shot RX10 series, the RX10 IV (model DSC-RX10M4).

Featuring the world's fastest AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds and up to 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile 24-600mm f2.4-f4 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, the new RX10 IV model delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate 'all-in-one' solution.

The impressive RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1.0-type 20.1 MP Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a powerful BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together to maximise overall speed of operation and performance, ultimately ensuring the highest possible image and video quality throughout the entire range of the 24-600mm lens.

Fast Focusing, Fast Shooting

A first for Sony's RX10 series of cameras, the new RX10 IV model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65 percent of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. This high speed focusing complements the extensive 24-600mm range of the lens, ensuring all subjects can be captured with precise detail and clarity.

Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology. This advanced technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony's acclaimed line of interchangeable lens cameras, concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing even the most unpredictable subjects including fast-moving athletes and birds in flight to be captured with ease.

Other AF improvements in the new RX10 IV camera include an enhanced version of the popular Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter. AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.

An ideal complement to the AF system, the RX10 IV offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 249 images. With the significant improvements in processing power for the new camera, EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, allowing shooters to capture the decisive moment with ultimate confidence. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The RX10 IV also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the "rolling shutter" effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f2.4-f4 Lens

The 24-600mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens on the Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera features a large maximum aperture of f2.4-f4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto. It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration and Zeiss T* Coating to minimise flare and ghosting.

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur. When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.

Professional Video Capture

The new RX10 IV becomes the latest Cyber-shot RX camera to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840x2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realizing approximately 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new RX10 IV utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec, recording video at a high data rate of 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 new camera also has a variety of other professional calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.

Super slow motion video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority). This unique feature gives users the ability to choose among 1000fps, 500fps and 250fps frame rates and among 50p, 25p and 24p playback formats.

Upgraded Operation and Customization

The new RX10 IV features Sony's latest 3.0-type 1.44-MB dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function -- another first for the Cyber-shot RX series -- for quick and smooth focusing operation and WhiteMagic technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with an approx. 2.35-MB dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

To enhance customization, "My Menu" functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are color coded for easier recognition and navigation and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.

The RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant and WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for approximately $1,698. B&H is now accepting pre-orders.


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