DPRTV: Sony RX100VII Review

DPRTV reviewed they Sony RX100VII and they still feel it is relevant today compared to smart phones. Below you can read a summary of the video above:

  • Wishes it had a built in ND multiple times
  • New 1″ sensor with upgrade DRAM and it is much faster than older ones
  • Instantly fast FPS shooting
  • No blackout time when shooting at 20FPS
  • AF has improves a lot too across more of the frame
  • Very similar capabilities to the Sony a9
  • The ultimate family camera that can handle just about everything
  • Way better tracking and shooting moving subjects than past cameras
  • The camera works best with EVF
  • 80 shots with RAW+JPEG
  • Can shoot past 20fps at up to 90fps for 7 pictures and 60/30fps that will extend your window of shooting
  • The shutter is way too sensitive
  • Needs a more positive half press because they keep taking photos by accident
  • The 24-200 2.8-4.5 is borrowed from the previous camera
  • Some want the old faster lens back, but smart phones cant reach as far as this camera
  • 1/30 at 200mm won’t capture sharp images so you will need to crank your ISO up to shoot at 200mm
  • The camera has good high ISO performance though
  • Works for portraits and you can blur the background
  • Not the best macro camera
  • High speed burst is better for macro than everyday shooting
  • Should have a prebuffered mode like Olympus/Panasonic for 90fps
  • Just under 400 shots per charge so you really have to turn it off between shots if you want to use it all day
  • Could use a flip screen like Fujifilm’s
  • Electronic shutters are great and this one has very little rolling shutter
  • Using a wrist strap would be a good idea since he stropped like 7 times
  • The realtime AF is the killer feature on this camera and almost no one will have to turn it off ever
  • The intelligent tracking is very impressive
  • Sony can add more machine learning AF in the future if they wanted
  • Animal eye detect is still hit or miss
  • The display is about the same as the RX100VI
  • The touch screen interface still isn’t very good, but it is useful for realtime tracking
  • It’s a good blogging camera
  • Tracking with eye detect in video is great, but doesn’t work well when you get really close
  • The active stabilization in video mode works well, but has a minor crop
  • Great Sony finally added a mic jack, but there is no shoe to mount a mic on the camera and its funny it came out the same time as the Canon G7XIII
  • 480 and 960fps are not great
  • Short record times at 240fps
  • Have to setup everything before hitting record
  • Really need an ND filter for video on a bright day so you will need to turn to third party options
  • Still has a 5 min shut off at 4k, but you can over ride it and set it to auto which gets super hot, but Jordan was able to shoot for 25min like this
  • If you want to go beyond the 5 min limit it is recommended you use a grip, because of how hot the camera will get
  • Sony included every recording option you could possibly want
  • The only real limitations of the RX100 comes form it’s size
  • This is one of the best B cameras ever made
  • A good smart phone can match the image quality of a RX100, but the ergonomics suck and you can’t zoom much
  • Some smart phone’s even have way better low light
  • Sony is likely leaving the longer range in the RX100, because smart phones can’t compete with it
  • 1″ cameras are getting crazy expensive though

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