DPReview Finished Their Sony RX100 V Review


DPReview finished their review of the Sony RX100 V and I’m a bit surprised it only received a Silver Award. The Sony RX100 series has always been amazing for it’s size. I’m of the opinion that they were a bit unfair about it’s short comings e.g. “Not so good for Sports photographers who will want a longer zoom lens…” who is shooting sports with a pocket camera?


  • 20MP 1″ sensor and 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens still a winning combo
  • 315-point phase detection AF system
  • High quality, class-leading 4K and slow-motion video capture
  • 24fps burst shooting with autofocus and autoexposure is insane
  • Impressive dynamic range capture in Raw, JPEG and video, thanks to DRO and S-Log2
  • Well-built body, attractive design
  • Camera can be charged and powered (if your battery dies) with USB
  • High frame rate (HFR) video modes useful and high quality
  • Wi-Fi integration is straightforward and valuable
  • Pop-up viewfinder and flash are always a bonus
  • Fits in almost any pocket


  • Unimpressive battery life
  • Limited controls and customization encourage limited use of feature set
  • No touchscreen
  • AF modes can be confusingly redundant and need refining
  • Lock-on AF continues to be unreliable
  • Archaic ‘Center Lock-on AF’ subject tracking in video
  • Green yellows & cool greens in JPEG aren’t the most pleasing
  • Menu system really needs updating
  • Face detection can throw off metering
  • Not terribly comfortable in hand
  • No per-mode customization means functionless buttons or Fn menu items switching between photo/video modes
  • No in-camera Raw processing
  • Lens reach can be limiting for a ‘carry-everywhere’ camera
  • Lack of external charger makes it harder to charge spare batteries.

You can read the full review on DPReview

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