Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) Detailed Review

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In additional Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) was introduced by Sony in July 2018. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Sony.

Brand Sony
Category Compact
Date 07/2018
Sensor Properties

Also Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) has a 1″ CMOS sensor with size of 13 x 9 mm² (0.52″ x 0.35″).

Picture of Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony’s RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Format 1″
Sensor area 13.20 x 8.80mm²
(0.52″ x 0.35″)
Resolution (physical) 21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.10 megapixel
Pixel size 18.40 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 24 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 70mm
Aperture (max) 1.8
Aperture (min) 2.8
Viewfinder Properties

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.

The magnifcation is c. 0.59x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Type Elektronic
Coverage 100%
Magnification 0.59x
Resolution 2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s shutter speed varies from 1/32000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/32000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity 125 ISO
Max. sensitivity 12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s auto focus processor uses 315 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Phase Detection
AF points 315
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) features a built-in flash with a range of up to 10m (34 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Sony.

Range 10.20m
(34 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.20 megapixel. That’s about average.

The camera’s display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 1.20 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) Video parameters:

Max. resolution 3840 x 2160 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) works with a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 220 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the Cyber-shot RX100 V (A).

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s battery battery parameters:

Type NP-BX1 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 220 photos

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V (A)’s dimensions are 101.6 x 58.1 x 41mm³. (4.0″ x 2.3″ x 1.6″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 299 grams (9.6 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot RX100 V (A):

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Cyber-shot RX100 V (A) is not much bigger:

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