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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV: now the superzoom has phase detection autofocus.

The innovations for the new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV are substantial and also lands on this model the phase detection autofocus: now the sensor in 1″ format is equipped with 315 points to PDAF, which guarantee a coverage of 65 % of the field framed. 

After a very fast renewal between Mark II and Mark III, Sony waited a year and a half to modernize the prosumer superzoom. The innovations for the new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV are substantial and also land on this model the phase detection autofocus: now the sensor in 1″ format is equipped with 315 points to PDAF, which guarantee a coverage of 65% of the field framed, as on the RX100 Mark V model. On the debut on this series of superzoom cameras also the touchscreen (3 ” display and 1.44 million points).

For the rest, the camera relies on the proven ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T * 24-600mmiv F2.4-F4 optics of the previous model. The integration of the latest BIONZ X processor, with additional LSI pre-acquisition chip, and the 20.1 MP stacked back-illuminated CMOS Exmor RS CMOS sensor, promises a very fast autofocus (Sony declares 30ms as acquisition) and a burst of 24 frames per second with active AF / AE and 249 image buffers. For pointing, the camera relies on the proven Tru-Finder OLED XGA electronic viewfinder.

Sony Cyber‑Shot RX10 IVAs stated by Sony in the press release, this camera borrows from the mirrorless flagship A9 high-density AF tracking technology, and has also seen improvements in the functionality of Eye AF: then we find features such as the Focus Touch and the ability to customize the keys assigned to the settings of the autofocus.

The new Sony RX10 Mark IV wants to renew its reputation also in the video field: in 4K mode (QFHD 3840×2160 pixels) the camera takes full advantage of the pixel reading without pixel binning, operating in the over sampling mode. The camera uses the XAVC S codec and records video at up to 100 Mbps at 24p or 30p: the frame rate can go up to 120p in Full HD mode.

The new camera also offers a wide variety of other professional video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code/User Bit, and there is no lack of input for an external microphone. and the monitoring headphones in real time.

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

Sony Cyber‑Shot RX10 IVThe Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera is designed to combine performance and portability and has a clear naturalistic vocation: Sony supports this vocation with seals that protect it against dust and moisture. In the data sheet, we find then the Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC and Bluetooth.