Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV vs RX100 V Comparison


Here is a quick comparison of the Sony RX100III vs RX100IV vs RX100V premium digital cameras.

The new Sony RX100 V maintains a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens from the IV. On the other hand the camera adds phase-detection AF to achieve focus speeds as fast as 0.05 sec.

The Sony RX10 III bridge camera uses the same 1-inch 20.1-million-pixel stacked sensor as well as 4K/UHD video. The dust and moisture resistant camera offers an XGA OLED EVF with 2.36 million dots, as well as a tilting LCD.

Specifications comparison of the Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV vs RX100 V cameras

Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV vs RX100 V Comparison

You can see the Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV vs RX100 V specs comparison table below. Some differences like sensor, image size, shooting speed, lcd size etc.. detailed as bold on the table.

Features Sony RX100 III Sony RX100 IV Sony RX100 V
Announcement Date 05/28/2014 06/10/2015 10/06/2016
Sensor Type BSI CMOS Stacked CMOS Stacked CMOS
Sensor Resolution 20.1 MP 20.1 MP 20.1 MP
Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8mm (1″) 13.2 x 8.8mm (1″) 13.2 x 8.8mm (1″)
Native ISO Range 125-12,800 125-12,800 125-12,800
Image Processor Bionz X Bionz X Bionz X
Phase Detection Autofocus No No Yes
Phase Detection Autofocus Points N/A N/A 315 AF Points
Lens Focal Length 8.8-25.7mm 8.8-25.7mm 8.8-25.7mm
Focal Length in 35mm Equiv 24-70mm 24-70mm 24-70mm
Lens Aperture f/1.8-f/2.8 f/1.8-f/2.8 f/1.8-f/2.8
Integrated ND Filter Yes Yes Yes
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec 1/32000 sec 1/32000 sec
Startup Time 2.0 sec 2.0 sec 2.0 sec
Anti Distortion Shutter No Yes Yes
Auto ISO Min Shutter Speed No Yes Yes
EVF 1.44 Million Dot EVF 2.36 Million Dot EVF 2.36 Million Dot EVF
Flash Hotshoe No No No
Built-in Flash Yes Yes Yes
Continuous Shooting Speed 10 fps 16 fps 24 fps
Buffer Size 48 JPEG / 26 RAW 48 JPEG / 26 RAW 150 JPEG + RAW
LCD Screen 3.0″ Tilting, +180°/-45° 3.0″ Tilting, +180°/-45° 3.0″ Tilting, +180°/-45°
Video Recording 1080p, up to 60 fps 4K, up to 30 fps 4K, up to 30 fps
S-Log2/S-Gamut No No Yes
Slow Motion Video Yes, Up to 120 fps Yes, Up to 960 fps Yes, Up to 960 fps
Slow Motion Video Duration 29 min 4 sec 8 sec
Built-in WiFi Yes Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 320 shots 280 shots 220 shots
Weight 290g 298g 299g
Size 102×58×41mm 102x58x41mm 102x58x41mm
Price $748 $898 $998

Verdict

As you can see from the table above, the Sony RX100 V comes with much richer feature-set and specifications compared to its predecessors. However, when it comes to the price tag, it is far more expensive than its predecessors too. So which one to buy between Sony RX100 III vs RX100 IV vs RX100 V cameras.

If you really need faster AF system, 4K video recording technology or slow motion video, the RX100 V might be worth the 1K price tag. However, if you are just looking for a premium compact camera for stills, we would recommend to go with the older models.