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Sony RX100 V will be available in Singapore starting from 27 October

By Liu Hongzuo - on 14 Oct 2016, 11:39am

Sony RX100 V will be available in Singapore starting from 27 October

The Sony RX100 V will be available in Singapore, starting from 27th October 2016. It will be retailing at S$1,499, available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centers, and selected Sony authorized dealers.

Users in the know would be privy to how the Sony’s flagship RX100 series holds up as a premium compact camera. This year’s fifth-generation update promises enhancements to their autofocus capabilities, an improved sensor, and other back-end boosts.

The RX100 V features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase detection AF with contrast detection AF. This makes it the first RX100 compact camera to have a hybrid autofocus system, and Sony claimed that the AF locks focus in 0.05 seconds.  The preceding RX100 IV uses contrast detection AF only.

The upgraded camera also packs 315 AF points on its sensor, which approximately covers 65% of the frame. It’s capable of shooting at speeds up to 24fps at full 20.1-megapixels through Continuous Shooting Mode: Hi, making it one of the fastest compact cameras around town. Other AF upgrades include the inclusion of AF-A mode, allowing the RX100 V to automatically switch between continuous and single-shot AF modes.

Inside, is a newly developed 1.0-type stacked CMOS Sensor (naturally, it’s a Sony Exmor RS sensor) with a DRAM chip. The non-interchangeable lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T, at 24-70mm (35mm equivalent), with an f/1.8 to f/2.8 large aperture. The BIONZ X image processing engine has been enhanced with a new front-end LSI chip that optimizes image quality for high ISO settings.

The new AF enhancements are applicable to video recording as well. In 4K video mode, the RX100 V utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning to bring minimal moiré. The XAVC S codec used by the camera allows a recording speed of 100Mbps for 4K recording, and 50Mbps for Full HD (1080p) shooting.

Fans of the slow-motion recording feature will be pleased to know that the RX100 V is capable of recording up to 40x slower than standard slow motion, and it can do a duration twice of the RX100 IV’s. Audio cannot be recorded in slow-motion video mode.

Finally, Sony adds a new accessory to the RX100 – the underwater housing MPK-URX100A. It’s sold separately and it’s compatible with all existing RX100 series cameras, including this new iteration. It claims a depth level of 40m. The housing will be available from November 2016.