Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

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The Cyber-shot RX100 V was introduced by Sony in October 2016. 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.

CategoryEnthusiast Compact

The Cyber-shot RX100 V features a CMOS sensor in 1" size that has an area of approximately 13 x 9 mm² (0.52" x 0.35").

This infographic compares the Cyber-shot RX100 V's sensor to other common formats:

Infographic: Cyber-shot RX100 V comparing sensor sizes

(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)

The Cyber-shot RX100 V's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.

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.

Sensor area13.20 x 8.80mm²
(0.52" x 0.35")
Resolution (physical)21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.10 megapixel
Pixel size18.40 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 24 frames/second

The Cyber-shot RX100 V has a built-in lens that can not be changed.

The Sony's focal length goes from 24mm to 70mm, a zoom range of 3x. The aperture varies from F1.8 at the short or wide-angle end, to F2.8.

Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)70mm
Aperture (max)1.8
Aperture (min)2.8

The Cyber-shot RX100 V 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.

Simulated viewfinder Cyber-shot RX100 V

The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the Cyber-shot RX100 V. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).

Tip: If the viewfinder image of the Cyber-shot RX100 V is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.

Resolution2.36 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The Cyber-shot RX100 V's shutter speeds range from 1/32000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/32000s
Min. shutter speed30s

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

Min. sensitivity125 ISO
Max. sensitivity12800 ISO

The Cyber-shot RX100 V supports all common metering modes.

The Sony will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Center weight

The Cyber-shot RX100 V'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.

TypePhase Detection
AF points315
Manual focus

The Cyber-shot RX100 V 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.

(34 ft.)
Hot shoe
Cyber-shot RX100 V display

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

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution1.20 megapixel
Touch screen

When recording videos with the Cyber-shot RX100 V, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.

A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Sony. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V at a glance:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone

The Cyber-shot RX100 V 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.

Typical for Sony, the camera supports device specific apps that can enhance the functionality of the camera and that can be downloaded from the internet..

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

The Sony connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Sony's connectivity at a glance:

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

What memory cards can be used with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V?

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

With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsSD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

Let's have a look at some other features of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V:

The Cyber-shot RX100 V doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.

The Cyber-shot RX100 V features a built-in stabilizer. With a 3x zoom, that's not necessarily a requirement, but nice to have nonetheless.

A nice addition is the Sony's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.

The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Sony over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.

The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.

The Cyber-shot RX100 V is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.

The Sony's features in a handy table:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Environmentally sealed

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V 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.

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's battery at a glance:

TypeNP-BX1 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life220 photos

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V'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.

Front and top view of the Cyber-shot RX100 V with dimensions:

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Dimensions (Width / Depth)

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

The Cyber-shot RX100 V is not much bigger:

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V size comparison
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Our rating of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

When Sony introduced the first RX100 in 2012 it was one of a kind: 1" sensor, Zeiss 4x zoom and 20 megapixel resolution in a compact and nicely laid out package. Five years later, the fifth generation packs even more into a camera that still has the same size like the first generation, give or take a few millimeters. However, 4K video, 1000 frames per second super slow motion and an electronic viewfinder take their toll on price and battery life. Sony's refusal to add a touch screen to the mix is puzzling, especially when considering the overworked autofocus. AF point selection by button is cumbersome, to say the least.

If you don't need the latest generation, last year's Cyber-shot RX100 IV is still the better offer. Considerably cheaper, especially when on sale, you don't lose much but save a lot.

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