Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II – Gadget of the Week

The Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II are two of the latest additions to Sony’s camera family. Sony has been doing particularly great in the point and shoot segment and the RX100 and the RX10 have been prosumer favourites for a while now.

Both of these point and shoot cameras share the same 1 inch type stacked Sony sensor powered by its proprietary Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor. These sensors have been tested only to come out on top, they are excellent and offer stunning image quality. They also feature an improved DRAM memory chip.

Both the Sony RX100 IV and the RX10 II are equipped with 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording capabilities, This is probably the biggest upgrade to the line up since it will enable the RX line up to compete with key players like Panasonic who already have point and shoots that can record in 4K. There is also a huge bump in the bitrate of the videos with the introduction if the XAVC S codec, the 4K videos clock in at around 100 Mbps and the Full HD videos take up around 50 Mbps.

Similarities between the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II

Just a heads up, if you are planning on getting these cameras for their video recording prowess, make sure you at least have a 64 GB SDHXC card.

The Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II are also capable of recording slow motion footage at 960/1000 fps, 480/500 fps and 240/250 fps. The fps of the slow motion videos change depending on the chosen playback mode which include the following: 60p/50p, 30p/25p and 24p.

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The  maximum shutter speed for both the models is now 1/32000 of a second which is just about enough to capture a speeding bullet! Sony needs to be applauded here since the industry standard has so far been 1/16000 of a second and would be generally available only on the top-end variant of cameras.

Both the cameras also feature a 180 degree tiltable LCD which is complimented by the inbuilt XGA OLED Tru finder for those of us who are obsessed with viewfinders.

Differences between the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II

There aren’t a lot of differences between the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II , but the minimal differences present actually make a huge impact. For starters, the Sony RX100 IV can only record 4K footage for up to 5 minutes at a stretch, while the RX10 II can record in 4K for upto 29 minutes along with the ability to capture 16.8 megapixel images. Sony has also announced its own class 10 SDXC memory cards, which is quintessential for the camera to record 4K in XAVC S format. (Very clever, Sony)

Sony RX100 IV
Sony RX100 IV

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The Sony RX100 IV can capture images at upto 16 fps for extended durations while the RX10 II can only hold upto 14 fps. Both of these are actually very impressive, considered most high end DSLRs can only manage around 10 fps.

The RX100 IV has a Zeiss Vario-Sonar T 24-70mm F/1.8-F/2.8 lens which would roughly translate to 3x zoom, while the RX10 II will feature a Zeiss Vario-Sonar T 24-200mm lens with a fixed F/2.8 aperture, which roughly translates to 8x zoom. The RX10 II will let the user get comparatively close to the subject, while still maintaining a very wide aperture.

The Sony RX100 UV retails for INR 69,900, which is around INR 20,000 more than the previous version and around INR 45,000 more than the first edition which is still in sale in some regions of the world depending on stock availability. For those who do not require 4K recording, we highly recommend that they take a look at the earlier versions. Even the first edition of the RX100 can churn out impressive photos which can compete with decent DSLRs during the daylight.

Sony RX10 II
Sony RX10 II

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The Sony RX10 II will retail for a whopping INR 94,990, which puts it head to head with some of the amazing DSLRs in the market and also with Sony’s own MEX and Alpha mirrorless line up.

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