The seventh generation of Sony’s revolutionary advanced compact enhances an already excellent recipe by adding a blackout-free viewfinder, faster autofocus, and a 3.5mm microphone port. That is mixed with a list of “don’t fix what’s not broken” features transferred from the RX100 VI.
The 20-inch 1-megapixel sensor returns, though the continuous shooting speed has dropped slightly from 24 frames per second to 20. As if it was counting, that’s still ridiculously fast, and the reduction is what the non-viewfinder blackout allows, Possibly a more important feature for keeping up with fast moving subjects. Furthermore, the autofocus speed has also seen a slight improvement over the VI.
Being a Sony, the RX100 VII also includes a full complement of video features. You can record 4K videos at 30fps, 1080p at up to 120fps and super slow motion at 240, 480 and even 960fps at reduced resolutions. It also features Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) to capture maximum dynamic range and play HDR content on compatible TVs, a feature normally reserved for higher-end cameras. A 3.5mm microphone jack also made its way into the RX100 VII, the first in the series.
But perhaps best of all, none of the advanced features of the RX100 VII come to your face. They are there if you are looking for them, but if you want to sit back and enjoy an easy-to-use pocket camera, you can do it without a hitch.
The high price is certainly not for everyone, but this is a camera that will easily last you several years. If you don’t need the latest and greatest, you can still buy brand new older RX100 models for much less money. They can’t match the performance of the Mark VII, but they still capture stunning images thanks to very similar sensors. If the improved viewfinder, slightly faster autofocus, and microphone jack don’t impress you, save some money by opting for the still excellent Sony RX100 VI.