Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA Digital Camera

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  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
  • HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
  • 0.39" 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
  • 3.0" 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
  • ISO 12800 and 24-fps Continuous Shooting
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Sony DSC-RX100 VA Overview

  • 1Description

Tweaking an already stellar pocket-sized camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA Digital Camera from Sony improves the existing RX100 V by increasing the buffer size to 233 images, reducing display lag time in the electronic viewfinder, and adding several small features over other aspects of the camera. With the 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor, the RX100 VA can output detailed images at sensitivities up to ISO 12800. The Fast Hybrid AF system has 315 focal-plane phase-detection points that cover 65% of the image area of the sensor and can achieve focus in as little as 0.05 seconds. That autofocus system is also capable of tracking subjects across the frame, even while shooting at high speeds. Sony's BIONZ X processor enables continuous shooting up to 24 fps with the aforementioned buffer size of 233 JPEG images and improved High Frame Rate recording times.

Like the RX100 V, the RX100 VA can shoot HD video at 960 fps in High Frame Rate Mode and UHD 4K video at 30/24 fps. But a new feature of the RX100 VA is dual video recording, where the camera simultaneously records two video files at once. Also carried over from the RX100 V is Gamma Display Assist, which provides a more contrasty image while using a flat S-Log2 gamma, and the Photo Capture mode for pulling 8.29MP stills from your movies.

The RX100 VA keeps the same physical design as the RX100 V to keep compatibility with all accessories. A Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens still graces the front of the camera with an equivalent zoom range of 24-70mm and a fast f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture that provides incredible flexibility in a wide range of shooting scenarios. A pop-up 0.39" 2.36m-dot OLED Tru-Finder EVF and 3.0" 1.23m-dot tilting LCD give you crystal clear previews of what you're shooting. The RX100 VA also keeps the same lens control ring, built-in ND filter, and customizable buttons as its predecessor. It also has Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities for connecting to a smartphone.

20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor & BIONZ X Image Processor
The 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor of the RX100 VA can deliver outstanding image quality at up to ISO 12800 with incredibly fast performance. This sensor stacks the pixel area, a high-speed signal processing circuit, and memory to increase data throughput by over five times and deliver features such as 40x super slow motion, an Anti-Distortion shutter, UHD 4K video, and more. The sensor also has focal-plane phase-detection AF points for faster, more precise focusing in as little as 0.05 seconds.

This sensor is paired with the BIONZ X image processor and front-end LSI that improves the speed and throughput of the entire imaging system, enabling continuous shooting with AF/AE at up to 24 fps. An expanded buffer makes continuous shooting possible for longer bursts, up to 233 JPEGs. The front-end LSI is also able to improve overall quality of the images, especially at higher sensitivities. 
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
With a 24-70mm equivalent zoom range, the integrated Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens lends itself to a wide variety of shooting situations. The wide angle to short telephoto range is a favorite among photographers and it is further befitted by the bright aperture range of f/1.8-2.8. This enables solid low-light performance and excellent control over depth of field.

Two aspherical lens elements are incorporated into the lens design, minimizing chromatic aberrations and ensuring clear images. Zeiss' premium multi-layered T* coating also reduces ghosts and flare caused by light reflecting.

Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Phase-Detection Points
The RX100 VA is equipped with an on-sensor phase-detection AF system that provides increased autofocus speed for both stills and video. The camera uses a hybrid system with 315 phase-detection points that covers 65% of the frame along with a contrast-detection system to provide fast, accurate focusing in a range of situations. The RX100 VA also benefits from reduced blackout for easier tracking when using the EVF or LCD. 
UHD 4K Video Recording
The RX100 VA is a video powerhouse, delivering up to 5-minute UHD 4K movies with exceptional clarity. By using a full pixel readout without binning, the camera collects about 1.7x the information needed for 4K output. Oversampling helps to increase clarity while reducing the effect of moire and jaggies. Fast Hybrid AF is available during movie shooting for ensuring accurate, fast tracking using phase-detection AF points. The camera also offers Sony's advanced XAVC S format for recording a high bit rates up to 100 Mbps.

Picture profiles and image controls are also available, including the S-Log2 gamma that can help expand the dynamic range by recording a flat image. Gamma Display Assist helps users view a more natural image when shooting with S-Log2. Other options such as timecode, zebras, peaking, and more are present for making shooting and editing easier. When recording internally, users will record video with a 4:2:0 sampling at 8-bit, but the RX100 VA can output via HDMI to an external recorder. This allows users to capture 4:2:2 uncompressed video and save in an edit-ready format.

The camera also has a Photo Capture function, which allows shooters to quickly save an 8.29MP still from their UHD 4K movies. Additionally, the camera is NTSC/PAL switchable, making it usable around the world.

High Frame Rate and Slow Motion Shooting
Speed is a huge advantage of the RX100 VA, and in video users will benefit from advanced High Frame Rate shooting and super slow motion. In Full HD, shooters will have access to a standard 120 fps setting that will enable outstanding slow motion when placed in an editing software. In addition to this, the camera also offers a dedicated HFR mode which will boost the cameras frame rate to up to 960 fps. Videographers will have the option of recording in Quality Priority and Shoot Time Priority modes, depending on preference. The camera will output a Full HD file from slightly lower resolutions to produce high quality images at all frame rates. Additionally, an end trigger mode enables users to record 4 or 6 seconds before the record button is pressed so the perfect moment isn't missed.
Body Design and Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Pop-up 0.39" XGA OLED electronic viewfinder offers a resolution of 2.36m dots for crisp, clear imagery. The EVF also uses a Zeiss T* coating to ensure clarity from corner to corner.
  • The rear 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen can tilt upwards 180° and downwards 45° for shooting at different angles or for composing the perfect selfie. The screen sports a resolution of about 1.23m dots and WhiteMagic technology has been applied to the LCD's design to increase effective brightness for easier viewing in bright lighting.
  • A manual control ring surrounds the lens and features a smooth, click-less design for quick and quiet changing of settings. The ring can be assigned to control a variety of features, at different values, such as zoom, aperture, and Picture Effects.
  • Custom button and other programmable buttons can be set to one of over 40 functions for quick access to commonly used settings. 
  • A built-in 3-stop neutral density (ND) filter is available to enable working in bright light with wider aperture settings.
  • Pop-up flash will help illuminate subjects in dimly-lit scenes.
  • A redesigned menu makes flipping through settings easier.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables instant transferring of imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices, with no complex set-up required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and, using Smart Remote Control, remotely control the camera's shutter release. Additionally, the RX100 VA can now connect to a smartphone using a QR code for faster access.
Other Camera Features
  • Anti-Distortion electronic shutter can enable completely silent shooting as well as the ability to work at shutter speeds as fast as 1/32000 second. This shutter also keeps rolling shutter effects to an absolute minimum and enables photographers to work in bright light with wider apertures.
  • Step Zoom lets you quickly change between five common focal lengths (24, 28, 35, 50, or 70mm) by rotating the control ring.
  • Clear Image Zoom allows users to enlarge the center of the still or movie frame being shot by up to 5.8x equivalent when using optical zoom as well.
  • Eye AF in AF-C mode will lock on and tack a subject's eye, even as the face moves.
  • Users can set a minimum shutter speed when using ISO AUTO to help minimize shutter blur.
  • Creative Style settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, and Sepia (all with +/- 3 step contrast, saturation, and sharpness adjustment).
  • Picture Effect modes: Posterization (Color, B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
  • Adjustable Picture Profile parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode (Movie, Still, Cinema, Pro, ITU709 Matrix, White & Black, S-Gamut), Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, and Reset.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA Digital Camera
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  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony DSC-RX100 VA Specs

    Pixels Actual: 21.0 Megapixel
    Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVCHD 2.0, XAVC S
    Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Max Resolution 20 MP: 5472 x 3648
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 10 Elements in 9 Groups
    9 Aspherical
    Effective Focal Length: 8.8 to 25.7mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 70mm)
    Aperture: f/1.8 (W) to f/2.8 (T)
    Zoom Optical: 2.9x
    Clear Image Zoom: 5.8x
    Digital: 11x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.97" to Infinity / 5 cm to Infinity
    Telephoto: 11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125 to 12800 (Extended Mode:80 to 12800)
    Shutter Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 4 to 1/2000 Second in Auto Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 1/2000 Second in Program Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 1/2000 Second in Manual Mode
    30 to 1/2000 Second in Aperture Priority Mode
    Type: Mechanical
    Speed: 30 to 1/2000 Second in Shutter Priority Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 4 to 1/32000 Second in Auto Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 30 to 1/32000 Second in Bulb Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 30 to 1/32000 Second in Program Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 30 to 1/32000 Second in Aperture Priority Mode
    Type: Electronic
    Speed: 30 to 1/32000 Second in Shutter Priority Mode
    Exposure Metering Average, Center-Weighted, Highlight, Multi, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Memory Recall, Movie, Panorama Shot, Programmed Auto, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto
    Shooting Modes Anti-Motion Blur
    Handheld Twilight
    High Sensitivity
    Night Portrait
    Night Scene
    Pet Mode
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
    Continuous Shooting Up to 24 fps at 20.1 MP for up to 233 Exposures (JPEG)
    Self-Timer 2, 5, 10 Sec
    Remote Control RM-VPR1 (Optional)
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Rear Sync
    Red-Eye Reduction
    Slow Sync
    Built-In Flash Yes
    Effective Flash Range Wide:1.31 to 33.46' / 0.4 to 10.2 m
    Telephoto:1.31 to 21.33' / 0.4 to 6.5 m
    External Flash Connection None
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
    Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Resolution 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
    1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
    1920 x 1080i: 60 fps, 50 fps
    1280 x 720p: 30 fps, 25 fps
    1920 x 1080p: 240 fps, 480 fps, 960 fps
    1824 x 1026p: 240 fps, 480 fps, 960 fps
    1676 x 566p: 240 fps, 480 fps, 960 fps
    1920 x 1080p: 250 fps, 500 fps, 1000 fps
    1824 x 1026p: 250 fps, 500 fps, 1000 fps
    1676 x 566p: 250 fps, 500 fps, 1000 fps
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    Viewfinder Type Electronic
    Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
    Viewfinder Coverage 100%
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen Tilt (1,228,800 Pixels)
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) Built In
    Battery 1 x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh
    AC Power Adapter AC-UB10C (Included)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.6" / 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0 mm
    Weight 10.55 oz / 299 g with battery and memory card
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.5 x 4.5 x 3.0"

    Sony DSC-RX100 VA Reviews

    Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VA Digital Camera is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 157.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent but needs added parts Pros and cons of the Sony RX100V Pro: Fast start up, excellent quality LCD viewfinder, write speed fast for photos, excellent focusing on subjects. Shooting just jpeg photos battery life is okay, shooting burst or video battery life dies quickly so buy extras for a day out. Cons: same size of other rx100 models but still compact and small for larger hands. I'm six foot and it feels so small and slick because of lack of textures on camera body. I had to add the rubber grip to the front that Sony sells for added grip. Also purchased the glass screen cover for the back screen because it's always exposed and leaves an opportunity to damage the back of the camera.
    Date published: 2016-11-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great camera, but hate the nickel and dimming Great camera so far. Amazing how they can get so many features and capability in such a small camera. The auto focus is superb. The only reason to give a rating of 4 is that you have to buy items for the camera that should be standard. $14 for a piece to allow you hold onto the camera easier, come on cost less than a dollar! on a $1000 camera. At this price point this should be included with a memory card. Additionally, the camera has apps to allow for really neat features. Again you have to pay $5-10 each to get these capabilities. I feel like I'm being nickel and dimed on one of the most expensive point and shoot cameras you can buy.
    Date published: 2016-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great portable camera This is my first camera purchase since 2009 when I got my first DSLR - the Rebel T1i. What I love about this camera is that it's ultra portable and it has all the options found on my DSLR. The image quality is great and it also depends if you know how to use the manual mode. My first DSLR definitely got me ready for all the menus on this camera. It does not feel cheap, it's got some weight to it, and that is a good thing. There is flash and a viewfinder. It shoots in 4k, which is a plus. The only thing is the battery runs low a bit fast, which is way I picked up an additional battery. Overall, great camera, lots of options, and its portable.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely impressive camera for the size This is by far the best "point and shoot" I've owned. It's awfully expensive -- a Panasonic with similar specs -- and a slightly faster lens -- is half the price. But what sets this camera apart is its "pro" features. It was clearly designed with a person who's used to full-featured DSLRs in-mind. And as a good bonus--the 4K video looks very good, too. It's extremely fast and responsive, and has wonderful low-light performance. I don't think I'll ever need the flash. In normal home room light at night you can take pictures that seem noise-free.? It's fast and easy to switch to Aperture or Shutter priority mode in case you want to have some control over DOF.
    Date published: 2018-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much quality in a little package I have a Canon DSLR, but this is a great camera. So many features tucked into something so compact. Image quality is most important to me and the stills and video are both superb! There are more than enough menus and options for controlling every conceivable aspect of your shots (more than you'd ever want to deal with at times, but nice to know they are there). If you have the time, experiment around with them to see what they can do. I especially appreciate the viewfinder -- which can be very useful on bright days, the pop-up flash -- which can be tilted back for ceiling bounce flashes, and lots of ways to control very contrasty situations.
    Date published: 2017-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replaces My First DSC-RX100 I have used the original Sony DSC-RX100 for several years since it was introduced. For travel pictures, it is hard to beat. Like a phone camera, it was always available, but the picture quality was always better. I got the replacement, the fifth iteration for the same reasons that I owned the original. I do like the faster focus and although qualitative in my hands, the low light capability seems to be improved. Only slightly heavier and larger than the original. The eyepiece and tilting screen were not features I cared about, others may find them more useful. Still a great(er) travel camera, one that you don't have to wear with a strap around your neck.
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works well, in for repairs Had this camera for 1 month, liked the quality of the photos, IS worked very well and the low light photo and video was a much welcomed improvement over my older canon S-100. However, I just had it sent in for repair as the viewfinder pops up at random times turning the camera on (in its case or just sitting there...running down the battery, which unfortunately is as poor as described). They think the mechanical catch is not positioned correctly and is slipping. We shall see. Bought this in anticipation of a trip coming up soon and now it is a race between the repair and departure times.
    Date published: 2017-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great camera!! I’ve been debating about buying this camera for a few months. It has a lot of good reviews and finally I’ve decided to give it a shot.I’m a Canon user and the hardest part was to convince myself to purchase the RX100V . I’m glad I did. This is my pocket everyday and everywhere camera. I like the results and the ease of use. The battery life seems to be ok. I always carry spare batteries, but I’ve never had to change the battery while I was out shooting. I use this camera for mostly stills, and I haven’t shot any videos yet . The menu is something to get used to. It is a bit cluttered and could be made a lot more simpler. Overall, this is a great little camera that packs a big punch.
    Date published: 2018-01-14
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    Is there a way to either turn the movie button ...

    Is there a way to either turn the movie button off or to reprogram it since the button is next to the thumb rest and is easy to accidentally turn on?
    Asked by: James
    Yes, you can set the movie button so that it only works when you have the mode dial set to Movie mode. Go to Menu, Camera 2, 9 (Custom Operation 1) scroll down to Movie button. Select it and choose Movie Mode Only. This will turn it off when dial is not set to Movie Mode so you won't accidently start recording.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-04-08

    Can a shortcut to slow motion be programmed into ...

    Can a shortcut to slow motion be programmed into "My Menu" ?
    Asked by: Christina
    Hi Christina, yes you can add the "HFR Setting" shortcut to the "My Menu"
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-03-24

    Is there a way to externally distinguish the "V" ...

    Is there a way to externally distinguish the "V" from the "VA" versions, since both carry only the "V" on the body? How can I tell them apart? Thank you :-)
    Asked by: Daniel
    A reviewer on youtube said that the "VA" also shows on the cover of the instruction manual. But in terms of knowing the version without turning the camera on, I guess the only way is through the sticker on the bottom, as some of you already said. Thanks!
    Answered by: Daniel
    Date published: 2019-04-26


    Through wifi can I transfer photos to an iPhone or iPad? If there is a warranty issue does B&H handle the issue internally or send the camera to a third party? How much would a two year warranty cost? Thanks
    Asked by: Richard S.
    You can transfer images through Wi-Fi on an iOS device using the Sony Playmemories App, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. The camera comes with a 1 year Sony USA warranty which covers against defects. If there is a defect in the camera within 1 year's time, you would contact Sony directly. For extended protection, we offer both a 2 and 3 year Drops and Spills Plan by Squaretrade. The pricing for these plans can be seen once you add the camera to your cart online.
    Answered by: Kirk R.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Asked by: Anonymous
    For a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase of the product, Sony will, at its option,repair or replace with new or refurbished product or parts, any product or parts determined to be defective.
    Answered by: SonyListens
    Date published: 2019-01-11


    does it have a built-in stereo mic?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera has stereo microphones located on both sides of the built-in pop-up flash.
    Answered by: Manzell L.
    Date published: 2019-01-01


    With optical zoom and clear view, what is the effective zoom coverage?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Fortunately, we have a copy on display in the store. The effective zoom range is as listed in the specs, 5.8x zoom. The optical zoom is 2.9x or 24-70mm. When testing the clear image zoom in the camera, the long end came up as 70mm x2, or 140mm. So 24-140mm is a 5.8x zoom. Subjects in the picture will be 5.8 times larger at the long end of clear view than the wide end of optical.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does anyone use this camera model with a Gimbal Stabilizer? Thank you.
    Asked by: George
    The DSC-RX100 V is only 10 oz so it would easily work with this gimbal: Axler Handheld Gimbal for Mirrorless Cameras B&H # AXWISP20M
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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