Sony RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V front
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Push to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-70mm (F1.8-2.8) lens
  • 299g - 102 x 58 x 41mm
  • Revealed October 2016
  • Old Model is Sony RX100 IV
  • Later Model is Sony RX100 VI
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony RX100 V summary

Sony RX100 V is Sony's Large Sensor Compact camera first released on October of 2016. It features a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Sony introduced this camera as a way to replace the earlier Sony RX100 IV (Read Full Comparison) and then released the updated Sony RX100 VI (Read Full Comparison) as a way to update this model.

The RX100 V is rated #24 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and overall #260 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please try our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personal factors.

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Below is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.

Sony RX100 V family

The Sony RX100 V comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can look at all earlier and new models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-VII front thumbnailSony RX100 VII
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-VI front thumbnailSony RX100 VI
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-V front thumbnailSony RX100 V24-70mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-IV front thumbnailSony RX100 IV
RX100 V vs RX100 IV
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-III front thumbnailSony RX100 III
RX100 V vs RX100 III
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Sony RX100 V Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Sony RX100 V based on things which are generally regarded as important in a camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in zoom lens (24-70mm 2.9 x zoom)
comes with face detect focusing
comes with HDMI out
comes with tracking focus
delivers RAW files
fast at the long end (f2.8)
flash built-in
good megapixels (20MP)
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
great max aperture (f1.8)
lighter than others (299 grams)
max frames per second high (24.0 frames per second)
NFC connectivity
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
relatively wide (24mm)
screen has good resolution (1,229 k dots)
screen size is good (3 inches)
screen tilts up and down
selfie friendly display
sensor size is decent (1")
supports phase detect AF
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
you can focus manually
external flash not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low battery life (220 per charge)
missing headphone support
missing microphone support
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Sony RX100 V Sensor specifications

The Sony RX100 V is run by the Bionz X processor. The size of the sensor on the Sony RX100 V is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and includes a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. This ISO can also be increased digitally to 80 to 25600. RAW files are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the RX100 V's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The RX100 V sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is presented in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony RX100 V dimensions

Sony RX100 V weighs about 0.66 lb (299 gr or 10.55 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6"). The weight of average Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 gr and the Sony RX100 V is less heavy when compared with various competitors.

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Underneath is a image of the Sony RX100 V beside a softdrink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the RX100 V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V topview buttons dials

Sony RX100 V Lens specifications

The RX100 V houses a built-in lens providing a focal range of 24-70mm making it a 2.9 x zoom which may not be significant nevertheless it could be helpful in some cases.

At the widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f1.8 which will be great in low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It is going to also let you use a much lower ISO to produce cleaner files. At the tele end, 70mm comes at f2.8 which is really decent and lets you maintain high shutter speeds.

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Sony RX100 V Connectivity

The RX100 V has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and sometimes change settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Sony RX100 V Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony RX100 V is 3840 x 2160 and it can capture in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S format. 2160p offers an exceptional resolution for video recording. You can easily crop to 1080p to get clearer results. Be wary of the large file sizes and make sure you get decent SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack which means you have no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another model in case you need decent audio in your video clips.

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Sony RX100 V Weather Sealing

Sony RX100 V does not include environment sealing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Sony RX100 V Display and Viewfinder

The Sony RX100 V features a 3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 1,229k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits as well as group photos if necessary. Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Sony RX100 V are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,359k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.59x

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to view, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

Sony RX100 V Shutter specifications

Sony RX100 V is able to shoot continuously at 24.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 sec. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter may result in "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Sony RX100 V Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Sony RX100 V includes only in-built flash with missing external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/2000 sec.

Sony RX100 V Autofocus specifications

Sony RX100 V includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect making it helpful for portraits.

It features 315 focus points to choose from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Sony RX100 V has the ability to use manual focus when required during low light or you want more precise focus control.

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Sony RX100 V Battery life

The battery life (NP-BX1) on the Sony RX100 V is built to last for 220 photographs based on the CIPA measurements which is lower compared to its competitors. The average Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U has got the best (450) battery life within this category of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Large Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Sony RX100 V for different styles of photography

The following graph presents a rundown of the Sony RX100 V for different styles of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Sony RX100 V as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony RX100 V receives a points total of 66 which is very good, meaning that it is a respectable option to use for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos along with the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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manual focus
above average flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
resolution is good (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
supports face detection focus
exports RAW files
can't use external flash

Street photography with Sony RX100 V

Having a awesome score of 85, the Sony RX100 V is a superb option for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is decent (1")
delivers RAW files
lighter than average in class (299g)

Sony RX100 V Sports photography information

A very good sports photography points tally of 70 means the Sony RX100 V is a good fit for photographing sports. A camera should have good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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quiet shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
max fps high (24.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
terrible battery (220 per charge)

Sony RX100 V Travel photography features

Size is extremely critical when selecting a travel camera. All round, the Sony RX100 V gets a excellent 80 as a travelling camera which is a brilliant fit to buy for your vacations.

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lighter than average in class (299g)
resolution is good (20MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
fairly wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
low battery pack (220 shots)

Sony RX100 V Landscape photography features

For anyone who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photography, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Sony RX100 V and it's very good grade of 70 as a landscape camera is a respectable pick in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
pretty wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
screen size is decent (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is decent (1")
exports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low battery power (220 per charge)

Sony RX100 V Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging really should offer a moving display, mic input and preferably IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Sony RX100 V is a excellent choice as a vlog camera as it gets a superb rating of 81.

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reasonably wide (24mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than average in class (299g)
no microphone socket

Sony RX100 V Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the RX100 V, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall in to the category of Large Sensor Compact.

The diagram underneath shows you a summary of the RX100 V compared to it's highest scored competitors mentioned previously.

These are some more cameras you might look at as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
Large Sensor Compact
Physical type
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Bionz X
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-70mm (2.9x)
Largest aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of display
1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Minimum shutter speed
30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Fastest quiet shutter speed
1/32000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
24.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
10.20 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize
1/2000 seconds
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
299 grams (0.66 lbs)
102 x 58 x 41mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.6")
Battery life
220 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
With downloadable app
Type of storage
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots
Retail pricing