Sony RX100 VII

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII front
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8-4.5) lens
  • 302g - 102 x 58 x 43mm
  • Released July 2019
  • Older Model is Sony RX100 VI
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Sony RX100 VII summary

Sony RX100 VII is Sony's Large Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on July of 2019. It uses a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a full resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Sony brought out this camera to replace the earlier Sony RX100 VI (Read Full Comparison)

The RX100 VII ranks at #18 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras and overall #241 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personal criteria.

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The following is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Sony RX100 VII family

The Sony RX100 VII comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can discover all older and latest models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-VII front thumbnailSony RX100 VII24-200mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-V(A) front thumbnailSony RX100 VA
RX100 VII vs RX100 VA
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-VI front thumbnailSony RX100 VI
RX100 VII vs RX100 VI
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-V front thumbnailSony RX100 V
RX100 VII vs RX100 V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-IV front thumbnailSony RX100 IV
RX100 VII vs RX100 IV
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-III front thumbnailSony RX100 III
RX100 VII vs RX100 III
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-II front thumbnailSony RX100 II
RX100 VII vs RX100 II
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100 front thumbnailSony RX100
RX100 VII vs RX100

Sony RX100 VII Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of pros and cons of the Sony RX100 VII based on aspects that are usually regarded as important in a camera.

boasts touch focus
decently wide (24mm)
decent sensor size (1")
delivers RAW formats
fast continuous shooting (20.0 frames per second)
features face detection focus
features tracking autofocus
good resolution (20MP)
good zoom range (24-200mm 8.3 x zoom)
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes external microphone port
includes HDMI port
lighter than competition in class (302 grams)
NFC connection
nice clear screen (921 k dot)
nice screen size (3 inches)
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
selfie friendly screen
sensor has phase detect auto focus
supports bluetooth
you can focus manually
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
low battery life (260 shots)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.5)
no headphone port
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Sony RX100 VII Sensor specs

The Sony RX100 VII features the Bionz X processor. The sensor spec on the Sony RX100 VII is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 20MP and supports a native ISO range of 125 to 12800. The ISO can also be expanded electronically to a low of 64. RAW photos are supported so the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the RX100 VII's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The RX100 VII sensor comes with a crop factor of 2.7 and is outlined in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII sensor size Meta to Introduce 'AI-Generated' Labels for Media starting next month

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony RX100 VII dimensions

Sony RX100 VII is 0.67 lbs (302 grams or 10.65 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7"). The weight of average Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 grams and the Sony RX100 VII is less heavy as compared to its competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Sony RX100 VII alongside a softdrink so you can have a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII dimensions scale

The top view directly below will show the button arrangement on the RX100 VII.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII topview buttons dials

Sony RX100 VII Lens details

The RX100 VII provides a built-in lens offering a focal range of 24-200mm making it a 8.3 x zoom which won't be huge however it could be handy in a few scenarios.

At it's widest 24mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 and that's rather sluggish and not good in low light occasions and you will probably find it hard to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to boost your ISO giving you noisy pictures. At the long end, 200mm comes to f4.5 which is pretty slow and you will have to use slow shutter speeds.

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Sony RX100 VII Connectivity

The RX100 VII has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to send photos and at times adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Many apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Sony RX100 VII Video details

The highest possible video resolution on the Sony RX100 VII is 3840 x 2160 and it can record in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S format. 2160p gives you a fantastic resolution for video. You will be able to downsample to 1080p to get cleaner video. Be mindful of the substantial file sizes and make sure you have good SD cards with good write speed. Although the body includes a microphone socket, it is unfortunately missing a headphone socket so you will not have the capability to monitor your sound levels.

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Sony RX100 VII Weather Sealing

Sony RX100 VII does not have environment sealing so damp conditions can easily damage the camera.

Sony RX100 VII Display and Viewfinder

The Sony RX100 VII houses a 3" tilting screen having a resolution of 921k dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display to get self portraits as well as group photos if required. Moreover the screen is touch friendly so you will be able to shift focus point plus adjust settings by using your fingertips.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII screen and viewfinder Snapchat Adds Watermarks to AI-Created Images

The View Finder details regarding Sony RX100 VII are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,360k dots
  • Coverage 100 percent
  • Magnification 0.59x

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders will be quite valuable.

Sony RX100 VII Shutter details

Sony RX100 VII continuous shooting speed is 20.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds. The camera also includes silent electronic shutter of 1/32000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter could produce "rolling shutter" under some situations.

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Sony RX100 VII Flash and Hot shoe details

Sony RX100 VII includes just in-built flash without external flash support. The highest flash sync speed is 1/2000 seconds.

Sony RX100 VII Autofocusing details

Sony RX100 VII includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus and Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more faster and precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detect which is valuable for portrait photography.

Sony RX100 VII has touch to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift focus points. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Sony RX100 VII has manual focusing when required during low light or you want more exact focusing control.

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Sony RX100 VII Battery life

The battery life (NP-BX1) on the Sony RX100 VII is made to last for 260 pictures based on the CIPA benchmarks making it lower in comparison with its competition. The average Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U offers the best (450) battery life within this type of cameras.

Following is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Sony RX100 VII for various categories of photography

The following graph provides a outline of the Sony RX100 VII for various categories of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Sony RX100 VII

The Sony RX100 VII gets a points total of 67 which is very good, and means the camera is a very decent pick to use for portraits. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support together with the flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
flash sync is higher than normal (1/2,000s)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
features face detection focus
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash

Street photography with Sony RX100 VII

Coming in at a exceptional points tally of 85, the Sony RX100 VII is a wonderful fit for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
comes with touch focus
lighter than competition (302 grams)

Sony RX100 VII Sports photography features

A very good sports photography points total of 71 indicates the Sony RX100 VII is a good option for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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quiet shooting (1/32,000s)
high max fps (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
features tracking focus
has phase detect autofocus
terrible battery life (260 shots)

Sony RX100 VII Travel photography info

Size is very critical when choosing a travel camera. On the whole, the Sony RX100 VII gets a awesome 77 as a travelling camera which is a great pick to purchase for your travels.

Photography Glossary
lighter than competition (302 grams)
connects via bluetooth
includes focus by touch
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (24mm)
bad battery (260 shots)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Sony RX100 VII

For anybody planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will be image quality. The Sony RX100 VII with it's nice rating of 65 for a landscape camera is a fine fit in the current market.

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you can focus manually
decently wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
terrible battery (260 shots)

Sony RX100 VII as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Sony RX100 VII is a wonderful pick for vlogging as it delivers a terrific rating of 81.

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pretty wide (24mm)
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
comes with external microphone support
lighter than others in class (302g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Sony RX100 VII Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the RX100 VII, below is a range of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The graph just below provides you an overview of the RX100 VII compared to it's highest scored competitors suggested above.

Following are several cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Bionz X
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-200mm (8.3x)
Max aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
921k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
2,360k dot
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Fastest quiet shutter speed
Continuous shutter speed
20.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution
Video file format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
302 gr (0.67 pounds)
Physical dimensions
102 x 58 x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7")
Battery life
260 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots
Retail cost