Sony only had the Alpha A99 II camera to show at the Photokina 2016 event because of problems caused by the Kumamoto earthquake. The silver lining is that it launched a pair of very interesting new cameras at an event in New York. Along with the A6500 mirrorless, Sony revealed the RX100 V, the latest in its line of high-end compact zooms. Its most impressive feature is speed -- thanks to a new image processor, it can shoot an insane 24 RAW images per second for 150 shots, something that was impressive to see (and hear) during the demo.
With a new 315-point phase-detection AF system, it also has the world's fastest autofocus at .05 seconds, matching the new A6500 mirrorless, the company claims. Sony has refreshed the 20.1-megapixel, one-inch Exmore RS CMOS sensor, adding a built-in RAM chip and larger buffer to speed things up.
There's also a new AF-A mode, letting the camera switch automatically between continuous and single-shot autofocus. As before, it has a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 T lens with optical image stabilization. The pop-up 2.36 million dot OLED EVF is also unchanged, as is the max 12,800 ISO.
Sony doesn't shirk on video with its consumer cameras, and the RX100 V has 4K video with a full sensor readout, and up to 1000fps shooting, depending on the resolution. Sony says it can capture that rate, which is 40 times slower the regular speed, for twice as long as before. It's fair to say that the new model now matches or beats Panasonic's new LX10 in most areas, though the latter model has a slightly faster f/1.4 to 2.8 lens. Sony's new compact arrives in October to the US for $1,000 and hits Europe in November for €1,200.