Sony has announced the Cyber-shot RX10 II, offering a 1″ type stacked 20MP CMOS sensor, 4K video recording (up to 29 minutes) and improved readout speed thanks to a new DRAM chip.
The body design and lens specs remain in line with the RX10, including a Zeiss-branded 24-200.mm equivalent F2.8 lens. Sony is also updating two models in its compact RX line. Both share a lot of the same new features, as they share the same image sensor and processor. The RX100 IV and the RX10 II are identical to their predecessors (the RX100 III and RX10) in terms of physical design and lens coverage. Both cameras still use a 1-inch image sensor with 20-megapixel resolution, but it’s a stacked CMOS design, which means that the image processor and DRAM are built right into the image sensor. This allows for a readout that’s about five times the speed of a standard BSI CMOS sensor.
This allows both cameras to record video in 4K resolution using the XAVC S coded at a 100Mbps bitrate. You can set the frame rate to 30fps or 24fps when shooting in 4K, but keep in mind that the RX100 IV will be limited to a 5-minute clip length, while the RX10 II supports the more standard 29-minute limit. You can start a new video clip immediately after one ends.
The two new models both feature the world’s first 1.0″ type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor2 with advanced signal processing and an attached DRAM memory chip. The high speed signal processing and DRAM memory chip work together to enable more than 5x faster readout of image data3 and are responsible for a variety of standout features that have previously been available in only a select few professional-level video cameras. These impressive capabilities include 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960 fps4,5, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high resolution 4K movie shooting6 and more. “Utilizing Sony’s decades of expertise in digital imaging, we’ve made it possible for everyday customers to enjoy a professional imaging experience with the new RX100 IV and RX10 II cameras. With the power of the world’s first 1.0-type Stacked CMOS sensor packed into a compact, portable body, these new cameras bring the excitement and creativity of high frame rate shooting, 4K recording and a variety of other pro-quality features to a whole new audience.”said Kimio Maki, Senior General Manager of Digital Imaging Business Group for Sony Corporation.
Kelly Davis, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony North America, added “The new RX100 IV and RX10 II models make a strong statement for Sony, as they break through all existing boundaries of compact cameras and will allow professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts to capture images and video that they never before thought were possible.”
Both cameras are set to go on sale in July. The RX100 IV is priced at $1,000 and the RX10 II will sell for $1,300.