Sony may not have released the RX100 VI until last year, but the company is already back with an updated model the RX100 VII. (Technically, it is called the "Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII," but that is a name no one will ever use outside of a product catalog.) The new model is the first RX100 with an external microphone port – a much-requested addition – as well as the real-time tracking and real-time autofocus systems from Sony that introduced it on the A6400 and A9.
The lens on the RX100 VII is the same as last year's model: it is a 24-200 mm zoom lens with an f / 2.8-4.5 aperture that offers up to 8.3x optical zoom. The 20-megapixel sensor of 1 inch has been upgraded to a stacked sensor with the same technology as the full-frame version found on the A9.
There is also a new "Single Burst Shooting Drive Mode" that takes seven still images with up to 90 fps with a single shutter release. It is designed to give photographers more opportunities to take the photo they want.
The most important addition could be the added 3.5 mm microphone port, meaning that content creators can actually use the RX100 VII as an all-in-one video recording device without having to worry about the poor results of the built-in camera microphone.
Sony seems to know that the RX100 VII will be especially attractive for vloggers: the company will also sell the RX100 VII in a "Shooting Grip Kit" with the camera, a portable handle (with built-in active video and photo hatches), a microphone bracket (microphone is sold separately) and two rechargeable batteries. Combine that with the video performance that, according to Sony, is even better than the already good RX100 VI and the folding screen that can look forward, and you have a powerful and powerful vlog machine.
The RX100 VII will be available later in August 2019 for $ 1,200 for the camera only. Later in 2019, the aforementioned Shooting Grip Kit bundle will be available for $ 1,300.