Overview: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M5A (RX100 V) digital
camera is an update to the RX100M5. The M5A has an upgraded BIONZ X image
processor for improved performance. The improvements appear in the size of the
memory buffer, and some metering upgrades. The RX100M5A also adds Sony's
restructured menu system to make it easier to maneuver from setting to setting.
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The RX100 V has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,228,800 dots. The
LCD brightness control can be set to Auto, Manual (-2 to +2), or Sunny Weather
(appropriate for shooting outdoors). You can tilt the LCD upward approximately
180° for shooting low angles and self-portraits, and downward approximately 45°
for high angles.
OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD screen, the
camera is equipped with a 0.39" XGA electronic OLED viewfinder with 2,359,296
dots. It pops up from the top panel for those occasions when you want an
eye-level viewfinder, and can be pressed down and out of the way when you want
to use the LCD screen. The viewfinder has a -4.0 to +3.0m-1 diopter
adjustment to adjust it to your eyesight. The camera automatically powers on/off
when you open/close the viewfinder.
Super-fast Auto Focus: The RX100 V delivers lightning fast
0.05-second auto focusing when you combine the speed of Phase Detection AF with
the accuracy of Contrast Detection AF. With 315 AF points covering 65% of the
image sensor's image area, you can keep your subject in focus more consistently,
and track fast moving objects.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media:
|Recording Format ||SD Memory Cards ||Memory Stick Media |
|Still Image ||SD/SDHC/SDXC ||Memory Stick PRO Duo or PRO-HG Duo |
|AVCHD ||SD/SDHC/SDXC |
(Class 4 or faster, or U1 or faster)
|Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) or PRO-HG Duo |
|XAVC S ||4K 60Mbps |
HD 50Mbps or lower
HD 60 Mbps
(Class 10, or U1 or faster)
|Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo |
|4K 100Mbps |
|SDHC/SDXC (U3) ||Not compatible |
|High Frame Rate ||SDHC/SDXC |
(Class 10 or U1 or faster)
|Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo |
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in
JPEG (with Extra Fine, Fine, and Standard compression), RAW (unprocessed), and JPEG+RAW
formats (images from both formats created at the same time). Moving images can be recorded in
XAVC S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with 2-channel LPCM audio), AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with Dolby Digital 2ch audio) or
MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264 with 2-channel AAC
Image Sensor: The camera
is equipped with the world's first 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM
chip that enables up to 960fps super slow motion and up to 1/32000 sec
with the High-speed Anti-distortion shutter. This 13.2 x 8.8mm (1") 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with approximately
and 20.2-million effective pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Paired with the image
sensor is the updated high speed BIONZ X image processor.
Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar
T* (T-star) 2.9x zoom lens. It has a focal length of 24-70mm (35mm equivalent/3:2
for recording still images, and 25.5-74mm for recording 16:9 movies. The aperture range is
F1.8-11.0 (W) and F2.8-11.0 (T).
Shutter Types: The RX100 V offers both a mechanical shutter
and an electronic shutter. The Shutter Type settings are as follows:
- Auto: The shutter type is automatically switched based
on the shooting conditions and shutter speed.
- Mechanical Shutter: The camera operates with the
mechanical shutter only. The shutter speed can be set from 30 seconds to
1/2000 second, plus Bulb. Both the mechanical and electronic shutter sounds
are heard. The electronic shutter sound can be turned off, if desired.
- Electronic Shutter: The camera shoots with the
electronic shutter only. The shutter speed can be set from 30 seconds to
1/32000 second. Only the electronic shutter sound is heard, and can be
turned off, if desired.
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 2.9x optical
zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the
Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as
|Image Size ||Optical Zoom ||Clear Image Zoom ||Maximum Zoom Scale |
|L: 20M ||2.9x ||5.8x ||11x |
|M: 10M ||2.9x ||8.2x ||16x |
|S: 5M ||2.9x ||11x ||23x |
|VGA ||2.9x ||44x ||44x |
|Movie ||2.9x ||5.8x ||11x |
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with
Active Mode can provide blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake
compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the
addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain
sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still
images, the DSC-RX100M5A allows you to choose from multiple image sizes
in four aspect ratios: 3:2 (best for printing), 16:9 (best for viewing on an
HDTV), 4:3 (best for viewing on a computer), and 1:1 (best for shooting as a
medium format camera). The following image sizes
|3:2 ||16:9 ||4:3 ||1:1 |
|20M 5472 x 3648 ||17M 5472 x 3080 ||18M 4864 x 3648 ||13M 3648 x 3648 |
|10M 3888 x 2592 ||7.5M 3648 x 2056 ||10M 3648 x 2736 ||6.5M 2544 x 2544 |
|5M 2736 x 1824 ||4.2M 2720 x 1528 ||5M 2592 x 1944 ||3.7M 1920 x 1920 |
| || ||VGA 640 x 480 || |
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while
moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose
the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. These images can
be compiled into a single panoramic image, and played back on an HDTV. The available image
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, the RX100
V can also record pro-quality movies, including 4K and Full HD. You can
record movies in the low-compression, high-quality XAVC S format and AVCHD for easy
editing and sharing.
You can choose between NTSC (60, 30, 24 fps) and PAL (50, 25 fps) for worldwide
image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format ||NTSC ||PAL |
|XAVC S 4K ||3840 x 2160/30p @ 100 Mbps |
3840 x 2160/30p @ 60 Mbps
3840 x 2160/24p @ 100 Mbps
3840 x 2160/24p @ 60 Mbps
|3840 x 2160/50p @ 100 Mbps |
3840 x 2160/25p @ 60 Mbps
|XAVC S HD ||1920 x 1080/60p @ 50 Mbps |
1920 x 1080/60p @ 25 Mbps
1920 x 1080/30p @ 50 Mbps
1920 x 1080/30p @ 16 Mbps
1920 x 1080/24p @ 50 Mbps
1920 x 1080/120p @ 100 Mbps
1920 x 1080/120p @ 60 Mbps
|1920 x 1080/50p @ 50Mbps |
1920 x 1080/50p @ 25Mbps
1920 x 1080/25p @ 50Mbps
1920 x 1080/25p @ 16Mbps
1920 x 1080/100p @100Mbps
1920 x 1080/100p @60 Mbps
|AVCHD ||FX 1920 x 1080/60i @ 24Mbps |
FH 1920 x 1080/60i @ 17Mbps
|FX 1920 x 1080/50i @ 24Mbps |
FH 1920 x 1080/50i @ 17Mbps
Note: The camera's 4K movie recording
function allows you to create short film-like video clips in
high quality. The continuous recording duration for 4K movies is
approximately 5 minutes.
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC: The RX100 V lets you connect wirelessly
with smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication). Using
the PlayMemories Mobile app, available for Android 4.1 and up from Google Play
and for iOS 9.3 and up from the App Store, you can send images to, or control
your camera from your smartphone or tablet. When connected to a Wi-Fi network,
you can send images to your computer or view on a Wi-Fi-enabled TV.
Customizable Function Button: The camera features a Function
button that allows you to assign up to 12 functions for quick access. Assignable
functions include: Drive Mode, Flash Mode, Focus Mode, Focus
Area, Exposure Compensation, ISO, ND Filter, Metering Mode, White Balance, DRO/Auto
HDR, Smile/Face Detection, and Shooting Mode.
Control Ring: The Control Ring around the lens lets you
change the settings of often-used functions. In standard mode, the camera
assigns recommended functions for each shooting mode. You can manually select
the function controlled by the Control Ring, including Exposure Compensation,
ISO, White Balance, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Zoom, Shutter Speed, and
Memory Recall: The Memory Recall mode can memorize up to
three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom
magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, date, and grid lines. This
enables you to quickly switch the settings at the right moment.
Drive Modes: The camera offers multiple Drive Modes. In
addition to single image shooting, you can choose from the following:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous
images at three speed settings while you press and hold down the shutter
release: Hi: 24 frames per second, Mid: 10 frames per second, and Lo: 3.5 frames per second.
- Self-Timer: You can set the
Self-Timer mode to a 10-second, 5-second, or 2-second delay so you can be in the
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode
takes continuous frames after a 10-, 5-, or 2-second delay. You can choose
or 5 frames to be taken.
- Continuous Bracket: The Continuous Bracket mode lets
you shoot a series of 3, 5, or 9 images as you hold down the shutter button, each with a different exposure
setting--some at normal exposure, some under exposed, and some over exposed.
You can choose from five different step
values: 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, or 3.0 EV.
- Single Bracket: The Single Bracket mode is similar to
the Continuous Bracket mode, except that it requires pressing the shutter
button for each photo you take. Each photo in the sequence will be at a
different exposure setting. The same number of images and exposure steps are
- WB Bracket: The Bracket WB mode shoots three images, each with
different degrees of brightness according to the selected settings of white
balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can choose the a low or
high bracket deviation value.
- DRO Bracket: The camera shoots a total of three images,
each with a different degree of D-Range Optimizer.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing
- Wide: The camera focuses in all ranges of the
finder frame automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway, a
green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
- Zone: You can select a zone on the monitor on which to
focus, and the camera will automatically select a focus area.
- Center: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the
frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on
your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
- Flexible Spot: The camera focuses on a very small area
that can be moved around the frame to the desired point on the screen.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If focus isn't obtained on the
single selected point, you can use focus points around the flexible spot as
the second priority area to achieve focus.
- Lock-on AF: When the shutter button is pressed and held
halfway, the camera tracks the subject within the selected autofocus area.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto
focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject
in dark surroundings. The red AF Illuminator lights when the shutter button is
pressed halfway. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to
eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to
deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give
priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's
face to be given priority.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology
automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing
the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it
happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection
Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition is used in the
Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto shooting modes. This function automatically detects different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings:
Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight,
Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, and Macro. The camera also recognizes certain
conditions and makes appropriate adjustments: Tripod, Walk, Move, Move (bright),
or Move (dark).
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can
select from the following shooting modes:
- Auto Mode: The Auto Mode allows you to shoot still
images under any condition with good results by setting the values
determined by the camera. You can choose between two Auto Modes:
- Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot
still images with automatic scene recognition.
- Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot still
images with automatic scene recognition, with an emphasis on dark or backlit
- Program Auto (P): Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also
select various settings using the menu.
- Aperture Priority (A): You can shoot still images after
adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the
- Shutter Priority (S): You can shoot still images
after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the
- Manual Exposure (M): You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can
be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set
between F1.8 and F11 (Wide Angle) or between F2.8 and F11 (Telephoto).
- Memory Recall: You can set and store often-used modes
and numeric settings for recall at a later time.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record Full HD AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with
- HFR (High Frame Rate): This mode allows you to shoot
slow motion movies. You can select frame rates of 240 fps, 480 fps, 960 fps
(NTSC). The playback speed varies
depending on the set frame rate and record setting.
- Sweep Panorama: Multiple images are shot while
the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti-Motion Blur, Pet, Gourmet, Fireworks, and High Sensitivity.
Note: The Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter
Priority, and Manual shooting modes are available for movies as well as
Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +3.0EV to
-3.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash
features a range of 1.31'
to 33.46' (0.4-10.2 meters) with the zoom set
to wide and 1.31' to 21.33' (0.4-6.5 meters) with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash
- Autoflash: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are
dark or when there is backlight
- Fill Flash: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Sync: the flash is used regardless of the amount of
ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions,
allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit
- Rear Sync: the flash operates before exposure is
completed every time your trigger the shutter
- Off: the flash does not operate
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to
reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to On or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following Metering
- Spot Metering: Spot metering lets you adjust the
exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is
strong contrast between the subject and the background.
- Center-weighted Metering: Center-weighted metering
measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the
brightness of the subject.
- Multi-pattern Metering: When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is
divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The
camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a
- Entire Screen Average: This new metering mode measures
the average brightness of the entire screen. The exposure will be stable
even if the composition or the position of the subject changes.
- Highlight: This new metering mode measures the
brightness while emphasizing the highlighted area on the screen. This allows
you to capture the subject without overexposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the
white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject,
and the overall color balance is adjusted. There are three Auto WB modes: AWB
standard, AWB Ambience, and AWB White. When shooting under special lighting
conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can
select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (warm white), Fluorescent (cool white), Fluorescent (day white),
Fluorescent (daylight), Flash, Underwater Auto, Color Temperature/Filter, Custom
(adjust white balance depending on the light source) or Custom Set (memorizes
the basic white color which will be used).
Grid Lines: The cameras
on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical
position. You can choose from three grid line overlays: Rule of 3rds, 4x6 Square,
and Diagonal + 4x6 Square.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image.
The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a
dark image when skewed to the left side.
In-camera Guide: An
on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera
functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The
function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Strap: The camera includes a wrist strap and two adapters
that allow you to attach an optional shoulder strap.
Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-RX100M5A's View Mode allows
you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into the following folders:
Date, Still, MP4, AVCHD, XAVC S 4K, and XAVC S HD.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full
screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index
feature lets you to display a total of 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back
images one after the other. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted,
allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, 10, and 30 seconds. When repeat
is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to
8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left
to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in
90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images to make them
look more impressive and artistic. You can choose from the following: Toy
Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color,
High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature,
Watercolor, and Illustration.
Images: You can delete a selected
image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid
accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Battery Information: The DSC-RX100M5A is powered by the
NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC
adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 150 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the
battery has the following capacity:
| Function ||Battery Life |
Images ||LCD ||Approx. 220 images |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 210 images |
| Viewing Still Images ||Approx. 200 min or 4000 images |
| Recording Movies |
|LCD ||Approx. 35 min |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 35 min |
| Recording Movies |
|LCD ||Approx. 65 min |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 65 min |
Internal Battery: The camera has an internal rechargeable
battery for maintaining the date and time and other settings regardless of
whether the power is on or off. The battery is continually charged as long as
you are using the camera. If the camera isn't used for about a month, the
internal battery can become discharged. The camera can still be used with a
discharged internal battery, however, the date and time will not be shown. The
internal battery can be fully recharged in approximately 24 hours with the power
off and a charged battery pack is in the camera.
HDMI: The RX100 V has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output on the
of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is
required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with
Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control.
Micro USB : The camera features a single Micro USB jack
(labeled "Multi") on the right side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable for
downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the battery in
the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-RX100M5A can be used with
PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer. "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from
the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It
is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 (SP1),
and Mac OS X 10.11 / macOS 10.12-10.13 operating systems only. With PlayMemories Home you can:
- Manage and edit photos and videos on your PC or Mac
- Organize photos and videos
- Upload photos to a cloud service for storage (PlayMemories Online)
- Search for photos and videos using Calendar View
- Import and Export photos and videos, plus create disks and print.
- Perform basic editing functions
- View photos and videos on a map (using location information from a
- Create multi-view videos
Imaging Edge: Imaging Edge software allows you to shoot
remotely using your computer, as well as to display and process images recorded in RAW format. You can also
adjust the brightness or color, as well as "develop" the RAW image files into
JPEG or TIFF files. Imaging Edge can be downloaded to your computer, using a URL printed in the
manual. Imaging Edge is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 (SP1),
as well as Mac OS X 10.11 / macOS 10.12-10.13.