Product review

18 Jun, 2020

Sony RX100 V

Tested by: Russ

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After using a GoPro and a Canon 700D for way too long, it was time to up the image quality and lighten the load and go for a compact camera which shot incredible footage as well and really crisp stills but also fit inside my hip belt pocket and be USB rechargeable. Say hello to the Sony RX100 V (MK5)


Why the Sony RX100 V?

At the time of purchase, the Sony RX100 V was the latest model on the market. It offers superb video in 4k and slow motion as well as really crisp stills and a multitude of settings to adjust to your preference. I won’t go into all the nitty-gritty details and specs though, I want to review cameras from the viewpoint of a thru-hiker, there are plenty of video reviews going over all of the specs and features, but very few in terms of how well it copes with the tough environment and excessive use a thru-hiker would put it through.


How well does it work?

The image quality is so cinematic and the image presets and integrated ND filter are perfect for filming outside. I really enjoy using this camera while it’s sat on my Joby Gorilla Pod 500 and filming walk-by shots. A well-framed walk-by shot with a backdrop of epic mountains and wilderness comes out very well with the RX100 V.


Footage quality

In most scenarios, it’s spot on, but in the midday sun on a clear day, the footage is easily overexposed creating blown out white areas where the sunlight is harsh. I prefer filming with any camera in the golden hours anyway, but something to keep in mind even with the ND filter on. The stabilisation is good, but the steadier your hand the better as it can come out quite shakey at times. I prefer to let the camera and tripod do most of the work and use my iPhone 11 Pro Max for handheld as it’s got superior image stabilisation.


Sound quality

Any kind of wind? It’s a thumbs down for the RX100 V. Make sure you pick up a set of these windsheilds which I’ve used for a while now and they really do help with wind noise. Apart from that, the sound is a little tinny and sadly there’s no microphone input, but the latest Sony RX100 7 does so it’s worth checking that out if you’re in the market for this type of camera.



One of the best features of this camera is that the batteries are interchangeable and they can be charged through the camera via a micro USB port so you can charge on the go with your power bank. The batteries are small and light, but the unofficial ones are lighter so you might want to go with them if weight-savings are more important. The batteries last quite a while, but switch it to 4K mode and you’ll probably get about half an hour of runtime compared about over an hour at 1080p. But because you can carry spares it’s not much of an issue.



I’ve taken the RX100 V on most of my long-distance trips because it’s so much smaller than my Canon M50, the last trip I took it on was the Pacific Crest Trail and I had it out in the rain, the heat and the snow and it’s still going after all this time. I tried to carry it in a leather case, but it got in the way, added weight and was a pain to keep opening to get to the camera whenever I wanted to take a shot. Now I just keep it in a Ziploc bag in a hip belt pocket or a shoulder pocket. It’s definitely getting scratched up a lot now and the mechanical lens cover is stuck open due to dust.


Value for money

This is an expensive camera. Only invest in it if you’re going to use it often. Otherwise, there’s nothing wrong with using your phone. If you’re going to take advantage of the settings and you’re wanting an extra camera but also wanting to save weight, this is worth every penny.


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  • Durability 60% 60%
  • Image quality 80% 80%
  • Sound quality 50% 50%
  • Autofocus 100% 100%
  • Charge time 80% 80%
  • Run time 80% 80%
  • Value to weight ratio 90% 90%
  • Value to for money 70% 70%


  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Superb image quality
  • Good zoom
  • Packed with features and settings
  • Integrated ND filter


  • Not very durable
  • No microphone input
  • Expensive



From £849 on Amazon


273g (9.62oz)

Image quality:

20.1 mega pixels


  • Exmor RS CMOS Backlit Sensor
  • Super fast autofocus 
  • 24fps burst
  • Shoots 4K
  • Shoots slow-mo
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • Micro USB rechargeable
  • Interchangeable batteries
  • 1 x Micro USB cable
  • 1 x rechargeable battery

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