Who still needs a dedicated camera when smartphone cameras are nowso damned excellent?
Professionals and hobbyists are two answers that come to mind. Among those group, Sony's been leading the pack for years: Its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras (with both full-frame and APS-C-size image sensors) andRX100 point-and-shoot models are generally well regarded, and now the company is ready to further its lead.
Meet the new high-performance A500 mirrorless and the RX100 V point-and shoot.
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Let's get price out of the way. Sony's new cameras are not cheap. The A6500 will cost $1,400, and the RX100 V will cost $1,000 when they ship in November — definitely not throwaway money, that's for sure.
Small and versatile
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The RX100 changed the point-and-shoot game with its super-compact size and large 1-inch image sensor capable of excellent low-light performance.
The new RX100 V keeps the same pocketable design and overhauls the innards. The camera is powered by a new 1-inch image sensor that captures 20.1-megapixel still photos at up to 24 frames per second (fps) on continuous shooting with autofocus and auto-exposure. It sounds like a real workhorse for action photography and more than equipped for snapping pics of your kid running around the soccer field.