There’s stiff competition in the premium compact market, so can the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V do enough to pack a punch? Michael Topham reviews the latest pocket wonder
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V review: Anti-distortion shutter
One of the side effects of equipping a camera with an electronic shutter is the rolling-shutter phenomenon created when you try to freeze an extremely fast moving subject at high speed. Rather than capturing an image of the whole scene at a single instant in time, the electronic shutter scans the scene, a process that can often lead to a high-speed subject being rendered as skewed or distorted.
The severity of the distortion depends on the speed of the subject you’re shooting. For example, you wouldn’t expect rolling shutter to affect an image of a golfer slowly putting a ball, but a golfer swinging fast with a driver is likely to result in the golf club appearing as if it’s bowed or flexed. One of the benefits of the RX100 V’s stacked CMOS sensor technology is that it offers extremely fast signal readout. By combining this with the RX100 V’s anti-distortion shutter, it’s designed to reduce the problems associated with the rolling shutter effect.