Over the past week some footage from Sony and other real world uses has been surfacing. Many shows off the super slow motion modes and others tout the performance in 4k. The quality is for the most part good but not great and shows a clear aliasing and moire resolution loss at 480fps and 960fps. The codec at 50 Mbit is quite good and is not the weak link, the cameras suffer from line skipping as the readout frame rate increases to below 720p resolution in real terms while being saved on a 1080p wrapper.
We have compiled a series of footage samples found on the net for you to look at. Some are outright high speed samples and others are interface walk through samples. It should give a good idea of what quality we are talking about.
RX100 IV & RX10 II – Super Slow Motion- Nature by Sony:
RX10 II – High Precision 4K by Sony:
Sony RX10 II High Frame Rate (1000fps) by dcfever hk:
Sony RX100 IV HFR Video Mode by Imaging Resource:
Barber brothers, shot on a Sony RX100 IV from Johnnie Behiri:
The barber video above by Johnnie Behiri shows the great quality that can be extracted from the Sony RX100 IV. The video is part of a hands on look and initial review at Cinema 5D which you should read as it has some interesting usability info. It also seems to show that battery life in the HFR high speed mode eats the battery quite fast. It is also possibly the first samples of 240fps and 120fps using the camera as they seem to have much better resolution in slow motion than 480fps and 960fps modes.
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 IV compact camera by CameraNU.nl:
This walk thru even when it is spoken in Dutch makes it easy to follow along and see where the HFR high speed modes are accessed in the interface. It shows how quick and modern the interface is even to cameras just released a year ago.
As a reminder here are the frame sizes available in HFR modes on these cameras in Quality Priority Mode:
- 240fps NTSC/250fps PAL (1,824×1,026)
- 480fps NTSC/500fps PAL (1,676×566)
- 960fps NTSC/1000fps PAL (1,136×384)
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