The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV is the successor the popular Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III. Like its predecessor, the RX100 IV features a 20.1-million-pixel 1.0-type imaging sensor. Though the resolution remains exactly the same, the configuration of the sensor is different. Rather than employing the previously used BSI, or back-illuminated sensor, the new Exmor RS chip incorporates a new-stacked design that creates more space to reposition the high-speed circuitry from the edge of the sensor to behind the photodiodes, or pixels, themselves. The benefit of this prevents high volumes of data having to work its way to the edge of the sensor, resulting in a faster data readout speed that’s said to be five times faster than the existing Exmor R sensor according to Sony’s claims.

As well as offering improved speed benefits and 4K movie recording, the RX100 IV delivers continuous shooting at up to 16fps and incorporates a new ‘high-contrast’ 2.35-million-dot resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder. The shots in this sample image gallery were taken on a recent visit to Dartmoor National Park and the Devon coast. The black and white images were captured using the in-camera black and white creative style mode. Take a look through the images to inspect the quality for yourself and to read more about the RX100 IV before our full review is posted, visit our RX100 IV news story.

All images by Michael Topham