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Verdict

The RX100 V is one of the most advanced compacts we’ve seen, with a specification dripping with advanced features that would shame some pricier mirrorless and DSLR cameras.

This isn't entirely a good thing however – the RX100 V is almost too advanced for its own good, and you have to question how many photographers actually need this level in performance in a pocket camera. Being able to burst-shoot at 24fps is great, but with a 2.9x optical zoom its application is pretty limited.

It can also be a frustrating camera to use on occasion. We don’t want to bang on about the absence of a touchscreen, but it would transform the handling, while the absence of a decent hand grip is also disappointing – at the very least the AG-R2 grip should be included in the box when you consider the RX100 V's price.

If it sounds like we’re being a bit harsh on the RX100 V, we’re not meaning to be. There’s no question that it’s a fabulous camera, and a brilliant showcase for some of Sony’s best camera tech, and it will certainly have a pull for those with deep pockets who are looking for a highly-capable compact stills and video camera. But there are more affordable alternatives out there which, while they might not offer the same jaw-dropping performance as the RX100 V, are still great premium compacts in their own right.

Competition

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III

It might seem strange to recommend a model two generations older than the RX100 V, but it's still available (in fact, the whole RX100 line is) and if you can live without 4K video, higher resolution EVF and the rapid burst shooting, the RX100 III is a great buy. 

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III review

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Canon PowerShot G7 X II

Canon's second-generation G7 X Mark II has a longer 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens, a built-in ND filter and a defined rubber grip that provides superior handling to the RX100 V. It’s a shame that video recording tops out at Full HD, while there's no built-in EVF or the option to attach one. 

Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot G7 X II review

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Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15

Panasonic's answer to the RX100 series, the LX10 (known as the LX15 outside the US) is a very capable premium pocket compact camera. There's no EVF and like the RX100 V, doesn't have a very satisfactory grip, but handling is very intuitive and is a joy to use.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix LX10 / LX15 review