Sony RX100 VI Short Review
We wanted to love the Sony RX100 VI. After all, this tiny compact boasts a number of excellent features, some of which are pro level. Such features include its 24-200mm zoom range, which can get you some decent distance when needed; its continuous shooting of a whopping 24fps; wide sensitivity range of 80 to 12800; 4K video capabilities at 24, 25, and 30 fps; super slow motion shooting at up to 960fps; a hybrid AF system with 315 phase detection and 25 contrast detection points; and an LCD that allows some touchscreen capabilities.
That’s not all. It also has S-Log3/S-Log2 gamma curves and HLG recording, which videographers and filmmakers will appreciate. It has a control ring around the lens for aperture or shutter speed, something manual shooters might love. And it has an optical image stabilization that still shooters will find useful.
But where it counts most, the Sony RX100 VI is a hit or miss. Its 1-inch sensor is only 20MP, which might be enough for casual shootings but certainly not for the advanced ones. The hybrid AF, while fast and covers about 65% of the sensor, is not fast enough in low light conditions and often misses its mark in such situations. The battery life is only 240 shots for one full charge. And its noise control is so disappointing you’ll start seeing noise at 400 ISO.
Those things aren’t exactly what we want from a camera with a $1198 price tag, not when there are cheaper options with equal to better performance or when you’re used to high res images, impressively accurate autofocus, and at least decent noise control. So who would we recommend the Sony RX100 VI to? Casual shooters who’s got plenty of dough will appreciate its premium trimmings.
Sony RX100 VI ISO Performance
Sony RX100 VI’s ISO performance could have been promising, if not for its poor noise control. That decently wide sensitivity range that lets you shoot at 80 in bright conditions and up to 12,800 in low light would have been very useful, had it not been for the fact that luminance noise starts getting noticeable at 400 ISO and by the time you get to 6400, the images are basically unsalvageable.
Sony RX100 VI Picture Effects
Soft High Key
High Contrast Monochrome
Rich Tone Mono