With smartphones dominating the pocket and point-n-shoot camera markets, camera manufacturers have turned to more premium models for both interchangeable and fixed-lens camera systems. Sony's RX100 series has been pushing boundaries since 2012 and have become ultra popular with video makers and enthusiast/pros looking for a second camera. The heart of these cameras has been (and continues to be) a 1" CMOS image sensor, which is dramatically larger than your cell phone and the point-and-shoots of old.
Sony is further pushing what's possible with its sixth entry in the RX100 line up -- the sleek and slim RX100 VI
boasts a 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor with a BIONZ X Image Processor, 8x optical, and UHD 4K 30p video recording for $1,198. Expensive for sure, but you're getting a lot of features in a small body.
The new RX 100 VI also features a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm equivalent lens with an F2.8-4.5 max aperture range. That's a big jump over last generations RX 100 V which had a range of 24-70mm, and you're still at F4 at 100mm into your zoom range. This camera instantly becomes more versatile by becoming a wide to a mid-telephoto zoom lens that doesn't sacrifice any size to do it. It can shoot full-res still image up to 24 fps ensuring you'll get that action shot of your kids playing soccer or a car racing down the street at night with its high ISO of 12800. Most impressively, the camera comes with a 315-point hybrid autofocus system that is faster than many mirrorless ILC or DSLR cameras and includes Sony's Eye AF if you're in AF-C mode.
The video on this baby is also much improved. Aside from the aforementioned 4K UHD at 30p the camera now has S-Log3 and HLG gamma settings. Toss in High Frame Rate shooting up to 960 fps for Full HD slow-motion and you've got the perfect camera for vacationers or Vloggers. It also has a pop-up electronic view-finder to make it function more like a regular camera.
Some of the biggest improvements in this model appear to be ease of use related. It now comes with a 3" tilting touchscreen on the back that works for Touch Focus and Touch Shutter functions aside from other menu options like filters etc. It also now has Bluetooth and Wi-fi like every other new camera out there, making transferring images and uploading to social media a breeze.
There's a fun control ring on the outside of the lens that lets you quickly click between 24, 28, 35, 50, or 70mm along with a bunch of creative styles like Portrait, Landscape, Black and White to name a few to go along with picture effect modes like Toy Camera, Pop Color, Miniature etc.
RX100 VI Features
- 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
- BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
- ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T F2.8-4.5 Lens
- 24-200mm (35mm Equivalent)
- UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
- HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
- 0.39" 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
- 3.0" 921.6k-Dot 180° Tilting Touchscreen
- Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
- ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting
Pricing & Availability
The Sony DSC-RX100 VI looks to be a worthy addition to Sony's RX series could be the perfect premium compact travel camera for people who want to shoot stills and videos without worrying about swapping lenses on the go. Vloggers, filmmakers, world travelers, pros who need a backup camera, you need to check this one out.