Sony has announced an upgrade to its six-year-old RX100 lineup of cameras. The RX100 VI brings a few minor upgrades to the table to keep the series fresh and up-to-date.
The major upgrade comes in terms of the lens which is now a 24-200mm lens, which is the highest focal length in this series so far. This results in superior magnification capabilities, an area where the RX100 series of cameras were lagging behind until now. Despite the increased focal length, the camera packs an aperture range of f2.8-4.5 which is pretty impressive. This might be slower at the wide end when compared to previous models which had an aperture of f1.8-2.8 but is reasonably faster at the tele end. The new lens assembly uses fifteen elements in twelve groups for sharper image quality across the frame.
Another area where the RX100 VI brings an improvement from its predecessor is in terms of optical stabilization. Sony claims an improvement equivalent to 4.0 stop increase in shutter speed at 200mm. The RX100 VI also has improved 4K recording capabilities. The camera can now record in S-Log 3 as well, providing a better dynamic range for easier color grading during post-processing. There’s also support for HLG picture profiles which can be used to produce an HDR video workflow, which is a first for the Cyber-shot series of cameras from Sony.
Sony RX100 VI Specifications and Price
A few other specifications of the camera include a 20.1MP 1.0-type DRAM stacked sensor, IONZ X processor, 315 point AF system with 0.03 seconds focusing speed, 1080p video at 240/480/960fps slow motion and 24fps burst capture. There’s a 921k dots touch screen display used for focusing compared to the 1128k dots non-touchscreen display on the previous gen.
The Sony RX100 VI will be available in July 2018 for a price of $1200. We don’t have the information yet on when it makes into the Indian shores, so stay tuned for that. The RX100 VI is a good option if you’re looking for a compact point-and-shoot camera with zoom capabilities.