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Sony has added a new addition to the 6-year old series of RX100 cameras.
Set to be released this July, the new compact camera RX100 VI is designed for pros, bloggers, and enthusiasts.
What makes it better than its predecessor the RX100 V is the new 24-200mm lens. This makes the camera the only one within the Cyber-shot series to have the highest focal lens length.
It is considered a major upgrade because the change in the camera’s body is only a thickness of 1.8 mm. Sony managed to pack in a 24-200mm equivalent range and bright f2.8-4.5 focal ratio within that compact size.
It does share the same 20 megapixels 1.0 type of stacked sensor, 4k video, 24 fps shooting with autofocus, and slow-motion video options at 240, 480, and 90 60fps.
The 24-200mm lens offers sharper image quality across the frame what with its 15 elements in 12 groups. Sony also said that the RX100 VI boasts of an f2.8-4.5 aperture range that ensures quality output with the increased focal length.
Sony RX100 VI Product Features
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In addition to the lens performance, the camera also features improved optical stabilization performance, S-Log 2 and 3 recording, and HLG picture profile support.
The electronic viewfinder is still the same as its predecessors but the display is touch enabled. It also has a lower resolution at 921k dots than other models in the series.
It is also equipped with Bluetooth, proxy recording, and HDR HLG video.
Sony RX100 VI Pros and Cons
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The RX100 VI is one of the best compact cameras in many respects. It is not perfect, however.
It is awesome because of its built-in EVF, 24fps burst shooting, sophisticated AF system, advanced 4K video, compact design, and excellent image quality.
It is less awesome because it lacks a built-in ND filter and microphone port. Sony had to sacrifice the built-in ND filter and the f1.8-2.8 aperture for a longer zoom.
It only has a UHS-I, which is limiting, and a limited touchscreen control. The lack of any form of hand grip results in handling issues that Sony itself realized because they produced an optional AG-R2 attachment grip.
Compared to its rivals, the Sony RX100 VI is also on the pricey side.
Sony RX100 VI Comparison
This new camera model brings competition to some of Panasonic’s Lumix models—TZ100 / ZS100 and TZ200 / ZS200. Although it can’t compete with optical reach, it has a brighter aperture and a more effective autofocus when tracking action.
The Sony RX100 VI will be available in the US and Europe from July. Interested buyers can also pre-order on Amazon. It is priced at $1,200.