Compacts


Sony’s New RX100 VI Packs Long Zoom In Pocketable Package

June 5, 2018

By Greg Scoblete

Sony’s latest iteration of its RX100 advanced compact, the RX100 VI, boasts a 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 lens in a body shape that’s nearly identical to its Mark V predecessor (which had a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens).

The RX100 VI’s lens features optical image stabilization good for up to four stops of correction, per CIPA standards.

The RX100 VI boasts a 20-megapixel 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor and can deliver up to 24 fps continuous shooting with autofocusing engaged. The camera can acquire focus in .03 seconds, making it the world’s fastest in its class, according to Sony.

Beyond the longer zoom lens, the Mark VI features improved eye AF tracking (2x better than the Mark V) plus touch focusing and touch shutter on its 3-inch display. The display can be tilted up 180 degrees or down 90 degrees.

There’s still a pop-up electronic viewfinder, but now the viewfinder can be sprung with the touch of a button (vs. pulling it up manually on the Mark V).

The camera has 315 AF points, 4K video recording with S-Log3/S-Gamut3 and a 1000 fps slow motion mode.

The RX100 VI ships early July for $1,200.

Joining the RX100 VI is a new handheld stabilizer designed for RX series cameras. The $100 VCT-SGR1 features an adjustable head, free angle shooting and a built-in tripod. It has dedicated controls for camera shutter and record start/stop. It ships in September.