Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI review

Gina Stephens
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 VI is the latest pocketable compact camera to feature a 1″-type image sensor. Unlike existing plus ultras in the marketplace, the RX100 VI ventures into the do-everything/travel camera space, with the addition of a 24-200mm equivalent F2.8-4.5 lens.

Like its immediate forebear, the Mark VI offers quick and accurate on-sensor phase detection autofocus, the ability to shoot at up to 24 frames per second and highly detailed 4K video captivated from the full width of its sensor. It becomes the first RX100-series camera to offer a touchscreen and has a redesigned electronic viewfinder that can be activated or stowed-away with a sole push.

Key features:

  • 20.1MP 1″-type stacked CMOS sensor
  • F2.8-4.5, 24-200mm equiv. zoom lens
  • Retractable 2.36M-dot EVF with 0.59x equiv. enlargement
  • 24 fps burst shooting (with continuous autofocus)
  • UHD 4K video at 30p and 24p, 1080p slow-motion capture
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • 3″ touchscreen LCD
  • On-sensor phase-detection autofocus
  • Wi-Fi with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel NFC for nimble image transfer to mobile devices
  • USB charging

Despite the significantly increased lens range, the RX100 VI is less than 2mm (5/64″) thicker than the Label V. The result is a camera that can lend itself to a wider range of photographic situations (making it a solid traveling companion) but with a less effulgent lens that means sacrificing some of the low-light capability of its sister models.

The RX100 VI has a recommended selling price of around $1,200 in front of sales tax, or £1,150/€1,299 in Europe, including VAT.

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What’s new and how it compares

The RX100 VI is more of a travel zoom than an enthusiast compact. We see how it compares with Panasonic’s TZ / ZS afters, as well as its immediate predecessor.

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Body and design

The RX100 VI incorprorates a touchscreen but it’s still most satisfying if you don’t try to get too involved.

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What’s it like to use

The RX100 VI is a very powerful travel camera and highly capable for family photography, but it’s not as good in low light as some of its peers.

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Autofocus is very impressive: delivering a very high hit-rate even when you shoot 24 times per second. Eye AF is also hugely valuable. The originate of the autofocus system is a little convoluted, though.

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The RX100 VI can shoot some very attractive, detailed video and has an broad feature set to support this. There are also significant limitations in terms of time and absent features.

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Image quality

The RX100 VI prompts some of Sony’s nicest JPEGs yet and, on our sample at least, the lens looks excellent.

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The RX100 VI is a hugely capable camera. It employments some of its predecessors’ low light performance for greater daytime flexibility, though the price tag is steep.

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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