Sony announces new RX100 VI with 24-200mm equivalent optical zoom

Jun 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Jun 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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On the outside, Sony has stuck to a proven formula. The new Sony RX100 VI looks identical to the RX100 V. The only difference is the number printed on it. Where things change though, is when you turn it on. The most noticeable difference is that the lens can come out a lot more. Upgrading the 24-70mm equivalent field of view of the RX100 V, the new RX100 VI boasts a massive 70-200mm equivalent range.

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Announced in October 2016 along with the Sony A6500, the RX100 V was already rather impressive. And other than the lens it appears that very little has changed in the Mark VI refresh. The LCD, while the same size, appears to be lower resolution. The Mark V contained a 3.0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° tilting LCD. The Mark VI’s LCD is a 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot tilting LCD.

Of course, the new Mark VI’s LCD is touchscreen, too – which was one of the RX100 V’s biggest downfalls vs the Canon G7X II. But now it’s caught up. S-Log2 for 4K30p video has also been updated to S-Log3 and the built-in flash has a little more power, but just about everything else remains the same.

  • Sensor: 20.1MP Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Resolution: 20MP (5472 x 3648)
  • Aspect ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
  • Image stabilisation: Optical
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 9-72mm (24-200mm 35mm equivalent field of view)
  • Aperture: f/2.8-4.5
  • Zoom: 8.33x (optical) / 16x (Clear Image Zoom) / 32x (Digital)
  • ISO: 125-12800 (extended 80-12800)
  • LCD: 3.0″ 921.6k-Dot 180° tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Video: 4K UHD 24/25/30fps, 1080p 24/25/30/50/60/240/480/960fps
  • Microphone: Built-in

The only thing that lets this camera down for me is the same thing that let the RX100 V down. No external microphone input. A lot of people still love the RX100 V as a vlogging camera despite this flaw, but for me, it’s a dealbreaker. And it will be with the RX100 VI, too.

If that’s not an issue, then on paper, it looks like a great little camera, because the RX100 V was otherwise a great little camera. And Manny’s brief demonstration of the zoom in the video above looks very capable.

I expected the price to be a little lower, though. At launch, the RX100 V was $998, and it’s only dropped down to $948 now (not a massive drop in 20 months). The RX100 VI, on the other hand, comes in at a pretty ridiculous $1,198. Call me crazy, but that’s a lot of money for a fancy point & shoot, no matter how fancy it may be.

But, if you’re not deterred, you can pre-order yours now, with orders expecting to ship on 7th June.

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4 responses to “Sony announces new RX100 VI with 24-200mm equivalent optical zoom”

  1. aleroe Avatar
    aleroe

    For $1,200, they can’t put a thread on the lens barrel to accept attachments?

  2. heat_fan1 Avatar
    heat_fan1

    For vlogging, why not record your audio separately?

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      That’s fine if your vlog is just you sitting in front of a camera at home and recording in one long session. But most vlogging is outdoors, randomly walking around locations. A single vlog could be made from several dozen clips. That’s not fun to try and sync up in post. Not to mention having to deal with remembering to constantly start and stop two separate devices.

      1. heat_fan1 Avatar
        heat_fan1

        Makes sense. I don’t often record video like that, so that’s good to know.