Sony replaces the RX100 V with the RX100 VA boasting some RX100 VI features

Jul 16, 2018

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Sony replaces the RX100 V with the RX100 VA boasting some RX100 VI features

Jul 16, 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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It might seem odd to bring out a Sony RX100 V refresh right now having just announced the RX100 VI. One would simply assume that the RX100 VI would be the RX100 V replacement, but apparently not.

It looks like the newly announced Sony RX100 VA is its real replacement. Essentially the same as the RX100 V, it does see some updates. It includes the processor and firmware from the RX100 VI but does miss some of the hardware improvements.

Despite the other differences between the RX100 V and RX100 VI, the biggest change with the was the new 24-200mm 35mm equivalent zoom lens. This increased zoom range requires a smaller variable aperture of f/2.8-4.5. The RX100 V has a shorter range 24-70mm equivalent with a brighter f/1.8-2.8 variable aperture.

It’s that 24-70mm equivalent (8.8-25.7mm in reality) f/1.8-2.8 lens that sets the RX100 VA apart from the RX100 VI, and why the RX100 VI isn’t a true replacement for the RX100 V.

The RX100 VA does inherit the CPU from the RX100 VI, though, and some of the firmware tweaks, although it lacks some key features that may or may not be important to you.

Improvements of the VA over the V

  • Bigger buffer (233 files vs 150)
  • Proxy movie mode (captures 720p footage for proxy editing alongside 4K footage)
  • “Zone” AF area mode
  • Variable sized spot metering, entire screen average and highlight spot metering
  • Add ratiings to images
  • Three auto WB options (Std, Ambience or White)

The proxy movie mode isn’t something I expected to see in a camera like this, although it does make a lot of sense. The RX100 V is extremely popular with vloggers, but editing 4K is very demanding. You can go with proxy editing (edit a lower resolution file and then render from the high res images), but converting 4K to 720p yourself takes time. Time that many vloggers simply don’t have. This makes that process much faster.

But the RX100 VA does lack a number of features of the further reaching RX100 VI.

  • No improved one-touch viewfinder
  • No touchscreen
  • The rear screen tilts down only 45° not 90° (kind of a big deal for vloggers)
  • No Hybrid Log Gamma
  • No S-Log3 Footage

Other differences also may come out over time as the RX100 VA gets in peoples hands and things are spotted. Sony didn’t actually send a press release announcing the new camera, it’s simply appeared.

The RX100 VA is available to pre-order now for $998. If you don’t need the bigger buffer and are editing on a more powerful system that doesn’t need low res proxies, then the RX100 V is still available for $898 with $100 instant savings. No telling how long this instant discount will last or when supplies will run out.

The RX100 VI is available to buy now at a premium $1,198. An awful lot for a point and shoot if you ask me, even if it is a very good one.

[via DPReview]

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3 responses to “Sony replaces the RX100 V with the RX100 VA boasting some RX100 VI features”

  1. Steve Hansen Avatar
    Steve Hansen

    I have the V.. I love this little camera, it’s not my main camera but I use it for B roll due to it’s high frame rates. When I heard about the VA I got excited, I was hoping for Slog3 and HGL and that would have sold me on buying the VA, but unfortunately Sony decided we don’t need that. The VI has a lens that doesn’t fit my needs, I shoot a lot of low light video and I need the wide aperture plus when I do shoot during the day I like having the ND filter.. Sony came close to making me upgrade but not this time.

  2. dnyru Avatar
    dnyru

    I personally was hoping for an RX 6 but with the faster lens. I have owned both the the 5, and l now have the 6. The slower lens is a big deal with the 1 inch sensor.
    Bigger then I thought. I have been a loyal RX 100 customer , upgrading almost every model. But for the first time I have a new favorite camera .the Canon g7x mark 2 it has the 1 inch sensor with the faster lens, the manual controls I seek, great canera body feel, an awesome touch screen , great image quality. It lacks 4k and a viewfinder. If Canon adds these in a mark 3 , this will be the bee champ for sure

  3. elellilrah Avatar
    elellilrah

    I did an overview and review video of the RX100 VA talking about my experience with this camera. The fast lens on the VA makes this camera better than the VI and VII. If they made a 1.8 lens with a mic input, I’d buy it right now.
    https://youtu.be/CKrGWPe7PcI