Hands-On with the new Sony RX100 VI Compact Camera

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Sony continues to innovate and release new versions of their popular line of mirrorless and compact cameras. Just release is the newest Sony RX100 VI, the sixth version in just six years. But at just under $1200 USD is it worth the price? Let’s see.

There are quite a few new things and upgrades from the Mark V. Let’s see what a few different testers had to say about it in Venice recently where Sony handed out some cameras to put through the paces. Here’s a small list of features:

Image courtesy of Sony.

  • New 24-200mm lens (with the 2.73 crop factor) but with an f/2.8 maximum aperture.
  • 24 frames per second burst mode.
  • Buffer 233 JPEGs standard.
  • 315 phase detection autofocus points.
  • 90-degree tilting LCD screen.
  • New touchscreen capabilities.
  • Easier popup electronic viewfinder.
  • Does 4K video.
  • New Vlogging stick available for easier video creation.

Photo Gear News

Richard Sibley from Photo Gear News gives the Sony RX100 VI some good tests as he walks around Venice. See what he has to say about shooting video, slow-motion, and other things. He talks about the aperture range limitations and the menu system.

Camera Labs

See what Gordon Laing, prolific camera reviewer, had to say about the Sony RX100 VI. His test of the tracking autofocus shows impressive results on moving subjects with the phase detect autofocus of this camera.

So what does he like, and what does he miss from the Mark V? Watch to find out.

Things missing on the RX100M6 he’s noted are:

  • No microphone jack or Bluetooth audio connection
  • The wider aperture of f/1.8 that was available on the Mark V
  • No built-in Neutral Density filter that was on earlier models

For a little humor

Finally, to inject a little humor into things is Kai (former of DigitalRevTV). His point of view and way of approaching things is unique and adds a bit of spice to reviews that can otherwise get a little dull.

The official word from Sony

Lastly, here is Michael Bubolo from Sony to give us the low-down on some of the official specs and features of this new camera.

Is this camera for you?

I have to admit when I heard about the 24-200 equivalent zoom lens I was a bit jealous as compared to my Fuji X100F with a fixed 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens. But the 1″ sensor (2.73x crop factor) on the Sony is a lot smaller, so I’ll stick with my Fuji!

So who is this camera for? At the price of around $1200, it’s not for everyone. Perhaps it’s good as a backup to their DSLR for pros, or for bloggers (and vloggers) who do video and want something portable. The zoom range certainly is attractive and it does a nice job on video for sure. But would you spend this much on a compact camera?

Note: currently the Sony RX100 VI is only available for pre-order from Amazon and other retailers.

Let’s discuss in the comments section below.

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  • carolannie

    I loved the M2, like the M5 and wouldn’t buy the M6. The price is too high, and the things casual photographers like me want are slowly disappearing.

  • pjmixer

    Any ideas on in-camera audio quality or are there good external mic connections available ?

  • roger ramjet

    All I can say is that I used the Mark V a few months ago and we totally blown away by its performance. With the exception of its size, I only expect great things from
    The Mark VI to

  • Mark

    The RX100 range are great cameras and ideal for when you don’t want to carry the DSLR but do want something more capable than a phone. It’s what I use my MKIII for. I can see advantages from the MKV with regards focussing but cannot justify the price. I’ll just need to carry my A6300 in cases where fast focus is required or take pot luck. As for the MKVI, the price is simply too high. Not sure whether I’d sacrifice the background blurring capability of the 1.8 for the range of the 2.8 either.

  • Tom Cooper

    My understanding is there are no options for an external microphone. A shame, really, because with video the quality of the audio is more important than the quality of the video.

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