The Sony RX100 VI is a high-end compact camera aimed at pros, enthusiasts and vloggers. Announced in June 2018 it comes 21 months after its predecessor, and like that model packs a larger than average 1in sensor and high-end features into a relatively pocketable body.
The RX100 VI looks essentially the same as the Mark V before it and shares the same 20 Megapixel stacked 1in sensor with 315 embedded phase-detect AF points for confident focusing in stills and movies, 4k video, 24fps burst shooting with autofocus and a wealth of slow motion video options at 240, 480 and 960fps. It also inherits the popup XGA OLED viewfinder of the Mark V, although this now features the single-action mechanism of the RX1r II allowing you to pop it up or push it back down again in a single motion. Like the Mark V, there’s a 3in screen that can tilt up by 180 degrees to face the subject, although it can now tilt down further by up to 90 degrees for easier framing of subjects directly below and it’s now finally touch-sensitive too – amazingly a first for an RX model.
The major upgrade though is the lens with the RX100 VI now managing to squeeze-in a 24-200mm equivalent range with a reasonably bright f2.8-4.5 focal ratio into a body that’s the same width and height as before, but only 1.8mm thicker. This range gives the Mark VI considerably greater reach than the 24-70mm of its recent predecessors and finally brings some competition to Panasonic’s Lumix TZ100 / ZS100 and TZ200 / ZS200 models, and while the new Sony doesn’t share their optical reach, its aperture is brighter and autofocus more effective for tracking action. As a newer generation, the RX100 VI is also equipped with Bluetooth, S-Log 2 and 3 for grading footage, HDR HLG video and proxy recording. Sadly there’s still no option to connect an external microphone and the switch to a longer zoom has meant sacrificing the f1.8-2.8 aperture and built-in ND filter of its predecessor. As such vloggers will prefer the older Mark V (see my Sony RX100 V review), but anyone wanting a capable pocket camera for travel will appreciate the longer zoom range not to mention its ability to track and capture action.