If you are in the market for a compact camera at this point, you are going to come across a few big names in the imaging industry. Chances are, one of those names that you are going to come across is Sony. Of course, the fact that they make some of the best-selling compact point-and-shoot cameras is helping them get that brand awareness up.
That name though does not only come with an image. The brand comes with an expectation that Sony’s product has to be a step above everyone else equipped with the best that technology could offer. Then again, that is what Sony has been offering for the past years the brand has been in the compact camera market – best in technology and versatility. You see that in the RX100 Mark five or RX100 V in short.
The best compact camera in the market has a new successor that is the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI though. As is with the previous generation RX100 cameras the new RX100 Mark VI is packed with the latest and best in class technology to make this a real photography powerhouse. The new features makes it even more versatile than ever before too making it one of the most compelling cameras to get if you are planning to start out in serious photography without investing too much; on paper anyway.
First of all the RX100 VI is the first camera in its series to take on the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 zoom lens. You technically get about 10x zoom or magnification on this little pocket camera. When the camera is turned off, the lens is collapsed and tucked away safely to make the camera a single slab of a compact thing to keep in your bags or packs.
The lens projects light on the 20.1-Megapixel stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor with DRAM chip. The sensor size is technically smaller than an APS-C sensor even. But that does not mean the RX100 VI will skim on your photo quality. The upgraded BIONZ X image processor helps to optimise the photo quality to the best it can be. The upgraded processor also cuts down photo processing time.
Then there is the Auto Focus, which is nothing short of impressive. The new RX100 VI’s 20.1-Megapixel sensor has 315 points of phase-detection Auto Focus points covering 65% of the sensor. The camera features a Fast Hybrid Auto Focus system too. It combines phase detection AF system and contrast-detection AF system to make for a faster lock on your subject. The result is the fastest Auto Focusing camera in its market segment. The RX100 VI locks on the subject in 0.03 seconds, 0.05 faster than the RX100 V.
The RX100 VI is also capable of tracking subjects while they are moving with the High-Density Tracking Auto Focus technology that the new high-end Sony cameras get. What this means that when you shoot photos in burst mode (up to 24fps, 233 image buffer limit) your subject is always in focus. Even your video shoots benefit from this with properly focused footage.
For video shooting also The RX100 VI features something called an Anti-Distortion Shutter. That pumps the shutter speed of the camera to the fastest speed at up to 1/32000 second. What that does is reduce the “rolling shutter” effect that is common among videos shot on photography cameras. On top of that the Sony RX100 VI allows you to shoot in silent mode at all times, in all modes.
Videos can go up to 4K resolution at 24fps. The 4K video can even be shot in HDR colours to increase your production value thanks to the Hybrid Log-Gamma profile. If you want full control over the colour tone of your video, there is still the famous S-Log3/S-Gamut3 to make your videos as flat and neutral as possible while maintaining high levels of details in the video. Other than that you can shoot videos at 120fps in Full HD to make some nice slow motion videos. You can even go slower with 240 fps, or 480 fps, and even 960 fps.
Wrapping all that up is an XGA OLED Tru-Finder with 2.35 million dots viewfinder. That viewfinder is also coated with ZEISS R* Coating to ensure that it is as durable as a tank. The electronic viewfinder can even be activated with a single One-push Access button. If you want you can even preview photos with the LCD display that rotates up to 180-degree upward for selfies or Vlogs. It can be tilted 90-degree downward too to maximise your shooting angles.
The brand new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI is confirmed to be available in the Malaysian market from July onward. Alongside the RX100 VI Sony also launched the VCT-SGR1 shooting handle for the RX0 and RX100 series cameras. Currently the UK site has priced the RX100 VI at UK£1,150 which translates to a little above MYR6,000. There are no mentions on official local pricing yet however. All we can do now is wait for it to arrive.
Source: Sony Malaysia