Sony has a new high-end compact camera, the RX100 VI, targeting travelers, vloggers, and those wanting a whopping 8.3x optical zoom that their smartphone camera can’t match. Sixth in the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 line that first launched back in 2012, the new camera has a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T+ 24-200 f2.8 – f4.5 lens and a 20.1-megapixel sensor.
They’ve been paired with an upgraded BIONZ X image processor, and a new Fast Hybrid AF system. The latter gets 315 point phase-detection AF, with Sony claiming it can lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. The AF points cover approximately 65-percent of the frame.
Along with 20.1-megapixel stills, the RX100 VI can also shoot 4K video. There’s 24 fps burst photography at full resolution and with continuous autofocus and auto-exposure tracking, too. Up to 233 images can be stored in the burst buffer before the camera will need to pause.
On the video side, there’s 4K HDR support, and super-slow motion at 250 fps, 500 fps, and 1,000 fps. There’s manual control over AF drive speed and tracking sensitivity, too, and Sony says there’s no pixel binning.
As for the overall design, there’s a 2.45m dot XGA OLED TruFinder digital viewfinder, which retracts into the body of the camera. The zoom lever has customizable speeds, and the LCD can flip 180-degrees up or 90-degrees down. Turn it off with the automatic setting, however, and Sony says you can potentially take up to 30-percent more photos on a full battery.
WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC are all included. Unfortunately for those hoping Sony would finally have got the message, there’s still no microphone input. Guess we’ll have to wait and see if the RX100 VII gets the message on that one.
Sales of the Sony RX100 VI kicked off earlier this week. It’s priced at R13,999.
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