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Sony’s new RX100 VI looks like the only holiday camera you need (Updated with pricing and availability)

By Marcus Wong - on 22 Jun 2018, 9:50am

Sony’s new RX100 VI looks like the only camera you need

Note: First published on 11th June 2018, we've since updated the story with local pricing and availability.

Sony’s RX100 V was already an impressive compact camera thanks to its Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both Phase and Contrast detect AF – a first for compact cameras. And now Sony has taken it further with the RX100 VI.

The RX100 VI gets a 20.1 MP 1”type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and upgraded BIONZ X image processing system with front-end LSI for maximum processing speed. If that combination sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same combination as the system first found on the Sony A9.

The camera manages to squeeze in the  ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 lens into its thin body.

This arrangement allows the RX100 V to shoot at up to 24fps at full resolution with continuous AF activated for up to 233 JPEG images (Image quality:Fine). 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning is also an option this time, and the camera gets a Fast Hybrid system with 315 phase-detect AF points that allows it to get focus in as little as 0.03s; a world’s fastest for 1” type sensor cameras.

Yet, the star highlight for the new camera is its ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 lens. This uses two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight spherical lens elements including four AA(advanced aspherical) lenses to deliver corner-to-corner sharpness across all focal lengths.

Selfies are no issue for the RX100 VI.

The inclusion of Optical SteadyShot image stabilization provides up to four stops of compensation; crucial when dealing with the longer focal lengths that the new camera is able to provide. The RX100 VI also gains a high-speed anti-distortion shutter (maximum shutter of 1/32000) which reduces rolling shutter effect and allows you to shoot completely silently.

In a first for the RX series, the RX100 VI gains a touch shutter function, a zoom lever with customizable zoom speeds, and a LCD that rotates 180 degrees upwards or 90 degrees downward. Easy selfies and more convenient low angle shooting is the order of the day, though the camera does also come with a high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder with ZEISS T* Coating. This EVF retracts in and out of the camera body, and can be activated instantly with just a touch of a button.

The EVF pops up when you need it.

The RX100 VI will retail for about US$1200, and is set to ship to stores next month, but local pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Find out more from the video below, and check out samples from the camera here.

Pricing and availability

The RX100 VI will be available from today at all Sony stores for S$1,649.00.

Source: Sony

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