Sony RX100 VI Continues its Assault For Vlogging Supremacy

Another day, another Sony camera release. Zero complaints, though it’s safe to say we are all waiting on the a7s III or the a6700. Today, it’s all about the new Sony RX100 VI. And a new grip for vlogging. Though, you can get a gimbal for a similar price and have amazing image stabilization.

The headline feature out of the announcement is the f/2.8-4.5 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) Zeiss lens. Manny Ortiz is definitely a fan of the of the new pocket-size camera. And if you haven’t subscribed to the man’s channel, do yourself a favor and subscribe.

Sony RX100 VI Features

Considering the RX100 VI fits in your pocket, that’s damn impressive. Other features include what you’d expect out a successor to the Sony RX100 V. It now boasts a stacked one-inch sensor. The 315-point autofocus system is there along with the insane burst rate for images. The AF system does get a speed boost over the Mark V. Sony now puts the focus time at 0.03 seconds.

Video remains at 4K, but the smaller sensor means you are making tradeoffs. 4K out of a Sony APS-C or Full-Frame is better. We all know that but had to make sure. Here are the bullet points from Sony:

  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 Large Aperture
  • Compact body size of acclaimed RX100 series
  • World’s Fastest 0.03 seconds AF speed
  • 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of the frame
  • 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and upgraded BIONZ X image processor and Front-end LSI
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking
  • Optical image stabilization equivalent to a 4.0-stop faster shutter speed
  • High-Resolution 4K Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning plus 4K HDR for instant HDR workflow
  • And here are the announcement videos from Sony:

Anyone else get the feeling Sony is slowly adding more touch functions as not to cause an internet riot when they finally unveil touch for its menu systems?

Sony RX100 VI Price and Release Date

Those wanting the latest out of Sony won’t have to wait long. Preorders begin on June 7 with the ship date slated for July. Pricing has the RX100 VI at $1200. That’s a healthy price increase over the RX100 V which is retailing around $950-$1000 depending on the retailer.

Sony RX100 VI

Sony RX100 VI vs RX100 V

Get ready for the comparison posts. Which camera is better and is the RX100 VI a step up from the RX100 V to justify its price? The answer is a qualified maybe. If you are looking for a reliable travel camera and want something that can reach out and capture images and video, then yes.

However, pay attention to the specs. While the 24-200mm zoom screams killer feature, the company had to give up the f/1.8-2.8 aperture on the RX100 V’s 24-70mm to give the latest RX camera the crazy zoom lens. It means a hit to performance in low light.

Sony’s a9 continues to send features downrange with the eye AF and other features.

While Sony is decidedly after the vlogging crowd, ask yourself when are you vlogging and suddenly need a 200mm zoom? It’s damn rare and represents a tradeoff of low light performance for a zoom lens. In that case, it’s better to save the extra $200 and invest in a gimbal or a lighting solution.

The RX100 VI screams travel camera. Can you still vlog with it? Absolutely. If you have a serious gear addiction, it’s a great camera. But if you want value and performance, the RX100 V reigns supreme thanks to its lower cost and low light performance.

Sound off in the comments below. What do you think of the new RX camera? Still waiting like me for the Sony a7s III?

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