Sony is adding another model to its popular Cyber-shot RX100 series of compact cameras, the RX100 VI (model DSC-RX100M6).


 Angled view of the new Cyber-shot RX100 VI camera. (Source: Sony.)

The new model will be the first in the series with a high magnification zoom lens, the Zeiss-branded  Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm  f/2.8 ““ f/4.5 (35mm format equivalent). The optical design of the lens includes two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements including four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. Together they deliver outstanding sharpness from corner-to-corner at all focal lengths. Built-in Optical SteadyShot stabilisation provides the equivalent of a 4.0-stopi  faster shutter speed, helping to prevent blur at slower shutter speed while shooting in low light conditions or at telephoto zoom range.

The RX100 VI  is also equipped with a 20.1-megapixel 1.0-type (12.8 x 6 mm) stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and an upgraded BIONZ X image processing system with a front-end LSI that maximises processing speed and optimises image quality in all shooting environments.  The RX100 VI’s Fast Hybrid AF system with 315-point phase-detection AF points on the sensor can acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds.

The new camera can also shoot at up to 24 fps  at full resolution with continuous AF/AE tracking and record 4K (3840 x 2160)  video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. For the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the  RX100 VI  features 4K HDR  compatibility thanks to its new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile that offers an instant HDR workflow solution. Additional professional calibre video features include S-Log3/S-Gamut3, 120p Full HD mode, Picture Profile, proxy recording and more. The RX100 VI is able to record super-slow motion video at either 250 fps, 500 fps or 1000 fps.

The high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF benefits from Zeiss  T* Coating, ensuring natural looking  image preview and playback functionality. The EVF can be retracted into the camera body and is activated instantly by a single One-push Access button.

A first for Sony’s RX series,  RX100 VI  has a touch shutter that can be activated by tapping the back LCD screen, a zoom lever with customisable zoom speeds and an LCD that can be rotated 180 degrees upward or 90 degrees downward for a variety of shooting angles for the creator. There is also a Monitor Auto OFF function that boosts max number of still images by up to 30%, and the camera is also Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth compatible.

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI compact camera will be available in Australia from late June for SRP$1,699.