Questions before buying RX100 VI

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MrHollywood Senior Member • Posts: 2,960
Re: Questions before buying RX100 VI

JeremyB2 wrote:

First of all, many thanks to everyone at this forum for being so helpful and friendly. I have been lurking for several months while making a decision about which camera I shall buy to supplement my Canon SX50 and I have now decided on the Sony RX100 Mk 6. I shall be buying the camera within the next month or so prior to trekking in the Langtang Valley in Nepal and will greatly appreciate comments relating to my questions below. I do realise that many of the answers to these questions can be found by looking back on earlier postings, but I ask for your tolerance in hoping for up-to-date concise information.

1) Camera bag. I have gone through threads at the DPreview Sony Cyber-shot Talk forum going back several years. Many of the suggested makes of camera bag appear to be no longer available. I want a bag that can be attached to a belt and I would like it to be as small as possible as I do not need to put anything in it other than the camera (spare batteries, etc will be carried separately). The ability to quickly remove the camera from the bag is important. I prefer Velcro on the flap rather than a zip. The bag needs to be able to accommodate the camera when fitted with a grip (See item 3 below).

I like a well made bag that looks good and is easy to use. This think tank bag fits the camera easily and has a zipper top OR a magnetic top if you want instant access. It works great, plus this bag is nicely padded and has room for batteries & charger.

It works well with the Small Rig grip or without.

2) I will want an out-of-the camera battery charger. I'm not clear if the supplied 'AC adapter' is the same thing as a battery charger? I suspect not. If an out-of-camera battery charger is not supplied the optional Sony one seems to be quite expensive but is it worth it? Recommendations for an equivalent alternative?

This is working perfectly for me.

3) It appears that a grip is an essential with this small camera. It seems as though some grips rely purely on double-sided tape whereas another one (Photodiox) looks as though it has a screw attachment to a section fixed to the camera base. Has anyone ever had a problem with a double-sided tape attached grip coming off? I'm not sure if the Richard Franiec grip is still available. Are their any other good alternatives aside from the proprietary Sony one? Ideally I would prefer a grip that does not project beyond the lens ring at the front or add too much to the width of the camera.

This Small Rig grip (about 60-70 bucks) makes this tiny camera handle like a baby DSLR. It's super secure and also looks pretty sweet. I also like that it shields the camera to some degree from damage. Yes, it adds size and weight, but so what? Expensive cameras don't belong in dusty pockets.  It's my favorite add-on item.

4) Recommendations for memory cards? I currently have SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC cards, Class 10, U3, V30. I shan't be using much video to start with, so will this type of card be adequate for the time being?

Pretty much anything works. Faster cards will clear more quickly, but there's a narrow pipeline so the fastest card is probably a waste on the camera end.

5) Screen protector recommendations?

I have yet to bother with one. I'm careful and the bag and Small Rig protect things pretty well.

6) Everyone seems to think that the Sony manual for the camera is not the easiest to use. I note that camera guides are available from Gary Friedman and Wim Arys. Does anyone have a preference for one of these over the other, or indeed alternative guides. Having become used to Canon menus I anticipate finding that I need a little while to get used to the Sony menu system as my 77 year old brain absorbs and adapts to new information quite slowly now! Therefore I shall be starting off using P mode for much of the time before experimenting with settings on a broader basis. I have noted the importance of using the facility to store frequently using settings.

I'm pretty quick with this stuff. It took me 20 minutes to get through all of the menu options, but I can see where a lot of people might get confused. There's a TON of online help. Don't worry about this until you have the camera in your hands.

7) Where to buy? The sensible part of me tells me to pay nearly full price through someone like Amazon where I know I can return it easily if I have any initial problems. The practical side of me says why not go for a grey import at several hundred Pounds less but risk possible difficulties if I need to return the camera or make a warranty claim. Comments regarding reliable grey import companies will be appreciated.

Yeah, I'm not buying from anyone but B&H or Amazon. I got mine as a gift, but it did come from Amazon.

8) Recommendations for insurance against theft, loss, breakdown, accidental damage? I feel that this small 'bar of soap' may be at higher risk of accidental damage than my larger SX50. I will also need to look closely at the cover provided by my home insurance personal effects policy although the excess with that is quite high.

Thank you. J.

Can't help you with this one.


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