New 24-200mm (equiv) F2.8-4.5 lens
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New 24-200mm (equiv) F2.8-4.5 lens

As you can see from our equivalent aperture graph, the RX100 VI's lens offers an equivalent maximum aperture of around F8 at 24mm, and it only gets slower from there. Whether this matters depends on several factors, not least ambient light. It's worth noting that subject/background separation will be more challenging at wider focal lengths with the RX100 VI compared to previous-generation RX100-series cameras. That being said, the VI has the potential for more subject isolation at its long end than any other RX100 camera.

Beyond 50mm (equivalent) the RX100 VI's lens is significantly brighter than both the Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200 and the older ZS100. The maximum F12 equivalent aperture on the long end should mean less diffraction-induced softening than the F16 equivalent offered by the Panasonics.

The lens itself is comprised of 15 elements in 12 groups, featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements including four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. Sony claims that this results in 'outstanding sharpness from corner-to-corner at all focal lengths' and we'll be sure to test this for ourselves as soon as possible.