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The RX100 VI is something of a departure for the RX100 series: offering a more extensive zoom range but giving up some of its large sensor's low light ability by pairing it with a less bright lens. This makes it much more of a do-everything family camera and travel zoom, rather than an enthusiast photographer's pocket camera.
This change of role suits the camera, to some degree. We've never felt the RX100 user interface encouraged the hands-on, engaged style of shooting we want from an enthusiast compact but its 'trust me / only make occasional changes' approach makes more sense for owners more worried about getting the shot than engaging in the process.
|The RX100 VI's lens gives you real flexibility, in terms of what you shoot and how you frame your subject. Out of camera JPEG.
(Left) ISO 160 |1/400th | F3.5 | 40mm equiv.
(Right) ISO 250 | 1/400th | F4.5 | ~200mm equiv.
The autofocus sets a new bar for what a compact camera can do (it'll embarrass a fair few DSLRs), its video can be stunning and its lens is remarkably consistent across its range. Every aspect of its specification is class-leading and, video limitations aside, its performance generally lives up to the promise of that spec, making it a spectacularly capable travel camera.
But (and I suspect you knew a 'but' was coming), the RX100 VI is expensive. Mid-level DSLR or mirrorless expensive. And, while you can argue that it shoots faster, probably focuses better and shoots video just as well (all while fitting in your pocket), it can't match them when it comes image quality.
A spectacularly capable travel camera.
Squeezing such a large zoom range in such a small body comes at a cost. The RX100 VI's lens lets in between 2/3 and 1/3 as much light as the RX100 V's and that means noisier images, especially in low light but also if you're using fast shutter speeds to capture action.
So, while the RX100 VI is more likely to get the shot you want than its compact peers, it's not going to offer the image quality you'll get from other cameras costing a similar amount of money. You have to really want this combination of capability and compactness to justify its combination of image quality and cost.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 V: Yet again, Sony's naming system ends up risking confusion between very different cameras. The longer zoom on the RX100 VI makes it a very different beast than the shorter, much brighter lens in its predecessors. The one-step operation of the viewfinder is a nice benefit, as are the improvements in both autofocus and JPEG color, but none of these are as significant as the differences between the lenses. The longer zoom means the VI is more flexible in terms of what you can shoot but the reduction of low light capability from the less bright lens limits when you can shoot.
This longer lens also sets the RX100 VI apart from the likes of the Panasonic Lumix LX10 and Canon Powershot G7X II, which forego the 'do-everything' appeal of the 24-200mm equivalent zoom range but in return offer brighter lenses for better low-light capability. If you don't need the full 200mm equivalent reach, then the Canon is worth a look. It can't shoot as fast as the Sony, nor are its autofocus or video in the same league, but its price isn't, either.
The RX100 VI is more flexible in terms of what you can shoot but the less bright lens limits when you can shoot it.
Panasonic Lumix DC ZS200: The Panasonic outguns the Sony by offering the even more impressive-sounding 24-360mm equiv lens. However, this lens lets in still less light and we've yet to see a copy that's really impressed us. Across the board the specs are lower, whether it's the field-sequential viewfinder, the cropped video or the less capable autofocus, but it's up to you to decide whether you're willing to pay nearly double for that extra ability.
Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS100: This is probably the RX100 VI's most serious rival. Like its bigger brother it lags behind the Sony in every key respect, but it costs less than half as much. As a result, the Panasonic is a less capable family camera but still makes a pretty credible travel companion. The Sony is demonstrably better but you should ask yourself whether it's more than you need.
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category. Click here to learn about the changes to our scoring system and what these numbers mean.
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The RX100 VI is a very capable camera, combining a flexible zoom range with impressive autofocus. However, the small maximum aperture required to keep the size down limits the image quality in some situations. The relatively high price means you have to really want its unequaled combination of capability and size.
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Sony recently announced the RX100 VI, the newest addition to its compact camera line. How does this new model stand out from the rest? Chris and Jordan take the camera for a spin and tell us what they think – and even manage to fit in some well earned hammock time in the process.
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