Characterized by a remarkable versatility, this compact hi-end Sony with 1 “sensor turns out to be the ideal machine for traveling thanks to the wide range of focal lengths covered by its zoom that allows you to cope with most shooting conditions. Excellent even where maximum discretion is required, thanks to its very small size, combined with all the best that optoelectronic technology can offer. Read here totsl review of Sony RX100 VI
PRO: tiny size, maximum portability. Removable OLED electronic viewfinder, rear touch monitor tiltable up to 180 °, 24-200 mm zoom lens featuring optical performance worthy of the Zeiss brand. It also boasts very fast autofocus and a quick record from a record holder. Video section for uncompromising results, with the possibility of 4K recording.
CONS: the reduced area available for the main controls compromises the ergonomics and the battery life is unfortunately limited. Noise at high ISO is a bit noticeable due to the relatively small sensor and the image stabilizer is less effective than stated. The price is high for a compact but justified by the technical contents offered.
VERDETTO: with the DSC-RX100 Mark VI, Sony has shown that there is no limit to excellence, offering a compact that is unrivaled in its category. If we take into account the dimensions and we think that in such a small space it has inserted a 1 “sensor, a wide excursion Zeiss Vario-Sonnar zoom, very powerful electronics and advanced photo and video functions, we can only strongly recommend it.
The Sony DSC-RX100, introduced on the market in 2012, was the first successful model of a series of cameras that culminates with the Mark VI, object of our test. From the beginning it had in fact attracted great interest from the specialized press and the appreciation of the public, becoming in a very short time a best seller in its category of belonging, that of high-end compact cameras.
The secret of so much success, which made her win no less than the EISA Award as an Advanced Compact Camera in 2012-2013, was primarily linked to the performance of the 1 “sensor, a dimension then unusual for a car of this category. But also to the Zeiss 28 – 100 mm f / 1.8-4.9 zoom, to the possibility of recording 50p Full HD video and to the numerous and intelligent functions, to which were added an elegant design and extremely compact dimensions to comfortably enter the pocket of the jacket or handbag of a lady.
A good recipe cannot be changed, and after six years this model is still on sale at a list price of around 320 euros. Meanwhile, the manufacturer has not slept on its laurels and has added new features, passing to version II (June 2013) with a backlit sensor, the possibility of mounting an external electronic viewfinder, adjustable monitor and Wi-Fi / NFC. Not happy, about a year later he presented the third version, equipped (finally) with an extractable integrated electronic viewfinder and the new BIONZ X processor, but at the same time reducing the zoom range to 24-70 mm.
We thought there was nothing left to add, but we were wrong: the summer of 2016, right during the holiday season, here comes to light the DSC-RX100 IV, with resolution of the OLED viewfinder at 2.36 Mpixel, speed of electronic shutter of 1 / 32.000 s, possibility to record video in 4K and other features that have made it one of the best cameras in its category.
The story seemed to be over, but instead of waiting for a hypothetical RX200 the manufacturer preferred to work further on the Mark IV and so, only four months later, the DSC-RX100 V came to light, whose major upgrades compared to version IV they were the new 315 point autofocus with phase detection pixels and the maximum brut rate brought from 16 to 24 fps with full AF / AE tracking. With a penalization of the number of possible shots with a battery charge, passed from 280 to 220 according to the CIPA regulation.
The only limit of this compact, starting from the third version and signaled by many users, was, however, the limited range of the zoom: a 24-70 is certainly not suitable for all shooting conditions, and therefore to make it even more universal its “technological jewel”, Sony launched in June this year the Mark VI, which adopts a very versatile 24-200 mm f / 2.8-4.5 Zeiss able to cope with (almost) all shooting conditions, a autofocus with pixel detection on the sensor even faster – according to the manufacturer even the fastest in the world with a delay of only 0.03 s – a redesigned removable EVF and above all a touch monitor for MAF and revision functions of the images taken.