Sony RX100 VI is a premium class compact – it has ambitions to fight with cameras with exchangeable optics. Can he match them? We invite you to read our review.
Sony RX100 VI is another version of the camera, which was once one of the first advanced compacts on the market. It was then put on a 1-inch die that the manufacturer assembles so far. In addition, the camera offers a long and relatively clear lens and capabilities that would not be ashamed of good quality cameras with replaceable optics. However, it also does not deviate from prices in any way. How does it work in practice? And is it better than the Sony RX100 V? About this in the following review.
The Sony RX100 VI fits in your pocket
Like other compacts, this model will also be able to hide in your pocket. It will be a little heavier in it, because it weighs over 300 grams. The producer failed to hide the whole lens inside, that's why part of the ring protrudes, but it does not cause too much trouble. Worse, it firmly adheres to the bottom of the camera. This causes a problem when using the camera when screwing it to a tripod – it is difficult to use the ring, because it is blocked by the quick connector.The rest of the elements was successfully stuffed by the manufacturer a little better. The screen does not stick out from the casing, and both the viewfinder and the flash light are hidden and released by moving the appropriate button – then they "pop out" from the casing. By itself, the viewfinder automatically launches the camera. And vice versa – hiding the viewfinder can turn the camera off. The number of buttons has been limited by the small dimensions of the camera. At the top you will find one knob for changing modes. Among them, in addition to P, A, S, M, Auto or movie mode, we also find a mode that allows us to save often used settings and HFR mode, in which we record films with an increased number of frames, thus obtaining the slow-motion effect. At the top you'll also find the switch and the shutter release button and a hoop around it, which is used to "zoom" the lens. We can also change the focal length by turning the lens. Although, of course, the lens knob can have different functions, depending on the mode – it will allow you to set the aperture, the focus, and if necessary also the focal length. The front of the camera is literally a few buttons, the layout of which is similar to the one we know from mirrorless manufacturers. So we have a knob, and around it 4 buttons, including the Fn button, which ultimately opens a shortened menu, which you will probably often come to use. In the front, in the upper right corner, there is the REC button. Due to the small size of the camera, there is no reason to expect a well profiled grip . So the camera is held in the palm of a hand like most compacts. In short: I felt safe only when a string was attached to the camera, which I wound around my hand. Without it, I had the impression that the camera could slip out of my hand at any moment. The appearance of the camera itself is virtually no different from its predecessors and shows that Sony is not fashion retro style. It is a very simple, though elegant construction, classic, but not referring to old analog cameras. However, the biggest disadvantage is that the material from which the housing is made mercilessly digits. A few minutes spent with the camera in and almost every centimeter of the camera you can see fingerprints. The camera has an HDMI and USB input – both in the micro version. In turn, the wireless connectivity corresponds to WiFi with NFC support, as well as – which is new – Bluetooth 4.1. With the help of WiFi, we can even wirelessly control the camera , as well as transfer photos and videos.
Screen with a touch, but limited
The camera is equipped with a screen size of 3 inches and a resolution of 921 thousand. points . They are therefore standard parameters that do not stand out from the competition. The upside is that the screen can be tilted 180 degrees. The display supports touch. However, this issue is a weak point on all Sony models. Despite the fact that many of them have a touch screen function, it is still very limited. In the Sony RX100 VI we focus on the focus, but we do not serve the menu anymore . After the menu, we have to move through the buttons. It is similar to the one found in other new producer models. So we have colorful icons separating menu items into particular categories. The option we find in it quite a lot, and finding individual items at the beginning may not be so easy. Ot, simply turning off the sound signals can be a bit problematic. However, there is also a shortened menu that makes work much easier.Although the camera is a compact one, there is also a digital viewfinder that extends from the case. It is of course small in size, so you can not count on the comfort of using mirrorless or SLR cameras. However, it is important that it is important in everyday use. It has a magnification of 0.59xi and a resolution of 2.359 thousand. points . So these are not outstanding parameters, but considering its miniature design, there is nothing to expect more.
The quality of the photos does not disappoint
We go to the most important issue. Is the camera able to take nice pictures? The answer is yes, and better than many would expect . After all, the CDs are not expected to be very much. Meanwhile, the RX100 VI takes pictures at such a level that it can easily compete with mirrors. The camera has a 1-inch, and therefore a small, matrix and can take photos with a resolution of 20 megapixels. There are already a few models on the market with similar parameters. And yet, Sony with these parameters is great. First of all when it comes to the detail of the photos. They are really sharp and sharp all over the frame. For example, when we take macro photos and bring a portion of the frame closer to the big screen, it will be seen that the sharpness of the subject in the camera's focus is impeccable. The tonal range of the photos is also quite good , and the camera's algorithms do well with colors. They perfectly reflect the green of the grass as well as the blue of the sky. Automatic white balance in the vast majority of situations is doing very well. In many cases, it can handle quite well even with incandescent lighting. ISO also falls well , considering the small size of the matrix. As you can see in the picture below, in the case of photographs, the ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 values seem to be fully usable. Such results are often not achieved with cameras with APS-C matrices. Also in ISO film mode, it can be easily raised to 3200. The camera is equipped with a universal lens with a focal length of 24-200 mm for a full frame (8x optical zoom). This is a really great range, because we have a wide angle as well as shots from a telephoto lens. at the same time the lens is relatively bright, because at wide angle it gives us an aperture of f / 2.8, and at the maximum zoom – f / 4.5. These are not bad values, but the brightness makes up the profession. We see a big difference with the predecessor. There, similarly as in RX100 IV, they were put on a bright but slightly shorter lens. Here we get a longer focal length, but the brightness is slightly smaller. For this amount I would expect a wide angle lens to offer f / 1.8, and at a maximum zoom of f / 3.5 or a maximum of f / 4. Then it would be perfect. Currently, unfortunately, there is little luck. The autofocus remained unchanged, which was already very good in the predecessor – it is based on as many as 315 focus points and works really fast and reliable . Below are some examples of photos illustrating the capabilities of the camera. Full resolution – traditionally – to be seen in the gallery . Another strong point of the camera is the serial mode that will allow you to take up to 24 frames within a second , although we also received it from the predecessor. The camera does not have many creative filters, like some models of competition. However, those that are, certainly will be useful. Among them, we find a mode of taking black and white photos, but with an increased tonal dynamics, HDR mode or color switching mode, so that in the black and white photo we can keep one color, for example red. The battery did not change, which is still the weak point of the camera – we will do about 220 photos on one charge , and unfortunately this is not the best result. It's even worse in film mode, when energy is really fast.
A rich movie mode
Sony with the RX100 VI is a great target for viewers who film with their cameras. Anyway, it can be seen clearly in previous models. In the latest compact you can not see many changes in terms of film, but the fifth version of the camera gave so many possibilities that most users will be fully satisfied. So what do we have? Let's start with movie modes. In Full HD we can shoot in the XAVC S format . The producer slowly moves away from the old AVCHD codec. The bitrate to choose is 25 and 50 Mbps. There was also 4K quality, with a speed of 25 frames per second . We also have a slow-motion mode, thanks to which we will shoot materials at 100 frames per second in Full HD resolution, so that they can be slowed down four times. With this mode, the maximum bitrate can be as high as 100 Mbps. In any case, the quality of the films is at a high level, which certainly does not suggest that the shots were made a compact. When filming, digital image stabilization works well, which is really efficient. Continuous autofocus also works without any problems and can be set on the fly by touch. Of course, you did not have access to an external microphone, which is obvious in compacts. There are, however, no shortage of tools useful in the form of a zebra or peaking, useful in sharpening the hand. An important fact is also that the camera has film profiles, also S-Log logarithmic profiles . Thus, it becomes a fully professional filming tool, which due to its small size can replace a larger camera in many cases.
Summary and evaluation
The Sony RX100 VI is proof that the compact camera can match high-quality DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It seems that the manufacturer has finally managed to make some significant changes, so the difference with previous models is noticeable. The attention is mainly drawn to the much longer lens as well as the touch of the screen that was missing. It is difficult to have many complaints about the camera that works so well, although one would be found. It's his price. We will pay over PLN 5,400 for . This is a really big amount and I ask myself: has not the camera been somewhat overrated? He does not lack great features, but I do not know if I would not buy something with exchangeable optics at this price. Of course, Sony lenses are also not the cheapest, but the larger matrix and f / 1.8 glass will give such effects that I will not get with this camera. However, this does not change the fact that the RX100 VI is one of the best, if not the best, compact we will find on the market. [Show_rating]