The RX100 VI veers from the path of pre­vi­ous mod­els in the line by pack­ing a lens equiv­a­lent to 24-200mm in its body, rather than the 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 used be­fore. Nat­u­rally this is ac­com­pa­nied by a lessim­pres­sive sound­ing max­i­mum aper­ture of f2.8-4.5, but that’s still re­spectable when you con­sider that the cam­era is just less than 2mm thicker than the Mark V. This newly de­signed op­tic packs a 15-el­e­ment, 12-group con­fig­u­ra­tion, with eight as­pher­i­cal el­e­ments and four of these be­ing ad­vanced as­pher­i­cal (AA) types, and two ex­tra-low dis­per­sion el­e­ments among these. Fur­ther­more, to lend a hand when shoot­ing at the max­i­mum 200mm-equiv­a­lent end, the lens has a four-stop Op­ti­cal SteadyShot sys­tem built into it. One slight down­side is the min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance across the range; 8cm isn’t too bad at the 24mm end but 100cm at the tele­photo ex­treme is quite long.

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