Featuring Sony’s RX100 VI, Benro’s filter kit and more.
SONY MAY BE AHEAD OF the curve when it comes to full-frame mirrorless releases, but for many of us, it’s the company’s line-up of compacts that best meets our needs.
The RX100 series is now on its sixth version and, in true Sony style, it boasts a truly massive amount of impressive features.
You have access to a 20.1MP stacked 1in CMOS sensor with DRAM chip, as well as the company’s Bionz X processing engine. You also have a huge 315-point phase detection AF system which boasts a rapid 0.03sec acquisition speed, and 24fps continuous shooting speed – which puts many advanced CSCs to shame.
The fixed lens has an 8x optical zoom, which translates into a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5. You can further boost the focal length to 400mm with the Clear Image Zoom function, which applies a 2x digital zoom. There are 15 elements in 12 groups, including four AA advanced aspherical elements, as well as two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements, which help to combat lens distortion and flare.
For those who are looking to shoot in low light, or want a handy vlogging camera, the Optical SteadyShot offers 4 stops of image stabilisation. You may also appreciate the 960fps frame rate, which allows you to create seriously slow motion video footage.
Although many compact cameras boast impressive specs, you get the feeling that it’s purely window dressing. That is to say that, while the ability is there, the quality isn’t what you’d expect. That’s not the case with this RX, with everything feeling well thought out and implemented. The Anti-distortion shutter, much like that found in the α9, will lessen the effect of rolling shutter, which allows for shooting fast moving action while you’re using the electronic shutter. The AF speed is very impressive, and manages a respectable job of following subjects, especially with the Eye AF. It’s definitely giving many entry-level CSCs a run for their money here. The 921k-dot 3in rear touchscreen allows for touch focusing, but doesn’t navigate menus, which feels like a missed trick, though we love the hidden EVF, which is just large enough to be useful. Image quality is also very impressive for a compact, with the files looking sharp and colours rendered well, and the larger 1in sensor handles low light better than most traditional compact cameras, though it will struggle at anything over ISO 1000.
It’s a shame that the battery life isn’t a touch stronger, only offering 240 shots. The smaller controls can also feel snug for bigger hands.
There’s no doubting the quality here. It’s got 315 points of phase detect AF, a 24fps continuous shooting speed and high quality 24-200mm f/2.8 – 4.5 lens. It even manages 4K video with a full read-out, fast hybrid AF and S-log, which is a big deal for such a little camera. There’s no doubt that this is the best in its class, however, despite a number of impressive features, it still comes back to whether you can justify paying such a high price-tag for a compact camera...
Above & below Despite reaching 200mm, the RX100 VI’s lens is packed away very discretely.
Above The RX100 VI offers truly outstanding results for a compact.