Sony Releases the RX100 VI

June 06, 2018

The Sony RX100 VI features an impressive 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 high magnification ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, yet sacrifices none of the pocket-size portability, speed capabilities and high image quality that has become the hallmark of Sony’s RX100 lineup.

The 1” (1.0-type) 20.1MP Exmor RS™ stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and an upgraded BIONZ X™ image processing system with a front-end LSI maximises processing speed and optimises image quality in all shooting environments, while the incredibly efficient Fast Hybrid AF system with 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points can acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds and shoot at up to 24 fps at full resolution with continuous AF/AE tracking and produces beautiful 4Kvii video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.

 First shipments will arrive end of June.   Pre-order Here! 


High Magnification 24-200mm ZEISS lens

The RX100 VI features a new high magnification 24-200mm1 F2.8 – F4.5 ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens that packs the power of both 24-70mm and 70-200mm1 lens into a singular compact design. This is achieved thanks to its unique design featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements including four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses that work together seamlessly to deliver outstanding sharpness and image quality, from corner-to-corner at all focal lengths. The wide aperture throughout the zoom range delivers beautiful background defocus while the Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilization significantly reduces blurring.

World’s fastest2 hybrid AF system

The RX100 VI brings a new level of AF performance and speed to compact cameras. It’s equipped with the world’s fastest2 hybrid autofocus system that combines the respective advantages of focal-plane phase detection AF and contrast detection AF - ultimately enabling the camera to lock focus in as fast as 0.03 seconds3.

Wide coverage 315 phase detection AF points

High speed focusing is a perfect complement to the dedicated 315 phase-detection AF points that covers approx. 65% of the image area of the sensor. With such wide-area high-density autofocus coverage, you can accurately focus on and capture your intended subject at high speed, even if it’s moving rapidly in unpredictable directions.

High-density Tracking AF Technology

The RX100 VI employs Sony’s high-density tracking AF technology to ensure accurate, stable tracking performance throughout the 24-200mm1 range of the lens. This advanced technology leverages the benefits of focal-plane phase-detection sensors to concentrate AF points in a dense pattern around the subject location as its moving to keep subjects in continuous clear focus – even at high speeds.

High-speed continuous shooting at 24fps4 with AF/AE tracking

Designed to allow for high resolution, continuous shooting at high frame rates the RX100 VI features a 1" Exmor RS® stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor w/ DRAM and front-end LSI that works with the BIONZ X® image processing engine to enable continuous shooting speed at impressive 24fps4 with AF/AE tracking at full 20.12MP resolution. Thanks to a large buffer, the RX100 VI can capture up to 233 images5 at this high speed which can be viewed immediately after shooting. Viewfinder blackout between shots has been minimized in this high-speed shooting mode, which greatly improves the ability to follow fast action and capture the decisive moment.

1” (1.0-type) 20.1MP  Exmor RS® stacked back illuminated CMOS sensor w/ DRAM

This large 1” (1.0-type) stacked back illuminated Exmor RS® image sensor with DRAM chip not only enhances efficiency and speed of A/D conversion through its stacked structure and more circuit sections; it also realizes super-fast readout speed. Together with the new BIONZ X™ image processing engine, it allows for stunning 20.1-megapixels at up to 24fps3 continuous shooting, blazingly fast shutter speed of up to 1/32000 sec., breathtaking 4k movie and super slow-motion HFR (High Frame Rate) movie clip recording of up to 960fps (40x), not to mention remarkable low-light capability with a wide sensitivity range (ISO 80-12,800)6 with reduced noise.

Clip-4K movie7 w/ direct pixel readout, no pixel binning

The pocket-size RX100 VI features Clip 4K for short - up to 5 minute - 4K (QFHD:3840×2160) movie recording directly to SD memory card7 - ideal for everyday casual use. High quality 4k is achieved by the 1” Exmor RS® CMOS sensor with full pixel readout and no pixel binning - resulting in images that exhibit higher resolution and less moire and jaggies than typical 4K movies. Moreover, the XAVC S™ format is incorporated to maximize high-bitrate shooting up to 100 Mbps for professional quality video.  The focal plane phase detection AF system allows for fast hybrid AF during video and ensures accurate focusing and tracking performance, even for the severe focusing requirements of 4K movie shooting. AF drive speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted via the menu system providing flexibility for focusing preferences.

Optical SteadyShot™ Image stabilization

Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization technology - developed exclusively by Sony - pre-vents image blurring that can occur from hand-held still and movie shooting, especially in low light or at the far telephoto end of the zoom range. Image stabilization is equivalent to a faster shutter speed of 4.0 stops8 at 200mm1 telephoto, and ensures smooth, stable framing and excellent image quality.

Touch Focus and Touch Pad AF

Fast, simple, intuitive AF: With the Touch Focus function. Simply touch the LCD screen at the point in the image where you want to focus when you’re shooting stills or movies. When you’re monitoring with the viewfinder, the Touch Pad function lets you slide a finger on the LCD screen to shift focus. You can also set preferences according to which eye and hand you want to use and how far to reach your finger.

Touch Shutter on tiltable LCD monitor

For the first time in the RX series, the LCD monitor now incorporates the Touch Shutter, which allows you to intuitively activate the shutter simply by touching a point on the monitor. This makes it easier to shoot a scene when it might otherwise be difficult to press the shutter button, such as when shooting from high or low angles.

The tilt angle of the monitor has also been expanded, so you can tilt the monitor roughly 180° upwards and 90° downwards, to enable monitoring of the subject for selfies or even when you’re holding the camera high overhead above a crowd.

Retractable OLED w/ EVF benefits and optical viewfinder immediacy

The new RX100 VI maintains the convenient pocket-sized design of the RX100 family and is equipped with a high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality.  With a single push, the EVF conveniently pops-up and automatically extends the eye-piece. It features optics with ZEISS® T* coating that greatly reduces reflections. It has the ability to deliver continuous live shooting at up to 8fps - making it easy to track fast moving subjects. This offers photographers a shooting experience with the immediacy of an optical viewfinder, while still offering all of the benefits of an electronic viewfinder including a live preview of exposure, white balance and several other camera settings.  

Advanced Eye AF ideal for portrait shots

The Eye AF function has excellent tracking performance and a high degree of accuracy and stability as it automatically focuses on a subject’s eyes, even when the subject is looking down or away from the camera, or is in backlit scenes when the face of the subject is in partial darkness.

High speed Anti-Distortion Shutter

The high speed – up to 1/32,000 sec. - Anti-Distortion Shutter, minimizes the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. This blazingly fast shutter speed also allows the camera to capture sharp, crystal clear images with a wide open aperture at brightness levels. Shooting at wide aperture with fast shutter speed allows photographers and videographers to capture beautiful content with sharply focused subjects and defocused backgrounds under some of the most difficult, bright lighting conditions.

Enhanced pro-video functions and NTSC/ PAL switchable

The RX100 VI includes professional movie functions such as; Picture Profile, S S-Log3/S-Gamut3, TC/UB (time code / user bit), Rec Control, Dual Video Recording, marker display function, etc. that have typically been available only in professional video cameras. You also have the choice of region setting between NTSC and PAL movie frame rates.

4K HDR10 using HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)

The RX100 VI features 4K HDR10 thanks to its new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile which supports an instant HDR workflow. Movies recorded in HDR (HLG) played back on a compatible TV will appear true-to-life, with fewer blocked shadows or blown highlights, without the need for color grading. The BT.2020 color space is supported, providing a wider color gamut. Four gamma settings are provided (HLG, HLG1, HLG2, HLG3). The HLG setting conforms to ITU-R BT.2100. The HLG1, HLG2, and HLG3 gamma settings provide wider dynamic range while retaining the overall appearance of current cameras. The balance of dynamic range and noise produced by each setting is different, allowing selection to best match the scene being recorded.

Super slow-motion movie9 HFR (High frame rate)

See the unseen with super speed HFR (High Frame Rate). The RX100 VI can capture super slow motion HFR movie9 at up to 40x slower than real time. You can chose from 960fps, 480fps or 240fps to playback in XAVC S at 1920 x 1080, in either 60p, 30p or 24p7. Choose between “quality priority” (4 sec.). There’s also an option to set “start trigger” or “end trigger” which will start capturing movie before or after you press the movie rec. button so you can time those split-second moments perfectly.

HDMI® clear output for uncompressed video recordings

Clean, uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 4K or HD movie signal can be transferred to an external monitor/recorder connected to the RX100 VI via the HDMI® terminal. Video can be recorded simultaneously to internal media and uncompressed video to the external recorder in real time.

Selfie-ready multi-angle 3 Xtra Fine™ LCD studying

Selfies have never been easier with a beautiful 3” (921k dots) LCD Display that rotates in multiple angles. This also makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 180° and down approx. 90°. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation. Monitor Auto OFF function boosts max number of still images by up to 30%.

Wi-Fi®/NFC™/QR code for easy file transfer and remote control

Easily connect with NFC or QR code (for non-NFC devices) to smartphones or tablets with the built-in Wi-Fi® and Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile™ application available for Android™ and iOS platforms. Control your camera or transfer files to your device for fast and easy sharing without the need of a computer. When you’re done, you can use the free software to sort and manage your stills and video with PlayMemories Home™ or view and edit your RAW file with either Sony’s Imaging Edge software or Capture One Express (for Sony).

Comfortable control ring for manual operation

A unique control ring around the lens works in combination with an intuitive, display interface for meticulous SLR-type control over settings that satisfies even the most fastidious users. The control ring can be assigned to adjust various features (at various values) from basics like zooming and aperture to creative functions like Picture Effect. Moreover, it turns smoothly and seamlessly, allowing quiet, click-free usage while shooting movies including a new step-zoom function that enables instant selection of commonly used focal lengths.

Power supply via USB

The RX100 VI can be powered via USB connection to AC adaptor, a PC or mobile battery. This conserves the camera’s battery, allowing you extended use of the camera without worrying that the battery will run out. When the camera is turned off, the battery can be charged via the same connection.

Twice as close with Clear Image Zoom

In addition to the high magnification 24-200mm ZEISS® lens, the RX100 VI features Clear Image Zoom that lets you further enlarge the center of the image digitally, up to twice as much (400mm1 equivalent), with almost no image degradation.


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