Update – 5th July 2019 – The Sony RX100 VI is available in India and will go on sale starting 6th July 2018. You can buy the RX 100 VI for Rs. 99,990 from all Sony Camera dealers and Official Sony stores. The price looks steep and much higher in comparison to the global price of $1200 (Rs. 82,500).
The mark up in India is close to Rs. 17,500, in fact, Sony should consider launching products at lower rates than the US considering the spending potential of the buyers.
11-June-2018 – Sony is an amazing company, whether we talk about its image-sensors or the compact cameras – or its contribution to the gaming world by introducing consoles like PlayStation and PSP.
To add to its incredible portfolio of compact cameras it has launched the Sony RX VI which is already available in some of the countries and we may see it launch in India in a couple of weeks.
The new Sony Cybershot RX100 VI costs $1200 in the US and we can expect it to launch between Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 80,000 in the Indian market soon.
Sony’s RX 100 series camera is a highly-respected range of point-and-shoot cameras that are praised in imaging field by hobby photographers and professionals alike.
So, what has changed in the new RX100 VI in comparison to the predecessor RX100 V, let’s find out the details.
Sony RX100 VI VS Sony RX100 V – What Has Changed?
Most strikingly, the biggest change that the RX100 VI brings to the table is in form of a very high-range zoom lens.
RX100 V came with a lens equivalent to 24-70mm focal range and was more of a wide-angle lens.
With RX100 VI, Sony has made it possible to carry a go-to point and shoot camera in your pocket all the time, that is capable of zooming up to 200mm range.
That said, such a great extent of magnification will appeal a lot of hobbyists, who don’t want to carry large lenses and accessories for their every day capturing activities.
On the downside, Sony has traded-in the aperture, in order to provide with an enormously large zoom length.
The aperture of RX100 VI now comes with f/2.8-4.5, which is not going to be as good as it was in case of RX100 V where the latter possessed f/1.8-2.8.
By adopting a smaller aperture for its RX100 VI, Sony may have taken a step back from RX100 V on the grounds of low-light photography.
It might be disappointing to camera buyers and vloggers who are often shooting their content after it starts getting dark outside. Since sensor will have a lesser intake of the ambient light, images or video may come out to be a bit grainy in the low light conditions.
A welcome change in Sony RX100 VI is the addition of a touchscreen. It now to touch focus on the subjects, making the focusing mechanism and process much more versatile. None of the RX100 series cameras boasted of a touchscreen.
Its touchscreen LCD is tiltable too. A user can practically tilt the monitor roughly about 90 and 180 degrees in downward and upward directions respectively.
Sony RX100VI is the first camera from its Cyber-shot moniker to have come up with HDR.
As Sony claims, its new camera can now shoot High Dynamic Range videos with better color reproduction, and improved brightness levels.
On the other hand, it maintains and carries on a lot of features from its predecessor.
FAST HYBRID AF SYSTEM and ENHANCED EYE AF
According to Sony, RX100 VI is the first RX100 Series camera to come up with a new and innovative feature dubbed as Fast Hybrid AF system.
This new system allows the camera to lock the focus in as less time as 0.03 seconds. Those figures are definitely out of the world. Also, the camera can now track the eye of the subject even faster so your videos or images are always sharp and focused on the right spot.
Apart from that, this new system takes advantages of each of the 315 phase-detection AF points there in the focal plane covering nearly 65% sensor and contrast-detection AF, and then groups them together.
High-density Tracking AF technology
Another area where the RX100 VI stands ahead of any of RX100 series cameras including its predecessor is High-density Tracking AF technology.
This new technology allows the camera to concentrate the AF points surrounding the subject in order to improve tracking focus on it accurately as the subject moves.
Additionally, RX100 VI can now feature high-speed with a speed of up to 24fps, that too with full AF/AE tracking. It does so, with enough buffer limit to capture up to 233 images.
Another new feature that interests me here is that if images are shot continuously, they can be viewed as groups during image playback instead of individual shots.
This feature will come in handy when you’re shooting multiple photos of discretely different events, thus allowing you to playback photos in separate groups.
Written By – Prateek Sharma.
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