• Sensor: 20-megapixel, 1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS sensor
  • Lens: ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • Focal Length: f=9.0-72mm
  • Zoom Range: 8.0x (24-200mm)
  • Display: 7.5cm (LCD) + Viewfinder
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC
  • Flash: Pop-up
  • Dimensions: 101.6x58.1x42.8 mm
  • Weight: 301g approx.
  • Pros:
  • Compact
  • Great pop-up viewfinder
  • Cons:
  • Short battery life
  • Price
  • Limited touchscreen

Powerful, Compact and Personal

This month, we managed to get our hands on the newest compact camera from Sony’s RX100 series, specifically the Mark VI of the RX100. As a compact camera, you can just slip it into your front pocket and be on your merry way.
We took the camera around with us for a few events and it excelled at a few things. One of its best features is its zoom capability, specifically an 8x zoom capability, so you can point and shoot from a distance away without getting up-close and personal. This means that when you are taking your camera around the city, you can shoot some buildings or candid pictures of people as they go through their daily routine. With the camera being compact, you will most likely not draw as much attention to yourself, compared to walking around with a DSLR. However, the camera does suffer from a lack of grip areas, so be sure to use the provided wrist strap to reduce the chance of it dropping.

Speaking of candid shots, the camera does come with Optical SteadyShot and a pretty fast auto-focus speed. So when you are shooting at a moving subject, the pictures will come out pretty good. With AF Tracking and Eye Tracking, you can also keep your subject in focus when they are moving. With these technologies combined, you will not miss out on the golden photo chance even with shaky hands. This is especially helpful during events as we all struggle and rush to get the perfect shot.

We found the camera extremely easy to pick up and shoot with. The start up time is roughly three seconds, so there’s no issue with turning the camera off when not used, and quickly turning it back on to take a quick snap. For manual and professional users, the camera does offer extensive options for you to tweak around to your liking, while beginners can rely on the user-friendly auto mode. We did have an issue with the buttons, but we got used to the button placements after a while. The camera is also equipped with a pop-up flash and a pop-up viewfinder that we absolutely love.

Another issue that we need to highlight is its battery life. When a device is this compact, the battery life is expected to be reduced as well, if only because of a smaller battery being used. We took the camera out with us for a day of travelling around the city, and it did manage to last until the end of the night with on and off shooting. But if you are shooting videos and constantly snapping away, the battery life will definitely be gone in the a blink of an eye, so make sure to get an extra battery if you plan on shooting for hours.

Overall, our experience with the RX100 VI is quite pleasant but slightly marred by the short battery life and a hefty price tag. However, everything that you will usually bring – a flash, zoom lens and so on – are all packed into a more than decent compact camera that even professionals will admire.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great point and shoot camera with an 8x zoom that allows you to shoot from further away, but definitely take an extra battery if you wish to shoot for long hours.

(previously published in issue September 2018)