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The Cyber-shot RX100 VI was introduced by Sony in June 2018. It belongs to the enthusiast Compacts category.
Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI features a CMOS sensor in 1" size that has an area of approximately 13 x 9 mm² (0.52" x 0.35").
This infographic compares the Cyber-shot RX100 VI's sensor to other common formats:
(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 20 megapixel. The resolution is above average and will be sufficient for the foreseeable future. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed in A2 size or larger, even if unwanted parts of the photo have to be cropped.
The Sony supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Sony's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.
|Sensor area||13.20 x 8.80mm²|
(0.52" x 0.35")
|Resolution (physical)||21.00 megapixel|
|Resolution (effective)||20.10 megapixel|
|Pixel size||18.40 µm²|
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The Sony's focal length goes from 24mm to 200mm, a zoom range of 8x. The aperture varies from F2.8 at the short or wide-angle end, to F4.5.
|Focal length (min)||24mm|
|Focal length (max)||200mm|
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel, an excellent value for a viewfinder like this which makes the camera a joy to use.The magnifcation is c. 0.59x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.
The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).
Tip: If the viewfinder image of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI's shutter speeds range from 1/32000s to 30s.
|Max. shutter speed||1/32000s|
|Min. shutter speed||30s|
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI's sensitivity goes from 125 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.
|Min. sensitivity||125 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||12800 ISO|
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI supports all common metering modes.
The Sony will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI's auto focus processor uses 315 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. with low contrast subjects).
Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI features a built-in flash with a range of up to 6m (20 ft.). That range will work for most situations.
A hotshoe is missing from the Sony.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.
The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the Cyber-shot RX100 VI, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.
A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Sony. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI at a glance:
|Max. resolution||3840 x 2160 pixel|
|...with frame rates||24 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.
Another option to transfer images to the smartphone is Bluetooth (Note: Bluetooth connections will not always transmit images or videos with full resolution.)Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
The Sony connects to your PC over USB 2.0.
The Sony's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI?
The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.
With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro
Let's have a look at some other features of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI:
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom. However, with Wifi built-in, location data can also be added via a connected smartphone.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI features a built-in stabilizer. With a 8x zoom a must-have.
A nice addition is the Sony's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.
The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Sony over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.
The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.
The Sony's features in a handy table:
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI works with a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 240 shots. That's on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the Cyber-shot RX100 VI.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||240 photos|
The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI's dimensions are 101.6 x 58.1 x 42.8mm³. (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 301 grams (9.7 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the Cyber-shot RX100 VI with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The Cyber-shot RX100 VI is not much bigger:
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