It is no secret that sales of cameras have decreased, thanks mainly to the convenience and capacity of smartphone users. Who wants to take another device just to take pictures? That's the question camera manufacturers face today, but with the Mark VI Rx100, Sony has a solid response in the form of a gigantic 24-200 millimeter zoom lens that disappears into the camera.
Like compact cameras, for years The Sony RX100 line has achieved a solid balance between quality and performance that attracts enthusiastic photographers, with a compact design that you can easily find in your daily luggage. The fact that Sony has just announced the sixth version of this camera is proof enough of its popularity, even if smartphones are still nibbling at Sony's sales.
Over the years, the RX100 line has seen continuous improvements in sensor resolution and autofocus speed, and hardware – including the addition of a pop-up viewer – but with the mbadive goal of 24-200 mm f / 2.8-4.5 Mark VIII of 20.1 megapixels, Sony is improving the feature that smartphones can not replicate
Squeeze that telephoto lens, consisting of 15 glbad elements in 12 groups, in a body as small as the Mark VI is nothing less than magic, and the 8X optical zoom with built-in image stabilization (essential at this zoom level) suddenly makes the latest RX100 even a viable alternative to the Sony Alpha camera series. I upgraded from the Rx100 to the Sony A6500 for the sole reason of using a zoom lens, and this model could have kept me on the line.
But a giant zoom is not the only improvement Sony made with the Mark VI RX100. Its 24-frame-per-second and 315-point focusing and autofocus system can now hook up to your subject in just 0.03 seconds, 0.02 seconds faster than Mark V. You can also capture up to 233 consecutive images before your internal buffer fills up , which requires a few moments to write all that data on the memory card, which is 150 consecutive shots with the Mark V RX100. And if you prefer to focus on another area of the frame than the selected autofocus system, the rotating touch screen 180-degree Mark VI allows users to simply touch or drag the focus point to a different part of the frame, instead of trying to move it with a clumsy joystick scroll wheel.
When it comes to video capabilities, the Mark VI RX100 is still a 4K shooter of up to 30 frames per second, but Sony introduces new HDR capabilities and a Hybrid Log-Gamma image profile for videographers who prefer to do much the same Color correction in postproduction, instead of in the camera. When dropping the video resolution to 1080P, the Mark VI can spit out 120 frames per second, and that framerate can increase up to 1,000 FPS if it's OK with just shooting at NTSC resolutions.
Sony has managed to squeeze everything into a body that is virtually the same size as the latest models of the RX100, keeping it compact and easy to transport. What has not remained small is the price of this line. The Mark V RX100 was the first to cross the $ 1,000 line, and the new Mark VI carries it to $ 1,200. That's getting closer and closer to Sony's main Alpha cameras that allow users to exchange lenses. But if you do not want a heavy shooter hanging from your neck, the RX100 continues to give up the compromises and compensations for going away little by little.