A compact camera that will burn a hole in your wallet.
Pictures speak a thousand words and have memories that are dearest to us. The love for photography and capturing moments are inside each and every one of us but many seem to think that DSLR is always the way to go for capturing the best moments. However, DSLR are big and bulky and it is not to everyone’s liking. This is where compact cameras which are small and light becomes the perfect choice. It certainly does not have all the bells and whistles like a DSLR but it is more than capable of capturing memories that could last someone their lifetime. Sony has been making some of the best compact cameras and their latest addition to the RX family is the RX100 Mark VI.
As most compact cameras, the RX100 Mark VI is small and light and fits in the pocket easily. It may not be the slimmest but its thin profile and black finish is beautiful. There is a touchscreen LCD measuring at 7.5cm with adjustable angles for easier viewing experience and definitely comes in handy when taking a selfie or even video blogging. There is a retractable flash light and view finder which can be accessed with a push of a button.
Towards the right of the screen, there are the usual buttons to browse through the different camera settings. On top of the camera, there is a dial to switch between the different modes which the camera has to offer. Along with that, there is the zoom lever with the camera shutter button at the center of it and a power button.
At the bottom, there is a lid which covers the battery and the SD card slot. It is recommended to use a Class 10 SD card to be able to store images and videos from the camera. Using any other SD card may hinder you from recording videos or even capturing images at high resolution.
Compact cameras come equipped with lens which is not interchangeable. This may be good or bad depending on the type of camera you chose and the lens which comes with it. If you are looking forward to own this camera, this may be the right choice. The lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a variable aperture of f/2.8 – 4.5. It supports eight times optical zoom and up to 121 times digital zooming. The more you zoom, the lower the quality.
The Sony RX100 Mark VI uses Sony’s high performance Exmor RS CMOS sensor which supports up to 20.1 megapixels. It is capable of boosting processing speed while its back-illumination technology increases light collection efficiency to achieve a wide sensitivity range (ISO 804-12800) with reduced noise. Moreover, the camera uses the BIONZ X processor which is responsible for producing high image quality with low noise levels as well as more accurate face and eye detection.
It is an understatement to describe how good the images taken from the RX100 turn out to be. It may not be as good as the pictures taken using a DSLR. It performs so well that you may be mistaken the pictures below to be taken using a DSLR. The camera intelligently switches to selfie mode as soon as the screen is flipped upwards such a way that the lens and the LCD screen are facing you. It gives a good 3-second before it captures a selfie.
The Sony RX100 comes equipped with NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity as opposed to a microUSB and micro HDMI ports. These wireless communications help in transferring photos and videos to a smartphone using the PlayMemories application available for both Android and iOS platforms.
Connecting to the camera using a smartphone is simple. Smartphones with NFC can just connect to the camera with just a tap on the NFC found on the camera. Pairing to the camera can also be done using WiFi with all the network credentials found on the camera itself when you launch the PlayMemories application. Besides that, if you don’t want to take the trouble of entering the password, the camera will display a QR code and all that is left is to scan the code using the app and you’re done.
With the PlayMemories app, photos and videos can be transferred wirelessly as mentioned earlier but that is not all. Your smartphone can also act as the secondary screen which allows the flexibility to setup the camera and take a picture from a distance so long as it stays connected to the camera.
The Sony RX100 Mark VI is pretty good compact camera for almost any type of usage. People can definitely make full use of this camera, especially bloggers or even YouTubers who enjoy making videos. The camera’s battery can last a good half day of usage if its sole purpose is to take pictures only. If you’re looking to record videos more than taking pictures, it is recommended to have backup batteries if the battery dies on you. There are several accessories for this camera and one of which I personally have used and enjoy using is the shooting grip. The shooting grip doesn’t have the electronic tilt and swivel function but it has buttons to capture and record as well as zoom. Despite being a compact camera, it carries a pretty hefty price tag.
Sony RX100 VI specs:
101.6×58.1×42.8 mm (W x H x D)
Weight: Approx 301g
Exmor RS CMOS
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens with variable aperture of f/2.8 – 4.5
8x optical zoom
121x digital zooming
NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth
Sony RX100 VI
Pretty good compact camera for any type of usage, but a hefty price tag for a compact camera