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Sony RX100 VI Comparison Review

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is a fixed lens compact camera that was officially introduced in June 2018 and is equipped with an one-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 20 megapixel.

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Is the Sony RX100 VI a good camera? The RX100 VI has a Camera Elo of 2472. This rating puts the RX100 VI among the top 20 percent of all travel zoom compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (one inch cameras), the RX100 VI ranks among the top 30 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 4.5-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Sony RX100 VI
Fixed lens compact camera
24-200mm f/2.8-4.5
20 MP, 1" Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 125-12800 (80-25600)
Electronic viewfinder (2359k dots)
3.0" LCD, 1229k dots
Tilting touchscreen
24 shutter flaps per second
240 shots per battery charge
102 x 58 x 43 mm, 301 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

An illustration of the physical dimensions of the Sony RX100 VI vis-à-vis a credit card is provided in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Sony RX100 VI vs credit card front
RX100 VI versus credit card top view
RX100 VI and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Sony RX100 VI alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX100 VI 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.7 in 10.6 oz 240 n Jun 2018 1,199- i Sony RX100 VI
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« » 4.4 in 2.4 in 1.8 in 12.0 oz 230 n Jul 2019 899 i i Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon G7 X Mark III« » 4.1 in 2.4 in 1.6 in 10.7 oz 235 n Jul 2019 749 i i Canon G7 X Mark III
 
Fujifilm X100F« » 5.0 in 3.0 in 2.0 in 16.5 oz 390 n Jan 2017 1,299 i i Fujifilm X100F
 
Leica V-LUX 5« » 5.4 in 3.8 in 5.2 in 28.6 oz 350 n Jul 2019 1,249 i i Leica V-LUX 5
 
Leica C-LUX« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.8 in 12.0 oz 370 n Jun 2018 1,049 i i Leica C-LUX
 
Sony RX100 VII« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.7 in 10.7 oz 260 n Jul 2019 1,199 i i Sony RX100 VII
 
Sony RX100 V« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.6 in 10.5 oz 220 n Oct 2016 999 i i Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX100 IV« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.6 in 10.5 oz 280 n Jun 2015 999- i Sony RX100 IV
 
Sony RX100 III« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.6 in 10.2 oz 320 n May 2014 799- i Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.5 in 9.9 oz 350 n Jun 2013 749- i Sony RX100 II
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Sony RX100 VI was launched in the US market at a price of $1,199. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

The Sony RX100 VI features an one-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 2.7. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Sony RX100 VI among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Sony RX100 VI sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX100 VI 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Sony RX100 VI
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon G7 X Mark III« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Canon G7 X Mark III
 
Fujifilm X100F« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p----Fujifilm X100F
 
Leica V-LUX 5« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Leica V-LUX 5
 
Leica C-LUX« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Leica C-LUX
 
Sony RX100 VII« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Sony RX100 VII
 
Sony RX100 V« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX100 IV« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.659170Sony RX100 IV
 
Sony RX100 III« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.412.349567Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.512.448367Sony RX100 II

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The RX100 VI indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the RX100 VI can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the RX100 VI has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2359k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.59x. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Sony RX100 VI along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX100 VI2359 n 3.0 1229 tilting Y 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y Sony RX100 VI
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« »2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon G7 X Mark III« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y Canon G7 X Mark III
 
Fujifilm X100F« »2360 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n Fujifilm X100F
 
Leica V-LUX 5« »2360 n 3.0 1240 swivel Y 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y Leica V-LUX 5
 
Leica C-LUX« »2330 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Leica C-LUX
 
Sony RX100 VII« »2359 n 3.0 921 tilting Y 1/2000s 90.0 Y Y Sony RX100 VII
 
Sony RX100 V« »2359 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX100 IV« »2359 n 3.0 1228 tilting n 1/2000s 16.0 Y Y Sony RX100 IV
 
Sony RX100 III« »1440 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II« »- n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y Sony RX100 II

One convenient feature of the RX100 VI is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.

 

Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX100 VI-stereomono--micro2.0YYYSony RX100 VI
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« »-stereomono--micro3.1Y-YCanon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon G7 X Mark III« »-stereomonoY-micro3.1Y-YCanon G7 X Mark III
 
Fujifilm X100F« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y--Fujifilm X100F
 
Leica V-LUX 5« »Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YLeica V-LUX 5
 
Leica C-LUX« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Leica C-LUX
 
Sony RX100 VII« »-stereomonoY-micro2.0YYYSony RX100 VII
 
Sony RX100 V« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX100 IV« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 IV
 
Sony RX100 III« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II« »Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony RX100 II

It is notable that the RX100 VI offers wifi support. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

 

The RX100 VI has a zoom lens built in (9-72mm f/2.8-4.5), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length range from 24 to 200mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic that offers similar focal length and aperture specifications.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the RX100 VI handle or perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate. This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Sony RX100 VI+ +83/1004/5-4.5/5 Jun 2018 1,199- i Sony RX100 VI
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« »+82/100--4/5 Jul 2019 899 i i Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon G7 X Mark III« »+ +-4/5-- Jul 2019 749 i i Canon G7 X Mark III
 
Fujifilm X100F« »+83/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Jan 2017 1,299 i i Fujifilm X100F
 
Leica V-LUX 5« »--4/5-4/5 Jul 2019 1,249 i i Leica V-LUX 5
 
Leica C-LUX« »--4.5/5-4/5 Jun 2018 1,049 i i Leica C-LUX
 
Sony RX100 VII« »--4/5-- Jul 2019 1,199 i i Sony RX100 VII
 
Sony RX100 V« »+ +83/1004/55/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999 i i Sony RX100 V
 
Sony RX100 IV« »+ +85/1004/54.5/54.5/5 Jun 2015 999- i Sony RX100 IV
 
Sony RX100 III« »+ +82/1004.5/54.5/55/5 May 2014 799- i Sony RX100 III
 
Sony RX100 II« »+ +79/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Jun 2013 749- i Sony RX100 II
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

Sony RX100 VI FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the RX100 VI.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the RX100 VI?

The camera features a BSI-CMOS (Backside Illuminated Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Sony equipped the RX100 VI with the BIONZ X image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the RX100 VI?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 80-25600.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the RX100 VI is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Sony RX100 VI?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony RX100 VI?

The RX100 VI offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Sony RX100 VI feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

Does the Sony RX100 VI support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).

Which battery does the RX100 VI use?

The camera gets its power from the NP-BX1 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Where can I find the best deals for the RX100 VI?

Grey imports from Asia, as found on eBay, are often very attractively priced. However, these cameras come without a warranty from Sony.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Sony RX100 VI
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5
    Launch Date June 2018
    Launch Price USD 1199
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 13.2 x 8.8 mm
    Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 15.9 mm
    Crop Factor 2.7x
    Sensor Resolution 20 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5472 x 3648 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 2.41 μm
    Pixel Density 17.18 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125-12800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80-25600 ISO
    Image Processor BIONZ X
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.59x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2359k dots
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1229k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Autofocus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 24 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type NP-BX1 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)240 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 102 x 58 x 43 mm
    (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)
    Camera Weight 301 g (10.6 oz)

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