Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Review

Overall 48
Imaging 16
Features 57
Size 84
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expands to 80 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 24.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 102 x 58 x 43 mm
  • Weight: 301 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony RX100 V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI that Sony has first introduced to the public in Jun 05, 2018. This model is a Large Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product RX100 V.

In Large Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #36 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 48/100 and it takes a rank of #161 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Touch Screen: Yes
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 315
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 24.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In

CONs

  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.59
  • External Flash: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI has the following external dimensions 102 x 102 x 43 mm (40.16 x 22.83 x 16.93″) with the weight of 301 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Compact type cameras is 393g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 43mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI — 240 shots
Min: 200 shots
Average: 301 shots
Max: 450 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI — 43 mm
Min: 31 mm
Average: 54 mm
Max: 122 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI — 301 g
Min: 206 g
Average: 393 g
Max: 1040 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 80 - 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI are its 24.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 315 points.

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is equipped with its USB NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI provides a shooting life of 240, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 301 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (102 x 58 x 43 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (24.0 fps)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (315)

Disadvantages:

  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (240 shots)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 14. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
Announced Jun 05, 2018
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 8
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen Yes
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.59
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 24.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.9
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 315
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 301 g
Physical Dimensions 102 x 58 x 43 mm
Battery Life 240 shots
Battery Type 240 shots
Battery Model NP-BX1
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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