At a media-only event at Sony’s New York City headquarters, the digital imaging division announced updates to the RX-family of cameras, the most interesting being the new RX100 VI, a portable camera with exceptional zoom capabilities and fast focus and shooting.
First, the company announced a new grip for the RX-series that allows the cameras to be used in vlogging and self-portraits. The new grip, the VCT-SGR1 has built-in camera controls. It will be available in September for around $100.
Tsutomu Hamaguchi Senior General Manager of digital imaging took to the stage to talk about the premium compact camera model, and showed that Sony has continued to hold the number-one position.
In 2012 the company announced the first RX100, the first of the company’s line of premium compact cameras.
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With a 24-200 F2.8–4.5 lens and 24fps shooting with full AE/AF, the RX100 VI becomes a new challenger for dominance of this space. “A lot of engineering has gone into the optics” and has maintained a large aperture across the whole range. “This is all done without sacrificing the pocket-sized portability of the RX-series.”
RX100 VI has “world’s fastest” AF, improved Eye AF (two times faster than the previous model) and touch focus/touch shutter.
The camera also has 4K HDR (HLG) support, and a one-push button for the EVF (the former models used to require pulling out part of the viewfinder hood to use the EVF) and has a tiltable LCD screen that can pivot 180º up and 90º down.
The camera is the same size as the RX100 V (it’s about a tenth of a millimeter thicker), even though the company has added a much longer lens, electronic viewfinder that pops out and new shooting features.
The lens is a Zeiss Variously-Sonnar T* 24-200 F2.8-4.5.
The camera will be available in July for $1200, and we will be updating this post with images during the rest of the day, as we test out the new camera.