Sony RX100 VI

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI front

Sony RX100 VI overview

Sony RX100 VI is Sony's Large Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on June of 2018. It has got a 20 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Sony launched this model in order to improve the previous Sony RX100 V (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards released the updated Sony RX100 VII (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this model.

The RX100 VI is scored #26 out of 65 in Large Sensor Compact cameras & all around #273 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your personalized requirements.

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Below is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Sony RX100 VI history

The Sony RX100 VI has a history of related cameras. Here, you can find all earlier and most recent models alongside main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-VII front thumbnailSony RX100 VII
RX100 VI vs RX100 VII
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-V(A) front thumbnailSony RX100 VA
RX100 VI vs RX100 VA
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-VI front thumbnailSony RX100 VI24-200mm
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-V front thumbnailSony RX100 V
RX100 VI vs RX100 V
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-IV front thumbnailSony RX100 IV
RX100 VI vs RX100 IV
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-III front thumbnailSony RX100 III
RX100 VI vs RX100 III
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100-II front thumbnailSony RX100 II
RX100 VI vs RX100 II
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX100 front thumbnailSony RX100
RX100 VI vs RX100

Sony RX100 VI Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Sony RX100 VI based on factors which are usually viewed as important in a digital camera.

decent sensor size (1")
decent sized screen (3 inches)
display is selfie friendly
fast shooting (24.0 frames per second)
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
good resolution screen (1,229 thousand dot)
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
has HDMI port
has image stabilization (Optical)
has phase detect autofocus
has touch focus
in built zoom lens (24-200mm 8.3 x zoom)
lighter than competition (301g)
manual focus
megapixel count decent (20MP)
NFC support
offers face detection autofocus
offers tracking autofocus
reasonably wide (24mm)
saves RAW files
silent shutter (1/32,000 seconds)
supports bluetooth
touchscreen enabled
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
bad battery (240 shots)
cannot use external flash
does not have external microphone port
does not have headphone port
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sluggish at full zoom (f4.5)
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Sony RX100 VI Sensor information

The Sony RX100 VI houses the Bionz X chip. The dimension of the sensor in the Sony RX100 VI is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor is able to resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can cause cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor has 20MP and provides a standard ISO range of 125 - 12800. The ISO can be extended electronically to 80 - 25600. RAW files are supported which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the RX100 VI's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The RX100 VI sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony RX100 VI dimensions

Sony RX100 VI has a weight of 0.66 pounds (301 gr / 10.62 ounces) & the physical size of the camera is 102mm x 58mm x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7"). The weight of normal Large Sensor Compact camera is 396 gr so the Sony RX100 VI is lighter as compared with other competitors.

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Underneath is a shot of the Sony RX100 VI besides a softdrink so you can get a feel for its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button arrangement on the RX100 VI.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI topview buttons dials

Sony RX100 VI Lens information

The RX100 VI is equipped with a built-in lens having a focal range of 24-200mm giving it a 8.3 x zoom which isn't very good however it will definitely be convenient in certain scenarios.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 making it somewhat sluggish and not great for low light situations and you might find it difficult to get good bokeh. You could also have to up your ISO setting causing noisy photos. At the long end, 200mm comes at f4.5 making it fairly sluggish and you might have to choose slower shutter speeds.

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Sony RX100 VI Connectivity

The RX100 VI has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Sony RX100 VI Video information

The maximum video resolution in the Sony RX100 VI is 3840 x 2160 and you can record in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 2160p gives a fantastic resolution for video recording. You can downsample to Full HD in order to get better results. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and ensure you have high quality SD cards with good write speeds. The body doesn't feature a microphone or headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to find another model if you need decent audio for your videos.

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Sony RX100 VI Weather Sealing

Sony RX100 VI doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.

Sony RX100 VI Screen and Viewfinder

The Sony RX100 VI has got a 3 inch tilting display having a resolution of 1,229 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits as well as group shots when needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can change focus points plus change settings using your finger.

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The View Finder specs for Sony RX100 VI are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Resolution 2,359 thousand dots
  • Coverage 100%
  • Magnification 0.59x

Viewfinders can be rather helpful in sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Sony RX100 VI Shutter information

Sony RX100 VI is able to shoot continuously at 24.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/32000s. Beware that the electronic shutter can result in "rolling shutter" in some lighting conditions.

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Sony RX100 VI Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony RX100 VI comes with just inbuilt flash lacking external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/2000s.

Sony RX100 VI Autofocusing information

Sony RX100 VI comes with both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be helpful for portrait photography.

The AF system has got 315 focus points to select from. Sony RX100 VI has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to switch focus. It also features Tracking AF for objects that move. Sony RX100 VI features manual focus if needed in low light situations or you need more precise control on focus.

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Sony RX100 VI Battery life

The battery (NP-BX1) for the Sony RX100 VI is fashioned to last for 240 shutters as per the CIPA measurements making it lower when compared with it's competitors. The general Large Sensor Compact camera battery life is 301. Leica X-U offers the highest possible (450) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Large Sensor Compact cameras with the best battery life:

Sony RX100 VI for various kinds of photography

The following bar chart gives a analysis of the Sony RX100 VI for various kinds of photography. To view more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony RX100 VI as a Portrait photography camera

The Sony RX100 VI receives a score of 66 which is nice, and means the camera is a good fit to use for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, RAW support & capability to work with external flash.

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you can focus manually
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
supports face detect autofocus
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash

Street photography with Sony RX100 VI

With a fantastic points total of 85, the Sony RX100 VI is a fantastic choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
boasts focus by touch
lighter than competition (301g)

Sony RX100 VI Sports photography details

A very good sports photography score of 70 indicates the Sony RX100 VI is a good option for photographing sports. A camera needs great autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
high fps (24.0 fps)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
provides tracking focus
comes with phase detect autofocus
terrible battery (240 CIPA)

Sony RX100 VI Travel photography advice

Portability is super important when choosing a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony RX100 VI gets a exceptional 77 as a travelling camera which is a fantastic fit to take on your journeys.

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lighter than others in class (301 grams)
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
good MP (20MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
terrible battery (240 shots)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Sony RX100 VI Landscape photography features

If you're planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Sony RX100 VI and it's very good score of 65 as a landscape camera is a respectable option in the current market.

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you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
bad battery (240 CIPA)

Sony RX100 VI Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should offer a articulating display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Sony RX100 VI is a brilliant fit as a vlog camera as it gets a very high score of 77.

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decently wide (24mm)
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (301g)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no external microphone socket

Sony RX100 VI Alternatives

If you want replacements to the RX100 VI, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall in to the family of Large Sensor Compact.

The diagram here will give you an overview of the RX100 VI compared to it's highest ranked competitors suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you might consider as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI
Large Sensor Compact
Body design
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Bionz X
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest boosted ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-200mm (8.3x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder resolution
2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Maximum silent shutter speed
1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
24.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/2000 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
301 grams (0.66 lbs)
102 x 58 x 43mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.7")
Battery life
240 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse recording
With downloadable app
Type of storage
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
Price at launch