Sony’s RX100 series cameras have been some of the best point-and-shoots you can get over the past few years. Today, Sony is introducing a new model, the RX100 VI, with one particularly notable change: a really long zoom lens. The previous model had a 24-70mm equivalent lens, which didn’t take you much farther than the human eye. This new model reaches from 24mm to 200mm equivalent, providing a huge magnification. It’ll make the camera a much better choice for, say, photographing a student at a graduation ceremony. In exchange for the zoom, the camera’s aperture is changing from f/1.8-2.8 to the somewhat slower f/2.8-4.5. But Sony says it’s improved the lens’s optical image stabilization, which is now supposed to add four stops of speed. That’ll theoretically make up for the change, and it’ll certainly be necessary if you’re going to capture a sharp photo while zoomed that far in. A lot of other core specs are staying the same as the fifth-generation model. The RX100 VI still has a 1-inch sensor with a 20.1-megapixel resolution. It has 315 phase-detect autofocus points, a shooting speed up to 24 fps, high-speed filming of up to 960 fps, and the ability to capture 4K video with full pixel readout (meaning there’s no cropping). This time around, the camera is also offering support for HDR video by allowing recording in Sony’s HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile. And it’s supposed to have improved eye tracking, with up to double the performance. The camera still has… [Read full story]
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