Sony RX100 V6

When we travel, my wife will regularly want to take some pictures.  On our last trip I packed a Sony 7R with an attached 24-200mm f3.5-6.3 lens for her use.  She never touched it, but instead would grab a GoPro Hero5 Black for both stills and video clips.  While this ‘works’ the quality of the images are just ok.  After doing some internet research, I decided to rent the Sony RX100 V6 from LensRentals for 3 weeks and test drive the camera and also to see how my wife would or would not use it.  I had two reasons for making this selection: the 24-200mm zoom and the small size

To provide some perspective, I shoot Sony a7RII with several of their zoom lens (16-35, 24-105 and 70-200mm all f4) and a couple of their prime lenses (28mm f2.0, 55mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4).  Given this experience, I found the menu and controls of the RX100 V6 fairly familiar and easy to work with.

This is not a review of the capabilities of the camera as those can be found elsewhere, but I will assure you that this is a very powerful camera lots of functionality built in.  

There were two things I wanted to know at the end of the test drive: image quality and usability (would my wife use it).

With respect to usability, my wife did not hesitate to use the camera, although it had been configured in shutter priority, center focus, and auto ISO so minimal knowledge was need to operate the camera.  At one point, I changed the focus to spot focus and she adapted very quickly to the touch focus capability.  Perhaps the most remarkable observation, is I would also use the camera and could readily access many of the more powerful features. The electronic view finder was ok and ‘worked’ in a pinch when the back LCD could not be seen.  The built in flash also worked well within the expectations given it’s small size.

The only negative on usability is one must be very careful not to touch the lens accidentally (leaving smudges).  The only other negative for the camera is the video formats do not support MP4 and the time stamps for the AVCHD or XAVC files do not correspond to the actual time the video was taken, but rather GMT time.  

With respect to image quality, it was quite impressive.  I have provided a few examples below.  All pictures were processed through Lightroom CC using my standard work flow.  You can get full size version of the picture by clicking on it.   


Taken as a JPEG from an airplane at 1/640 sec, f4.5, ISO 125 at 45mm equivalent.


Taken as a JPEG at 1/60 sec, f4, ISO 640 at 46mm equivalent.


Taken as a JPEG at 1/250 sec, f8, ISO 125 at 72mm equivalent.


Taken as a RAW at 1/1000 sec, f4.5, ISO 320 at 195mm equivalent.


Taken as a RAW at 1/1000 sec, f4.5, ISO 250 at 195mm equivalent.


Taken as a RAW at 1/50 sec, f2.8, ISO 6400 at 24mm equivalent.


Taken as a RAW at 1/320 sec, f4.5, ISO 1600 at 195mm equivalent.


Taken as a RAW at 1/160 sec, f2.8, ISO 6400 at 24mm equivalent.

There two very cool features in this camera.  The first is the very high frame rate that you can achieve: 24 frames per second as stills for about 230 images!  The second feature is the ability to transfer JPEG files to your mobile device.  Other Sony cameras have this feature, but we really used it with camera because it allows for rapid uploading to social media.  The implementation is a bit cumbersome, but it does work reasonably well.

The bottom line is the Sony RX100 V6 is a very useable camera that generates high quality images in a compact, point and shoot format.

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