Sony RX100 VI confirmed

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Sony has announced the sixth camera in its popular Cyber-shot RX100 line.

The Cyber-shot RX100 VI maintains a 20.1MP 1in sensor from previous compacts in the range, although this is the first time we've seen it paired with a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 optic.

Sony's previous RX100 V offered a 24-70mm (equiv.) f/1.8-2.8 lens, although the very first RX100 model did stretch to 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9. Thankfully, the new optic is joined by an image stabilisation system that claims to offer four stops of effectiveness. 

Another new feature is a touchscreen, something that's started to make an appearance on the company's mirrorless models and RX10-series compacts, but not on the RX100 line. With this, the user can focus on the subject and fire the shutter with a press of the screen, and the display also tilts up and down over 180º and 90º angles respectively.

Other features include the familiar 2.35million-dot pop-up electronic viewfinder and a 315-point phase-detect AF system, something that was first introduced on the previous RX100 V model. This covers 65% of the frame, and is said to deliver focusing speeds as fast as 0.03sec. 

Users also have the ability to capture images at full resolution at a frame rate of 24fps, with autofocus and auto-exposure maintained throughout, while 4K video recording once again happens with no pixel binning and full pixel readout.

The model is expected to be priced at £1,150 in the UK and $1,200 in the US.

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