The new model will be the first in the series with a high magnification zoom lens, the Zeiss-branded Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm f/2.8 - f/4.5 (35mm format equivalent).
The Sony RX100 VI features Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T 24-200mm f2.8 - f4.5 lens and the company has also claimed that the zoom functionality makes it "an ideal choice for capturing daily life, cityscapes, portraiture, sports, wildlife, and everything in between".
Angled view of the new Cyber-shot RX100 VI camera.
The RX100 VI has a 20.1 megapixel one-inch type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, and a longer zoom lens than we've ever seen before on an RX100 camera. Moreover, eye-tracking Eye AF focus is twice as fast as on the RX100 V. It still has 315 phase-detection (plus contrast-detection) AF points, but gets a speed boost from the image BIONZ X processor found on Sony's flagship full-frame A9 mirrorless camera.
For the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX100 VI features 4K HDRviii compatibility thanks to its new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile that offers an instant HDR workflow solution.
In 4Kvii mode, the new RX100 VI utilises full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4Kvii video are captured with minimal moire and "jaggies".
The RX100 VI increases the camera's reach.
Along with the camera, Sony unveiled the $100 VCT-SGR1 shooting grip to support all RX100 and RX1 camera models. At this range, image stabilisation becomes very important. Additional video features include S-Log3/S-Gamut3; 120p HD video; slow-motion video at 240, 480 and 960 fps; and proxy recording.
Above it is a pop-up 2.35-million-dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder with a much clearer picture (display lag has been "substantially reduced", Sony says). It is claimed to be the world's fastest AF acquisition time for 1.0-type sensor cameras.