In our first installment of ‘Sony in the City’ we take out the super-compact Sony RX100 V and its successor the RX100 VI to Times Square and test out the image quality, video quality, and battery life.

Sony RX100 VI vs RX100 V Comparison Chart

Sony RX100 V Sony RX100 VI
Pixels (Effective) Approx. 20.1 Megapixels Approx. 20.1 Megapixels
Sensor Exmor RS® CMOS sensor Exmor RS® CMOS sensor
Image Processor BIONZ X BIONZ X
Lens ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24-70mm F/1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T 24–200mm F/2.8–4.5 lens
Optical Zoom 2.9x 8.0x
Focal Length f = 8.8-25.7mm f = 9.0-72 mm
Video 4k 4k HDR
FPS Continuous Shooting 24fps 24fps
AF Speed 0.05 sec 0.03 sec
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4 x 2 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches 4 x 2 3/8 x 1 11/16 inches
Screen Size 7.5cm 7.5cm
Weight Approx. 10.5 oz Approx. 10.7 oz
Battery Life (Stills) Approx. 220 photos/ Approx. 110 min. Approx. 240 photos/ Approx. 120 min.
Battery Life (Movies Actual Shooting) Approx. 35 min. Approx. 40 min.
Battery Life (Movies Continuous Shooting) Approx. 65min Approx. 75 min
Slow Motion Shooting

Eye Autofocus
Built-in Image Stabilization x
180° Tilting LCD Screen
WiFi / Bluetooth®
Micro HDMI Port
Touchscreen Interface x

Notable Updates

Built-in Lens

Both of these lenses are great for street photography and documenting your everyday life. The Sony RX100 VI’s impressive 24-200mm focal length makes it a standard telephoto lens. However, with this upgrade, you do lose that great f/1.8-2.8 aperture range. What you decide to prioritize is up to what you plan on shooting.

User Interface Updates

Pop-out Diopter

The RX100 VI helps optimize one-handed shooting with its upgraded viewfinder diopter. When you use the VI’s viewfinder, the diopter automatically pops out and is instantly ready for use. Alternatively, the RX100 V’s requires that you manually pull the diopter out to use the viewfinder. This is a win for the VI.

Screen Versatility

Once again, this point goes to the RX100 VI. The newest iteration’s screen is able to tilt at 90º so you can quickly and easily take photos at an angle. This is especially advantageous for food photography.



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