Sony RX100 VI- Our Expectation

Here we are sharing our thoughts and expectation of the most wanting Sony RX100-series compact camera Sony RX100 VI. The announcement of its predecessors namely Sony RX100 IV was on 11th June, 2015 while the other camera Sony RX 100 V was announced on 6th October, 2016.
So, after seeing the punctuality of Sony for the yearly upgradation of its predecessors, we came to the conclusion that the worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer Sony will also in the path of announcing the upcoming Sony RX100 VI either inQ3 or Q4,2017.

Sony RX 100 V

As we know the predecessor Sony RX 100 V have lots of advanced features such as it comes with a Fast Hybrid AF system with the world’s fastest AF acquisition at 0.05 seconds and world’s highest number of AF points on sensor with 315 points covering approximately 65% of the frame. The camera Sony RX 100 V can also shoot continuously at speeds of up to 24 fps, which is the world’s fastest for a compact camera.
It also features 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor, BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI, ISO 12800 ,packs  Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens and also features Full HD Video up to 960 fps.
Hence, these are the specifications belonging to Sony RX 100 V. And such impressive and top level features of Sony RX 100 V sufficient for us to expect more from its upcoming successor Sony RX 100 VI.

Now what we have expected from Sony RX 100 VI are as follows:-

New Lens

Recall the last three versions of the Sony RX 100-series namely Sony RX 100 III, RX 100 IV and RX 100 V, which were using the similar lenses of 24-70 mm5 F1.8 – 2.8 aperture. Hence, it carry the lens for long time so we expect the upcoming Sony RX 100 VI will come with the improved lens with large aperture F1.0-F2.0, which will provide outstanding versatility for working in a wide range of conditions. It comes with improved performance in low-light conditions and enabling shallow depth-of-field effects.
Its  large aperture lens lets in more light so it allows the users to shoot in lower light situations and get a faster shutter speed while trying to keep ISO as low as possible resulting ,the shallower DOF that produces creamy bokeh.

Improved Image processor

All the three predecessors Sony RX 100 III, RX 100 IV and RX 100 V have used BIONZ X image processing engine but only Sony RX 100 V sports a front-end LSI along with BIONZ X® image processing engine. So, we expect the upcoming Sony RX 100 VI will sport improved Image processor that will maximize the processing speed, expands the memory buffer and optimizes image quality at high ISO settings.

ISO Range

 The predecessor RX 100 V has ISO 12800, but we expect that the Sony RX 100 VI will touch at least ISO 25600 or two stop more ISO comparative to RX 100 V due to the implementation of new image processor backed by the new bright lens.

So, the higher ISO of RX 100 VI makes the users to capture the magnificent images even in dim light situations with increased dynamic range without any noise production. The trio (sensor, lens and image processor) will consistently perform to capture excellent low-light images ever seen from a 1”sensor based camera, despite of changing light conditions compare to RX 100 V.


Since, Sony is the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer of the camera world. So undoubtedly our expectation raise to a new level when we talk about new 1” sensor from Sony.
We already know that Sony is using 20.2 stacked CMOS sensor inside RX100 V added with DRAM chip, but now we expect the new sensor will come with upgraded designed to perform better in low-light condition and higher resolution of 24MP.

At the same time while adding a new sensor as well as image processor inside RX100 VI camera , Sony should push its limits capacity to lock focus in as little as 0.02 seconds , which will be superior than RX 100 V, which has 0.05 seconds AF speed . It should come with 400+ AF points that will cover 80-82% of the sensor, and will give the confirmation to the shooters that they will be able to capture the targeted subject with high speed and accuracy, even the subject is in fast action.

Hence, these are our expectation from Sony Sony RX 100 VI.If you have any ideas or hints related to the camera, then do share with us .

5 comments to Sony RX100 VI- Our Expectation

  • Markus Vuze

    How about some more practical improvements?
    1. double capacity battery (500 shots)
    2. a lens improvement to give users a bit more flexibility (24-100mm or 16-85mm)
    3. a fast 32GB internal SSD memory (like in every phone) so nobody will have to wait for the buffer.. in addition to the SD card. This will give every user a chance not to worry about the lack of redundancy and nobody will spend crazy amounts on the latest and fastest SD camera

  • Jim Teixeira

    I like the lens enhancements mentioned in the original post and add a few of my own.

    1. Add 120fps to HFR. I like like the way HFR generates a slow motion video ready to view automatically in the camera. Most of my slow motion is 4x but I have to use the 240fps/60fps HFR. I’d like to have an HFR setting of 120fps/30fps. This should give a slower shutter (for low light situations) and might add a second or so to the record time.

    2. Enlarge the buttons. The RX100 has an adult price (and it’s worth it) and should have adult size buttons.

  • Dave Kirkpatrick

    A very nice list of expectations… though, without adding a touch view screen and some serious weather/dust protection, I’m not sure I will be buying the RX100 VI. I do want to buy it.

  • joeusa

    Sony rx100 VI wishlist 2017:
    – Touch screen
    – Better grip
    – 16-85 mm Lens with larger aperture
    (But definitely more wide angle)
    – Better Batterie live
    – Weather/dust protection
    – Batterie compartment (changing batterie while it is on a tripod)
    – Viewfinder shows 100 percent
    – closer macro

    I love the size. !!!
    I love the quality.
    I love the two direction tilting screen.
    Awesome little camera. (But expensive)

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