The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI with 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 equivalent lens with Best-in-Class AF, touch focus and improved EVF design and VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip are available for Pre-Order Now!
Sony once again upped the ante on the ‘World’s Best Pocket Camera’ RX100 VI features a new 24-200mm F2.8-4.5 equivalent lens with Best-in-Class AF, touch focus and improved EVF design.
Sonyâ€™s New RX100 VI Combines Versatile 24-200mm Large Aperture, High Magnification Zoom Lens with Worldâ€™s Fastest AF Speed
â€¢ Maintains compact body size of acclaimed RX100 series while adding a ZEISSÂ® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 â€“ F4.5 Large Aperture High Magnification Zoom Lens
â€¢ Worldâ€™s Fastest 0.03 seconds AF speed combined with 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of frame
â€¢ 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RSâ„¢ CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and upgraded BIONZ Xâ„¢ image processor and Front-end LSI
â€¢ High-speed continuous shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking
â€¢ Optical image stabilization equivalent to a 4.0-stop faster shutter speed
â€¢ High Resolution 4K Movie Shooting with full pixel readout and no pixel binning plus 4K HDR for instant HDR workflow
NEW YORK, Jun.5, 2018 â€“ Sony â€“ a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the worldâ€™s largest image sensor manufacturer â€“ has today announced another exciting model for their popular Cyber-shot RX100 series of compact cameras, the RX100 VI (model DSC-RX100M6).
The innovative new RX100 VI camera is the first of all the RX100 models to include a high magnification zoom lens, as it packs in an impressive ZEISSÂ® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmi F2.8 â€“ F4.5 lens yet doesnâ€™t sacrifice the pocket-size portability, fast responsiveness and high image quality that has become the hallmark of Sonyâ€™s RX100 lineup. Itâ€™s extensive zoom, impressive image quality and versatility for both still images and video make it an ideal choice for capturing daily life, cityscapes, portraiture, sports, wildlife and everything in between.
The new model is equipped with a 20.1 MP 1.0-type stacked Exmor RSâ„¢ CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and an upgraded BIONZ Xâ„¢ image processing system with a front-end LSI that maximizes processing speed and optimizes image quality in all shooting environments. Additionally, the RX100 VI features an incredibly efficient Fast Hybrid AF system with 315-point phase-detection AF points on the sensor that can acquire focus in as little as 0.03 secondsiii, the worldâ€™s fastestii AF acquisition time for 1.0-type sensor cameras. It can also shoot at up to 24 fpsv at full resolution with continuous AF/AE tracking and produces beautiful 4Kvii video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.
â€œWeâ€™re continuing to innovate our RX camera lineup, providing our customers new and different ways to capture what theyâ€™ve never been able to capture before,â€ said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics. â€œThe new RX100 VI is the latest example, delivering extensive reach, extremely advanced autofocus, high-speed shooting and more, while still being able to slip easily into your pocket. Itâ€™s the ultimate pocket travel camera.â€
New High-Magnification 24-200mm Zoom Lens plus Outstanding Image Quality
A first for Sonyâ€™s RX100 series of cameras, the new ZEISSÂ® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmi F2.8 â€“ F4.5 lens packs the power of both 24-70mm and 70-200mmi focal lengths into a singular compact design. This is achieved thanks to its unique design featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements including four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. All pieces work together seamlessly to deliver outstanding sharpness from corner-to-corner at all focal lengths, maintaining the acclaimed image quality of the RX100 series.
The impressive new lens on the RX100 VI maintains a large aperture throughout the entire zoom range, ensuring portraits can be created with beautiful background defocus, fast moving subjects can be captured with crisp focus and no blurring, and much more. Additionally, the lens has built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that is equivalent to a 4.0-stopvi faster shutter speed, helping to prevent camera shake or blurry images even in a low-light condition or at telephoto zoom range.
Lightning-Fast AF Performance and Shooting Speeds
The new RX100 VI model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that ultimately allows the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. This innovative AF system combines the respective advantages of 315-point focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 65% of the sensor and contrast-detection AF. This high speed focusing complements the versatile 24-200mmi range of the lens, ensuring all subjects can be captured with precise detail and clarity.
Additionally, a first for the RX100 series of cameras, the RX100 VI includes Sonyâ€™s advanced High-density Tracking AF technology, which concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy. The popular Eye AF technology is also available with approximately 2x the tracking performance of the current RX100 series model. Further, the camera has LCD touch focusing and touchpad focus point control for users that would like to drag their fingers to ideal focus points of their choice.
An ideal complement to the AF system, the RX100 VI offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 233 images. The display lag of the EVF has been substantially reduced compared to prior models, allowing shooters to capture the decisive moment with ultimate confidence. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.
The RX100 VI also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the â€œrolling shutterâ€ effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.
Advanced Movie Capabilities Including 4K HDR
The pocket-friendly RX100 VI is packed with a variety of video capabilities that will satisfy even the most demanding video enthusiasts.
With Fast Hybrid AF, the focal-plane phase-detection AF points ensures accurate focusing and tracking performance, even for the severe focusing requirements of 4Kvii movie shooting. AF drive speed and AF tracking sensitivity can also be adjusted via the menu system, giving shooters plenty of flexibility based on their focusing preferences.
In 4K mode, the new RX100 VI utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that all the finer details of 4K video are captured with minimal moire and â€˜jaggiesâ€™.
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. Additional professional caliber video features include S-Log3/S-Gamut3, 120p Full HD mode, Picture Profile, proxy recording and more. The RX100 VI is able to record super slow motion[xi] video at either 240fps, 480 fps or 960 fps.
Premium Design, Control and Convenience
The new RX100 VI is equipped with a high-contrast 2.35 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finderâ„¢ with ZEISSÂ® T* Coating, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The EVF itself retracts in and out of the camera body based on user preference, and can be activated instantly by a single One-push Access button.
A first for Sonyâ€™s RX series, RX100 VI has a touch shutter that can be activated by tapping the back LCD screen, a zoom lever with customizable zoom speeds and an LCD that can be rotated 180 degrees upward or 90 degrees downward for a variety of shooting angles for the creator. There is also a Monitor Auto OFF function that boosts max number of still images by up to 30%, and the camera is also Wi-FiÂ®, NFCâ„¢ and BluetoothÂ® compatible.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI compact camera will ship next month for about $1,200 US and $1,600 CA.
Versatile New Grip Offers Free-Angle Shooting and Fingertip Control
NEW YORK, Jun. 5, 2018 â€“ Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the worldâ€™s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced the VCT-SGR1, a versatile and compact new Shooting Grip best suited for their RX0 and RX100 series of cameras.
Ideal for vlogging, travel photography, self-portraits and much more, the new VCT-SGR1 is a vertically-oriented shooting grip that attaches to Sonyâ€™s RX0 and RX100 series of camerasi via Multi/Micro USB Terminal. It is extremely compact and lightweight, and can adjust angles up 70 degrees or down to 100 degrees to capture different perspectives including high-angle shots, low-angle shots and self-portraits. The grip features several buttons at the top of the grip including shutter release, REC stop/start and zoom[xii] functionality, allowing for easy fingertip control for both right and left handed usage. Additionally, the bottom of the grip can be spread-out and used as a tripod, making it an ideal accessory for group photos or low-light shooting conditions to avoid camera shake when shooting at slower shutter speeds.
The new VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip will ship this September in North America, priced at approximately $100 US or $130 CA.
Long-time Sony Cine Alta motion picture camera user James Cameron will use fullframe Sony Venice motion picture cameras to film his upcoming Avatar Sequels
James Cameronâ€™s Lightstorm Entertainment to Shoot AVATAR SEQUELS on Sonyâ€™s VENICE Camera
New CineAlta Motion Picture System Chosen for Principal Photography on all-Sony Imaging Production; Unique Sony Extension System Enables Capturing What Used to be Impossible
James Cameronâ€™s Lightstorm Entertainment will use Sonyâ€™s new VENICE motion picture camera system for principal photography on the upcoming â€œAvatarâ€ SEQUELS.
The first â€œAvatarâ€ movie, released in 2009 and also shot on Sony professional cameras, shattered box office records with its compelling story, immersive 3D and stunning visuals. These newest entries in the franchise will up the visual ante significantly with enhanced special effects, more elaborate production requirements and challenging live action sequences.
According to Lightstorm, the Sony VENICE camera system was the right choice to continue the Avatar storyline and give audiences an entirely new experience.
â€œThe VENICE camera delivers the most astonishing image Iâ€™ve ever seen,â€ said Director James Cameron, â€œThe blacks are rich, deep and velvety, the highlights and source lights are amazingly bright. For the first time, we truly appreciate what the term High Dynamic Range means.â€
While principal photography on the â€œAvatarâ€ SEQUELS using VENICE is expected to begin first quarter of 2019, performance capture is underway now. The process is supported by a variety of additional Sony imaging technologies including multiple Alpha mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, PXW-Z450 and PXW-320 camcorders and the compact RX0 camera. The production is also using Sonyâ€™s F55 and Alpha cameras to record behind-the-scenes footage and stills.
â€œIâ€™ve enjoyed shooting with Sony CineAlta cameras for 19 years, but Iâ€™m really looking forward to shooting Avatar 2 and 3 with the new VENICE camera,â€ Cameron added.
Sony worked closely with Lightstorm to customize VENICE for its specific needs, with regular meetings taking place between James Cameron, his production teams and Sonyâ€™s engineering group.
â€œOur goal in this ongoing co-development collaboration is to enable Lightstorm to execute their vision and deliver their unique approach to storytelling,â€ said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. â€œFor Avatar, VENICE will be put to use in very demanding environments. The cameraâ€™s Full Frame sensor gives them complete flexibility and freedom to choose aspect ratios, various bokeh and lenses that match their shooting requirements.â€
The Sony-Lightstorm collaboration began in 1999, resulting in the development of a unique extension system allowing the camera body to detach from the actual image sensor block. A similar approach has been adopted for VENICE, with each sensor and camera body connected by a cable at distances of up to 20 feet with no degradation in image quality. For the upcoming â€œAvatarâ€ SEQUELS, multiple VENICE cameras will be paired in various 3D stereoscopic rigs. Using the new Sony cabling system, the only part of the VENICE carried on the rig will be the image sensor optical blocks, significantly reducing on-board camera weight to about three pounds per sensor block. By lowering the weight and improving ergonomics, Cameron and the Lightstorm team will have ability to shoot with greater flexibility and freedom.
â€œThis new extension system is a perfect example of listening to our customers, gathering strong and consistent feedback, and then building that input into our product development,â€ added Peter Crithary, marketing manager, motion picture cameras, at Sony. â€œThe â€˜Avatarâ€™ SEQUELS will be among the first feature films to use the new VENICE Extension, but it also has tremendous potential for wider use with handheld Steadicams, drones and gimbals, and remote mounting in confined places.â€
For more information on the Sony VENICE camera system, visit sony.com/VENICE
Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 Fullframe E-Mount lens is in-stock and shipping in the USA for $949. This ultra-wide prime lens features an optical design which incorporates three super-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements to control both chromatic and spherical aberrations.
Multi-layer coating reduces lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and improved color fidelity. Its ring-shaped ultrasonic autofocus motor realizes fast, responsive, and accurate AF performance along with full-time manual focus control.
Electronic contacts are integrated into the mount design to permit seamless communication of distance and aperture information to the camera body in order to support the use of focusing aids, in-camera image stabilization, and an EVF distance scale.