Sony’s New Compact Camera Boasts of Massive Zoom Lens


Sony RX100 III, the predecessor of the RX100 Mark VI. / Photo by: Lgarron via Wikimedia Commons


The RX100 Mark VI compact camera from Sony features a huge 24-200-millimeter f/2.8-4.5 zoom lens that can be retracted into the camera. The inclusion of the massive zoom lens into the Mark VI is proof that the Japanese technology giant is keen on improving the one feature that smartphones are unable to duplicate, according to Andrew Liszewski, writing for Gizmodo. 

It took a lot of technical wizardry on Sony’s part to squeeze the telephoto lens into the Mark IV’s compact frame. The zoom lens, consisting of 15 glass elements in 12 groups, is capable of 8X optical zoom with built-in image stabilization, making the Mark VI a practical alternative to Sony’s Alpha line of cameras. But that’s not all that the Mark VI has to boast, its autofocus system is faster than that of its predecessor and the camera can capture 233 consecutive images before its internal buffer gets full. 

Users do not have to use a clumsy scroll wheel joystick if they prefer focusing on another area of the frame than the one chosen by the autofocus system because the Mark VI’s 180-degree rotating touchscreen lets users simply tap or drag the focus point to a different part of the frame. 

Besides having 4K resolution and its capacity to capture 30 frames per second, the Mark VI will have High Dynamic Range capabilities and the Hybrid Log-Gamma picture profile will be a big help for videographers who prefer doing color correction in post-production instead of in-camera. If the video resolution is scaled back to 1080P, the Mark VI can generate 120 frames every second, but the frame rate can increase up to 1,000 fps at NTSC resolutions.