When it comes to ultra-compact, high-performance zoom cameras, Sony seems to have the market sewn up. I was impressed with the RX100 Mk VI, with its 24-200mm range, when I took it to Hong Kong for a couple of weeks last year autumn. And it’s not just my view.
Since then the RX100 VI has found a permanent home in my camera bag, irrespective of other cameras I might be carrying. And when I can’t be bothered carrying a bag, it’s the camera I pick up because it fits in a pocket.
Fiddly but nice
Despite its rather fiddly controls (you can’t have everything in such a small format) the RX100 VI is a superb performer and takes the 20MP one-inch sensor to new heights. What it loses in speed, compared with the RX100 V, it more than makes up for in that extra zoom range which is so useful when travelling.
No surprise, then, that Amateur Photographer magazine has chosen the RX100 VI as its Compact Camera of the Year. It won against competition from two Panasonic contenders, the LX100 II (aka D-Lux 7) and the TZ200 (C-Lux). We ran a comparison between the RX100 VI and C-Lux last year and chose the Sony over the Leica/Panasonic, mainly because it is so compact. The C-Lux has an extraordinary zoom range, of course, but it comes at a size and weight penalty.
AP’s awards in other categories were also interesting:
- Entry Level — Canon EOS M50
- Professional — Fujifilm GFX 50R
- Enthusiast — Nikon Z6
Tellingly, the Z6 was also chosen as Product of the Year, underlining the