Sony’s new RX100 VI compact camera is packing an incredible zoom lens

Sony has just announced the successor to our favourite premium compact camera in the form of the DSC-RX100 VI.

The big news for this sixth version of the pocketable travel cam is its new 24-200mm f/2.8-f/4.5 lens, which will let you zoom much further into your holiday landscapes than its predecessor’s 24-70mm lens, albeit at the expense of that lens’s brighter maximum f/1.6 aperture.

Pre-order: Sony RX100 VI for £1,149 from Park Cameras

Another handy new feature is touchscreen functionality, strangely absent on the Mark V, for touching or dragging your autofocus point rather than faffing about with buttons or joysticks.

If you’re a fan of shooting sports or unpredictable pets, you’ll be pleased to hear that the RX100 VI is still lightning fast too. Its autofocus speed has been boosted to 0.03 seconds (up from 0.05 seconds) and you can still rattle off a continuous burst at 24fps, with a generous buffer of 233 shots to play with.

Rounding off its ‘all-rounder’ status are video abilities which include, for the first time on a Cyber-shot compact, support for recording 4K HDR and the ability to shoot slo-mo scenes at a frankly ridiculous 1000fps.

With one button press, you can also pop out another USP for a premium compact camera, an electronic viewfinder, which is a hi-resolution XGA OLED number for composing scenes in bright sunlight.

Pre-order: Sony RX100 VI for £1,149 from Park Cameras

Of course, this roll call of premium features doesn’t come cheap, with the DSC-RX100 VI costing ‘approximately’ (according to Sony) £1150 when it’s released in Europe in July 2018. We’ll let you know if it’s still top of our compact cameras list in our full test later this month.

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