A little over a month since unveiling the RX100 VI, Sony has replaced the RX100 V with an upgraded version—the RX100 VA—including some of the improvements that made their way into the Mark VI. The upgraded model features a new processor as well as a number of firmware updates, but it doesn’t get the Mark VI’s more-maneuverable touchscreen or video tweaks like the Hybrid Log Gamma picture profile or S-Log3 capture.
The new processor facilitates the latest menu system, which is easier to use and, crucially, includes a customizable “My Menu” tab. The extra power also brings better Eye AF and subject tracking performance, a higher viewfinder refresh rate, and a deeper buffer. “Zone” AF area mode has been added, as have three auto white balance options, and there are also more spot metering options. As well, you can now add ratings to images.
The main distinguishing feature of the Mark VI is the new lens—a 24–200mm f/2.8–4.5 affair that provides no added benefit to underwater photographers compared to the 24–70mm f/1.8–2.8 lens on the Mark V. (Indeed, from the point of view of housing makers, it literally gets in the way.) So, the fact that Sony has taken the trouble to upgrade the Mark V will give hope to underwater shooters that models with brighter, shorter-zoom lenses will continue to grace the RX100 line.
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