Contrary to popular belief, Sony now has created seven different versions of the RX100, and all except one are still available. After six years of development, we made a decision to take a close consider the distinctions and changes introduced in each generation, both to illustrate the evolution of Sony’s perfect pocket camera also to help you find out which is the most suitable choice for your bag.

Series Overview
When Sony launched the first RX100, in 2012, it changed things. With a “large” 1″-type sensor, the pocketable camera could deliver higher-quality images than point-and-shoots and smartphones. Almost annually since, we’ve seen this model progress and better, adding impressive features like built-in EVFs, high-frame-rate video, 4K, 24 fps shooting, and more, all culminating in the just-released RX100 VA and the RX100 VI, released in 2018. This had resulted in some major variations between your models. For a synopsis of most these changes, we come up with this table.

Now for the hard part-deciding which is best for you. The simplest way to get this done is to perform through the lineup describing the dissimilarities and upgrades with each successive model, and let’s focus on the first.

RX100
The OG RX100 continues to be hanging out, though many could successfully argue it really is getting somewhat long in the tooth. It really is, however, the least expensive. Be aware that, while the tech could be older, the 20MP 1″-type sensor Sony packed involved with it is still likely to be considerably much better than the exceptionally tiny option squeezed into other styles of point-and-shoot cameras. In addition, it includes a great 28-100mm equivalent f/1.8-4.9 lens tacked onto leading, along with lots of the same dials and controls you can find on later models. It might not exactly be the best, nonetheless it is a perfect starting place for anyone seeking to pick up a day to day camera.

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RX100 II
Looking for a bit more than the original but nonetheless have a good budget? The RX100 II could work, because its make use of the BIONZ X processor and a more recent back-illuminated 20MP 1″-type Exmor R sensor help boost image quality over the board. It also may be the only choice with the Multi Interface Shoe, meaning it could accept the optional FDA-EV1MK EVF, a genuine flash or radio trigger, and even an optional microphone for better music quality in video. Other nice tweaks add a new tilting screen, though limited by 90° up and 40° down, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. It can keep carefully the same 28-100mm lens as its predecessor.

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RX100 III
You could say that the RX100 III is when everything changed for the series. It had been the first model I purchased for the reason that massive number of changes and improvements were just too tempting. For pros buying solid pocket camera, that’s where I would suggest they start. The usage of an improved and faster 24-70mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 lens, Full HD video getting boosted with XAVC S and S-Log2 for pro-level capture, and a pop-up 1.4m-dot EVF puts the III in a complete other league when compared to earlier models. Also, for vlogging and selfies, this model introduces the 180° tilting screen. There is a good built-in ND filter to greatly help handle the brightest scenes and more control in video. It can lose the hot shoe for a slimmer profile.

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RX100 IV
With the RX100 IV, Sony made a decision to make more refinements to the internals, by using a “stacked” sensor architecture for the very first time in a concise camera. The 20MP 1″-type Exmor RS sensor found here includes a dedicated memory chip within the standard sensor components, leading to drastically improved speed and processing and unlocking some new functions. One particular upgrade was to video, since it is now able to record UHD 4K at 30p using XAVC S. A fresh High Frame Rate option was added, aswell, for the creation of Full HD videos at up to 960/1000 fps (NTSC/PAL). Speed advantages translate to stills also, with the sensor readout now being fast enough to aid an electric shutter with practically no distortion at up to 1/32,000 second and continuous shooting as high as 16 fps with AF-C at full resolution, a notable boost from the 10 fps of the sooner models. For physical changes, the EVF got upgraded to an increased 2.36m-dot resolution, as the remaining camera remained practically the same.

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RX100 V and VA
With the RX100 V, which is currently discontinued, Sony centered on speed. It added a Front-End LSI to the BIONZ X processing engine for increased data throughput. Also, the 20MP 1″-type Exmor RS sensor got a focus boost with an easy Hybrid AF system featuring 315 phase-detect points. Image quality gets a good tweak, of course, with video shooters likely finding more to understand. UHD 4K video is sharper, with even less rolling shutter and the high-frame-rate mode features improved quality and longer shooting times. Now you can even shoot continually in raw with autofocus at an insane 24 fps.

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You can’t obtain a fresh RX100 V that easily anymore, bu you can find the RX100 VA. Here is the latest release, and serves as an upgraded replacement-with improved processing-to match that of the VI. This implies a continuing shooting buffer of 233 frames, up from 150, better Eye AF, and reduced lag in the EVF. Also, the menu may be the latest and greatest, with a good amount of other options built-in. Both options keep up with the 24-70mm equivalent f/1.8-2.8 first introduced in the III.

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RX100 VI
How do you get this to pocket camera better still? If you ask Sony, it might be to upgrade the lens with an extended 24-200mm equivalent f/2.8-4.5 lens while keeping the camera’s size basically the same. The RX100 VI is most likely the best travel camera, something I even tested with some cross-country travel earlier this season. Beyond this, the ergonomics have already been drastically upgraded, with a rear touchscreen that may now tilt 180° up and 90° down and a one-touch access pop-up EVF for instant deployment. The most recent menu system is installed here and for video you will have usage of S-Log3 (furthermore to S-Log2) and HLG for Instant HDR workflows. And lastly, it gains Bluetooth, which permits geotagging with a smartphone. It can, however, lose the built-in ND filter, without doubt as a result of new lens design. To find the best all-around, you will have to select from the VI and the VA, and likely you will end up choosing predicated on the versatility of the VI’s 24-200mm zoom or the low-light benefit for the VA’s 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.