This new, high-magnification zoom lens is a considerable improvement (as far as range if concerned at least) over the RX100 V, which features a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.
Sony has managed to keep the pocket-sized proportions of the RX100 VI, thanks to a unique lens design that features two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements, including four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses. The lens also sports Sony's built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system, which delivers a 4-stop advantage. Moreover, eye-tracking Eye AF focus is twice as fast as on the RX100 V. It still has 315 phase-detection (plus contrast-detection) AF points, but gets a speed boost from the image BIONZ X processor found on Sony's flagship full-frame A9 mirrorless camera. It can can shoot at 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking as before, but now focuses in just 0.03 seconds compared to 0.05 seconds.
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. There's also a 4K HDR feature for an "instant HDR workflow" that uses the camera's Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) picture profile.
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.
The Sony RX100 VI will be available in July 2018 with a price tag of $1,200.