Sony RX100 VI – Beginners Guide – How To Use The Camera

In this Beginners Guide article I will cover the Sony RX100 VI in particular and explain how to use the camera. This article is for those new to Sony cameras, or just cameras in general. If you are a seasoned photographer new to the Sony camera system, then this article is also for you! Learning a new menu system can be brutal, especially when certain key features your used to using, now have different names and requirements to be utilized. You will see what I mean below…

All the Sony cameras have the same basic menu system and overall feature sets, so this article will apply to all current Sony cameras!!  Some Sony cameras have more features than others of course, but all the basic concepts are the same and can be applied across all the cameras. So, if your not using the latest RX100 VI, you can still learn a ton and apply it whatever Sony camera you are currently shooting with.

After the initial video below, I will link up several other Sony Camera How-To videos that break down individual features in way more detail. I used the Sony RX10 IV for those tutorials, but like I said above, it doesn’t matter because all the camera systems are basically identical.

Sony RX100 VI – Beginners Guide – How To Use The Camera

More Sony How-To Videos to Check Out!!

If you want to dive deep into specific features, then be sure to watch the videos that apply below!!

Sports Photography Camera Settings:

Drive Modes, Self-timer, & Bracket Settings:

Recording Video & Movie Mode Settings Explained:

Creative Modes & Picture Effects Explained:

Focus Area & Focus Modes:

More Focus Settings – Pre-AF, Eye-AF, Back Focus, and More:

High Frame Rate Slow Motion Settings Explained:

Metering Modes Explained:

Closing Remarks

That is about it for this article, but please be sure to ask if you have any specific questions about your camera. I will try my best to help!
Have a great day,

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  1. best way to shoot night dark sky photography . I hear that I will need to set the ISO at 12,000 and use a 15 second exposure

    1. Hi Archer and great question! For astrophotography, you will need longer exposures and higher ISO values, but you will have to play around with your settings to get the best possible results. With the RX100 VI your max aperture is f/2.8, so you will want the camera set there for sure! Other settings I would have are ISO @ 3200 and the shutter speed at 20 seconds.
      Now, that is where I would start you might need a 25 second exposure, which will give you slightly more star movement, but it’s not very noticable in the final result when looking at the entire frame. Zoomed in to 100% you will see the slight star trail though. Alternatively you could raise the ISO higher to ISO 6400, or even 12800 to get a shorter shutter speed, but at the cost of more noise.

      Overview of recommended settings to start with for the Sony RX100 VI and Astrophotography: Manual Mode, f/2.8, 20-25 second shutter speed, ISO 3200-6400.
      Other RX100 VI Recommended Settings to consider: 2-second Self Timer, Raw Quality, White Balance set to Daylight, Manual Focus, Manual Focus Assist, ND FIlter OFF, Stabilization OFF, Long exposure noise reduction OFF.

      I hope that helps Archer and have a good day or should I say night πŸ˜‰

      1. This is exciting for me. We will be on a wilderness camping trip in Colorado where I live. I belong to the Colorado Mountain Club which has a photography section. You advice will be very helpful.I like the suggeston using of a 2 second selftimer.

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