The RX100 III is the most premium of pocketable premium enthusiasts compacts from Sony. Built around a 1" CMOS sensor and a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens, it promises sharp images even in low light. Other than the redesigned lens, the Mark III differs from its other RX100 siblings by including a built-in and retractable OLED viewfinder with the same T* coating as the camera's lens to reduce flare and ghosting. The RX100 III also features built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for both wireless image sharing and camera control via smartphone, and a multi-angle WhiteMagic LCD display. The new compact is the first Cyber-shot model to offer high-resolution HD video recording in the XAVC S format, which allows for full HD recording at a data rate of 50 mbps with lower compression for improved video quality.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Compact Camera
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“ The breadth of the RX100 III's capabilities, from its bright, flexible lens and handy viewfinder, through to its class-defining image quality and well-supported, high-quality video capture mean there's nothing to really match it.”
- 20.9 MP 1"-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
- 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens
- Continuous shooting up to 10 FPS
- Pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots
- ISO 160-12800, expandable ISO 100, 125, and 25,600
- 3.0 inch tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229,000 dots
- 1080 60p/24p HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
- Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG
- Steady-Shot image stabilization
- Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
- Built-in WiFi and NFC for sharing and remote camera control
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||3:2 mode: 3888x2592, 2736x1824; 4:3 mode: 4864x3648, 3648x2736, 2592x1944, 640x480; 16:9 mode: 5472x3080, 2720x1528; 1:1 mode: 3648x3648, 2544x2544, 1920x1920|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||21 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||20 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Extra fine, fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–70 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F1.8 - F2.8|
|Digital zoom||Yes (5.8x)|
|Normal focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||WhiteMagic TFT-LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Continuous drive||10 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, self-portrait, continuous)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Videography notes||Supports XAVC S with 50MBps bit rate|
|Storage types||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (with RM-VPR1 wired remote)|
|Battery description||NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||320|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||290 g (0.64 lb / 10.23 oz)|
|Dimensions||102 x 58 x 41 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61″)|
We've only had a brief chance to handle the RX100 III, though we've been promised another opportunity soon. The most obvious thing to note is how much, for better and worse, it feels like its predecessors. The extra depth of the camera isn't particularly noticeable though it restricts, still further, the number of pockets into which the camera will comfortably fit. Even so, it's still a small camera and it's remarkable that Sony has managed to fit an electronic viewfinder, flip-out screen and Wi-Fi into a camera that's only a smidgen larger than the original, technology-dense RX100.
Our first impressions of the viewfinder are very positive. It's a little fiddly to extend the eye piece once the finder has been popped-up, since there's not a lot to grab ahold of, but once in use it's detailed and easy to see. The pre-production units we handled had a small amount of 'give' as we pulled on the eye piece, which made some of us a little nervous about longevity, but it's reasonable to assume that an expensive piece of electronics will be treated with a suitable amount of care.
The other factor that split the DPReview team was the lens range. Around half of us said they'd have preferred the RX100 III to offer a more consistently fast version of the 28-100mm equivalent range, since it would have added classic portraiture to the camera's capabilities. However, an equal number of us were delighted to see the range of the lens expand out to 24mm equivalent, which boosts the camera's flexibility to just as significant a degree.
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The RX100 III is the most capable compact camera we've ever seen. With its built-in viewfinder and more consistently fast lens, there's nothing that can provide better image quality in such a small package. It's not the perfect camera to take shot-to-shot control over, but its capability means it justifies its high price tag.
Getting excellent quality images and video, on the go.
Not So Good For
Users wanting to engage with the camera's every setting.
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Depth of Field
DPreview says of the Sony RX100-3: "When you combine its fast lens and larger-than-average sensor size, the RX100 III promises stronger low light performance and shallower depth-of-field at the telephoto end than most other enthusiast compacts." My question: is there ANY visible difference in depth of field between images shot at f1.8 and f2.0 ?
You may be able to calculate the difference with this Depth of Field Calculator . Continue Reading
between 28mm and 24mm. The wider angle of the 24 is very useful, and allows you to cram much more into the shot. That's just an analogy. I liked working with a 50mmf/1.4 lens. It was cheaper to buy a 1.8 lens, but I thought that I would be losing a lot. I saw some images from a 1.2 lens and the defocused background seemed ethereal. If possible, I would really like to get that extra .2 advantage. Continue Reading
RX100M3, screen does not close properly on the lower edge?
I had a look at the RX100M3 at the shop. Nice. But what I noticed was that the screen snapped closed nicely on the top part but was easily left a bit open at the lower edge, no snap. Even a small pressure from your hand made it open 1-2 mm so that it even felt like it had a fault. So how is it supposed to be? Very loose? Stiff enough to keep closed without a snap? With snap..? Thanks!
Don't have it, but from what I have seen in store, the sreen is held close by a magnet near its top. Continue Reading
There is no snap or locking mechanism for that lower part of the screen. It just kind of sits there - not quite closed. I remember noticing that when I got mine, and except for checking right now, had forgotten about it. I suggest you do the same. Bye. Continue Reading
RX100 iii – stabilization improvement or not?
Where does Sony explicitly claim that RX100 iii stabilizer is improved over the other models? I have read here and there, and some folks repeat it, that there is a 5 axis stabilization system, or more correctly, 3 (optical) + 2 (digital). As far as i know the first RX100 had this as well. This is not the Olympics 5 axis stabilization. So, what is improved here factually? I assume that the 24mm appears less shaky due to wider angle. So stabilization is improved indeed.
An IS extends the time you can hand-hold a sharp image, whatever you are able to achieve without. You are missing the point here. Continue Reading
The 5-axis thing is firmware-based, only applies to video, and has nothing to do with the physical OSS that gets used for stills. Read the Imaging-Resource preview if you want this more officially. I haven't seen a single word from Sony itself, or from anyone reporting on what Sony is saying, that indicates that improved OSS is one of the Mk3's features. Anecdotal accounts from those, like Vince, who have used the pre-production untis are all we'll have to go on until review sites and users have hands-on experience with production copies of the camera. Continue Reading
We don't know yet. Where I've read it, it always was in the context of video. Wrt to efficiency, CIPA established a norm how to measure #stops improvement. After release, it made many SLR vendors lower their claims by 1 stop (what used to read 4 stops now reads 3 stops etc.). Only very recent expensive Canikon glass and Olympus seems to be able to do 4 stops. I observe that Sony omitted the CIPA rating for stabilization while they put the CIPA battery rating. That's no good sign. It probably means stabilization is as bad as 2 or even 1 stop. Unfortunately, the only service I know which tests stabilization on a regular base (French Labo Fnac) excludes this test from their compact dossier which includes the RX100. But many tests show an effect of stabilization only for long shutter times like 1/15s or less. This points to a lack of precision hardware (gyro sensors or lens motor) in said cameras. Continue Reading