Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III assessment

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The Sony RX10 III was introduced in March this yr, lower than a yr after the RX10 II which, in keeping with Sony, the brand new digicam would not change. Essentially the most noticeable distinction is the inclusion of a variable aperture (f/2.4-4) mega zoom lens, with a attain of 600mm (25x optical and 100x digital zoom), and with this comes a considerable improve in measurement and weight.

[Replace: The RX10 III has been changed by the RX10 IV, which brings a bunch of enhancements, most notably the rise to 24fps burst capturing and an improved AF system. The core options – together with the design and built-in 24-600mm lens stay the identical although.]

Just like the RX10 II, the RX10 III is aimed on the critical fanatic finish of the market – photographers in search of final picture high quality and telephoto attain in a bridge-style bundle.


  • 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, 20.1MP
  • 24-600mm f/2.4-Four zoom lens
  • 4K video seize

The RX10 III has the identical 20.1MP 1-inch stacked Exmor CMOS sensor, and provides the identical wonderful 4K video performance, because the RX10 II. Actually most options and capabilities are equivalent, and the principle speaking level is the big and spectacular Zeiss 24-600mm lens. Solely the Canon Powershot G3 X has the identical attain, if we evaluate different bridge cameras with 1-inch sensors, with the a lot older Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 solely going to 400mm.

Sony RX10 III specs

Sensor: 20.1MP 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor

Lens: 24-600mm f/2.4-4 

Display: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display, 1,288,800 dots 

Viewfinder: EVF with a 2.36-million-dot decision

Burst capturing: 14fps 

Autofocus: 25-point contrast-detect AF 

Video: 4K

Connectivity: Wi-Fi and NFC

Battery life: as much as 420 photographs 

Weight: 1,095g

The variable aperture of f/2.4-Four nonetheless makes this a fairly quick lens, definitely in comparison with the competitors, and it boasts vastly spectacular minimal focusing distances of 3cm on the vast finish and 72cm on the lengthy finish.

As with different Sony compact and bridge cameras, a wide range of capturing choices and picture modes are included, with 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 codecs for each uncooked and JPEG photos. Most decision is 5472 x 3648 pixels in its native 3:2 format. Sensitivity ranges from ISO100-12,800, expandable to ISO64-25,600.

Single shot autofocus (AFS), steady (AFC), direct handbook focus (DMF) and full handbook focus (MF) can be found, with Sony’s very efficient focus magnification and focus peaking choices making the latter simple to make use of.

The EVF and tilting rear LCD are each prime quality; the latter is not a touchscreen, however except you are utilizing the digicam on a tripod a touchscreen would not be notably sensible given the scale and weight of the digicam.

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There is no getting across the bulk of the Sony RX10 III. It is very effectively made and cozy within the hand, however I believe many extra informal customers might be deterred by its measurement (and worth) and, if they need such lengthy telephoto attain, might decide as a substitute for the Canon Powershot G3 X or presumably the Panasonic Lumix FZ330/ FZ300, which has a smaller sensor but additionally provides 4K capturing, and impressed us final yr. The Canon suffers from a slower lens and no included EVF by comparability, however the Lumix FZ330/ FZ300 does profit from a continuing f/2.eight aperture, albeit with a a lot smaller sensor.

Nonetheless, if you would like the final word picture high quality in a bridge digicam, it is arduous to look past the class-leading efficiency of the RX10 III’s Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, and I am positive fanatics in search of extra attain and a extremely specified digicam might be drawn to this. Whether or not they’ll be ready to pay the £1,250 ($1,500, AU£2,150) price ticket is one other matter. That worth is prone to fall post-launch, however in the meanwhile it is round double the price of each the G3 X and the Lumix FZ1000 (the Lumix FZ330/ FZ300 is cheaper once more). That stated the RX10 III is in a league of its personal in some respects, so it is prone to discover a market, albeit a distinct segment one.

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