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Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III overview

The Sony RX10 III was once introduced in March this 12 months, not up to a 12 months after the RX10 II which, in keeping with Sony, the brand new digital camera does not substitute. Essentially the most noticeable distinction is the inclusion of a variable aperture (f/2.Four-Four) mega zoom lens, with a succeed in of 600mm (25x optical and 100x virtual zoom), and with this comes a considerable building up in dimension and weight.

[Replace: The RX10 III has been changed by way of the RX10 IV, which brings a number of enhancements, maximum significantly the rise to 24fps burst taking pictures and an advanced AF machine. The core options – together with the design and integrated 24-600mm lens stay the similar although.]

Just like the RX10 II, the RX10 III is aimed on the critical fanatic finish of the marketplace – photographers searching for final symbol high quality and telephoto succeed in in a bridge-style package deal.


  • 1.Zero-inch CMOS sensor, 20.1MP
  • 24-600mm f/2.Four-Four zoom lens
  • 4K video seize

The RX10 III has the similar 20.1MP 1-inch stacked Exmor CMOS sensor, and provides the similar superb 4K video capability, because the RX10 II. Actually maximum options and purposes are equivalent, and the principle speaking level is the huge and ambitious Zeiss 24-600mm lens. Best the Canon Powershot G3 X has the similar succeed in, if we evaluate different bridge cameras with 1-inch sensors, with the a lot older Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 best going to 400mm.

Sony RX10 III specifications

Sensor: 20.1MP 1-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor

Lens: 24-600mm f/2.Four-Four 

Display: three.Zero-inch tilt-angle display, 1,288,800 dots 

Viewfinder: EVF with a 2.36-million-dot solution

Burst taking pictures: 14fps 

Autofocus: 25-point contrast-detect AF 

Video: 4K

Connectivity: Wi-Fi and NFC

Battery existence: as much as 420 photographs 

Weight: 1,095g

The variable aperture of f/2.Four-Four nonetheless makes this an attractive speedy lens, without a doubt in comparison to the contest, 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 variety of taking pictures choices and photograph modes are integrated, with three:2, Four:three, 16:nine and 1:1 codecs for each uncooked and JPEG pictures. Most solution is 5472 x 3648 pixels in its local three:2 layout. Sensitivity levels from ISO100-12,800, expandable to ISO64-25,600.

Unmarried shot autofocus (AFS), steady (AFC), direct handbook center of attention (DMF) and entire handbook center of attention (MF) are to be had, with Sony’s very efficient center of attention magnification and center of attention peaking choices making the latter simple to make use of.

The EVF and tilting rear LCD are each top of the range; the latter is not a touchscreen, however except you might be the usage of the digital camera on a tripod a touchscreen would not be in particular sensible given the dimensions and weight of the digital camera.

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There is no getting across the bulk of the Sony RX10 III. It is rather well made and at ease within the hand, however I think many extra informal customers will likely be deterred by way of its dimension (and value) and, if they would like such lengthy telephoto succeed in, might choose as an alternative for the Canon Powershot G3 X or most likely the Panasonic Lumix FZ330/ FZ300, which has a smaller sensor but additionally gives 4K taking pictures, and inspired us remaining 12 months. The Canon suffers from a slower lens and no integrated EVF by way of comparability, however the Lumix FZ330/ FZ300 does have the benefit of a relentless f/2.eight aperture, albeit with a way smaller sensor.

On the other hand, if you wish to have without equal symbol high quality in a bridge digital camera, it is exhausting to appear past the class-leading efficiency of the RX10 III’s Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, and I am certain lovers searching for extra succeed in and a extremely specified digital camera will likely be drawn to this. Whether or not they’re going to be ready to pay the £1,250 ($1,500, AU£2,150) ticket is every other subject. That worth is more likely to fall post-launch, however this present day it is round double the price of each the G3 X and the Lumix FZ1000 (the Lumix FZ330/ FZ300 is inexpensive once more). That stated the RX10 III is in a league of its personal in some respects, so it is more likely to discover a marketplace, albeit a distinct segment one.