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Sony DSC-RX100M III Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera
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Overall score: 82%
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- 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)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||320 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony Alpha|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1228800|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif v2.3, DCF v2.0), Raw (Sony ARW v2.3)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto,Flash off,Flash on,Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto, 125-12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.28 x 1.61 x 4.02 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.64 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||5 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3.5 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||5 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8 - F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,472|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||BSI-CMOS|
|Processor Description||Bionz X|
|Remote Control Description||with RM-VPR1 wired remote|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.41 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Description||1440000 dots|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||7.5 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.61 x 4.02 x 2.28 in||1.41 x 4 x 2.29 in||1.6 x 4 x 2.8 in||1.51 x 4 x 2.29 in|
|Item Weight||0.64 lb||0.53 lb||Information not provided||0.62 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.9 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/24p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p/24p/120p), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||other||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder||LCD||None||electronic viewfinder||Electronic (optional)|
Review summary from DPReview
The RX100 III is the most capable compact camera we've ever seen. With its built-in viewfinder and 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.
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From the Manufacturer
Absolutely stunning picture quality, compact enough to take anywhere. Now your photos maintain soft background defocus even when zoomed in with the improved f1.8-2.8 24-70mm Zeiss lens. There's even a pop-up electronic viewfinder for eye-level framing and a 180ｰdegree tiltable screen for 20.1MP4 selfies. Lastly, the ultra-fast BIONZ X processor adds speed and accuracy for stills as well as beautiful HD video.
20.1MP4 1-inch Exmor R Sensor
Featuring a large 1.0” Exmor R CMOS image sensor. The back-illuminated technology doubles light sensitivity and combines with Sony’s Column A/D Conversion to reduce noise levels — a great help when photographing in dimly lit environments. Markedly reduced noise is evident even when high-sensitivity settings are used for capturing night landscapes or indoor scenes.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens
The DSC-RX100 III sports an all new bright F1.8-2.8 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 24-70mm zoom. The lens is perfect for portraits and macro shots with beautiful defocused - bokeh backgrounds. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
Built-in SVGA OLED viewfinder w/ Zeiss T* coating
View every scene in rich detail with the bright and retractable SVGA OLED Tru-Finder. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. The Zeiss T* coating enhances clarity and reduces flare and reflection in the eyepiece optics.
Selfie-ready multi-angle 3" Xtra Fine LCD display
Selfies have never been easier with a beautiful 3” (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display that rotates in multiple angles. This also makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up and down approximately 180 degrees. Easily scroll through menus and preview your shot thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S2, AVCHD and MP4 codecs1
The DSC-RX100 III records HD movies1 in the XAVC S2 format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper. The highly compressed files allow extensive record times. With 50Mbps Full HD (1920x1080) 60p high quality video recording, XAVC S enables beautiful video recording with minimal compression noise even in scenes with a lot of movement. Linear PCM is adopted for audio compression. The camera also records in AVCHD, ideal for quality video for HDTV and Blu-ray Disc burning. Additionally, users can shoot the easily shareable MP4 HD video, ideal for web.
Built-in ND filter for wider-ranging photographic expression
Realize a wider range of photographic expression with built-in 1/8 (3 EV steps) ND filter that allows exposure adjustment in bright scenes.
HDMI clear output for uncompressed video recordings3
Clear, uncompressed digital movie signal output can be transferred to an external monitor/recorder (connected via the HDMI terminal) simultaneously in real time from the RX100 III3. The shooting info display can be turned off for even cleaner views of such movies on an external monitor/recorder. Frame rates include 24p, 60p and 60i.
Comfortable control ring for manual operation
A unique control ring around the lens works in combination with an intuitive, displayed user interface for meticulous SLR-type control over settings that satisfies even the most fastidious users. The control ring can be assigned to adjust various features (at various values) from basics like zooming and aperture to creative functions like Picture Effect. Moreover, it turns smoothly and seamlessly, allowing quiet, click-free usage while shooting movies including a new step-zoom function that enables instant selection of commonly used focal lengths.
Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi w/ NFC
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the DSC-RX100 III also supports NFC (near field communication) - providing “touch connection” convenience when transferring images to compatible Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control — a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone — connection between DSC-RX100 III and the smartphone can be established by simply touching devices.
Enhance your camera with PlayMemories Camera Apps11
Personalize your camera by adding new features of your choice with PlayMemories Camera Apps. Find apps to fit your shooting style from portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot and much more. Use apps that shoot, share and save photos using Wi-Fi that make it easy to control and view your camera from smartphone, and post photos directly to Facebook or backup images to the cloud without connecting to a computer.
Lens focal range
Lens max aperture
LCD (degrees of tilt)
3" tilting (180/45)
3" tilting (90/40)
Max video bit rate
50MBps (XAVC S)
Yes, with NFC
Yes, with NFC
Battery life (CIPA)
102 x 58 x 41mm
102 x 58 x 38mm
102 x 58 x 36mm
1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments.
2. Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S
3. HDMI cable sold separately
4. Megapixel description changed due to CIPA guidelines. Sensors are the same across the DSCRX100, DSCRX100M2, and DSCRX100M3.
11. Requires an active 802.11 Wi-Fi network (802.11n recommended) or PlayMemories Mobile app installed on compatible Android or iOS device. PlayMemories camera app requires download with existing Sony Entertainment Network account. Download available in all countries/areas where Sony Entertainment Network is available. Content is subject to change and may require fees.
2014 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony, Cyber-shot, Exmor R, Xtra Fine LCD, WhiteMagic, Blu-ray Disc and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. Zeiss is a registered trademark of Zeiss, Inc. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
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I highly recommend this book for the RX100M3 by Gary Friedman. I bought it and love it ([...])
I bought this camera because of its faster lens (f/1.8 to f2.8), which means, to me, more light entering onto the cameras sensor which, in turn, means to me slightly better images than previous models. Which translate to a shallower depth of field available. And that's exactly what I like and want in this model, and precisely why I bought it, even though I also have the previous M2 model. One thing I want to note here before I go on. The Aperture seems to move quite fast from 1.8 to 2.8 thru the smaller zoom range. In that, a case could be made that this lens is more of a steady 2.8 thru out the zoom range.
So then what exactly did I get with this upgrade from my M2 to my new M3? Well, you've got the newer Bionz X processer. The new 180 degree LCD (for Selfies if you are so inclined). The pop-up EVF (which is an innovation in and of itself, and a help with image stabilization when pressed against my face). Zebra pattern and focus peaking which is available on my RX10 and now the M3.
I feel the 24mm-70mm lens (though not the same reach as my previous M2 model - 28-100mm) is a good walk-around lens. And since I have been using this same zoom range for a long time on my DSLRs, I feel very comfortable with this zoom range in a very capable and now compact camera. When I use this for portraits at the long end of 70mm I expect to shoot mostly 1/2 to 3/4 body shots to full body shots. As opposed to the previous models zoom range of 28-100mm where I used it up to head and shoulder shots at the long end.
This camera has the same Bionz X processor that Sony has in their A7 line of cameras (one of which, the A7R, that I have).Read more ›
Since I'm upgrading from my iPhone, I didn't want anything too big or too drastic of a change. For me, I knew I would get frustrated with having to decide what kind of lens I want, bringing the lenses, etc. But I kind of wanted that same high quality look to the pictures I was taking...something you can no doubt get with a DSLR at half the price of this camera. So it's really up to your affordability and what you're willing to sacrifice in terms of the ability to change lenses or the ability to have something compact. If you want something a bit of both, I recommend getting the a6000. A camera I was very close to getting until I found out about the RX100M3. The a6000 is the same price as the M3 INCLUDING the lens. Some notes:
WiFi: I used the WiFi a LOT with this camera. I used it while I waited in line at Disneyland and during down time at sporting events. I uploaded them quickly onto my Instagram/Flickr account. It's pretty easy to set up...just make sure to read the instructions carefully. You can select the pictures you want to send to your phone/iPad and it only takes a few seconds.
VIEWFINDER/LCD: One of the only reasons I bought this camera over the previous RX100 models and the RX1/r is because the viewfinder is built in instead of buying an extra $400 accessory. The viewfinder is clear and almost exactly what you see when you take the picture.Read more ›
Updated 6/24/14 - I thought I would add a comment about a statement from the dpreview piece on the M3. Dpreview praises the cameras abilities and then go on to say that it is not "fun" to shoot with. I guess an old SX-70 may have been more fun with all the whirring and spitting of prints but beyond that I am at a loss. I have had great creative session with both the M1 and M3. In fact, one of my favorite things about the camera is that is so easy and transparent to handle.
Articulating LCD - I think this is a huge improvement over the original RX100. The ability to easily shoot high or low angle pictures is a great advantage. I have always liked using compact cameras from the ant's eye view and this makes it a lot easier to do. Like most of the construction of the RX100m3, the articulating LCD feels well built but clearly this is not a ruggedized camera. Care must be taken with the flash, EVF and LCD or damage could result.Read more ›
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