April 5, 2016

Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III

A bridge camera too far? Not in this case!

Post updated January 2018: Introducing the Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III with a newly-developed, extended, super-telephoto zoom lens. A lens that covers a whopping 24-600mm!

The Cyber-Shot RX10 III at first glance appears to be a real winner in terms of specs, durability and wow factor. It has a lot of features you can get in interchangeable lens cameras but I could be persuaded to go for a bridge like this.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III

This camera is quite something and would be a brilliant walk-around camera or even a back up or B camera to your professional workflow. Whether you shoot stills or video, the Sony RX10 III has you covered with some impressive features.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III - Main Specifications

  • Sensor: 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS
  • Image Processor: BIONZ X
  • Lens: Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 Zoom
  • 35mm Equivalent: 24-600mm
  • EVF: 2.36m-Dot OLED Tru-Finder
  • LCD: 3.0" 1.228m-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine
  • Video: UHD 4K30 Video, Full HD 1080p at 960 fps!
  • Connection: Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot
  • Other: ISO 12800 and 14 fps Continuous Shooting
Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III Top

For me the appearance is not bad. However, its bulk makes it not far off a full frame DSLR with telephoto lens attached when extended out. Also, the edges are a little too "sharp" for my liking but again, I could get over that.

What I do like is the simple interface with minimal "fuss and nonsense" on the dials and casing. Everything is where it should be including a nice zoom rocker near the shutter button and accessory ports for externals mics and headphones.

But oh, that 24-600mm lens!

Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III Side

With a range of 24-600mm (the widest among RX series cameras), you would only need one camera in your bag for a host of activities:

  • Vacation
  • Sports
  • Video
  • Family
  • Weddings even…

Lens Specs

  • The widest zoom range among Sony RX series cameras
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 24-600mm focal length with f2.4-4 large aperture
  • Superb 25x optical magnification super-telephoto zoom lens
  • 8 ED glass lens elements including 1 super ED glass element and 2 ED aspherical lenses
  • Minimum focusing distance of just 3 cm or 72 cm at 600mm (0.49x max magnification)
  • Zeiss T coating for minimal flare and ghosting
  • Triple lens rings for zoom, focus and aperture - all operable on the side of the lens

Camera Specs

  • 20.1MP 1.0-type stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and BIONZ X processor with front-end LSI
  • 0.39-type XGA OLED Tru-Finder
  • ISO range from 64 to 12,800
  • 9-blade aperture for soft and attractive bokeh
  • Optical SteadyShot delivers up to 4.5 stops of image stabilisation
  • Silent shutter option
  • Shutter speeds of up to 1/32,000 of a second...wow!
  • Continuous shooting up to 14fps with autofocus capability up to 5fps

Video Specs

  • 4K video (100mbps) in the XAVC S format with full pixel readout and zero pixel binning
  • Extensive video functions
  • Ultra telephoto super slow motion (up to 40x) recording at up to 960fps
  • Super-fast 0.09 second auto-focusing with spatial detection algorithm
  • Focus hold button on the lens barrel locks focus distance and is assignable as a custom function button
  • S-Log2 gamma curve
  • Zebras
  • Gamma Display Assist

Sony RX10 III Sample Videos:

Slow Motion Samples (Don't expect super high quality HD video when using this mode)

Price: £1,250

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