Sony's RX-series cameras have long been some of our favorite advanced compacts, delivering high quality and good performance in a small size with features that rival or surpass the competition -- with perhaps one exception: the Cyber-shot RX10.
When it first launched in October 2013, the RX10 was the first to pair a big 1-inch image sensor with a 8.3x fixed 24-200mm f2.8 lens -- significantly more zoom than other 1-inch compacts. But thencame along shortly after and basically doubled the room range with its 16x 25-400mm f2.8-4 lens while also packing a 1-inch sensor. And, unfortunately, while Sony's follow-up, the RX10 II, featured some incredible performance features, the lens remained the same.
Now we have the RX10 III, a $1,500 camera (£1,250 and about AU$1,980) arriving in May with all the shooting features of the RX10 II and its 1-inch Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor, but with an unparalleled 25x f2.4-4 24-600mm lens.
Those features include:
- High-speed video capture at up to 960 frames per second shooting for super slow-motion video clips
- 14fps continuous-shooting speeds with fixed exposure
- 4K-resolution video using the XAVC S 100Mbps codec
- An electronic shutter that goes up to 1/32,000 second to help with rolling shutter artifacts as well as using that f2.4 lens in bright conditions
- Shutter design allows for silent shooting
- Focuses as close as 3 cm (1.2 inches) at the wide end at 72 cm (2.4 feet) at telephoto end
Like its predecessors, Sony made the RX100 III dust- and moisture-resistant and it has a tilting display and high-res OLED viewfinder. The lens now has three control rings for direct control of aperture, zoom and focus and a focus-hold button letting you lock focus and adjust your framing. For video, you'll find a mic input and headphone output and support for picture profiles, S-Log2/S-Gamut, gamma display assist and time code and clean HDMI out. You can check out the full specs on Sony's site.
With the new lens combined with all the high-performance features, this could well be the ultimate all-in-one bridge camera. Judging by the price, Sony agrees.