CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

SpaceX, NASA delay Demo-2 mission HBO Max Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball HBO Max Harry Potter movies Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath DLC launch trailer Best VPN service

Sony RX10 III camera gives enthusiasts the zoom lens they craved

The new advanced (not-so) compact pairs its 1-inch Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor with an unparalleled f2.4-4 24-600mm lens.

Josh Miller/CNET
Now playing: Watch this: Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 III ups the zoom-lens ante for...

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 then Panasonic's Lumix FZ1000 came 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.

Josh Miller/CNET

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.