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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Digital Camera

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Digital Camera
Key Features
  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced point-and-shoot featuring a large 20.1 megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD video. This sensor's design utilizes backside-illuminated technology to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly lit conditions as well as increase the sensitivity to a native ISO 12800. Benefitting the performance of this sensor is the BIONZ X image processor, which helps to produce images with smooth quality and tonal gradations as well as provide expedited performance throughout all aspects of the camera, including a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps in Speed Priority mode, shutter release lag of 0.008 sec., and XAVC S movie recording at 50 Mbps.
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Sony DSC-RX100 III Overview

  • 1Description
  • 220.1MP 1" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 3Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • 4Camera Design
  • 5Full HD Video Recording
  • 6Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • 7Other Camera Features

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced point-and-shoot featuring a large 20.1 megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor to produce high-resolution still imagery and full HD video. This sensor's design utilizes backside-illuminated technology to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly lit conditions as well as increase the sensitivity to a native ISO 12800. Benefitting the performance of this sensor is the BIONZ X image processor, which helps to produce images with smooth quality and tonal gradations as well as provide expedited performance throughout all aspects of the camera, including a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps in Speed Priority mode, shutter release lag of 0.008 sec., and XAVC S movie recording at 50 Mbps.

The built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 2.9x zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-70mm, covering wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of environments. An f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low lighting and controlling focus throughout the zoom range. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is also available to help minimize the appearance of camera shake when working in dimly lit conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. Furthermore, a built-in three-stop ND filter is incorporated into the camera's design to suit shooting in bright conditions with wider apertures and for greater control over how movement is depicted. The lens also features a Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, which helps to reduce surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting in order to produce imagery that is rich in contrast and clarity.

Complementing the imaging capabilities of the RX100 III is a sleek body design featuring both an electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen. The 0.39" 1,440k-dot SVGA OLED Tru-Finder has Zeiss T*-coated optics and provides a bright, clear means for eye-level viewing. It features a unique pop-up mechanism that helps to maintain the compact form factor of the camera when carrying or if preferring to work with the rear screen. The 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD incorporates WhiteMagic technology for easier visibility in bright conditions and its tilting design permits greater usability from high, low, and front-facing angles. Furthermore, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC allows instant image sharing to, as well as remote camera control and monitoring from, linked mobile devices.

20.1MP 1" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
The large 20.1 megapixel 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor features backside-illuminated technology to enhance its low-light capabilities to a native ISO 12800 while still retaining vivid clarity. Using Sony's Column A/D Conversion and area-specified noise reduction, images are rendered with impressive quality and smooth gradations between tones and colors due to the marked, intelligent reduction in apparent noise. Further enhancing imaging quality, detail reproduction technology works to increase the fine detail rendering capabilities for a more three-dimensional, realistic image quality while diffraction-reducing technology helps to enhance the optical qualities of the lens by suppressing diffraction that is common when working at smaller apertures. Additionally, aiding working in difficult lighting conditions, the sensitivity can be extended to an effective ISO 25600 when using Multi-Frame NR, which records and composites sequential images in order to attain high sensitivity with minimal noise.

Also benefitting the image quality, as well as overall camera performance, is the BIONZ X image processor, which provides continuous shooting up to 10 fps in Speed Priority Mode, 2.9 fps shooting with single-shot AF, a shutter lag time of just 0.008 sec., and a start-up time of 1.6 sec.
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
The built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-70mm, covering wide-angle to portrait length perspectives to suit working in a wide variety of shooting conditions. An f/1.8-2.8 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions throughout the entire zoom range and also enables greater control over focus placement for shallow depth of field imagery, which is further accentuated by a seven-blade diaphragm to produce a smooth out-of-focus quality. Nine aspherical elements, including two cemented AA (advanced aspherical) elements, are incorporated into the lens design to minimize chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range to benefit creating sharp, clear imagery. The lens also features a Zeiss T* anti-reflective multi-layered coating to help minimize lens flare and ghosting in order to produce imagery with rich contrast and color neutrality.

Benefitting the 2.9x reach of this lens, as well as supporting working in difficult lighting conditions and with longer shutter speeds, is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which helps to offset the effects of camera shake. When recording movies, the image stabilization utilizes an Intelligent Active Mode, which also uses electronic image stabilization to compensate for both camera shake and rolling shutter effects.

Additionally, a neutral density 0.9 filter is incorporated into the camera's design, which provides a reduction of three stops in exposure to enable working in bright conditions with wider aperture settings and for greater control over how subject movement is rendered.
Camera Design
Within the compact design of the RX100 III is both a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a large rear LCD monitor. The 0.39" 1,440k-dot SVGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF provides a bright, clear means for eye-level monitoring, which is well suited to critical compositions and working in bright conditions. It features 100% frame coverage, a unique pop-up mechanism, and a Zeiss T* coating on the optics to reduce surface reflections and flare for enhanced visibility. Alternatively, a 3.0" 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD screen is also available and features a tilting design (180° up, 45° down) to benefit working from high, low, and front-facing angles. WhiteMagic technology has been applied to the LCD's design, too, to increase effective brightness for easier viewing in bright lighting. When working with both viewing means, an integrated eye sensor automatically switches between both the EVF and LCD. Additionally, the camera can be turned on simply by popping the EVF into place.

For intuitive, SLR-like adjustments over a variety of camera settings, a manual control ring surrounds the lens and features a smooth, clickless design for quick and quiet changing of settings. The ring can be assigned to control a variety of features, at different values, such as zoom, aperture, and Picture Effects. A step-zoom feature can be utilized, too, to allow instant switching between commonly used focal lengths.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1920 x 1080 movies can be recorded in the high-quality XAVC S format, which uses a Long GOP (Group of Pictures) structure, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression, and linear PCM audio compression, and saves within the MP4 container format. These compressed files permit recording times up to 29 minutes while allowing 50 Mbps video recording at 1080/60p, 1080/30p, 1080/24p, and 720/120p frame rates. Full-pixel readout helps to minimize any artifacts in recordings due to the ability to utilize data from the entire image sensor, which ultimately results in smooth, high-resolution recordings. Movies can also be recorded in the AVCHD format, which is ideal for HDTV playback and Blu-ray disc burning, and the MP4 format, which is ideal for uploading online. Additionally, when shooting for two purposes in mind, dual recording is possible in different formats-XAVC S and MP4 or AVCHD and MP4-for the ability to instantly share footage while also having a higher quality version for subsequent editing.

Benefitting advanced video applications, the RX100 III also supports clean HDMI output for recording uncompressed video via an optional external recorder and for real-time viewing on an accessory monitor. Recording frame rates include 24p, 60p, and 60i, and the shooting info display can be turned off during recording for a cleaner view when utilizing an external monitor.
Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables instant transferring of imagery to mobile devices for direct sharing online to social networking, via email, and to cloud storage sites. NFC (Near Field Communication) is also supported, which allows for one-touch connection between the camera and compatible mobile devices, with no complex set-up required. Once connected, the linked mobile device can also display a live view image on its screen and, using Smart Remote Control, remotely control the camera's shutter release.

Additionally, PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection, and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.
Other Camera Features
  • A contrast-detection autofocus system works to acquire precise focus using single-shot or continuous AF modes. When working with moving subjects, Lock-on AF, with wide, center, and flexible spots, adjusts the target frame size as the subject moves throughout the image frame. Face detection and face registration technologies can be used to base focus on recognized faces and Eye AF is also available, which is a detail-oriented focusing function that prioritizes and dedicates focusing performance on a subject's pupil for sharply rendered portraits.
  • For manual focus control, DMF (Direct Manual Focus) and standard manual focus options are available. Benefitting precise manual focus, focus peaking can be used, which highlights edges of contrast within the frame for a more objective means of determining critical sharpness, or MF Assist is available, which enlarges the image for a better view of important details.
  • A zebra function can be used for easier detection of exposure clipping to prevent overexposure.
  • A dedicated Custom button permits assigning of one of 42 possible functions for instant, one-touch access to a chosen control.
  • A digital level gauge detects pitch and roll types of movement and helps to produce even, consistent horizons and plumb verticals.
  • Smile Shutter technology enables the camera to automatically release the shutter when a subject's smile is detected
  • Multi Frame NR records consecutive images at a reduced ISO sensitivity and then composites them into a single image to realize higher effective sensitivity (up to an equivalent ISO 25600) with minimal image noise. Standard image compositing is comprised of four exposures and High image compositing utilizes 12 distinct exposures.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) works to improve images featuring backlit subjects or scenes with high contrast where details can be lost in the shadows or highlights. This mode can be controlled automatically or fine-tuned using five settings.
  • Picture Effect modes allow you to apply creative settings and emphasize certain facets of individual images for a richer, more aesthetic picture quality. Posterization (Color/B&W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R/G/B/Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-Key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-Tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration modes are available.
  • Creative Style settings provide control over how the camera processes images based on different predetermined styles: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, and Style Box. Within these settings, contrast, saturation, and sharpness can also be adjusted depending on personal preference.
  • To extend the effective reach of the optical zoom lens, Clear Image digital zoom can be used to intelligently magnify scenes up to 5.8x at full-resolution. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • In-camera creation of 4K slide shows is possible for rich playback to ultrahigh-definition televisions. An HDMI port is incorporated into the camera's design, too, to enable direct connection to HDTVs.
  • TRILUMINOS Color support is supported to produce rich, natural colors when imagery is viewed on a TRILUMINOS Display.
  • The included AC adapter and USB cable permits in-camera charging of the rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.
UPC: 027242883222

Sony DSC-RX100 III Specs

Imaging
Sensor ResolutionActual: 20.9 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel (5472 x 3648)
Aspect Ratio1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type1"-Type CMOS
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Image StabilizationOptical
Lens
Focal Length8.8 to 25.7mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 70mm)
Optical Zoom2.9x
Digital Zoom3.8x Maximum (11x Combined Zoom)
2x Optimized (5.8x Combined Zoom)
Maximum Aperturef/1.8 to 2.8
Minimum Aperturef/11
Focus Range1.97" to Infinity / 5 cm to Infinity (Wide)
11.81" to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity (Telephoto)
Optical Design10 Elements in 9 Groups
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 125 to 12800 (Extended: 80 to 12800)
Shutter Speed1/2000 to 30 Seconds
to in Bulb Mode
1/2000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
1/2000 to 1 Second in Program Mode
1/2000 to 8 Seconds in Aperture Priority Mode
1/2000 to 30 Seconds in Shutter Priority Mode
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Metering Range0 to 20 EV
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Continuous ShootingUp to 10 fps at 20.1 MP
Interval RecordingNo
Self-Timer2/10-Second Delay
Special OptionsFireworks, Food, Handheld Night, Landscape, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Portrait, Sports, Sunset
Internal Recording ModesAVCHD/MP4/XAVC S
1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
1440 x 1080p at 29.97 fps
1280 x 720 at 119.88 fps
640 x 480 at 29.97 fps
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
Broadcast OutputNTSC
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatAAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Viewfinder
TypeBuilt-In Electronic
Resolution1,440,000 Dot
Coverage100%
Diopter Adjustment-4 to +3
Monitor
Size3.0"
Resolution1,228,800 Dot
Display Type180° Tilting LCD
Flash
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Flash On, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync
Effective Flash RangeISO Auto
1.31 to 33.46' / 0.4 to 10.2 m (Wide)
1.31 to 21.33' / 0.4 to 6.5 m (Telephoto)
ISO 12800
Up to 67' / 20.4 m (Wide)
Up to 42.7' / 13 m (Telephoto)
External Flash ConnectionNone
Interface
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo Hybrid
ConnectivityHDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
WirelessWi-Fi
GPSNo
Environmental
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Physical
Battery Type1 x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D)4 x 2.3 x 1.6" / 101.6 x 58.4 x 40.6 mm
Weight10.23 oz / 290.02 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.185 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.15 x 4.7 x 2.85"

Sony DSC-RX100 III Reviews

Great little camera

By Art
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

This is the second RX100 III that I have owned. The first one I bought in 2015 and it took beautiful pictures; small enough to put in a jacket pocket when I didn't want to haul around one of my larger Sonys. Eventually it started to show its age and I replaced it with another one. I expected to get a lot of years and good pictures from this one. I like the RXI00 III and chose not to get a newer model. This one works fine.

Great Features Very Fragile

By Camera Owner
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

I bought this camera 4 months ago. I was very satisfied and took stunning pictures with it. To my bad luck I mistakenly dropped the camera once. The edge of the viewfinder got misshaped which caused that I cant open the viewfinder and the camera constantly monitors that its open (viewfinder starts working). Its still under the one year warranty. I hope to contact Sony soon and see what's my further steps.

Q&A Inaccurate Info

By Lawrence
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-13

For what it's worth, there are some inaccurate answers in the Q&A section. 1. Adapters are sold which can be attached, contrary to some answers given. The adapter allows screw on filters or lens caps. Yes, the camera has an automatic closing lens cover; however, users of many different brands of compact camera that have this, sometimes report that this breaks unless the camera is handled with care. Therefore, if a user is concerned about protecting even the automatic lens cover, it is possible by buying and adapter and snap on cover. 2. One user expressed a desire for a bulb setting for extremely long shutter speeds. The RX100 III does have a bulb setting for the shutter speed when shooting in manual mode.

Learning to love it

By Banning
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-04

SO far so good. My only complaint is that the autofocus is a tad slow. I'm learning to work with it. Tried shots out of an airplane and it kept focusing on the window. But generally, I'm very happy.

Great for Still Photos

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-30

Even though this is model 3 in a series that has 7 models now, I like the 1.8 max aperture of this model compared to the higher 2.8 of new models. Yes you give up to big zoom, but for street, fine art and landscape this is a great camera.

A fine pocket camera

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-03

I'm not a fan of small cameras but need a pocket type for convenience. The camera has a complete usable life in it's auto mode and one of the best auto focus for quick pull it out and shoot. It has a wide range of advanced manual functions as well. I recommend it as excellent pocket shooter.

Second one

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

I like this camera so much I bought a second one. My first one was getting old and was damaged from a couple of drops. Great picture and I really like the f1.8 to 2.8 f stops

Buggy after three years' use

By SMSH
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

My DSC-RX100M3 has been a workhorse for the past three years--I bought it for wide angle and low-light uses, and it has been great in those respects--but in the past year the C/Delete button has started triggering the recording function (incredibly annoying) and the software stopped working (terrible software, but the only way to transfer files from the camera via wifi). There have been no firmware updates while I've had the camera, it's out of warranty, etc. Sony should do more to stand by their products.

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Answered by: Allan
Date published: 2021-04-30

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Asked by: Keith
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Answered by: John
Date published: 2021-04-25

Is there a way to save the user settings?

Is there a way to save the user settings?
Asked by: Larry
Essentially, any digital camera retains the settings the user makes until the user changes them. If you mean can the camera keep multiple groups of settings, such as for different photo conditions, then the answer is no. To the best of my knowledge, no camera has this feature.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2019-12-03

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how long does it take the shutter to release?
Asked by: Anonymous
The lag time for the Sony RX 100 III is approximately 0.008 seconds.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

question

Can you remote shutter or record? Wi-fi remote?Wire remote? would like to wire through servos if possibleConsidering using with hex-copter for real estate photo/vid.Thanks
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Can this camera access the Sony apps store to purchase time lapse video?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it can: PlayMemories Camera Apps are also supported via the built-in Wi-Fi connection, and allow you to personalize the camera's features depending on specific shooting styles. Apps are available to suit creating portraits, detailed close-ups, sports, time lapse, motion shot, and other specific types of imagery.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-12-23

question

My macbook pro does not recognize the camera. It seems the camera isn't connecting wirelessly. The camera says to connect using the supplied usb cable, that however doesn't work with the new mac book connections?
Asked by: Robert P.
The wireless connection from the camera can only go to mobile devices (smartphones/tablets) with the downloaded Sony mobile app. Not to desktop or laptop computers. If the macbook does not have a USB port then there is not a way to connect the camera to the computer. You would need a different device.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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