Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

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

  • 1Description

Blending fast performance with long reach, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III from Sony is a versatile digital camera optimized for multimedia image-makers working in a broad variety of situations. Featuring a large 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which utilizes both back-illuminated and stacked technologies, a high degree of image quality can be attained, with notable clarity, reduced noise, and sensitivity to ISO 12800. The sensor's design also integrates a dedicated DRAM chip to provide faster readout speeds that, when combined with the BIONZ X image processor, avail fast continuous shooting up to 14 fps. This also helps to reduce unwanted distortion caused by rolling shutter, and permits recording UHD 4K30 video internally, as well as slow motion Full HD 1080p video at 960 fps. Equally as impressive as the imaging capabilities, the RX10 III is also characterized by its 25x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, which spans an impressive 24-600mm equivalent focal length range and uses Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to minimize the effects of camera shake. Its optical design incorporates eight extra-low dispersion elements and six aspherical elements to control a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range, and its f/2.4-4 maximum aperture range benefits working in low-light conditions. Mixing speed and reach, the RX10 III is well-suited to the photographer or videographer looking for the all-in-one camera to handle a variety of working situations.

Beyond the imaging capabilities, the camera is also notable for its robust physical design that includes both a 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder along with a tilting 3.0" 1.228m-dot LCD monitor. The intuitive design also features three dedicated control rings on the lens-a zoom ring, a manual focus ring, and an aperture ring-and the aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture adjustments. The magnesium alloy body is also weather-sealed to permit working in trying environments. Additionally, for sharing and control flexibility, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC is also available for wireless image sharing and remote camera control from a linked smartphone or tablet.

20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
A large 1" 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS sensor pairs with the BIONZ X image sensor to realize a high degree of image clarity with reduced noise levels to support working in a wide array of environments with sensitivities up to ISO 12800. The Exmor RS sensor employs a unique stacked structure with a back-illuminated design for efficient light gathering abilities, as well as faster performance. The design also incorporates a dedicated DRAM chip on the back of the sensor to facilitate quick image processing in order to boost signal capacity and readout speeds for quick continuous shooting, up to 14 fps with reduced blackout, and slow motion video recording at up to 960 fps. An Anti-Distortion Shutter is also a product of the fast readout speeds, and helps to greatly reduce unwanted distortion caused by rolling shutter effects.

The sensor and processor also contribute to fast autofocus performance that benefits both stills shooting and video recording. This Fast Intelligent AF system is able to achieve precise focus in as little as 0.09 seconds to suit working with quickly moving subjects. By continuously tracking and assessing subjects, the focusing system is able to quickly lock onto subjects prior to half-pressing the shutter button and a subject detection algorithm then intelligently predicts the proper point of focus to aid in acquiring sharp imagery of moving subjects.
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 25x Zoom Lens
Pairing with the imaging assets, the RX10 III is most distinctly characterized by its expansive 25x zoom lens. This Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens spans a 24-600mm equivalent focal length range, and has a variable maximum aperture of f/2.4-4 for adept performance from wide-angle to super telephoto. The optical design incorporates five extra-low dispersion elements, two extra-low dispersion aspherical elements, and one Super ED element to control a range of chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for increased clarity and color accuracy. An advanced aspherical (AA) element and five aspherical elements are also featured to reduce spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the esteemed Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting conditions.

Complementing the lens' reach, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization also helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 4.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting. The lens also sports a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to produce smooth bokeh, and, despite its long reach, can also focus as closely as 1.2" with a 0.42x maximum magnification for working with close-up subjects.
UHD 4K Video Recording
Internal video recording is possible in a range of resolutions up to UHD 4K30 as well as high-speed recording in Full HD 1080p at 120 fps. Recording is done using full pixel readout, without pixel binning, in order to avoid the occurrence of moiré and jaggies, and the fast readout speeds of the sensor help to avoid moving subject distortion due to the effects of rolling shutter. Both 4K and Full HD recording is possible in the 100 Mbps XAVC S format, which is contained within an MP4 wrapper, with 4:2:0 color sampling when recording internally, or 4:2:2 sampling with the use of an optional external recorder via HDMI output.

Making use of the back-illuminated sensor design, customizable picture profiles, color settings, and gamma controls are also available to effectively extend the possible dynamic range. Users can adjust the gamma, black level, knee, color level, and more. Also users can use the same S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range into the video signal than traditional REC709, for increased post-production flexibility. Multiple timecode recording and user bit options are also provided to suit different editing workflows.

Beyond UHD 4K recording, the RX10 III also makes use of the fast readout speeds by way of availing a range of high frame rate (HFR) recording settings, with the ability to record Full HD movies at up to 960 fps for 40x slow motion playback.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A bright, high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder sports a 2.36m-dot resolution for clear eye-level monitoring of the scene, as well as the ability to preview exposure adjustments prior to shooting.
  • Alternatively, a rear 3.0" 1.228m-dot Xtra Fine TFT LCD is available for monitoring and review, and features a 107° upward, 42° downward tilting design to benefit working from high and low angles. The screen also uses WhiteMagic technology for improved visibility in bright conditions.
  • A robust magnesium-alloy body design is both dust- and moisture-resistant to support use in harsh environments.
  • The manually-operated aperture ring permits intuitive tactile control over exposure settings, and the ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent performance to suit video applications. Manual focus and zoom rings are also incorporated in the lens' design.
  • A top LCD panel can be used to quickly check key exposure and other settings.
  • A range of customizable function buttons can be assigned to any one of 58 different custom functions.
  • The included NP-FW50 rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers approximately 420 shots per charge when working with the LCD monitor, or 370 shots per charge when working with the EVF.
  • Both an external microphone jack and a headphone jack are available for using optional external mics and monitoring your audio in real time.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC permits wirelessly sharing imagery to a linked mobile device for instant sharing online, and also allows a smartphone or tablet to remotely control the camera or display a live view image. Mobile devices can be paired via NFC or via a QR code displayed on the camera for non NFC-enabled phones or tablets.
  • 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
  • Zoom Assist can be assigned to a custom function button and used to automatically zoom out from the scene in order to re-locate a subject, and then released to quickly return to the zoomed-in position.
  • Step Zoom lets you configure the zoom ring to only cycle through fixed popular focal lengths as the ring is rotated, including 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 85, 100, 135, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600mm. Quick Zoom, on the other hand, can be assigned to a custom function button and lets you move throughout the zoom range in a fluid, seamless manner by rotating the zoom ring.
  • A Silent Shooting mode makes use of an electronic shutter function for completely silent performance that is ideal for photographing in noise-sensitive areas. This electronic shutter also permits working with shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 sec. for photographing in bright conditions.
  • Clear Image Zoom can be used to magnify the center of scenes by 2x to effectively extend the reach of the lens. This digital zoom technology uses an intelligent interpolation process to minimize the amount of image degradation in order to produce realistic, high-quality images.
  • Eye AF is a dedicated autofocus mode that bases focus on recognized subjects' eye for portraits, and can be configured to prioritize either the subject's right or left eye.
  • White balance adjustment can be finely controlled using detailed sliders that span the amber-blue and magenta-green axes for more precise control over how color tones appear in various lighting conditions.
  • Benefitting manual focus operation, Manual Focus Assist can be used to magnify a portion of the scene for making more precise, detailed adjustments. Peaking is also available to highlight strong edges of contrast for more objective determining over sharp focus.
  • A Dual Rec mode allows you to record 17MP stills, without pixel binning, while simultaneously recording video. Auto Dual Rec takes this process further by automatically recording stills at a chosen frequency or when a new composition or subject is recognized.
  • When recording in UHD 4K, 8MP still frame grabs can be saved during playback for use as a still image. If working in Full HD, 2MP stills can be taken from video files.
  • Scene Selection: Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti Motion Blur.
  • Picture Effect: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-Key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, and Style Box.
UPC: 027242899681

Sony DSC-RX10 III specs

Imaging
Pixels Actual: 21.0 Megapixel
Effective: 20.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Max Resolution 5472 x 3648
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Optics
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 18 elements in 13 groups
6 Aspherical, 8 ED
EFL: 8.8-220mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-600mm)
Aperture: f/2.4 (W) - 4 (T) to f/16
Filter Thread 72mm
Zoom Optical: 25x
Clear Image Zoom: 2x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.2" (3 cm) to Infinity
Telephoto: 2.36' (72 cm) to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 64-12800)
Shutter Type: Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/2000 Second in Bulb Mode
Type: Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/2000 Second in Program Mode
Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/32000 Second in Aperture Priority Mode
Type: Electronic
Speed: 4 - 1/32000 Second in Auto Mode
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Memory Recall, Movie, Panorama Shot, Program, Scene Selection, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Incandescent, Shade
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 14 fps at 20.1 MP
Up to 5 fps at 20.1 MP
Self-Timer 2, 5, 10 Seconds
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Rear Sync
Slow Sync
Wireless
Built-In Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 3.28 - 35.43' (1 - 10.8 m)
Telephoto: 3.28 - 21.33' (1 - 6.5 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
Memory
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed)
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
Memory Stick Micro
Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080p: 120 fps, 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080i: 60 fps
3840 x 2160p: 25 fps
1920 x 1080p: 100 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080i: 50 fps
1920 x 1080p: 960 fps, 480 fps, 240 fps
1920 x 1080p: 1000 fps, 500 fps, 250 fps
Video
Video Clip Length Up to 4 GB or 29 Minutes
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Optional External Mic: With Video
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen Tilt (1,228,800 pixels)
Screen Coverage 100%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity 1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11b/g/n built-in
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Power
Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2 VDC, 1020 mAh
Physical
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.7 x 5.0" / 132.5 x 94.0 x 127.4 mm
Weight 2.41 lb / 1095 g with battery and memory card
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 6.3 x 6.1"

Sony DSC-RX10 III reviews

Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Digital Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 158.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Travel Camera Just used the Sony RX10 III in Morocco for 24 days and loved it! The lens does everything you need--close up and far away--on a trip. Great in low light and focuses quickly. Can easily be used in Auto mode like a click and shoot camera...or you can do everything manually. The electronic view finder works great. Really liked having the level as well as focus marks. Comfortable grip. I made the neck strap as long as it would go so when sitting on the bus, at meals, etc. it would rest in my lap. When walking, I cradle the lens with my left hand to prevent it hanging on my neck. I highly recommend this for travel.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Bridge camera I shot 35mm for 40 years. I went digital 12 years ago starting with P&S and a Fuji superzoom which was OK but not great. I then graduated to a DSLR and then Sony SLT cameras. 4 years ago I bought an RX100 and was amazed at how good a pocket camera could be. When the RX10iii came out last spring I thought finally the superzoom I always wanted, a 1 lens solution covering 24-600. I've been using this camera for 7 months and to say I'm satisfied would be an understatement. It is so much fun to use and everything I need from wide to telephoto combined with great video, I rarely use my A77ii any more. I have never owned a camera I was more satisfied with and it is just so much fun.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not to big, not to small. A total surprise overall I purchased the camera the first day offered by B&H. I was totally surprised on ease of use on dials and the menu. I have never used a electronic viewfinder, and to my excitement WOW! The view was very bright as the range finder jumps out at you. When you look away live view turns on the outstanding screen. Auto leveling indicators is a great touch. Bullet Points: Nice weight for a bridge camera Excellent quality Ease of use for former DSLR or smaller travel camera users. Smooth functioning telephoto lens Aperture ring on camera barrel very convenient Only one negative remark: No charger adapter included. I passed the camera around at photo club meeting and some users have ordered the unit.
Date published: 2016-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with this camera I am having a lot of fun with this camera. I would say the hardest part is remembering all that it is actually capable of, and then finding it when you need it. This is a good problem to have because while I am capable of taking pictures in the normal ways, the different options can expand my creativity and give me a reason to play with the camera even when I am not taking pictures. I was excited about the super slow-mo, but underestimated the processing time of each shot. If you want all of the flexibility of a DSLR, but are tired of lugging a 35 pound backpack like I was, this is a great alternative or addition to your photography arsenal.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Overall Camera I do a lot of street photography and the range of this zoom from 24-600mm and the compact size of the camera is ideal. I also have photographer friends who do a lot of international travel, and they love this camera since, in addition to its relative light weight, take this along rather than their SLR and an array of lenses. I find the built-in flash to be surprisingly adequate. I do, however always use a Puffer. I am very satisfied overall. I also own a Nikon D800 and 5300. The only drawback that I can see about the Sony is that the battery has a limited life. I would recommend purchasing a spare for backup.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will always have an RX10 I love it. This is my second RX10. I ruined my old RX10 by getting moisture in the lens and mildew eventually spread. I will be more careful with this one. This RX10 III is a serious upgrade. We are going on a cruise around the tip of South America and this is the perfect camera for light travel. The 600x zoom lens doesn't seem to stop. I'm presently using it to shoot video in our church of the services. From the back of the sanctuary I can tell who needs a shave. It is an amazing camera. The 4K video exceeds my expectations. If you've never owned a bridge camera this is the one to consider. I don't get shots like Ken Rockwell but then I'm not Ken Rockwell. (I do come close)
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great camera. This is an awesome camera. The lens is tack sharp at all zoom ranges. 149 menu options give you lots of control of every parameter on the camera. While pretty hefty for a bridge camera, it feels very solid and comfortable to use. Allegations of slow focusing are unfounded. I have not had any focus speed issues at all. It may hunt at full zoom on poorly lit low contrast objects, but that is not unusual and common among other cameras in that situation. It has the longest zoom and fastest lens of any of the competing cameras in this class of product. I have been extremely pleased with the results I have obtained with it so far.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great potential I bought this camera in hopes that the design will evolve. The lens is quite sharp, especially given its range. I also own an A7Rii which is a more specialized camera while the RX10III is my go to camera for every day use. Both cameras use the same battery and many controls are the same. Unfortunately, the focus on the RX10III is too slow and often hunts, especially on longer shots. Then again, I am hoping the next iteration of the design will include improvements in this vein. Meanwhile, I will try to be patient and enjoy the camera's many qualities. Sony, are you listening?
Date published: 2017-01-24
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