Sony DSC RX100 III review

Sony RX100 III overview

Sony DSC RX100 III is not only versatile but also one of the most advanced point-and-shoot digital camera. With its large 20.1 megapixels 1″ Exmor R CMOS sensor it produces high-resolution imagery and full HD video. It makes use of backside-illuminated technology which leads o enhanced and improved clarity.

The image quality remains top-notch even when working in dimly-lit conditions as the ISO sensitivity is 12800. Moreover, the BIONZ X image processor adds smooth tonal gradations and expedites the performance of the camera.

Then it also has a built-in Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 2.9x zoom lens so that it can work in a wide variety of environments. Then it sports an Optical SteadyShot image stabilization which reduces the appearance of the camera.

Moreover, there is an inbuilt three-stop ND filter incorporated in the RX III design so that working in bright conditions becomes easy. It also has Wi-Fi and NFC to improve connectivity and manual control ring to adjust settings!

Let us look in detail the features of this beauty by Sony to find out what makes this camera so worthwhile.

Product overview

First is the large 20.1 megapixel 1″ Exmor R CMOS sensor that comes with a backside-illuminated technology to improve low-light capabilities and retaining vivid clarity. It uses Sony’s Column A/D Conversion to produce images with smooth and impressive quality. Then the area specifies noise reduction minimizes apparent noise, thus further enhancing imaging quality.

There is detail reproduction technology which helps in creating a more three-dimensional and realistic image with more details. There is diffraction-reducing technology as well which improve the optical capabilities by suppressing diffraction.

Additionally, enhancing camera’s overall performance is the BIONZ X image processor which gives it a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps, XAVC S movie recording at 50 Mbps, and shutter release lag of 0.008 sec.

Then it has an inbuilt Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens which gives a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-70mm and covers wide-angle to portrait-length perspectives.

Sony RX100 III lens

This makes the camera well-suited to working in an array of shooting conditions. Then it has a maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8 which benefits shooting in difficult light and also gives user greater control for shallow depth of field imagery.

There is a seven-blade diaphragm which results in a smooth out-of-focus quality and nine aspherical elements which reduce chromatic aberrations to create sharp and clear imagery. The lens is also covered with a Zeiss T* anti-reflective multi-layered coating which decreases ghosting and lens flare in order so that rich contrast and color neutrality is maintained.

Complementing the 2.9x reach of this lens, and to support the camera in shooting in difficult light conditions is the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

This feature minimizes the impacts of camera shake. It is really helpful in recording movies, as it utilizes an Intelligent Active Mode, which compensates for both rolling shutter effects and camera shake.

Moreover, this camera also sports a neutral density 0.9 filters incorporated in its design, which leads to a reduction of three stops in exposure for better shooting in bright conditions and also results in greater control on how subject movement is rendered.

Next is the display, which is not compromised due to size. The RX100 III may be compact but both its high-resolution electronic viewfinder and rear LCD monitor are large and bright.

Sony RX100 III screen

It sports a 0.39″ 1,440k-dot SVGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF which is perfect for clear eye-level monitoring and is well-suited for critical compositions and hooting in bright conditions. It has a 100% frame coverage with a unique pop-up mechanism and a Zeiss T* coating on the optics which reduces flare and surface reflections to enhance visibility.

Even the 3.0″ 1,229k-dot Xtra Fine LCD screen features a tilting design and goes 180° up and 45° down to enable shooting from high, low, and front-facing angles. The LCD’s design has been applied with WhiteMagic technology to make it easier to view in bright lighting

Coming onto video, this camera can record Full HD 1920 x 1080 movies in high-quality XAVC S format, along with a Long GOP structure, linear PCM audio compression, and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression.

The compression of files allows recording times to be extended to 29 minutes while permitting 50 Mbps recording at 1080/30p, 1080/60p, 1080/24p, and 720/120p frame rates. The full-pixel readout results in high-resolution and smooth shootings. Moreover, videos can also be recorded in both AVCHD format and MP4 format, making it ideal for all purposes including HDTV playback, Blu-ray disc burning, and for uploading online.

This camera also supports advanced video applications as it produces clean HDMI output for recording uncompressed video. There is an option for external recorder as well and there is an accessory monitor for real-time viewing too. The RX III has recording frame rates of 24p, 60p, and 60i.

Additionally, there is inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity that permits instant sharing of photos with mobile devices. It also features NFC for one-touch connecting of the camera with compatible devices without any complex requirements. This leads to efficient and Smart Remote Control.

Furthermore, there is a manual control ring that surrounds the lens and provides a smooth, quick and quiet way to change settings.

Sony RX100 III top view

This gives this camera intuitive and SLR-like adjustments of camera settings, to control an array of features like zoom, Picture Effects, and aperture.

What’s in the Box?

• 1 × Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Digital Camera

• 1 × NP-BX1/M8 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1240mAh)

• 1 × AC-UB10 AC Adapter

• 1 × Micro USB Cable

• 1 × Wrist Strap

• 1 × Strap Adapter

• 1 × Limited 1-Year Warranty

• 1 × Sony DSC-RX100 III

Product specifications

Pixels Actual: 20.9 Megapixel

Effective Pixels: 20.1 Megapixel

Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Sensor Type: CMOS

Image Stabilization: Optical

Sensor Size: 1″

Max Resolution: 5472 x 3648

Image File Formats: JPEG, RAW

Focal Length: 8.8 to 25.7mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 24 to 70mm)

Optical Zoom: 2.9x

Digital Zoom: 3.8x Maximum (11x Combined Zoom), 2x Optimized (5.8x Combined Zoom)

Max Aperture: f/1.8 to 2.8

Min Aperture: f/11

Focus Range (Wide): 1.97″ to Infinity / 5 cm to Infinity

Focus Range (Telephoto): 11.81″ to Infinity / 30 cm to Infinity

Optical Design 10 Elements in 9 Groups

ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 125 to 12800

Extended ISO sensitivity: 80 to 12800

Shutter Speed: 1/2000 to 30 Seconds

Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Multi, Spot

Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority

Exposure Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)

Metering Range: 0 to 20 EV

Continuous Shooting: Up to 10 fps at 20.1 MP

Interval Recording: No

Self-Timer: 2/10-Second Delay

Recording Limit: 29 Minutes

Video Encoding: NTSC

Audio Recording: Built-In Microphone (Stereo)

Audio File Formats: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Coverage: 100%

Viewfinder Resolution: 1,440,000 Dot

Diopter Adjustment: -4 to +3

Monitor Size: 3″

Monitor Type: Tilting LCD

Monitor Resolution: 1,228,800 Dot

Built-in Flash: Yes

External Flash Connection: No

Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Off, Rear Sync, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync

Connectivity: HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Micro-B

Wireless: Wi-Fi


Storage Temperature: -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C

Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

Battery: NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh

Dimensions: 4 x 2.3 x 1.6″ / 101.6 x 58.4 x 40.6 mm

Weight: 10.23 oz / 290.02 g

So all in all, this camera is Sony’s best creation so far and never fails to impress. Its features are noteworthy and performance is impeccable.

It’s an investment that every photographer should undertake as it pays off. So make it yours to add colors and quality to your photography!

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Author: condruzmf

6 thoughts on “Sony DSC RX100 III review

  1. Wow, you’ve created such a thorough and in depth review of this camera. It sounds like it’s a really valuable camera with very capable abilities to take amazing images. I love that it is so easy to use. I’m not a professional photographer and need to learn more about photography, so this looks like it could be really good one for learning how to do take excellent photos. Also, being a Sony product, I would trust it more than a no name brand. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Condruzmh,

    Thanks for sharing! I really fancy the large sensor feature and the built in ND filter. Will definitely consider upgrading from my 3 years old Nikon camera.

  3. Just what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been looking at buying a digital camera for some time now and this post has given me exactly what I wanted.
    Thanks for the information provided. It’s a great help.

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