Sony RX100 III – Real World Review

Chris Niccolls from from the Camera Store in Canada took the new Sony RX100 Mark III for a real world review, looking on both its stills and video capabilities and came back with some very positive results.

The third generation of Sony’s popular large sensor compact camera was announced only a few weeks ago. On the same day we published Niccolls’ quick hands on with the camera and today we are bringing you the full review and field test.

The RX1000 III with the pop up viewfinder


The main things that changed in this new version are the added pop up EVF (the first in the world), the new wide and fast zoom lens, the faster processor and improved video codec. All of these seem to make the RX100 III one (if not the most) advanced compact camera on the market today.

Here is a quick reminder of the specs of the Sony RX100 III:

  • 20.1 megapixel 1″-Exmor R BSI-CMOS sensor (same as the RX100 I/II).
  • A new 24-70mm equivalent  F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens (wider and much faster than the previous version, although somewhat shorter).
  • Built in 3-stop ND filter.
  • BIONZ X processor (first for the RX line – it was first introduced in the A7 series).
  • Pop-up OLED EVF 1.44M dots resolution.
  • 3-inch tilting (and 180 degree flip for selfies) WhiteMagic LCD – 1.23M dots resolution.
  • 1080/60p video with full sensor readout @ 50Mbps, with XAVC S format support, clean HDMI output, zebra  & focus peaking (there is also a 720p 120p mode for slow motion video).
  • WIFI/NFC and app support.
  • Battery life: 320 shots (CIPA).
  • Only 290 grams (10 grams more than the previous version – and about the same size – which is very small).
  • Price: $800 (pre-order at B&H).

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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