Summary: With the original RX100, Sony squeezed a larger than average 1in-type sensor into a genuinely compact body. Sure the sensor wasn't APS-C or even Micro Four Thirds in size, but it delivered far superior quality to existing point-and-shoot cameras while crucially keeping the body light and pocketable, something heftier rivals like the X100s and G1 X II can't claim. Last year's RX100 II added a tilting screen, hotshoe and improved the image quality.
Pros: Bigger than average 1in sensor in compact body., Useful 24-70mm equivalent range., Bright f1.8-2.8 focal ratio and built-in ND filter., Built-in electronic viewfinder., Vertically tilting screen which angles 180 degrees., Built in Wifi with NFC. Downloadable apps., XAVC S video format offers 50Mbps high bit rate., 720p at 120fps with sound for slow motion., Focus peaking and zebra patterns., USB charging and optional remote cable.
Cons: Too many button presses to reposition AF area., Maximum focal length 'only' 70mm., Shallow depth of field still a challenge., Average stabilisation., Smartphone app can't tag GPS co-ordinates., Screen isn't touch-sensitive., No hotshoe or microphone input., No miniature effect mode for movies., Needs SDXC card to support XAVC S movies., No Single AF mode for movies, only CAF or MF.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost.
Pros: A great electronic viewfinder that doesn't increase the size of the svelte Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is one of the camera's highlights. Plus it offers excellent performance, photo and video quality.
Cons: The camera shuts down when you retract the viewfinder, the autofocus system could be more consistent, and it has poor battery life.
Summary: The RX100 III is the most capable compact camera we've ever seen. With its built-in viewfinder and consistently fast lens, there's nothing that can provide better image quality in such a small package. It's not the perfect camera to take shot-to-shot control over, but its capability means it justifies its high price tag.
Pros: Large sensor undoubtedly the best in its class, Bright maximum apertures across zoom range gives huge flexibility, High quality, responsive viewfinder, Built-in ND filter helps both video and stills shooting in bright light, Excellent level of control over video (including manual exposure), Pleasant JPEGs, though processing rather heavy-handed, Many tools for shooting video: focus peaking, zebra pattern, stepless aperture ring, Responsive AF in good light, Fast contin...
Cons: Clickless, slightly laggy control dial can make shooting experience feel disconnected, Focus peaking rather prone to indicating everything as in-focus, JPEG sharpening a little clumsy and interacts oddly with heavy noise reduction, Autofocus can be hesitant, especially in low light; AF improves when assist lamp is turned off, Camera 'locks up' while buffer is clearing after continuous shooting, Manual focus can be challenging due to variable speed focus ring, Limited ...
Summary: There's a new king of the compact cameras, and it's RX100 III-shaped. Which of course means it's also RX100 and RX100 II-shaped because as the name so helpfully suggests, this is the third edition of Sony’s RX100 premium point-and-shoot camera - and not a great deal has changed in the looks department. The price, on the other hand, has risen like Mary Berry's fairy cakes, so would we recommend the hefty outlay?
Pros: Superb image and video quality, Pocket-sized, Great build and features