Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
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Sony RX100 Mark III Review
6 April 2015
Summary: Four months into 2015, I still wouldn’t give up this camera for any other in the market, because even for its price of Php44,990 (lower for cash purchases and in other retailers), there is just no camera that’s near as good as this one that can fit in your pocket.
Excerpt: The big question is whether the RX100 III’s extra features are worth a few hundred more dollars than its predecessors, which are now its main competitors. It really depends on your shooting style and your video needs.
Pros: Pound for pound, the best pocket camera available now. Outstanding photo and video quality for its size. The ultimate blend of features for any level of photographer. The only pocket camera with an electronic eye-level viewfinder.
Cons: Costs as much as a DSLR. Tighter zoom range stops short of ultimate portrait territory. A step back in battery life as compared to previous models. Needs a certain storage card to use its best video mode.
Summary: If you’ve been following MirrorLessons from the beginning, you might remember that we purchased a Sony RX100 II for our holiday in Wales last year. Even back then, we were highly impressed by the way Sony managed to merge high-end technology and compactness into one body.
Excerpt: Third Time's a Charm
When I reviewed the original RX100 two years ago my closing comment was "The summary judgement for me is that the new Sony RX100 is hands-down the most appealing pocket-sized digital camera yet.
Summary: Although it could be argued that the improvements found on the RX100 III are incremental rather than revolutionary, both current RX100 series owners and those looking for an impressive enthusiast compact will certainly welcome them.
Pros: Addition of integrated EVF; Increased maximum aperture; Image Quality
Cons: Removal of Multi-interface shoe; Lacking ability to manually select AF points on rear screen.
Conclusion: It's not very often that we go into a review with access not just to the camera we're reviewing, but also every prior version in the line. We had that rare privelige with the Sony RX100 III, though, and it made for a very interesting side-by-side comparison.
Pros: Only very slightly larger and heavier despite new features; still quite pocket-friendly, Very high resolution gives crisp images with lots of detail at lower sensitivities, 24-70mm eq. lens has generally very good optical performance for its type, Very fast f/1.8-2.8 max. aperture offers better l...
Cons: Center of gravity is further left, so doesn't feel as comfortable without a grip, Hand grip is an optional extra that should really be included, Not compatible with tight-fitting cases designed for earlier models, Lens doesn't offer as much telephoto reach as competing models (but that's offset s...
Conclusion: It’s really simple: If you have the money and are in the market for a great compact digital camera, go ahead and purchase the RX100 III for all the reasons detailed. As an all-around package, there’s really nothing quite like it; it beats out even the similarly priced Canon’s G1 X Mark II, another...
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,...
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 50Mb...
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., N...