Sony cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III first pictures

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III first pictures and impressions

Sony cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

I had some time yesterday to play around with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III. Important questions for me are:

  1. Is it better than the Olympus Stylus 1 ( fixed zoom lens compact in the same price range)?
  2. how does it compare to the Nikon 1 V3 (Ok, the Nikon 1 v3 is an interchangeable lens camera, but also pocketable, and quality wise, in the same league)

But first, let’s start the pop-up viewfinder on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III.

Well, it’s basic, very basic.

  • What bothered me in-use it that you need to take 2 actions before use, besides the pop-up slider, you need to extend the front element of the viewfinder too.
  • So quickly popping it up is out of the question, and pushing it back is again a 2 action affair.
  • Rather dangerous too, because slipping it back in your pocket with the viewfinder extended feels like it could cause some damage, in the long run.
  • The functionality of the EVF is very limited too, it is just about good enough to frame your image, but don’t expect to see any detail or judge focus.

Now the good:

Sony cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar f/1.8-2.8 lens performs excellent:

  • Very neutral colour rendering, sharp, and an equivalent range of 24-70mm, ideal for most situations.
  • Check out the detail of the to image corner at f/5,6. For a lens this size, it looks good!

Sony cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

And the sensor:

  • The RX100 M3 has a 1.0” type (13.2 × 8.8 mm) Exmor CMOS sensor performs great too.
  • As you probably know I’m a RAW shooter, and the RAW images have a surprising amount of flexibility.
  • Shadows can be recovered to a good degree while highlights are a bit trickier, so it’s best to underexpose a bit in bright sunlight.

Sony cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

So how does it compare to the current market competitors (that I’ve tested anyway)?

  • Well, it blows the Olympus Stylus 1 right out of the water if you ask me. Only advantages are the touch screen and the fact that it has a larger zoom range…
  • Compared to the Nikon 1 v3, it’s a bit trickier, image quality is comparable, although I’m leaning towards the Sony RX100 III right now, as it suits the purpose of a pocketable, take-with-you-anywhere camera better. But we’ll see after a few more days of testing.
Sony cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Macro mode

Compared to the Sony full-frame and APS-C cameras, you undoubtedly notice that Sony has a lot more experience in the compact camera market. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is a streamlined and optimised little camera.








wim arys

Wim Arys is a photographer from Belgium Europe with a passion for mirrorless cameras.

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5 Responses

  1. Vladimir says:

    Wim, what I like in your reviews – they are short and straight to the point. Thank you!

    • wim arys says:

      Hi Vladimir, thanks.
      I’m doing some more posts later this week on other aspects of this camera, but most people just scan these reviews (as I do to), so I try to be as concise as possible.

      • Vladimir says:

        And you are doing pretty good… I’d like to ask couple questions on a6000. May leave them in comments on the related a6000 pages. Thank you!

        • wim arys says:

          Yes, please do Vladimir. I’m testing the Zeiss Touit lenses on the Sony A6000 next week, nice little camera!

  2. Remove Conduit says:

    I am a semi pro photographer, I shot with a d610 full frame Nikon, I also have the original rx100 that I use when I am with my daughters and we are at an amusement park or anywhere where a full frame is just not practical.

    Let me tell you something, Sony caught Nikon and Canon with their pants down. There is nothing currently on the market that can touch this camera. Yes it is 800.00, but take a look at the rx100 or the rx100 -ii if this price is a little to high for you. check ebay I am sure there are a few going for much less than 800.00

    But I can promise you this you will not be disappointed…!

    No point and shoot can come close to this camera in detail or low light ability. Currently it is the king of compact cameras. Don’t believe me or this article check Youtube.

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