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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III Digital Compact Camera

Crafted in tough, travel-friendly aluminium for lightness and appearance, the Cyber-shot RX100 III builds on the acclaimed reputation of its predecessors. An updated lens and speedy image processor are complemented by a retractable OLED Tru-Finder.
  • New Or Secondhand: New
  • Screen Size: 3.0" Vari-Angle
  • Sensor Size: 1.0" Sensor
  • Resolution: 16-20MP
  • Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
  • Metal Body
  • Multi-angle rear LCD screen

Product code: 220007 (4905524986419)

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Product Details

The third camera in the RX100 Range offers users, even more, to play with.  With a cracking pop-up viewfinder, amazing lens quality, not to mention the 1.0-Type CMOS Sensor and Full HD Movies, this is the perfect camera for those going out who "just want more"!

  • 20.1MP 1" Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 1440k-Dot OLED Tru-Finder Pop-Up EVF
  • 3.0" 1229k-Dot Multi-Angle Xtra Fine LCD
  • Full HD Video in XAVC S, Clean HDMI Out
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12800 and 10 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Manual Control Ring & Built-In ND Filter

20.1MP (effective) 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor

See more detail with a bigger sensor. 20.1 effective MP 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor ensures bright, clear detail in all your photos and video. You get four times better light capture with a back-illuminated sensor. By placing the metal wiring in the back, rather than the front, Sony’s design creates a light-capturing area approximately four times larger than that of standard sensors.

BIONZ X image processing engine

The BIONZ X image processing engine incorporates sophisticated detail reproduction technology, diffraction reducing technology, and improved area-specific noise reduction while offering approximately three times more processing power than the previous BIONZ engine to enable faithful, realistic reproduction of high-definition details and textures in realtime.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens

The RX100 III design features a versatile fixed lens of renowned ZEISS® quality. Up to 9 aspherical lens elements are used, among which two AA (advanced aspherical) lenses are cemented accurately to contribute to the downsizing of the whole lens unit while keeping the superb optical performance. The 24mm wide-angle gets more of the scene—ideal for architecture and landscapes, while the 70mm at a bright F2.8 is great for portraits, close-ups (30cm distance), and creative background blurring. The lens also features a built-in 1/8 ND filter that allows the exposure to be adjusted by 3-EV step equivalents to handle bright scenes. (Note: the 24-70mm specs are a 35mm equivalent).

Detail reproduction and diffraction reduction

Two new technologies bring out the full performance of sensor and lenses. Detail reproduction technology prevents the overemphasized outlines that plague most digital images. Diffraction reduction suppresses the effects of diffraction, which causes points of light to appear blurred especially at small aperture settings (large F-numbers). By taking the aperture setting into account, this technology faithfully restores clarity to points of light and other fine details, for beautiful landscapes, portraiture, and more.

Area-specific noise reduction

Area-specific noise reduction is now more powerful than ever. It selectively divides the image into areas based on patterns (such as edges, textures and evenly coloured areas like blue skies), and then applies the most appropriate noise reduction for each area to improve image quality, especially at high-sensitivity settings. Working together with Sony's detail reproduction, it gives supremely clear, detailed images.

Built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF)

Built into a camera body equal in size to the RX100 is an OLED Tru-Finder that enables faster, more accurate photo composition. The viewfinder is comprised of a high-contrast, high-resolution EL screen of approximately 1440k dots and features a ZEISS® T* coating that enhances clarity in the eyepiece optics. For stress-free shooting, an eye sensor allows instant shifting between the viewfinder and LCD screen.

XAVC S and AVCHD for advanced recording

The high-bit-rate XAVC S format is provided for serious videographers. It enables Full HD image recording at 50Mbps for extremely high-quality expression and minimal noise. It also employs the Long GOP (Group of Pictures) data compression method to realize efficient movie recording. (Note: Sony recommends using an SDXC memory card higher than Class 10 when shooting movies in the XAVC S format.) Furthermore, you can shoot Full Hi-Def with AVCHD, then easily edit that format in many different programs.

50 Mbps captures fast-moving scenes with excellent quality

In addition to AVCHD format, the RX100 III is the first Cyber-shot camera to offer XAVC S, the consumer variant of the professional XAVC format. Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60p (or 50p) recording at a bit rate of 50 Mbps clearly captures complex motion as seen in water spray or large crowds with stunning resolution. Audio is recorded in linear PCM format. Sequences recorded at the 120p high frame rate that is also included can be reproduced in slow-motion at 24p, and varied in speed by up to five times with impressively smooth results. Please note: 1) An SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording; 2) 120p recordings are captured at HD (1280 x 720) resolution. Intelligent Active Mode and Active Mode cannot be used when recording at 120p; 3) The camera does not provide slow-motion playback capability. PlayMemories Home™ can be used for slow-motion playback.

Full-pixel readout reduces artifacts

By using the power and speed of the BIONZ X processing engine to read the data from all of the image sensor’s pixels at high speed, artifacts are effectively suppressed so that a smooth, high-resolution image is reproduced.

Simultaneous dual video recording

Want to share your work with friends immediately—but still get pro-level footage? Simultaneously record top-quality AVCHD or XAVC S and web-friendly MP4 formats.

180-degree tilting LCD screen

A 3.0-inch, 1229k-dot extra-fine LCD screen tilts up to 180 degrees for easier selfies or group shots, and down to help compose your shot in macro mode.

Lock-on autofocus and area setting options

Lock-on AF adjusts the target frame size based on subject characteristics and makes use of a wide AF area to ensure usage of the optimal AF point for smooth, stable autofocusing. New BIONZ X ensures swifter subject tracking and detection performance than ever before.

Eye autofocus

Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye detection that can prioritize a single pupil. A green frame appears over the prioritized eye when focus has been achieved for easy confirmation.

Manual focus options

Features such as MF Assist (enlarging the image) and Peaking (highlighting edges in focus) make it easy to incorporate manual focus in your shooting when you desire the added flexibility.

Control ring and Custom button

Convenient lens-mounted control ring lets you select shutter speed, aperture and more for added creative control—another feature making the RX100 III ready for serious photographers. Additionally, use the Custom button for any of 42 possible functions to best adapt the RX100 III’s capabilities to your shooting style or situation.

HDMI connections and Wi-Fi convenience

Want to display your still shots on a beautiful 4K TV? Cable ports allow connections such as HDMI yet do not interrupt the crisp, clean lines of the camera body. You can also use the Wi-Fi feature and dispenses with cables all together.

Support for PlayMemories Camera Apps

Add usability and convenience with key apps like Smart Remote Control (which lets you use your smartphone for remote shutter release), Direct Upload for maximum social network convenience, and other apps for editing and effects.

Product Reviews

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TechRadar UK

Unlike most pocket-sized compact cameras the RX100 III has a viewfinder. That, and the high-quality sensor and processing engine combination, should make it a popular choice with enthusiast photographers.

Trusted Reviews

The Sony RX100 III is the latest in a range of consistently fantastic Sony compact cameras. Sony’s RX100 models have proved that compacts aren’t just for people who are obsessed with convenience or don’t care much beyond phone-camera quality.

Photography BLOG

The new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is the best compact camera that we've ever reviewed, period. We were impressed by last year's Mark 2 model, but this third iteration takes several big steps forwards, most notably thanks to the inclusion of a high-quality, cleverly integrated eye-level...

Pocket Lint

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds key features that were absent in its predecessors and is the camera to shake up the high-end compact market one again. It's the benchmark pocketable camera to beat.

Expertreviews.co.uk

Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III: Small but perfectly formed, the Sony RX100 III makes a modern classic even better

ePHOTOzine

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III features a 1inch 20.2 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor that delivers impressive noise performance and excellent image quality. Combined with a new high quality Carl Zeiss f/1.8 24-70mm equivalent optical zoom lens with image stabilisation and Sony's skillset in...

Stuff.tv

The best small compact camera around? We think so

Amateur Photographer

Its predecessor won Enthusiast Compact Camera of the Year at the AP Awards 2014, but the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III adds an EVF and a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. Richard Sibley finds out if the best just got better

PhotoReview

Photo Review was late receiving a review unit, which meant there were other reviews and comments in online forums available to use for comparison. It seems the universal opinion of Sony’s RX100 Mark III is that it’s the best performing and most versatile pocketable compact camera with a fixed lens...

Good Gear Guide

Even though the RX100 III packs a viewfinder, flash, and hinged screen, it's still small enough to fit in a pants pocket. Best of all, its image quality is excellent.

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I was after a point and shoot camera because carting around my SLR was sometimes cumbersome. Following a bit of research, I choose the Sony RX100M3 because it shot RAW and had a full range of automatic and manual settings. The camera menus are well designed and can be navigated with ease.

Wex Photo Video

My main camera is a Pentax K5 DSLR and for travelling "light" a Sony DSC-HX5 compact. The Sony is capable of taking very good photographs but I find the screen difficult to read in bright light - enter the Sony RS100M3, the viewfinder is bright and clear plus there is a level gauge, a feature I find...

WEX

I was after a point and shoot camera because carting around my SLR was sometimes cumbersome. Following a bit of research, I choose the Sony RX100M3 because it shot RAW and had a full range of automatic and manual settings. The camera menus are well designed and can be navigated with ease.

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Littlewoods

For a small camera the images are amazing. I highly recommend it.

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I bought this to replace an HX90 which I stupidly managed to break. My first observation of this new camera is the zoom is less than my HX90. Those hoping for a travel camera might find this a disappointment especially at the premium price this model carries.

Sony

I bought this used from a well-known internet market place as a replacement for my previous RX100 Mkii, and it is a definite improvement over the earlier models (I owned a RX100 Mki for some years). I like the pop-up viewfinder and the fact that it starts up very quickly.

WEX

I bought this used from a well-known internet market place as a replacement for my previous RX100 Mkii, and it is a definite improvement over the earlier models (I owned a RX100 Mki for some years). I like the pop-up viewfinder and the fact that it starts up very quickly.

Wex Photo Video

I went from Nikon and Canon to Panasonic, now a GH4. I wanted a small go-anywhere camera with great quality pics and video in compact size. The RX100 v3 is almost this. It does deliver pretty well BUT, a big BUT, it is REALLY slow if you shoot lots of shots in a row, especially in low light.

Clifton Cameras

I had taken a long time to chose the Sony rx100 m3 read a lot of reviews cost was a big factor in my decision I felt the m4 and mk5 was too expensive but still I'm Very happy with my choice

The RX100 III is not a perfect camera – but no camera is perfect. However if you want outstanding image quality from a truly pocketable camera, this is as good as it gets. Granted the Mark IV and V versions have more advanced video capability but if you don’t want 4K video and do want an EVF, the Mark III’s stills images are their equal. Although it can be used as a point-and-shoot, the camera is capable of adapting to advanced user’s needs – provided you know how to handle it. The menu is huge and I recommend buying a comprehensive user’s guide even to begin to unravel the camera’s capabilities and settings. Oh, and a second battery is advisable as stand-by when you're out for the day.

Chose this as the only genuinely pocketable compact camera at this price point boasting 1-inch sensor yielding shallower DoF and high-ISO image quality than any phonecam, decent standard-length zoom, viewfinder and tilting screen. It delivers on all these. To earn a fifth star it would need snappier coninuous AF (via phase-detection), touch screen and less clunky interface including wifi app. But i'm not complaining!

Does everything and more my a58 did, takes just as good pics but fits in my jeans pocket. Amazing bit of kit. Wifi, apps, 60/120fps video, can dump the pics to my phone if on the move and run out of space. Love it.

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