May 15 2014
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Overview of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
As the photography world continues to evolve, so too do the technology and capabilities of our cameras. And in 2021, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III stands out as a top performer. With a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch sensor, fast autofocus, and impressive image processing, this camera provides users with stunning results in a compact package. But there's more to this camera than just its tech specs. Let's take a closer look at what makes the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III a top-ranked camera in 2021.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
|Dimensions||102 x 58 x 41mm|
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|Screen Resolution||1,229k dots|
|Body type||Large sensor compact|
This camera has a tilting 3.00" screen, with a display resolution of 1,229k dots. This makes the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III includes a electronic viewfinder with 1,440k dots of resolution with a coverage of 100% and a magnification of 0.59x. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III has a 20MP sized BSI-CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 20 pixels. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III has a native ISO range of 125 - 12800 which can be boosted to null - null. It can also save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
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125 - 12800
|Extended ISO||null - null|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
67 / 102
22.4 / 26.5
12.3 / 14.8
Low Light ISO
495 / 4505
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III camera has above average color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also above average, allowing it to retain low amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is poor, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is average
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
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Full frame equivalent
This camera: 1″
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Battery Life||320 shots|
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III supports SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III uses the NP-BX1 model of battery pack. This is rated for 320 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III has built in flash which is great for event photography and in low light situations. However it lacks an external flash shoe, which limits you to using the built-in flash.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/2000s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III includes contrast detection autofocus (AF), with 25 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III features a BSI-CMOS sensor
No the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III does not have weather sealing.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III was announced on May 15 2014
Yes the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III does have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III has a native ISO range of 125-12800, which can be expanded to ISO null-null for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.