Pete peterson: I'm only interested in cameras with dials as I hate getting into menus for every change, but even if this camera's IQ is as good as the Sony RX100III, I wouldn't buy it cos it has no EVF. To me no EVF means putting on my reading glasses every time I take a picture then take my reading glass off so that I can see the rest of the world in focus, then put the on again to take or inspect the next picture - totally inconvenient. I bet most of the geeks developing this camera wear glasses, did they not think of us long sighted people?
Visiting sunny Greece it was great having the RX100III, using that fine VF. My friend's camera did not have a VF; her shots were not as her usual. She ended up borrowing mine, for very good results!! Great decision by Sony to include it. That tiny jewel is a masterpiece. A great help too for shooting Byzantine church interiors -- very dark. Somehow you can see everything in the VF.
Reading the specifications we found out that this camera has NO image stabilization. Totally nuts if you like closeups, interior and night shots.
Tom Hoots: No electronic level = no sale for me. I cannot comprehend why Sony "decided" to remove that feature. After having one in a number of cameras by now, I won't buy a camera without one. "Simple as that."
I have gotten used to the electronic level, essential for travel shots. Of course, for people or action shots it is not necessary. We do stitching/panoramas in exteriors and interiors; it is the best tool for perfect alignment, especially for use in places where tripods are not allowed (try historic places or museums). Missing in the a6000, we did not buy it. It is available in the inconspicuous RX100II LCD and RX100III, both in the EVF and the LCD. We get stunning results. It is Sony's dumbest decision not to include the electronic level in the new cameras. We are still waiting for the successor of the NEX-7, a truly great camera.
HowaboutRAW: Okay, lots of layer work.
But except the fact that I've never been to Iceland what's really special about this photo, except the cold dry feet?
And if there's a choice and one is shooting colour, why on earth use a Sony A7R? Not a great high ISO body, so one can't push the f-stop slower and still maintain decent shutter speeds, likely compressed raws, so not the best available colour. Albeit right, this may have been the body on hand. And maybe the image was destined to be a big poster.
In some ways the Lorenzo Riva image is more interesting. Sure seems more real and alive. I wonder how much post processing Riva did?
The Riva shot is good, but it appears as just a “click!” The Erez shot is magnificent; it has magic in it.
This is a fine article and a generous description of a personal approach and process. We think the result is extraordinarily successful and beautiful. There is a mystical mystery in the image. It makes you dream; not only the subtle, glittering ice chunk in the foreground (subject to all kinds of interpretation), the sky that looks like a manifestation from divinity but especially the strip of mountains in the middle with its incredibly beautiful arrangement. Take a good look! It is a work of art. (Click on it to get a larger view; you will be transfixed.) Thank you Erez!
I do not intend to influence your decisions. I am reporting our personal experiences and what was published in the Wall Street Journal and others. The current issue of Vanity Fair also carries a sizable story on patent abuse. Samsung has a constant stream of lawsuits and not only in America. If you buy Samsung we recommend you get the insurance.
Like everything plagiarized and built with others’ technology and patent infringement, Samsung products risk failure. A salesman in the BHV (Paris largest store) told me that the TVs had a high rate of returns because of something going wrong. Our own Linda’s Galaxy has gone bust. If you buy the brand, make sure you check it and have a replacement insurance.
left_i: Yeah! Auto ISO for manual mode.Looking forward to it being available in HK.
Auto ISO for Manual Mode. It allows you to choose an aperture (for depth of field) and a shutter speed (to avoid blur). The Auto ISO can climb up or go down as needed to obtain a well-exposed shot. In full manual you have to adjust the ISO every time you change the view. Auto ISO makes your life a bit easier. ISO 3200 or even 6400 has unobjectionable grain these days.
Eelco van Vliet: too bad it has lost the hot shoe, a simple bounce flash like the Metz AF24 will massively improve your indoor shots. I use it on my Leica Dlux-6 and used it on de LX-3.
Although the EVF is nice, the loss of the hot shoe is a no go for me..
Everything else on this camera is nice, Sony at least does a good job on developing a proper camera range with interesing models like this one.
In our opinion, bounced ceiling light is a bad light for objects and above all, people. The result is not pleasant, just descriptive. The shadows under the eyebrows are more disfiguring than flattering. The current cameras can climb up to ISO 6400 without much grain; they are the answer. We find ambient light is much more realistic. The good part of the pop-up flash in the RX100m2 is its subtle fill-in in contre-jour, or for triggering external flashes. We never used the hot shoe before; we will never miss it in the RX100m3. Of course, this is personal. If the bounced flash fits your aim, so much the better.
Joe Coolpix: I'm not liking the trend for the RX100 to get thicker. As a guy who likes to throw his P&S in my front jeans pocket, the original RX100 at 36mm was appealing. But the ii and now iii have grown in thickness a couple mm each time. At this rate, the RX100ix in 10 years will be another inch thicker. I like the Canon S trend better, with each successor getting thinner until this last S120 bumping up to 1.14 but still thinner than the S90's 1.22 inches. We're talking pocket cameras here not cars and each new one should get smaller not larger.
I have a little cloth bag (came with another product) that closes with a draw cord, where the RX100II is kept. I have it with me practically every day, and carry it in my pants’ front pockets. Happiest man in the world.
It is good to know that the use of Auto ISO in Manual mode is now available in the RX100M3. It exists in the A7r/A7. It’s great and very useful. We set the camera at e.g. 1/125 and f/8 and we are ready to roam. You keep seeing those settings in the viewfinder and the LCD, and at the same time the ISO changing as you point to different subjects. When the light gets dark, the ISO assigned limit, 6400, starts blinking as a warning, and the LCD that gets momentarily bright (I suppose to confirm focus), starts to get dark. The resulting picture shows exactly what you saw in the LCD. Another great feature of this great camera. Thank you, DPR, for pointing out this fortunate feature. (At Controls and Handling of the Preview.)
Frodo1: Anyone who has spent time in polar regions will know that most of the oversharpened and oversaturated iceberg photos we see do not represent reality. So it is good to see these "naked" iceberg photos.However, they left me underwhelmed. The lighting at the time the images were captured is mostly flat and boring with overcast skies. And as others have noted, composition (copping) is also boring). Only #9 would warrant framing.
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Raist3d: My main concern with this camera is that it apparently handles very similar to the RX100 MKII. I'll be frank and say that trying the RX100 MKII, I was pretty underwhelmed with the workflow/ergonomics/shooting experience to the point that it made me wonder what are the reviewers focusing about when reviewing the camera.
I do respect what Sony has done with this line from a technical point of view, but from a photography point of view, I feel they need to address some issues.
The RX100 MKIII Does address the lens issue (good), puts a very cleverly designed EVF (good). To me that wouldn't be enough to get out of the bad RX100 MKII shooting experience- but if the menus are much more responsive now, that would be a step forward that together wight the new enhancements would put the RX100 MKIII as the first Sony model in this line I could recommend and perhaps even consider. I found the menu response of the previous models a bit laggy.
Raist, OK. Look at some possibilities done with the RX100M2. Click on my name in this message. It will take you to my space. Click GALLERIES. You will find some photos. Two of them were done with the RX100M2; the camera was handheld in the midst of busy surroundings. (Click repeatedly on the shot to expand it.) One shot was done with the NEX-7 (a great favorite), also handheld. These are stitched composites. We are extremely pleased with the results. We practiced with the cameras before attempting anything and the cameras answered with pleasure. A love affair started with them; it is still going on.
I have used cameras big and small. Not surprisingly I return to the RX100M2 for its lightness and very high quality compared to others I had; in fact, it is always in my pocket as I find it very efficient (after understanding it). My remarks were not intended as criticism. It is worth clarification to say that all opinions are necessarily personal and thus biased. If your camera or equipment fills your needs, that is all to be said. And I agree 100%. Almost all cameras today produce great quality. It’s like with girls or anything else; once you have found the right one it’s for keeps … at least for the present.
Apparently you do not know how the camera operates. If you take a couple of days to learn how to use it properly you will be very happy with it. Most complaints are by people who never know or suspect what are its capabilities. Also, understand that in our digital era these cameras are in fact computers that specialize in taking photographs. It takes time and a bit of effort to use a computer; after a bit of time one is amply rewarded and delighted with the new technologies.
This camera is demoralizing the competition.
Zoran K: "The lens is the big selling point of the RX100 III. With a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8 and a focal range of 24-70mm equiv, you won't find anything as impressive on a compact camera."
Samsung EX2 has 24-80mm/f1.4-2.7 equivalent Lens
Samsung! A company that has a history of widespread patent infringement and appropriation of American (and others) hard earned and learned technology. They take as their own others’ research, engineering savvy and end product. They apparently want to supplant our very own Apple. We will never, never buy their products. It would constitute abetting those acts.
JaimeA: This camera is a high-precision wonder. Incredible how it packs so much into a tiny, pocketable, discreet size. It is a marvel of engineering and design. The tolerances in its manufacture must be absolutely tops. If you know how to compose and learn how to use it properly it is infinitely rewarding. Think of it as productive elegance rather than bulk, especially when thinking about its cost.
No. I only have the brains to understand it and admire the results.
JaimeA: Wrong color, not sharp, this and that! Complaints. My friend Tom (absolutely top images) explained it to me. You pestering fellows are probably using Microsoft Windows and the cheapest, not color balanced, uncalibrated displays or monitors. Use an Apple computer, or better, the Thunderbolt display for a true photographic experience. It will open a wonderland for you. Additionally you will get the truth. The Sony colors are the best there are to our eyes. If you love photography do yourself a favor; use your brains and buy yourself a quality computer. Think of it as an essential part of your photo system and as important as the best camera or lenses you have. It will be a revelation.
We've tried them all, from the overrated, overpriced Eizos to the famous NECs, before our transition to Apple. Not only us but everyone who comes to our studio agrees that the images on a Thunderbolt are best, as we still keep the NEC with a Windows computer. Maybe it is an esthetic choice, so you can have your opinion. We are voicing ours.
Serickmetz: What an ugly unimpressive upgrade. The lens is the only decent part about it and that EVF just adds bulk, plus it's low quality will probably render it unusable
Just another pointless variation from sony to sap every bit of money they can out of the market.
Dear Mr. Sickmetz: I think you are wrong.