Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 III

20.1MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor  | 24-70mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens | Wi-Fi and NFC

What we like:

  • Solid image quality
  • Large sensor and fast lens 
  • Built-in ND filter

What we don't:

  • Zoom range is limited, compared to competition
  • Clickless, slightly laggy control dials
  • Hesitant lowlight AF

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Mark III is an enthusiast-level, pocketable compact with a 1-inch 20.1MP Exmor R BSI CMOS sensor. It is the only large-sensor compact on the market to also contain a pop-up OLED viewfinder that completely retracts into the camera body.

The RX100 Mark III is the third iteration of Sony’s premium pocket cam and the only one to contain any sort of viewfinder. Unlike its predecessors, it offers a 24-70mm equivalent zoom range with a sliding maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8. The previous two RX100s offered zoom ranges of 28-100mm with a maximum aperture of f/1.8-4.9. So the Mark III sacrifices zoom reach for a wider starting point and overall faster lens - a solid trade-off in our opinion.

“[The RX100 Mark III’s lens] is of one of the most consistently sharp built-in zooms, both across the frame and through the zoom range.”

The viewfinder offers 1440k dot resolution, while the 3.0-inch LCD offers 1229k dots. ISOs range from 80 to 12800. The camera is also capable of an impressive maximum framerate of 10fps. On the video side, it can capture 1080p HD video at 60, 30 and 24fps and offers a built-in stereo mic. 

From a design standpoint, the RX100 Mark III is quite small and will easily slide into your pocket. The front of the camera features a zoom rocker switch, as well as a customizable click wheel around the lens. The top of the camera offers a mode dial, shutter button, on/off switch and pop-up flash toggle. The back offers a dedicated movie record button and click wheel, in addition to a variety of other buttons, many of which can be customized. 

Other notable features include built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, which will work with Sony’s Play Memories app, the ability to flip the LCD 180 degrees above the camera for the perfect selfie, and a built-in ND filter for better bright-light control. 

This camera is best suited to anyone looking for a pocket camera with strong image quality, a solid set of features, a fast, versatile zoom lens and a built-in viewfinder.

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