Body elements

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.

A control cluster is positioned low on the back of the RX100 III, and is unchanged from its predecessors. By default the different direction keys adjust (clockwise from top) display mode, flash mode, exposure compensation and drive mode/timers.

The Fn button brings up the shortcut menu and activates Wi-Fi in playback mode. The 'C' button is customizable.

The movie button is to the right of the thumb pad. It's out of the way, but can be hard to press, since it's set into the body.
The mode dial has the usual supects, including a pair of auto modes, manual exposure, MR (memory recall), video, Sweep Panorama, and scene modes.

On the right side of the camera are its sole I/O ports, which include a Multi Interface port (for USB, charging, and an optional remote control) as well as a micro HDMI port.

Unlike the RX100 II, there's no multi-interface hotshoe, so there's no means for fitting an external microphone.

The battery is the same as the one as used in the RX100 II: the NP-BX1, which offers up 4.5Wh of power.

The latest version gets fractionally fewer shots out of it: 320 according to CIPA standard testing. This drops to just 230 if you use the electronic viewfinder - something worth being aware of, when you use the camera.