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REVIEWED: Sony RX10 III

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Back in 2012, the Sony RX100 (v1) was introduced and at that time it was mighty impressive for a small-sensor camera. In fairly rapid succession, the RX100 II and RX100 III and RX100 IV plus RX10, RX10 II arrived, all sharing the same sensor size and resolution. Then in May 2016 the RX10 III arrived, the camera reviewed here.

Now the Sony RX10 III arrives, and with an impressive 24-600mm zoom range (equivalent) with a f/2.4-4 aperture range. While it’s no lightweight at 1145 grams (with battery but without strap), it’s like a small DSLR. With its 24-600mm zoom range plus 4K video and image stabilization plus excellent EVF and rear LCD and grip, Sony once again proves itself as a technological powerhouse.

At about $1498, the Sony RX10 III may fit the bill for many travelers: one camera covering just about everything. The sensor quality is sensational, at least at lower ISOs. The do-it-all camera for some perhaps. Lens quality looks good so far and will surely have weaknesses, but a 600/4 on full frame is no fun at all.

Initial coverage in my review of the Sony RX10 III:

My interest in the Sony RX10 III stems in part from the fact that if its sensor were scaled up to full frame, that would be a 148-megapixel full-frame sensor. As the ISO series shows, such a DSLR could offer unprecedented image detail (though few lenses could deliver the required resolving power). But even if 148 megapixels were used as oversampling in order to downsample to “only” 74 megapixel images (from 148MP), that would be stunning by virtue of eliminating digital artifacts, for exceptional pixel quality. The idea is exciting and I hope to see it come to fruition relatively soon.

Below, reduced version of the 4488 X 2844 crop for the Sony RX10 III dolls ISO series.

f4 @ 0.4 sec, ISO 64; 2016-05-03 17:30:17
DSC-RX10M3 + 24-600mm F2.4-4.0 @ 78.8mm (28.9mm)

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