Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100M3
20.1-megapixel compact digital camera with Wi-Fi®
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Item #: 158RX1HMK3
Your price: $749.99
The Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100M3 makes close-up photography a breeze, with Macro mode and a tilting viewscreen.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M3 is the rare camera that performs at a very high level, but still fits easily in the palm of your hand. The camera's 1-inch back-illuminated CMOS sensor offers excellent low-light sensitivity with minimal noise. And its high-tech Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens can produce excellent images even in difficult shooting environments. Expect sharp focus and vibrant colors from your photos, under sunny or cloudy skies.
It's not just the large sensor that enables the RX100M3 to capture gorgeous shots in low light. The Zeiss lens' fast f/1.8 aperture value at full wide angle gives you superior light-gathering ability that really comes in handy if you're shooting in super-fast continuous mode (up to 10 frames per second at full resolution). The camera's 2.9X optical zoom range offers shooting versatility for more distant subjects. An assignable manual control ring around the lens features 5-step zoom, so you can dial in those subjects more quickly.
Sony built wireless technology into the RX100M3, so it's easy to share your photos with the world. Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos from the camera wirelessly to your compatible smartphone using Sony's free PlayMemories app for Apple® and Android™ devices. The app also offers remote control of the camera's shutter, so you can snap a shot using your smartphone — great for shooting group shots using a tripod. If you have an NFC-compatible Android smartphone, simply touch it to the RX100M3 for instant pairing and transfer of photos.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
I purchased this camera just prior to a cruise with lots of excursions and no time for settings. So I took lots of photos in Automatic mode only. Considering that, the results in terms of photo quality were excellent. The camera was also nice and compact for travel photography, but a little heavy on the hand. Deploying the flash was a little awkward, but very helpful as a fill flash in back-lit situations. Also the camera was a little difficult to grip without inadvertently pressing random buttons. The viewfinder was of high visual quality and of immense help to me in composing photos. I look forward to using all of the very flexible exposure modes in situations where this is less time pressure to compose and shoot quickly. My expectations are high.
I have a DSLR and wanted something that I could travel with when the DSLR became to burdening. I had previously purchased a Canon Powershot S95 and even though it was easy to carry around I never liked the pictures I took so I used the the DSLR more than not. Until now! Recently purchased the Sony 100 Mark 3 and it is everything I wanted and more. Absolutely takes wonderful pictures. Figure I give it a solo try on a cruise and it worked out fantastically. It was easy to pull out and snap a picture or two no matter where I was or what I was doing. Always felt silly taking a snapshot or two at a fancy restaurant with the DSLR, but not with the the Mark 3. It also makes it less imposing to ask someone else to take a picture. It is very easy to use and I like that you can take a quick video without having to use the mode wheel, just press the video button. Now the most important thing and that is the pictures. Effortlessly you can get some great shots, the colors are super and camera absolutely takes great shots in low light and very low light scenarios without needing flash. The pictures I took on the boat at night were amazing. Size is a little bigger than the S95 and a little heavier. I like that in that it makes me hold it a little firmer so I don't drop. I did find it a little slippery so I bought a leather Gariz half case which helps a lot as well as giving it a luxury look. Do worry about the flimsiness of the EVF and flash. Do love having the EVF though. Great camera.
Pros: Small platform, has EVF, great in low light situations, beautiful pictures, HD video, travels nice. Best travel camera I ever owned.
Cons: Flimsy EVF and flash. Would like a little longer zoom.
After reviewing many compact pocket, point and shoot camera reviews, I have decided to purchase SONY CYBER SHOT RX100M3. I have no regrets so far. The price can be intimidating, but after looking at picture quality, ease of operation, glad I purchased it.
Pros: Picture quality is amazing. Easy operation. Built small to fit into your pocket. Love the view finder.
Cons: This is very small camera, so gripping portion can be awkward when taking pictures. Be advised for person with big hands. prices can use little improvement.
I have a DSLR but wanted something smaller and was a decent camera, I've found it in this Sony DSC-RX100M3. This Camera takes AMAZING photos!! Great for street photography, that I'm into. I also love the popup view finder.
Pros: Excellent Photos Lots of features Small
This camera takes the most amazing pictures you'll find in a package this small.
I am an intermediate level photographer, and I find that the options for tailoring you picture are great. The camera has easy 'intelligent auto' shooting as well as 'scene' (low light, etc.) shooting in addition to the M,A,S,P priority modes. For the digital realm, this camera has great smartphone/device connectivity. I really like the function that you can stream the camera's image to you cell phone and 'shoot' from your cell phone. It makes group photos VERY easy -- and the photographer gets to be in the picture, too. You can download apps to give your photos that retro-finish, or to directly upload to Flickr. The flip-out/up function of the lcd is very handy for taking selfies or for taking a shot off the ground. For sunny conditions, there is a pop-up viewfinder that is very easy to use. The camera is surprisingly responsive and quick to record images and focus, so without really even planning well, you can get some fabulous shots. The camera is small in size, but is pretty heavy. Parts of it feel delicate -- like the little pop-up flash. The screen is very 'soft', so you should get a screen cover.
Pros: Stunning pictures Smart phone interface Compact size
Cons: A little delicate
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-70mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||20.1|
|Image Stabilization||Optical + Digital|
|Highest Resolution||5472 × 3648|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||10.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100M3 digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 1,228,800 dots. The LCD brightness control can be set to Auto, Manual (-2 to +2), or Sunny Weather (appropriate for shooting outdoors). You can tilt the LCD upward approximately 180° for shooting low angles and self-portraits, and downward approximately 45° for high angles.
OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD screen, the camera is equipped with a 0.39" SVGA electronic OLED viewfinder with 1,440,000 dots. It pops up from the top panel for those occasions when you want an eye-level viewfinder, and can be pressed down and out of the way when you want to use the LCD screen. The viewfinder has a -4.0 to +3.0m-1 diopter adjustment to adjust it to your eyesight.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo (still images only), Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 10 or higher).
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG (with Extra Fine, Fine, and Standard compression), RAW (unprocessed), and JPEG+RAW formats (images from both formats created at the same time). Moving images can be recorded in XAVC S (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with 2-channel LPCM audio), AVCHD Ver. 2.0 format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with Dolby Digital 2ch audio) or MP4 (MPEG-4/H.264 with 2-channel AAC audio).
Note: XAVC S movies are recorded at a bit rate of approximately 50 Mbps to give you a more vivid movie compared to AVCHD with increased amounts of information. You can record at normal speed (1920 x 1080) at 60p, 30p, or 24p, and at high speed (1280 x 720) at 120p or 100p.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a large 13.2 x 8.8mm (1") color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.2-million effective pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 2.9x zoom lens. It has a focal length of 24-70mm (35mm equivalent) for recording still images, 25.5-74mm for recording 16:9 movies, and 31-90mm for 4:3 movies (when SteadyShot is set to Standard). The aperture range is F1.8-11.0 (W) and F2.8-11.0 (T).
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 3.6x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Clear Image Zoom||Maximum Zoom Scale|
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode can provide blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-RX100M3 allows you to choose from multiple image sizes in four aspect ratios: 3:2 (best for printing), 16:9 (best for viewing on an HDTV), 4:3 (best for viewing on a computer), and 1:1 (best for shooting as a medium format camera). The following image sizes are available:
|20M 5472 x 3648||17M 5472 x 3080||18M 4864 x 3648||13M 3648 x 3648|
|10M 3888 x 2592||7.5M 3648 x 2056||10M 3648 x 2736||6.5M 2544 x 2544|
|5M 2736 x 1824||4.2M 2720 x 1528||5M 2592 x 1944||3.7M 1920 x 1920|
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. These images can be compiled into a single panoramic image, and played back on an HDTV. The available image sizes include:
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in XAVC S, AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|60p XAVC S||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|30p XAVC S||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|24p XAVC S||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|120p/100p XAVC S||50 Mbps||1280 x 720|
|60i AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|60i AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|60p AVC HD PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|24p AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|24p AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080|
|MP4 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080|
|MP4 VGA 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480|
Note: You can shoot continuously for approximately 29 minutes. Maximum MPEG-4 movie file size is approximately 2 GB (about 15 minutes).
Dual Video Recording: When recording a movie, you can choose to simultaneously record an XAVC S movie and an MP4 movie, or an AVCHD movie and an MP4 movie.
Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC: The RX100M3 lets you connect wirelessly with smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication). Using the PlayMemories Mobile app, available for Android 2.3 and up from Google Play and for iOS 4.3 and up from the App Store, you can send images to, or control your camera from your smartphone or tablet. When connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can send images to your computer or view on a Wi-Fi-enabled TV.
Customizable Function Button: The camera features a Function button that allows you to assign up to 12 functions for quick access. Assignable functions include: Drive Mode, Flash Mode, Flash Compensation, Focus Mode, Focus Area, Exposure Compensation, ISO, ND Filter, Metering Mode, White Balance, DRO/Auto HDR, and Shooting Mode.
Control Ring: The Control Ring around the lens lets you change the settings of often-used functions. In standard mode, the camera assigns recommended functions for each shooting mode. You can manually select the function controlled by the Control Ring, including Exposure Compensation, ISO, White Balance, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Zoom, Shutter Speed, and Aperture.
Memory Recall: The Memory Recall mode can memorize up to three groups of the user's preferred settings. Settings include zoom magnification, white balance, exposure compensation, date, and grid lines. This enables you to quickly switch the settings at the right moment.
Drive Modes: The camera offers multiple Drive Modes. In addition to single image shooting, you can choose from the following:
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the camera.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Baby, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Brightness, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
Note: The Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual shooting modes are available for movies as well as still images.
Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +3.0EV to -3.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 1' to 49' 2" with the zoom set to wide and 1' 9" to 18' 8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash recycling time is approximately 3.4 seconds. The flash settings include:
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (warm white), Fluorescent (cool white), Fluorescent (day white), Fluorescent (daylight), Color Temperature/Filter, Custom (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or Custom Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).
Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position. You can choose from three grid line overlays: Rule of 3rds, 4x6 Square, and Diagonal + 4x6 Square.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
In-camera Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Strap: The camera includes a wrist strap and two adapters that allow you to attach an optional shoulder strap.
Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-RX100M3's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into four folders: Still, MP4, AVCHD, and XAVC S.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, 10, and 30 seconds. When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images to make them look like a watercolor or illustration. The original image as well as the retouched image can be saved.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-RX100M3 is powered by the supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UD10C AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 230 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Function||Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still Images||LCD||Approx. 160 min||Approx. 320 images|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 115 min||Approx. 230 images|
|Viewing Still Images||Approx. 215 min||Approx. 4300 images|
|LCD||Approx. 50 min||---|
|LCD||Approx. 85 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 90 min||---|
Internal Battery: The camera has an internal rechargeable battery for maintaining the date and time and other settings regardless of whether the power is on or off. The battery is continually charged as long as you are using the camera. If the camera isn't used for about a month, the internal battery can become discharged. The camera can still be used with a discharged internal battery, however, the date and time will not be shown. The internal battery can be fully recharged in approximately 24 hours with the power off and a charged battery pack is in the camera.
HDMI: The RX100M3 has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output on the right side of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A Micro HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control.
Micro USB : The camera features a single Micro USB jack on the right side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB cable for downloading your photos to your computer or printer, or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-RX100M3 can be used with PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Windows XP (SP3-except 64-bit versions) operating systems only. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.
Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is required to process images recorded in RAW format. It is not included with the camera, but can be downloaded to your computer, using a URL printed in the manual. Image Data Converter is compatible with Windows and Mac. Functions available when using Image Data Converter include:
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