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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10M3

Large-sensor 20.1-megapixel camera with Wi-Fi® and 24-600mm f/2.4-4 Zeiss® lens

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Overview

Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10M3

The Sony RX10 III gives you pro-level features for capturing high-resolution still images and stunning 4K Ultra HD video, in a convenient all-in-one package. For digital content creators looking for an all-in-one multimedia solution, this high-performance camera delivers quality results. Its large, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and speedy processor combine to make it super-responsive, with high-speed autofocus in as little as 0.09 seconds and continuous shooting at up to 14 frames per second.

Sony DSC-RX10M3

Great for everything from landscapes to close-ups, the RX10 III has a versatile 24-600mm zoom lens with manual control rings to help you dial in the perfect shot.

A multimedia machine

The Sony RX10 III gives you pro-level features for capturing high-resolution still images and stunning 4K Ultra HD video, in a convenient all-in-one package. For digital content creators looking for an all-in-one multimedia solution, this high-performance camera delivers quality results. Its large, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and speedy processor combine to make it super-responsive, with high-speed autofocus in as little as 0.09 seconds and continuous shooting at up to 14 frames per second.

A stellar built-in lens

The camera's 24-600mm lens gives you enormous range to capture everything from sweeping landscapes to tight close-ups of subjects way off in the distance. Bright maximum apertures at either end of the focal range allow sharp handheld shooting, even in challenging light. You can also shoot wide open in extremely bright light and get well-exposed images with defocused backgrounds like you never thought possible thanks to the added speed of the electronic shutter and a built-in ND filter.

Advanced features for videographers

The RX10 III records 4K video at up to 30 frames per second. It also produces stunning, low-noise, Full HD video which, at 120 frames per second, blows most of its competition right out of the water. High frame rate (HFR) shooting is also possible, at up to 960 frames per second in Full HD resolution, for clear, smooth action in 40X super slow motion. A multi-interface shoe lets you connect professional accessories, and a 3.5mm microphone input lets you add an optional microphone to capture balanced audio to match the camera's video quality. The enhanced Zebra function tells you which parts of a scene are overexposed so you can easily make adjustments, and Gamma Display Assist allows you to view the scene with natural contrast on the LCD or in the viewfinder.

Advanced features like Picture Profile and the S-Log2 Gamma setting let you adjust color, gradation, and dynamic range for richly detailed movies in any light. A clean HDMI output sends uncompressed movie data to an external recorder or monitor. You can keep recording internally to the camera even when using this function.

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Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization allows shake-free handheld video shooting.

Your phone adds functionality

Built-in Wi-Fi means you can instantly transfer photos and videos from the RX10 III directly to your phone or tablet for easy uploading and sharing. NFC touch pairing is also available for compatible Android™ devices. Sony's PlayMemories Camera Apps include free and paid apps that complement your photographic style and interests. There's the indispensable free Smart Remote Control app that lets you use your mobile device to control shooting on the RX10 III, along with specialized apps for things like light painting, time-lapse, stop motion, and multiple exposure, plus plenty of editing effects to fine-tune your photos and add your own personal touches.

Product Highlights:

  • 20.1-megapixel effective recording
  • built-in f/2.4-4 24-600mm (35mm equivalent) ZEISS® Vario Sonnar T* zoom lens
    • 25X optical zoom
  • large 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor RS™ back-illuminated CMOS sensor for low noise and exceptional sensitivity
  • BIONZ X™ image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos and fast autofocus performance
  • solid magnesium-alloy body with dust- and moisture-resistant design
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ media
  • up to 14 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution
  • 3" LCD screen tilts upward 107 degrees and downward 42 degrees for easy framing of self-portraits and composition from odd angles
  • up to 4K video resolution
  • 8-megapixel still photos can be extracted from 4K video files
  • 2-megapixel still photos can be extracted from Full HD video files
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/2,000 seconds, bulb
    • up to 1/32,000 seconds with electronic shutter; for clear fast-action photos and slow motion video
  • HDMI output passes uncompressed video to an optional external monitor or recorder
  • ISO range: 100-12,800 (expandable to 128,000)
  • Wi-Fi lets you transfer photos and video to smartphones and tablets for easy image sharing
    • NFC touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
    • PlayMemories Camera Apps let you add new camera functions and capabilities
  • manual control ring can be assigned to control different functions, including zoom and aperture value
  • nine aperture blades allow smooth background defocusing
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization minimizes image blur and camera shake
  • face detection and subject tracking improve portraits and keep moving subjects in focus for sharper photos
  • high-speed autofocus
  • Eye AF control for accurate eye detection; can prioritize a single pupil when subject is partially turned away from camera
  • 9 scene modes (including Macro, Night Portrait, Landscape and more) for accurately exposed images in different shooting environments
  • Picture Effect modes like Soft Focus and Retro Photo let you add creative touches
  • Sweep Panorama mode stitches images together to create expansive vistas
  • multi-interface shoe expands camera's compatibility with external flash and video accessories
  • digital level gauge helps you line your shots up evenly
  • zoom assist helps you keep focus on moving subjects at telephoto focal lengths
  • built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
  • micro (Type D) HDMI output (cable not included)
  • high-speed micro USB interface
  • 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 5-1/2"W x 3-3/4"H x 4-3/4"D
  • weight (with battery and memory card): 38.6 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-FW50)
  • AC adapter
  • micro USB cable
  • neck strap
  • lens, shoe, and eyepiece caps
  • lens hood
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (black)
  • 72mm Lens cap (installed)
  • Lens hood
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 1020mAh 7.3Wh)
  • 24" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
  • AC-UUD12 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
  • Neck strap
  • Help Guide (English)
  • Help Guide (Fren/Span)
  • Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide (English)
  • Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide (Fren/Span)
  • Notes on Use
  • Capture One Express (for Sony)
  • Limited Warranty (US and Canada)
  • Online registration sheet
  • Accessories brochure

It really give me nice n accurate enjoyment in photography very very excellent

Anonymous, Jamaica, NY

Reviews

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10M3 Reviews

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10M3

Anonymous from Jamaica, NY on 10/12/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It really give me nice n accurate enjoyment in photography very very excellent

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Amazing

Michael P from Half Moon Bay, CA on 10/6/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The 24-600mm Zeiss lens is surprisingly sharp, even with images blown up to 100%. This is like an entire bag of several lenses in one compact camera. Multiple functions can be customized, the electronic viewfinder is very bright, and the readouts of the viewfinder and LCD screen can be customized as well. The only reason to use a DSLR now is if you need ultra-wide or specialty lenses, like tilt-shift or super telephoto. The included instruction booklet is very sparse, but you can download a full version from the Sony web site.

Pros: Sharp lens, easy to hold, lots of features, weather resistant, so usable and versatile that it motivates me to take more photos.

Cons: The menu can be complicated. The raw ARW files cannot be processed by most software like Photoshop, but you can download a version of Adobe Camera Raw for your software to convert the ARW files to DNG, which works with just about everything. No built-in ND filter (minor criticism).

One stop photography for all!

Thomas from Annapolis, MD on 9/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic improvement over 10 MK II! With this zoom range and 4K video it becomes the go to for all occasions, replacing several Nikon camera bodies and lenses! Talk about saving a load carrying everything without any loss in capability!!! Love this camera! Make the right decision, get this one! The cost/performance is spot on!

Pros: Zoom, zoom, zoom! Price and performance - light weight complete photography for any user.

Cons: Did not come it sooner!

Outstanding all around camera

RD from Santa Barbara, CA on 8/21/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love this amazing Bridge camera. Finally a camera that has it all!! Just buy it!

Pros: Does everything well, no very well!!

Cons: Price... Would be more comfy at a grand but worth the money. asking price because you can literally dump all your other gear.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX10M3

Marge B. from Telford, PA on 8/17/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have had only a small chance to use the camera, but I already love it. I have a lighter weight Cyber-Shot also, so I am a Sony girl. I like the idea of have a lot of the same features as my husband's A77 and I don't have to change lenses.

Pros: Has many of the same features as my husband's A77 without having to carry around three or four lenses. And I can put filters on the lens.

Cons: It's heavier than my other Cyber-Shot, but I can live with that because of the other features.

A great all-in-one travel camera

Stephen from Portland, OR on 7/29/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This camera replaces my Canon 5DMII and the three lenses that I generaly haul around when I travel. I'll still use them for special occasions, but for day to day photography this camera is very hard to beat. Responsive, easy to use, incredible zoom range, silent operation and yet still fairly compact and lightweight-it's a compelling combination. I haven't had it long enough to learn all the bells and whistles, but it is great right out of the box. Also, Crutchfield put together a nice set of free extras in the form of a very compact and well-fitting camera bag, as well as a card and some lens cleaners. Go for it!

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10M3

Bob R from Palm Harbor, FL on 7/27/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent upgrade to my old DSC HX1. Well worth the extra price tag. Great clarity even when fully zoomed. Takes perfect macro shots. The larger sensor makes a big difference in picture quality. Very versatile. Perfect travel camera. Only negative is the extra weight, & size which is significantly more than DSC HX1- of course due to powerful zoom lens. Quality camera. Very happy so far.

Pros: Great quality built, high resolution viewfinder, multi-features, versatile and superb picture quality.

Cons: Heavier and larger that prior DSC models.

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Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-600mm
Optical Zoom 25x
Digital Zoom 15.2x
Filter Diameter 72mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Micro
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size 1"
Megapixels 20.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5472 x 3648
4K Video Yes
Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Dimensions
Width (inches) 5-5/8
Height (inches) 3-3/4
Depth (inches) 5-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 38.7
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Recording Features
Playback Features
Battery Information
Connections
Software

Recording Features

Tiltable 3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10M3 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 up approximately 107° for low-angle shots, and down approximately 42° for high-angle shots.

OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD screen, the camera is equipped with a 0.39" XGA electronic OLED viewfinder with 2,359,296 dots. The viewfinder has a -4.0 to +3.0m-1 diopter adjustment to adjust it to your eyesight. An eye sensor next to the viewfinder will automatically turn on the viewfinder and turn off the monitor when you raise the camera to your eye. In the menu, you can manually choose the viewfinder or the monitor.

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 (UHS-I U1 compatible, Class 10 or higher). For recording 4K movies, SDXC memory cards with a capacity of 64 GB or more with an SD Speed Class of 10 or UHS Speed Class 1 is required. If recording in 100 Mbps or more, UHS Speed Class 3 is required.

Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG (with Extra Fine, Fine, and Standard compression), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 Format), 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).

Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1.0" stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip that enables up to 40x super slow motion and up to 1/32000 sec super-high-speed shutter. This 13.2 x 8.8mm (1") 20.1MP Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with approximately 20.9-million total pixels and 20.2-million effective pixels and a 3:2 aspect ratio. Paired with the image sensor is the high speed BIONZ X image processor.

Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 25x optical zoom lens. It has a focal length of 24-600mm (35mm equivalent/3:2 aspect ratio) for recording still images, and 26-630mm for recording 16:9 movies. The maximum aperture is F2.4 across the zoom range, while the minimum aperture is F11 or F16 depending upon the shooting mode.

Shutter Types: The RX10M3 offers both a mechanical shutter and an electronic shutter. The Shutter Type settings are as follows:

  • Auto: The shutter type is automatically switched based on the shooting conditions and shutter speed.
  • Mechanical Shutter: The camera operates with the mechanical shutter only. The shutter speed can be set from 30 seconds to 1/2000 second, plus Bulb. Both the mechanical and electronic shutter sounds are heard. The electronic shutter sound can be turned off, if desired.
  • Electronic Shutter: The camera shoots with the electronic shutter only. The shutter speed can be set from 30 seconds to 1/32000 second. Only the electronic shutter sound is heard, and can be turned off, if desired.

Zooming: In addition to the 25x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Smart Zoom, Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom. Smart Zoom enlarges images without causing deterioration of the image by partially cropping the image (available when the image size is set to Medium, Small, or VGA). Clear Image Zoom uses an image process with less deterioration. Clear Image Zoom magnifies the image up to 50x (Large image size). Digital Zoom obtains a higher zoom, but with some image deterioration. Digital Zoom magnifies up to 100x (Large image size).

SteadyShot: Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization can help you obtain blur-free movies and still images. SteadyShot utilizes optical camera-shake compensation supplemented with electronic anti-rolling type image stabilization for even sharper images. There are three levels of SteadyShot for movies: Intelligent Active, Active, and Standard. For still images, SteadyShot can simply be turned on or off.

Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-RX10M3 allows you to choose from multiple image sizes in four aspect ratios: 3:2 (for printing), 16:9 (for viewing on an HDTV), 4:3 (for viewing on a computer), and 1:1 (for shooting as a medium format camera). The following image sizes are available:

Image Size 3:2 16:9 4:3 1:1
Large 20M 5472 x 3648 17M 5472 x 3080 18M 4864 x 3648 13M 3648 x 3648
Medium 10M 3888 x 2592 7.5M 3648 x 2056 10M 3648 x 2736 6.5M 2544 x 2544
Small 5M 2736 x 1824 4.2M 2720 x 1528 5M 2592 x 1944 3.7M 1920 x 1920
VGA     0.3M 640 x 480  

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:

  • Standard:
    • Vertical: 3872 x 2160
    • Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
  • Wide:
    • Vertical: 5536 x 2160
    • Horizontal: 12416 x 1856

Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, the RX10M3 can also record pro-quality movies, including 4K and Full HD. You can record movies in the low-compression, high-quality XAVC S format, AVCHD for easy editing and sharing, or MPEG-4 for uploading to your favorite social media sites. You can choose between NTSC (60, 30, 24 fps) and PAL (50, 25 fps) for worldwide compatibility. Available image sizes and movie quality include:

Movie Format Image Quality Avg Bit Rate Image Size
XAVC S 4K 30p/25p/24p 100 Mbps 3840 x 2160
30p/25p/24p 60 Mbps
XAVC S HD 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p 50 Mbps 1920 x 1080
120p/100p 100 Mbps
120p/100p 60 Mbps
AVCHD PS 60p/50p 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080
FX 60i/50i/25p/24p 24 Mbps
FH 60i/50i/25p/24p 17 Mbps
MP4 60p/50p 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080
30p/25p 16 Mbps
30p/25p 6 Mbps 1280 x 720
Note: The camera's 4K movie recording function allows you to record a maximum of 29 minutes of 4K movie footage in one shot.

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 RX10M3 lets you connect wirelessly with smartphones and tablets via Wi-Fi and NFC (near field communication). Using the PlayMemories Mobile app, available for Android 4.0 and up from Google Play and for iOS 8.0 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 functions for up to 12 functions for quick access. When the Function button is pressed, two rows of six presets are displayed, allowing you to access any of the functions. There are 35 overall functions to choose from to fill the 12 function presets.

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:

  • Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous images at approximately 5 frames per second while you press and hold down the shutter release.
  • Speed Priority Continuous: Shoots full 20.1 megapixel images continuously at up to 14 frames per second while you press and hold the shutter release button.
  • Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second, 5-second, or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture.
  • Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode takes continuous frames after a 10-, 5-, or 2-second delay. You can choose 3 or 5 frames to be taken.
  • Continuous Bracket: The Continuous Bracket mode lets you shoot a series of 3, 5, or 9 images with a single press of the shutter button, each with a different exposure setting--some at normal exposure, some under exposed, and some over exposed. You can choose from five different step values: 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, 1.0 EV, 2.0 EV, or 3.0 EV.
  • Single Bracket: The Single Bracket offers the same choices as the Continuous Bracket above, however, you must press the shutter release button for each picture.
  • WB Bracket: The WB Bracket mode shoots three images, each with different color tones according to the selected settings of white balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can choose the a low or high bracket deviation value.
  • DRO Bracket: The camera shoots a total of three images, each with a different degree of D-Range Optimizer.

Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:

  • Wide: The camera focuses in all ranges of the finder frame automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
  • Center: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
  • Flexible Spot: The camera focuses on a very small area that can be moved around the frame to the desired point on the screen.
  • Expand Flexible Spot: If focus isn't obtained on the single selected point, you can use focus points around the flexible spot as the second priority area to achieve focus.
  • Lock-on AF: When the shutter button is pressed and held halfway, the camera tracks the subject within the selected autofocus area.

Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can switch to Manual Focus. When in Manual Focus, the manual ring around the ring can be rotated to achieve sharp focus. Manual Focus is available for still images and movies. Direct Manual Focus (DMF) lets you make fine adjustments manually, using the focus ring, after the focus has been locked automatically.

AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The red AF Illuminator lights when the shutter button is pressed halfway. 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 is used in the Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto shooting modes. This function automatically detects different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, and Macro. The camera also recognizes certain conditions and makes appropriate adjustments: Tripod, Walk, Move, Move (bright), or Move (dark).

Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:

  • Auto Mode: The Auto Mode allows you to shoot still images under any condition with good results by setting the values determined by the camera. You can choose between two Auto Modes:
    • Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot still images with automatic scene recognition.
    • Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot still images with automatic scene recognition, with an emphasis on dark or backlit scenes.
  • Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also select various settings using the menu. While shooting in Program Auto, you can change the shutter speed and aperture combination without changing the exposure (Program Shift).
  • Aperture Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the shutter speed.
  • Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the aperture setting.
  • Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can be set between 1/2000 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set between F2.4 and F11 (Wide Angle) or between F4.0 and F16 (Telephoto).
  • Memory Recall: You can set and store often-used modes and numeric settings for recall at a later time.
  • Movie Mode: Allows you to record XAVC S, AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio.
  • HFR (High Frame Rate): This mode allows you to shoot slow motion movies. You can select frame rates of 240 fps, 480 fps, 960 fps (NTSC) and 250 fps, 500 fps, and 1000 fps (PAL). The playback speed varies depending on the set frame rate and record setting.
  • Sweep Panorama: Multiple images are shot while the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
  • Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes: Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, and Anti-Motion Blur.
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 3.28' to 35.43' (wide angle) or 3.28' to 21.33' (telephoto). With the ISO Speed set at 12800, the range increases to 68.24' (W) or 41.99' (T). The built-in flash has a recycle time of approximately 5 seconds. The flash settings include:

  • Autoflash: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark or when there is backlight
  • Fill Flash: the flash strobes with every shot
  • Slow Sync: the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area
  • Rear Sync: the flash operates before exposure is completed every time your trigger the shutter
  • Wireless: You can attach a remote control-compatible external flash (sold separately) and a separate wireless flash placed away from the camera.
  • Off: the flash does not operate

Multi Interface Shoe: The DSC-RX10M3 is equipped with a Multi Interface Shoe which offers an advanced interface for connecting an external flash (HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, HVL-RL1) or mounting an external microphone.

Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to On or Off.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following Metering Modes:

  • Spot 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: Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject.
  • Multi-pattern Metering: 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), Flash, 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.

Playback Features

Folder View Modes: The Sony DSC-RX10M3's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into the following folders: Date, Still, MP4, AVCHD, XAVC S 4K, and XAVC S HD.

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 more impressive and artistic. You can choose from the following: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration.

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

Battery Information: The DSC-RX10M3 is powered by the supplied NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 150 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:

Function Battery Life
Shooting Still Images LCD Approx. 420 images
Viewfinder Approx. 370 images
Viewing Still Images Approx. 315 min or 6300 images
Recording Movies
(Typical)
LCD Approx. 65 min
Viewfinder Approx. 70 min
Recording Movies
(Continuous)
LCD Approx. 120 min
Viewfinder Approx. 130 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.

Connections

HDMI: The RX10M3 has a Micro HDMI (Type D) output on the left 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.

Multi/Micro USB : The camera features a single Micro USB jack (labeled "Multi") on the left 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.

Microphone: A 3.5mm jack is provided for connecting an external microphone. If the external mic requires plug-in power, the jack will supply power to the mic. The built-in microphone will be muted when an external mic is plugged in.

Headphones: A 3.5mm stereo headphone jack is provided for monitoring audio during recording or playback.

Software

PlayMemories Home: The DSC-RX10M3 can be used with PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be downloaded and installed on your computer. "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X 10.9-10.11, and macOS 10.12 operating systems only. With PlayMemories Home you can:

  • Manage and edit photos and videos on your PC or Mac
  • Organize photos and videos
  • Upload photos to a cloud service for storage (PlayMemories Online)
  • Search for photos and videos using Calendar View
  • Import and Export photos and videos, plus create disks and print.
  • Perform basic editing functions
  • View photos and videos on a map (using location information from a connected smartphone)
  • Create multi-view videos

PlayMemories Camera Apps: The RX10M3 is compatible with PlayMemories Camera Apps, which enables you to add new features to the camera by downloading a new app and installing it in the camera. Apps are available to fit your shooting style, including portraits, close-up photography, sports, time lapse, etc. Many apps are available via a free download, while more advanced apps require a fee of $4.99 or $9.99.

Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is required to display and process images recorded in RAW format. You can also adjust the brightness or color, as well as "develop" the RAW image files into JPEG or TIFF files. Image Data Converter can be downloaded to your computer, using a URL printed in the manual. Image Data Converter is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X 10.9-10.11, and macOS 10.12.

Remote Camera Control: Remote Camera Control software allows you to control a camera connected to your computer via a USB cable. Remote Camera Control is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Mac OS X 10.9-10.11, and macOS 10.12.

Capture One Express (for Sony): The Sony RX10M3 is supported by Capture One Express (for Sony) by Phase One. One of the world's best RAW converters, Capture One Express (for Sony) delivers clear, detailed images with accurate colors. You can make adjustments to the RAW image files, convert the images to black & white, or use the HDR (High Dynamic Range) tool to pull out details in over- or under-exposed images. Capture One Express (for Sony) is available for a free download, and is compatible with the following operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7, and Mac OS X 10.11.6 or macOS 10.12.x. A pro version can be purchased for even more processing tools.

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The best bridge camera [ SERGIO DA  Aug 23, 2017 ]
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The only compatible external flash/lighting accessories listed are Sony models (HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, HVL-RL1); so it's unclear whether the DSC-RX10M3 would work with 3rd party studio lights. You may want to contact Sony's support department directly for more details--you can reach them by phone at 888-222-7669 or check their support site here: https://esupport.sony.com/US/p/select-system.pl?PRODTYPE=7 [ Larry  Jul 11, 2017 ]  Staff
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