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Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 III
20.1-megapixel compact digital camera with Wi-Fi®
Item # 158RX1HMK3 | MFR # DSCRX100M3/B
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Our take on the Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 III by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 III makes close-up photography a breeze, with Macro mode and a tilting viewscreen.
Big-time performance in a compact camera
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III 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.
Versatile enough for any occasion
It's not just the large sensor that enables the RX100 III 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 RX100 III, 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 RX100 III for instant pairing and transfer of photos.
The camera is great. It definitely holds up to all the reviews.
Carole, Cumberland, MD
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V / 4.5 Wh / 1240 mAh)
- AC-UD10C AC Adapter (DC output: 5V / 0.5A)
- 24" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and micro USB on the other end)
- Wrist strap
- 2 Strap adapters (for optional shoulder strap)
- Instruction Manual (Eng/Span/Fren)
- Using the Viewfinder sheet
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide (Eng)
- Wi-Fi Connection/One-touch (NFC) Guide (Span/Fren)
- Warranty Sheet
- Online Product Registration sheet (US)
- Online Product Registration sheet (Canada)
- Accessories brochure
- 20.1-megapixel effective recording
- large 1" (13.2 x 8.8mm) back-illuminated CMOS sensor makes for low noise and exceptional sensitivity
- light sensitive f/1.8-11, 2.9X optical zoom lens
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo media
- 10 frames-per-second continuous image capture at full 20.2-megapixel resolution
- tilting high-resolution 3" LCD screen (1,229,000 dots) allows for more shooting angle versatility
- high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-100mm (3:2 still mode)
- variable ISO settings up to ISO 12,800
- wirelessly transfer or back up images to your smartphone via Wi-Fi with Sony's PlayMemories app for Apple® and Android™ devices
- compatible with Near Field Communication (NFC) devices for "touch-to-pair" wireless connectivity
- manual control ring can be assigned to control different functions, including zoom, aperture value, and picture effects
- 5-step zoom (28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 100mm)
- seven aperture blades allow smooth background defocusing for superior macro shots
- Superior Auto and P/A/S/M modes for both video and stills accommodate any skill level
- Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization for shake-free videos even while walking
- records in RAW and JPEG formats for greater creative flexibility during editing
- advanced Exmor® 1" CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
- face detection and subject tracking improve portraits and keep moving subjects in focus for sharper photos
- scene modes (including Macro, Night Portrait, Landscape and more) help you capture just the effect you want
- high-speed autofocus
- Picture Effect modes like Soft Focus and Retro Photo let you add creative effects to photos
- multi-terminal for use with a compatible shutter release remote
- digital level gauge to allow easier leveling of the camera
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- high-speed micro USB interface
- 4"W x 2-3/8"H x 1-5/8"D
- weight (with battery and memory card): 10.2 oz.
- warranty: 1 year parts and labor
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium ion battery (NP-BX1)
- AC adapter
- micro USB cable
- wrist strap
- adapters for optional shoulder strap
Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 III Reviews
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-70mm|
|Image Stabilization||Optical + Digital|
|Highest Resolution||5472 × 3648|
|Video Resolution||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:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
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:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous images while you press and hold down the shutter release.
- Speed Priority Continuous: Shoots full 20.2 megapixel images continuously at up to 10 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 or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture.
- Self-Portrait: A Self-Portrait Timer mode will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one or two persons is detected.
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode takes continuous frames after a 10 second delay. You can choose the number of frames from 3 or 5.
- Bracket Continuous: The Bracket Continuous mode lets you shoot a series of 3 images, each with a different exposure setting--one at normal exposure, one under exposed, and one over exposed. You can select two different step values: 0.3 EV or 0.7 EV.
- Bracket WB: The Bracket WB mode shoots three images, each with different degrees of brightness according to the selected settings of white balance, color temperature, and color filter. You can choose the a low or high bracket deviation value.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:
- Multi AF: 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 AF: 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 AF: The camera focuses on a very small area that can be moved around the frame to the desired point on the screen.
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:
- Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Superior Auto Mode (iAuto+): Allows you to shoot still images with higher quality than with Intelligent Auto mode.
- 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.
- 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 F1.8 and F11 (Wide Angle) or between F4.9 and F11 (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 Full HD AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio.
- 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, Anti-Motion Blur, Pet, Gourmet, Fireworks, and High Sensitivity.
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:
- 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
- Off: the flash does not operate
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:
- Import and display images recorded on the camera.
- View images in your computer by organizing them by shooting date on a calendar.
- Correct still images (red-eye correction, etc.) print, send images by email, and change shooting date/time.
- Save and print images with the shooting date inserted.
- Create a disc from AVCHD movies imported to a computer.
- Upload images to a network service (internet connection required)
- Import photos and movies recorded with location information to a computer and view them with a map showing the shooting location
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:
- Edit RAW images using multiple correction functions, such as tone curve or sharpness.
- Adjust images using white balance, brightness, and Creative Style, etc.
- Save displayed and edited still images to your computer.
- Display and compare the RAW/JPEG images shot with the camera.
- Rank images in five levels.
- Set the color label.
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Why did you buy this?
Compact quality point and shoot camera with larger sensor and very fast lens. [ SCOTT J Dec 25, 2016 ]
Artie helped me pick this out. Fit my needs, excellent lens, small package, good features. [ J Oct 25, 2016 ]
Sharper and more flexible than the g7x [ Michael Jul 30, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
Sony is still making this model. If it were me I would buy the scratch & dent. It will have full factory warranty and you can send it back if you don't like it. I have done this several times with no problems and no visible defects. . [ David Jul 04, 2016 ]
Yes. [ William Jul 03, 2016 ]