Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review

Overall Score

63

Main Features

  • 20 MP 1 BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • 24-70 mm (2.9x) F1.8-2.8 Zoom Lens
  • 125 - 12800 ISO
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 1440k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 102 x 58 x 41 mm, 290g.
  • Price Category:
  • Replaced: Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
  • Replaced by: Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Overview


First introduced in May, 2014, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III is a 20 MP Compact with a 1 (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older Sony RX100 II with Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony RX100 III with Sony RX100 II

Sony replaced Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III with Sony RX100 IV. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony RX100 III with Sony RX100 IV


Sony RX100 III comes with a 13.2 x 8.8 mm BSI-CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 15.86 mm (0.62").

- Full Frame
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sensor resolution of Sony RX100 III ~ 5477 x 3651 pixels.

Sony RX100 III has Crop Factor: 2.73

The sensor has a surface area of 116.2 mm².

There are approximate 19,996,527 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Sony RX100 III Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Sony RX100 VII 2019 20MP 125 - 12800 302g 102 x 58 x 43mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V(A) Sony RX100 VA 2018 20MP 125 - 12800 299g 102 x 58 x 41mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI Sony RX100 VI 2018 20MP 125 - 12800 301g 102 x 58 x 43mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Sony RX100 V 2016 20MP 125 - 12800 299g 102 x 58 x 41mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony RX100 IV 2015 20MP 125 - 12800 298g 102 x 58 x 41mm

Proc and Cons of Sony RX100 III


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III with competitors in large sensor compact cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Optical Image Stabilization
AF Face Detection
20MP High Resolution Sensor
1229k dots Screen Resolution
Long Battery Life: 320 shots
Manual Exposure Mode
25 Focus Points
±3 AE Bracketing Range
Focus Bracketing
NFC Connectivity
Tilting Screen
RAW Support
12800 Max Native ISO
10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
1.8 Lens at Wide
1440k dot Viewfinder Resolution
24 mm Wide Angle Lens
Selfie Friendly Screen
Remote Control with a Smartphone
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Touch Screen
No External Flash
Slow Lens at Tele: F2.8
No Articulating Screen
No Environmental Sealing
Slow Lens at Wide: F1.8
Type Scores

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III has an Overall Score of 63/100 and ranked #51 out of 802 in Compact cameras, and ranked #273 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony RX100 III Scores
Imaging score
50
Features score
65
Value for money score
77
Portability score
93
Overall score
63
Average Scores in Large Sensor Compact
Imaging Score
49
Features Score
59
Value For Money Score
70
Portability Score
85
Overall score
59

Physical Dimensions of Sony RX100 III


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III weighs 290g and has external dimensions of 102 x 58 x 41mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.61"). Considering that the average weight of Large Sensor Compact cameras is 389g, Sony RX100 III is 99 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony RX100 III is less by 13mm more than the average length in Large Sensor Compact.

Weight Comparison
Large Sensor Compact Cameras


Sony RX100 III
290g
Average weight
389g
Min weight
206g
Max weight
1040g

Thickness Comparison
Large Sensor Compact Cameras


Sony RX100 III
41mm
Average Thickness
54mm
Min Thickness
31mm
Max Thickness
122mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III with the dimensions:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Dimensions Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony RX100 IV 298 g 290 g 102 x 58 x 41 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Panasonic LX100 393 g 290 g 115 x 66 x 55 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II Sony RX100 II 281 g 290 g 102 x 58 x 38 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 290 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Canon G7 X MII 319 g 290 g 106 x 61 x 42 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V Sony HX90V 245 g 290 g 102 x 58 x 36 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 Panasonic ZS100 312 g 290 g 111 x 65 x 44 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Canon PowerShot G7 X Canon G7 X 304 g 290 g 103 x 60 x 40 mm 102 x 58 x 41 mm

Specifications of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III


General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Announced May, 2014
Body Type Large sensor compact
Lens
Lens Mount fixed lens
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier
Number of Lenses 0
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 1229k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 1440
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.59
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes n/a
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size 1
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.2 mm²
Sensor Resolution 20 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12800
Min Native ISO 125
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 320 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NP-BX1
Physical
Weight 290 g
Physical Dimensions 102 x 58 x 41 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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