Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Review

Overall 43
Imaging 19
Features 50
Size 68
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Expands to 64 - 25600)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 14.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 133 x 94 x 127 mm
  • Weight: 1051 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Sony RX10 II.
  • Replaced by Sony RX10 IV.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III that Sony has first introduced to the public in Mar 29, 2016. This model is a Large Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Initially, Sony developed this model to replace their older product RX10 II and, after some time, Sony has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one RX10 II.

In Large Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #61 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #578 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.4-4.0
  • Screen Type: Tilting
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Continuous Shooting: 14.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Video Formats: MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Headphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Battery Life: 420 shots

CONs

  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 472
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III With Other Cameras in Large Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Large Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III has the following external dimensions 133 x 133 x 127 mm (52.36 x 37.01 x 50″) with the weight of 1051 g.

The typical weight for average Large Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 882g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 127mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III — 420 shots
Min: 300 shots
Average: 375 shots
Max: 420 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III — 127 mm
Min: 102 mm
Average: 122 mm
Max: 145 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III — 1051 g
Min: 733 g
Average: 882 g
Max: 1095 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III comes with Bionz X processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III has the following ISO range 125 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 64 - 25600.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III features a 20.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 70 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,229k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 2,359k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III are its 14.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III allows you to save files in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III.

In addition, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone and, since it comes with a port for external headphones, we can call Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III a perfect camera for high-quality videography purposes.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III provides a shooting life of 420, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 375 shots.

Compared to all models in the Large Sensor Superzoom category, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III offers the highest battery life that reaches 420 shots.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 53. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (133 x 94 x 127 mm)
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 93. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III can be called a 93 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (14.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Big size (133 x 94 x 127 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (472)
  • Small battery life (420 shots)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (1051 g)
  • Big size (133 x 94 x 127 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 88. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III can be called a 88 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (12.6)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (472)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
Announced Mar 29, 2016
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,229k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 2,359k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.7
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 14.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 10.8
Flash Modes Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 70
DxO Color Depth 23.1
DxO Dynamic Range 12.6
DxO Low Light ISO 472
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 25,600
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port Yes
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 1051 g
Physical Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127 mm
Battery Life 420 shots
Battery Type 420 shots
Battery Model NP-FW50
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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