Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100 III

Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100 III

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Absolutely stunning picture quality, compact enough to take anywhere. Now your photos maintain soft background defocus even when zoomed in with the improved f1.8-2.8 24-70mm Carl Zeiss lens. There's even a pop-up electronic viewfinder for eye-level framing and a 180ー tilt screen for 20.1MP selfies. Lastly, the ultra-fast BIONZ X processor adds speed and accuracy for stills as well as beautiful HD video. Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100 III


20.1 MP 1-inch Exmor R<sup>®</sup> Sensor

20.1 MP 1-inch Exmor R® Sensor

Featuring a large 1.0" Exmor R® CMOS image sensor. The back-illuminated technology doubles light sensitivity and combines with Sony's Column A/D Conversion to reduce noise levels - a great help when photographing in dimly lit environments. Markedly reduced noise is evident even when high-sensitivity settings are used for capturing night landscapes or indoor scenes.

Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens (24-70mm)

The DSC-RX100 III sports an all new bright F1.8-2.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 24-70mm zoom. The lens is perfect for portraits and macro shots with beautiful defocused - bokeh backgrounds. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss<sup>®</sup> Vario-Sonnar T* lens (24-70mm)
Built-in SVGA OLED viewfinder w/ZEISS T* coating

Built-in SVGA OLED viewfinder w/ZEISS T* coating

View every scene in rich detail with the bright and retractable SVGA OLED Tru-Finder. The viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. The ZEISS T* coating enhances clarity and reduces flare and reflection in the eyepiece optics.

Selfie-ready multi-angle 3" Xtra Fine LCD display

Selfies have never been easier with a beautiful 3" (1,229k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display that rotates in multiple angles. This also makes it easy to photograph over crowds or low to capture pets eye to eye by swinging up approx. 180° and down approx 45°. Easily scroll through menus and preview life thanks to WhiteMagic technology that dramatically increases visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
Selfie-ready multi-angle 3" Xtra Fine LCD<sup>™</sup> display
Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S<sup>2</sup>, AVCHD and MP4 codes<sup>1</sup>

Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S2, AVCHD and MP4 codes1

The DSC-RX100 III records HD movies1 in the XAVC S2 format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper. The highly compressed files allow extensive record times. With 50Mbps Full HD (1920x1080) 60p high quality video recording, XAVC S enables beautiful video recording with minimal noise even in scenes with a lot of movement. Linear PCM is adopted for audio compression. The camera also records in AVCHD, ideal for quality video for HDTV and Blu-ray Disc burning. Additionally, users can shoot the easily shareable MP4 HD video, ideal for web.

Built-in ND filter for wider-ranging photographic expression

Realize a wider range of photographic expression with built-in 1/8 (3 EV stops) ND filter that allows the use of wider aperture for defocused backgrounds even in bright daylight.
Built-in ND filter for wider-ranging photographic expression
HDMI<sup>®</sup> clear output for uncompressed video recordings<sup>3</sup>

HDMI® clear output for uncompressed video recordings3

Clear, uncompressed digital movie signal output can be transferred to an external monitor/recorder (connected via the HDMI® terminal) simultaneously in real time from the RX100 III3. The shooting info display can be turned off for even cleaner views of such movies on an external monitor/recorder. Frame rates include 24p, 60p and 60i.

Comfortable control ring for manual operation

A unique control ring around the lens works in combination with an intuitive, displayed user interface for meticulous SLR-type control over settings that satisfies even the most fastidious users. The control ring can be assigned to adjust various features (at various values) from basics like zooming and aperture to creative functions like Picture Effect. Moreover, it turns smoothly and seamlessly, allowing quiet, click-free usage while shooting movies including a new step-zoom function that enables instant selection of commonly used focal lengths.
Comfortable control ring for manual operation
NFC smartphone linking - Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi<sup>®</sup>

NFC smartphone linking - Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi®

Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi®/NFC control. In addition to Wi-Fi support for connecting to smartphones, the DSC-RX100 III also supports NFC technology (near field communication) providing "touch connection" convenience when transferring images to compatible Android smartphones and tablets. Users need only touch devices to connect; no complex set-up is required. Moreover, when using Smart Remote Control - a feature that allows shutter release to be controlled by a smartphone - connection between DSC-RX100 III and the smartphone can be established by simply touching devices.

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Advanced Features
Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Face Detection On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; maximum eight faces detected
Image Stabilization [Still Image]
Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)
Priority Setting (for Face Detection) Yes (eight faces max) New Registration / Order Exchanging / Delete / Delete All
Smile Shutter technology Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
Camera Type Cyber-shot® Digital Still Camera
Lens Compatibility Fixed lens
Convenience Features
Media/Battery Indicator Yes
View & Index Single (with or without shooting information), RGB histogram and highlight/shadow warning,
4/9-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 13.6x, M: 9.9x, S: 6.8x), Auto Review (10/5/2
sec, Off), Image orientation (On/Off), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (still),
Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect
Drive System
Burst Buffer JPEG Standard (12 shots)
JPEG Fine (12 shots)
RAW (13 shots)
RAW+JPEG (10 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed 10 fps at 20.2MP
Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.), Self-portrait One-person, Self-portrait Two-person, (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures), Bracketing
Self-timer 10 sec. / 2 sec. / Self-portrait One-person/ Self-portrait Two-person/ Self timer Continuous (3 or 5 shots)
Shutter Speeds iAuto (4 - 1/2000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30 - 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30 - 1/2000)
Exposure System
Auto Exposure Lock Yes (AE Lock button). Can be disabled from menu
Color Temperature 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
D-Range Optimizer Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step)
Exposure Bracketing 3 continuous or single shots in 1/3 or 2/3 EV steps
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Settings [Still]
Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep Panorama
Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
ISO Auto(ISO125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit),125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (Extendableto ISO80/100),Multi-Frame NR:Auto(ISO125-12800), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) Auto:(ISO125Level-ISO12800Level, selectable with upper / lower limit), 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800
Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 (at ISO100 equivalent)
Minimum Illumination Movie: Auto:1.2lux(Shutter Speed 1/30")
Picture Effect(s) [Still Image]
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High- key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome
Scene Mode(s) Anti Motion Blur, Fireworks, Gourmet, Handheld Twilight, High Sensitivity, Landscape, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Pet Mode, Portrait, Sports Action, Sunset
WB Shift G7-M7,A7-B7
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor (Warm White) / Fluor (Cool White) / Fluor (Day White) / Fluor (Daylight) / Flash / C. Temp., Filter / Custom
Flash Bracketing ±2.0 EV
Flash Compensation ±2.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)
Flash Coverage ISO Auto: 1’ to 49’ 2” (0.30m to 15.0m) (W) / 1’ 9” – 18’ 8” (0.55m to 5.7m) (T)
ISO 12800: Up to 98’ 5” (30.0m) (W) / 37’ (11.3m) (T)
Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes Auto / Fill-flash / Slow Sync / Rear Sync / Off
Flash Type Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Recycling Time Approx. 3.4 sec.
Focus Control
AF Illuminator Built-in LED, Range: approx. 3' 4” - 9' 9” (0.3m-3.0m)
AF Modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus Area Multi point AF (25 points) / Continuous AF / Single Shot AF / Flexible spot (S/M/L) / Lock on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L))
Focus Features Predictive control (AF-A, AF-C), Focus Lock
Focus Points 25 points
Focus Sensitivity EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent)
Focus System Contrast-detect AF
Imaging Sensor
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Effective Picture Resolution 20.1M pixels (approx.)
Focal Length Conversion Factor 2.7x
Imaging Sensor Exmor® R 1.0” CMOS sensor (13.2 X 8.8mm) (3:2 aspect ratio)
Pixel Gross 20.9M pixels (approx.)
Processor BIONZ® X image processor
BRAVIA® Sync Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)
DC IN Yes, via AC-UB10 AC charger and USB cable
HD Output HDMI® (Type D micro)
Memory Card Slot Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
NFC Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
PhotoTV HD Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
Remote Commander Yes, via RM-VPR1
Tripod Mount Yes (1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch)
USB Port(s) USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Wi-Fi Yes
LCD Display
Angle Adjustment Tilt angle: Up by approx. 180degrees, down by approx. 45degrees
Brightness Control Auto / Manual(5 steps) / Sunny Weather
Coverage 100% Field of View
Customization Grid, Histogram display, Digital Level Gauge, Grid Line, Magnified display for playback
Grid Display Yes (Rule of Thirds, 4x6 Square, Diagonal & 4x6 Square Grids, Off)
Histogram Yes (On/off)
LCD Type 3.0” (7.5cm) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD / Tiltable (Up by approx. 180degrees, down by approx. 45degrees.)
Live View Continuous Live View
Peaking Yes
Level setting: High, Mid, Low, Off
Color: White, Red, Yellow
Real-time image adjustment display Yes (On/Off)
Aperture F1.8 - 11 (W), F2.8 - 11 (T)
Aperture (Max.) F1.8(W)-2.8(T)
Aperture Blade Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
Aspheric Elements 9 aspheric elements including AA lens
Clear Image Zoom Still Image: 20M Approx. 5.8x / 10M 8.2x / 5M 11x / VGA Approx. 44x; Movie: Approx. 5.8x
Digital Zoom Still image: 20M Approx.11x / 10M 16x / 5M 23x / VGA 44x; Movie: Approx.11x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) [Still Image 3:2] f=24-70mm
[Still Image 16:9] f=26-76mm
[Still Image 4:3] f=25-73mm
[Still Image 1:1] f=30.5-89mm
[Movie 16:9] f=25.5-74mm (SteadyShot Standard) f=30-86mm (SteadyShot® Active Mode)
f=33.5-95mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active)
[Movie 4:3]
f=31-90mm (SteadyShot® Standard)
f=37-105mm (SteadyShot Active Mode)
f=41-117mm (SteadyShot InteligentActive)
Lens Groups-Elements 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspheric elements including AA lens)
Lens Type Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T*
Minimum Focus Distance iAuto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.17 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 30cm (0.99 ft.) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.17 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx.30cm (0.99 ft.) to Infinity)
ND Filter Auto / On(3 steps) / Off
Optical Zoom 2.9x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Steady Shot Mode:Active [Still image] Optical [Movie] Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti-rolling)
Power Consumption (in Operation) Approx. 1.8W
Battery Capacity 4.5Wh (1240mAh)
Battery Type InfoLITHIUM® NP-BX1 (3.6V)
Number of Still Images Approx. 320 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)
Power Requirements AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA
Audio Format XAVC S: LPCM 2ch; AVCHD:Dolby Digital(AC-3) 2ch(Dolby Digital Stereo Creator); MP4:M PEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Color Space sRGB standard (with sYCC gamut) and Adobe RGB standard compatible with TRILUMINoS Color
Media Type SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card; Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media
Mic Level Control 16 steps
Microphone/Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone / Mono Speaker
Panorama Still Image Size Wide (12,416×1,856/5,536×2,160), Standard(8,192×1,856/3,872×2,160)
Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Still Image Max Effective Resolution 20.1 Megapixels
Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9 L:17M(5,472×3,080) / M: 7.5M(3,648×2,056) / S: 4.2M(2,720×1,528)
Still Image Size 1:1 L: 13M(3,648×3,648) / M: 6.5M(2,544×2,544) / S: 3.7M(1,920×1,920)
Still Image Size 3:2 L: 20M(5,472×3,648) / M: 10M(3,888×2,592) / S: 5M(2,736×1,824)
Still Image Size 4:3 L: 18M(4,864×3,648) / M: 10M(3,648×2,736) / S: 5M(2,592×1,944)
Video Format XAVC S / AVCHD Ver. 2.0 / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Resolution AVCHD:
PS - 1,920 x 1,080 / 60p @ 28Mbps
FX - 1,920 x 1,080 / 60i @ 24Mbps
FH - 1,920 x 1,080 / 60i @ 17Mbps
FX - 1,920 x 1,080 / 24p @ 24Mbps
FH - 1,920 x 1,080 / 24p @ 17Mbps
1,920 x 1,080 / 60p @ 50Mbps
1,920 x 1,080 / 30p @ 50Mbps
1,920 x 1,080 / 24p @ 50Mbps
1,280 x 720 / 120p @ 50Mbps
MP4: 1,440 x 1,080 / 30fps @ 12Mbps
VGA: 640 x 480 / 30fps @ 3Mbps
Video Signal NTSC color, EIA standards
Wind Noise Reduction Yes (On/Off)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term 1 Year Parts & Labor
Operating System Compatibility PlayMemories Home: Windows® XP SP3, Windows Vista® SP2, Windows®7 SP1, Windows®8 (PlayMemories Home is not Mac compatible); PlayMemories Online Uploader: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista®SP2, Windows®7 SP1, Windows®8, Mac OS X (v10.5- v10.8); Image Data Converter Version 4.2: Windows® XP SP3,Windows Vista® SP2,Windows®7 SP1,Windows®8, Mac OS X (v10.5- v10.8)
Supplied Software Supplied Software: PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4 (via software download from camera)
Diopter Adjustment -4.0 to +3.0m-1
Magnification Approx. 0.59x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m1(diopter) (35mm equiv.)
Type 0.39" SVGA electronic viewfinder(OLED), 1,440,000dots
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) 4 " × 2 3/8 " × 1 5/8 " (101.6x58.1x41.0 mm) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.) With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo Approx.10.2 oz. (290 g)
Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) 9.3 oz. (263 g)

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdapterAC-UB10C/UB10D
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Shoulder Strap Adapter
  • Instruction Manual


CNET Editors' Rating
4 out of 5 stars.

The good

A great electronic viewfinder that doesn't increase the size of the svelte Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is one of the camera's highlights. Plus it offers excellent performance, photo and video quality.

The bad

The camera shuts down when you retract the viewfinder, the autofocus system could be more consistent, and it has poor battery life.

The bottom line

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is an overall great camera that delivers significant improvements over the RX100 II, but not everyone will think it's worth the extra cost.

The overall rating is 8.2 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.