Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III review

June 7, 2016

Overall Rating:


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III

  • Features: 9/10
  • Build/Handling: 9/10
  • Metering: 9/10
  • Autofocus: 8/10
  • AWB Colour: 9/10
  • Dynamic Range: 9/10
  • Image quality: 9/10
  • LCD viewfinder: 9/10


  • - High-quality lens with extremely useful zoom range
  • - Superb sensor produces fine stills and high-quality video
  • - Very effective image stabilisation system
  • - Broad range of pro-oriented video specs
  • - Wi-Fi easy to set up and works well


  • - Expensive
  • - Max aperture of f/4 at 100mm
  • - No built-in ND filter
  • - Menu system not as intuitive as could be
  • - Purple fringing and blooming evident in some areas



Price as Reviewed:


Sony’s Cyber-shot RX10 line has redefined what we can expect from superzoom compacts, but can the latest in the line score the company a hat trick? Matt Golowczynski finds out in this RX10 III review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III review: Introduction

At a glance:

  • 20.1MP 1in sensor
  • 24-600mm equiv f/2.4-4 lens
ISO 64-25,600 (extended)
3in, 1.23-million-dot LCD
  • 2.36-million-dot EVF

With relatively small sensors and often worryingly ambitious lenses, superzoom bridge cameras have usually been overlooked by discerning photographers, as compact system cameras and DSLRs have become more powerful and portable. Most people appreciate that a camera that tries to offer everything will not succeed on all fronts, but since releasing its RX10 model back in 2013, Sony has been doing impressively well to alter this idea.

With a Mark II update to that camera released only last year, the arrival of a third iteration so soon may seem somewhat premature, although Sony has stated that this new model will sit alongside the RX10 II rather than replace it. The only significant difference between the two models highlights why this is the case: while the Mark II followed its predecessor in offering a lens equivalent to 24-200mm in 35mm terms, the new model increases this to 24-600mm.

Clearly this presents a significant advantage for telephotography, but it potentially makes it a viable option as a primary camera, in place of a DSLR or compact system camera. Needless to say this extra stretch is a bold move – and with a four-figure asking price we should expect very little compromise.

  • Sensor: 20.1MP 1-in CMOS
  • Output size: 5,472×3,648
  • Lens: 24-600mm equiv f/2.4-4
  • Shutter speeds: 30-1/2000sec; 30-1/32000sec electronic
  • ISO: 64-25,600 (extended)
  • Exposure compensation: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • Drive mode: 14fps-5fps with AF tracking
  • LCD: 3in, 1.23-million-dot tiltable screen
  • Viewfinder: 2.36-million-dot OLED, 0.7x magnification
  • Video: UHD 4K, 30, 25 or 24fps
  • Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Power: NP-FW50 rechargeable li-ion
  • Battery life: 420 shots per charge (LCD); 370 shots per charge (EVF)
  • Dimensions: 132.5 x 94.0 x 127.4mm
  • Weight: 1,095g (with battery and card)

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