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



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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: Video recording options

RX10 III review

Videos recorded in the camera’s 4K option can have individual frames selected and saved as 8.3MP JPEGs in camera

Videographers are likely to be drawn to the RX10 III for its ability to record 4K UHD footage, but the healthy range of supporting options reveals just how confident Sony is that this camera will be considered for more work.

Those wanting a good starting point for flexible post-production can choose to record using Gamma S-Log2, with a new Gamma Display assist mode to make it easier to assess this footage as it is being recorded. Videographers wanting to achieve a specific look in camera, meanwhile, can record using one of seven Picture Profiles. Each of these can have their black point, gamma, saturation and other parameters adjusted to taste.

Sony has also enhanced the Zebra pattern function included in previous models to make it easier to accurately assess highlight areas, and the option to attach time code to the file is also provided. Footage may also be output clean (i.e. uncompressed) through the HDMI socket.

Built-in microphones handle audio recording as standard, although a port at the side of the camera accepts a 3.5mm microphone. Furthermore, a headphone port underneath this allows audio to be monitored too, with levels displayed on screen.

  • 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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