Its predecessor won Enthusiast Compact Camera of the Year at the AP Awards 2014, but the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III adds an EVF and a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens. Richard Sibley finds out if the best just got better
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III review – LCD and viewfinder
There has been a slight modification to the mounting of the rear 3in, 1.23-million-dot articulated screen from the RX100 II. The RX100 III is now able to tilt through almost 180° to enable photographers to shoot the notorious selfies. It is a nice touch, but one that I feel may be a little lost on the target market.
The screen is excellent, with a good level of contrast and colour. It is great to use in bright light, but when it gets too bright – which even the best screens still cannot completely cope with – thankfully the new EVF is on hand to allow you to keep shooting.
I must point out that I did shoot with the RX100 III for a long time before remembering that the EVF was there. I guess I am so used to using compact cameras without an EVF that it is easy just to hold the camera at arm’s length and get on with it. However, once I flicked the EVF up and started using it, I realised that it isn’t just for shooting in bright conditions, as it also helped early in the morning when the light was low. The natural position of holding the camera up to the eye allowed me to steady myself and shoot at slower shutter speeds. The EVF is good, and although I think most people will only use it to take, say, 50% of their images, combined with the lens-control ring it offers a more traditional experience.
There is one criticism I have of the EVF, from the position of a left-eye shooter, in that my nose tended to press right up against the screen. It wasn’t uncomfortable, just a bit awkward. A simple solution would be for Sony to make a slide-on eye-cup accessory. I think this would be a very good idea, and mean that using the RX100 III would almost be like using a mini NEX-7.