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 – Autofocus and metering
When comparing the AF system of the RX100 III with previous RX models, I noticed that the new camera was just a shade faster.
Like its predecessors, though, the focusing speed could best be described as fast, but not snappy. There is no real hunting back and forth to focus, but neither is the focusing lightning quick. The improvement in AF speed could be the result of the lens letting more light in at some focal lengths, which will no doubt help a little in low light.
With focus tracking and face detection, the RX100 III has all the modern conveniences that you would expect from a compact camera. However, I still wish Sony would introduce a touchscreen just to aid the AF-point selection. It is a small thing, and it would make the camera more expensive, but it would allow for faster selection of the AF point. At the moment, the quickest way to change the AF point is to select focus tracking, put the subject over the centre AF point and then recompose the scene.
Generally, the evaluative metering setting in the RX100 III works well, producing well-exposed images regardless of the lighting conditions. When the exposure does need tweaking, activating the exposure compensation is straightforward, and spot and centreweighted metering, as well as a number of different scene modes, are also on hand for more awkward lighting conditions.