Rated 4 out of 5
by DrCrittendon DXC-RX100M3/B
First .. WOW .. the low light performance of this little camera is awesome!
The High-ISO performance is FAR beyond anything I've used in this class of camera and out-performs some recent mid-range DSLRs. I'm getting good useable photos at ISO 4000 and no problem at all with ISO 1600 .. it has many (if not all) the controls and settings of several DSLR cameras I've recently owned that helps with getting great low light performance as well.
Let's remember what we purchased this camera for .. it's tiny size and LARGE sensor .. it does not disappoint, when used as a pro camera .... OK, that said .. putting it in the 'Intelligent Auto' mode left me wishing for lower 'auto-ISO' choices or maybe a 'upper/lower ISO LIMIT' setting. But it takes great photos all the same. Not a disappointment, at all.
** I have only (2) CONs : The pop-up viewfinder eyepiece .. it pops up nice solid 'click' .. but when pulling back on the eye piece it does NOT 'snap' into place, feels a little 'wobbly' .. it does not seem to affect the operation or focusing that I can tell .. The second is the 'Diopter' adjustment .. because of it's proximity to 'eyebrows' and perhaps because the eyepiece is wobbly (the pullback part) .. it tends to need regular adjustment which can be a pain. (Otherwise I'd have given 5 or 6 stars) :-)
September 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by ArielRGA Great camera for its size, but pricey.
Pros: Size, fast lens, wide angle, hyperfocal distance shots, full of features.
Cons: It is pricey, at $800 I wish it had an APS-C-size sensor, meh bokeh.
Even though it's pricey, this is a little wonder. Full of features like focus peaking, zebra, wifi, NFC, bracketing, etc. And then to top it off it has a fast lens. Better than a cellphone camera, but no competitor to APS-C and FF.
Who is this camera for? If you want RAW, more control and better image quality than a cellphone, while having a camera that is extremely portable, and you also like to share quality images online while on the go, this is the camera for you. Sometimes you don't want to carry your big DSLR to hang out with friends, but you want good pictures and memories, this is it. It doesn't have great bokeh by comparison to APS-C sensors, but it's respectable when compared to cellphone shots. It will help ignite your creative muscles in different ways.
I am having second thoughts about it when I consider what the Sony alpha 6 can do, but then again I own a Nikon D610 and I don't want to spend on a new set of lenses. Specially because I know that to get similar quality I've to spend a fortune on Zeiss. So this little guy does what I need perfectly.
November 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by chookooloonks SHORT VERSION: IT'S AMAZING)
I read an article somewhere (I'm afraid I forgot where, or I'd link to it), that this camera is "the point-and-shoot for experienced photographers." And I think that description is spot on. The lens (from Zeiss, no less!) has a dial on it that lets you easily adjust aperture, and there's a dial on the back of the camera that allows you to adjust shutter speed on the fly. This means you can shoot manually, without having to make your subject wait for eons for you to capture the image -- with a point-and-shoot, no less! It has a sexy viewfinder, so if you don't want to compose your shot using the screen on the back, you don't have to. There's barely any shutter lag -- you click and it shoots, just like a dSLR, without any perceptible delay. And this is awesome: open to its widest angle (24mm), the aperture goes to f/1.8; at its maximum telephoto (70mm) it goes to f/2.8. Which means that this point-and-shoot has a lens that has enough range to capture both decent scenery shots and decent portraits, and you can finally get some of those narrow depth-of-field shots that are so difficult with most point-and-shoots.
Full review here...
July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highlando A big step forward in the DSC-RX100 series
I purchased the DSC-RX 100 when it first came out, and loved it. I traded up to the DSC-RX 100 II (again, loved it) and now to the DSC-RX 100 III. The viewfinder and large aperture throughout the range were the compelling features that led me to upgrade to the DSC-RX 100 III. This is a wonderful update. My wife and I really like the selfie feature! Of course a longer zoom would be nice, but I will gladly give that up for the nice wide aperture for the full range of the zoom. The only feature that I find annoying (and wish it could be disabled) is that the camera turns itself off whenever you push down the viewfinder. Most of the time I just want to push down the viewfinder - not turn off the camera. So I either have to leave it up when I don't need it or go through the process of turning the camera back on, possibly missing a shot. Sony: can you give us a firmware update to allow this feature to be customized?
July 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by AndyV Rx100 M3 Initial impression
The images are sharp but noise is prevalent. Even at ISO 200 the images
are noisy. Using Lightroom with a Luminous setting of about 50 clears that up. Not too much post processing sharpening is necessary, Perhaps a 50/50 setting of noise reductions and sharpening will do. As a small camera, use every means to keep it from falling out of your hand. Use the strap wrist band and the optional stick on grip. (not expensive) The image tone is excellent and an enlargement of 16x20 is very sharp.and attractive.
Has many features as on the A77 or A7 series. This is a quality point and shoot camera but has a limited aperture range of 1.8 to f 11.This could be a negative for Landscape shooting which often requires a smaller aperture. A workaround for this issues is to use hyperfocal techniques to gain a greater depth of field. What is interesting is the the wider lens openings are very sharp but are limited in depth of field.
Just began using it and these are my initial observation.
June 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ArsenalFCEIE The Real Deal
This replaced a Leica D-Lux 5 as my carry around point-and-shoot; though, it's so much more than that... I'm a serious hobbyist who shoots Leica M, Nikon FX and now Sony FE camera systems... The RX100m3 was meant to augment my gear as a portable, on-the-go alternative... The build quality, image quality (decent at higher ISOs), EVF and flash are all superb on this little guy... And it literally fits in a shirt pocket (I'm 6'2" and wear XL gloves but don't find it "too small"; it's supposed to be small and portable)... Overall, I'm astounded by what this camera can do for its size and feel it's worth the higher price over previous models and other point/shoot options... Very satisfied...
August 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaxSch Awesome performance on any situation
I take it as my second cam (the first one is a DSLR) and is perfect for almost any situation where you can't use a bigger/expensive camera, like a DSLR. With excellence performance on low light, and not to mention the possibility to work with raw files and HD video with steady shot feature, makes a perfect choice for both amateur and professional photographer.
March 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by mcalbala Great little camera, only minor suggestions
The camera is exactly the size I wanted and has the necessary functions for me to use it as a travel camera. Lugging around an SLR and associated lenses and such with the current airline rules just no longer makes sense. Great pictures, although the RX100 M3 comes close.
What I would like Sony to put in the RX100 III is the hints that appear on other cameras. I don't memorize the functions and features of the camera and knowing the hints are there at all times comes in handy.
Yes the lens is shorter than the other similar cameras, but having the aster lens is very useful. I would even appreciate a 1.4, but that's asking too much, I guess.
Offering accessories that plug into the MicroUSB port would be a killer for this camera. Of course that would require something to attach them to, maybe a small 90 degree device that plugs into the USB that provides sound and light, or other capabilities, not sure what they are at the moment though.
I love having the faster video and the XFINE JPEG. I use a 256 GB SDXC card which is perfectly capable of handling both. I would really like to see Sony work with Apple and the other tablet manufacturers to see them to be able to directly recognize XAVC formatted video. Right now if you use an ipad, MP4 is the limit. OF course, a workaround to the camera app would work too.
The last thing is that I believe a grip is required for this camera. It makes it so much simpler to use. Sony should build it into the camera or send it along with the camera, it is a minor thing but would actually be very helpful.
July 9, 2014