Sony has announced the third model in the popular and fantastic RX series of Cyber-shot cameras, the RX100 III. The RX100 III features the same compact design as its predecessors but turns everything else up to eleven.
Inside, the RX100 III has the same 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type backside illuminated CMOS sensor from the RX100 II but it combines it with a brand new lens and processor. The lens is now a 24-70mm instead of the 28-100mm on the previous two models but more importantly now has an aperture range of F1.8-F2.8 instead of F1.8-F4.9.
The wider aperture at maximum zoom means several good things. The lens will now allow in more light, allowing lower shutter speed for crisper, blur-free shots. You will also get shallower depth of field even at the maximum zoom. The new lens also has improved macro capabilities and can focus on subjects as close as 30cm even when fully extended. There is also a 3-stop (1/8) neutral density filter.
Along with the new lens is a new BIONZ X image processor from the full-frame a7, a7R and a7S models that is three times more powerful. This new processor allows the camera to do things like high bit-rate 50Mbps video recording and dual-video recording, where the camera simultaneously records two videos, one at a high bit-rate in XAVC S or AVCHD format for storage and editing and low bit-rate version in MP4 for sharing over Wi-Fi. The RX100 III can also record 120fps video at 720p and output full resolution video to an external recorder through the HDMI out.
A useful new addition is a pop-up electronic OLED viewfinder. The viewfinder can be tucked inside when not in use and does not add to the camera’s size. The RX100 III also has a articulating display that tilts upwards and can be used for self portraits or monitoring yourself while recording a video.
Lastly, the RX100 III has Wi-Fi and NFC and you can use Sony’s PlayMemories app to transfer images over Wi-Fi to your smartphone or tablet.
The RX100 III is priced at $800 and will be available in June.