Sony RX100-II was a smart update of its predecessor RX100, camera as many had both sensible size and good image quality. Now the third version here: RX100-III – which is the first camera with an extendible electronic viewfinder.
The feat of making an already small camera as big but with more features was something like Sony managed a year ago of RX100-II. WiFi, Nfc and opportunities to plug in external devices via the hot shoe, as well as an improved screen is hard to penetrate in a compact design.
Sony’s engineers have now been scratching his head an extra time to get the site with another innovative thing: an extendable electronic oled viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels and built-in diopter adjustment.
Exciting new viewfinder
It is also the viewfinder which is the biggest news. The design is almost completely identical to its predecessor the Sony RX100-II, with the same format for grips, buttons and controls – and is also good in its feel and approach. However, Flash Shoe Mount with possibility to connect external equipment to give way to a built-in Flash, which is a good thing to have on a camera of this size.
Inside the shell, we find the same sensor on 1 inch of its predecessor, with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels and an iso range of 125 to 12800 iso, utökbart to 25600 with Sony’s noise reduction.
But the biggest news is that we can find, and also Sony RX100-III is the only one in its segment, is the innovative sliding electronic viewfinder. Through a button on the side of the camera to shoot up a sökartub, which then goes to pull out toward the back of the camera. The design is exciting and innovative, and makes the camera becomes extra compact, and without any protruding unnecessarily on top, which is the downside of a viewfinder as accessories.
On the top surface of the part to draw out, see also diopter adjustment. To look in the viewfinder actually feels better than expected – it is not so great (as large as that of the first generation RX100), but still give the impression of a fairly large image in relation to its size. Picture of oled viewfinder with 1.44 million pixels are really good. It is sharp and contrasty, which of course also is a must because it is so small.
In fact, I like the idea. Many times it bothers you on a great camera, sometimes interfering with itself that it is too small. And have one compact camera man like a viewfinder, the other not. It offers the possibility to choose, which is liberating. After walking around in the street to test the camera where it feels like an exciting and little camera, where the photographic feeling absolutely can be increased with the use of the viewfinder.
I think Sony has done well in its balance and structure of this part is also the fun can start and turn off the camera by shooting up or push down the viewfinder.
In addition, the Sony RX100-III has been equipped with an upgraded lens. The lens has lost some focal length on the telephoto side but instead won both brightness and wide angle, equivalent in 35 mm format, 24-70 mm vs 28-100 mm on RX100-II. Aperture has also improved to 1.8-2.8 compared with the earlier f/1.8-4.9.
More wide angle is also something that we see that many want to access, and therefore it is great that Sony has taken this until the enhanced brightness in telephoto mode also provide a greater opportunity to get into a nice background blur to isolate objects, something that is more difficult in a compact camera than a camera with a larger sensor.
Also the screen has been improved. We see, for example, that it is now possible to angle the upward 180 degrees and down in 45 degrees, which simplifies if you are photographing or filming yourself. The resolution is of 1.23 million pixels, and the screen is good, sharp and contrasty. To work with it is also really easy. It feels stable, has good picture and is working properly. It’s also nice to have this option instead of the ejectable viewfinder – that alternate is an effective way to find what is right for the moment.
From the pioneers, we are also again the function wheel which allows us to adjust the settings of the camera. The use is simple and easy to use, and the wheel is the one that I used the most when it comes to handling of settings.
We also see a legacy from the higher models inside the shell of the camera. From A7-models have RX100-III inherited, among other things, local noise reduction and correction for lens errors directly in the camera’s software. I like when the smaller models inherit the larger models ‘ features.
For those who like to film – which works very well with RX100-III – are now also able to save video in the new system, xavc s, with higher bitrate and expanded opportunities for mp4 format. Among other things, it is now possible to record 1080 p at 60 frames per second at 50 megabits per second – and record audio in Dolby Digital (ac3).
Image quality and conclusion
Sony RX100-III is a really small camera, really smart, full of features and exciting as it has a slide out electronic viewfinder. Looking for a capable compact so-III is host to RX100 check out. The difference compared to its predecessor is the viewfinder.