Sony RX10-III – the Extreme Long Zoom Button

With a zoom range equivalent to 24-600 mm with high image quality, Sony takes a further step towards the camera as can everything. Able, sharp optics, good image stabilization, and sharpened on video.
It may seem a little odd not to scope 24-200 on Sony RX10/RX10 II would be enough, but in comparison with its competitors Canon G3 X, Nikon DL24-500 and Panasonic FZ1000 low Sony after. Now counters the Sony by inserting a RX10 III equal scope that Canon has in their G3 X. 25 x zoom, from the equivalent of 24 to 600 millimeters. Panasonic has 16 times and past the RX10 models 8.3 times zoom.

Like the previous bet Sony on the brightness in front of compact. Canon G3 X has light, 2.8-5.6 while the RX10 III shines with 2.4-4.0.For those who think it’s important with a fixed brightness RX10 II will continue to be sold. A great finesse with it is that it has the brightness f/2.8 throughout the zoom range.


I find it inspiring to use a camera with a large zoom range as all kind of scenes are available only through that I poke with the index finger to the left or right of the slider at the trigger. On I can also zoom RX10 III with the ring on the lens. When given the opportunity to fine-tune the slicer in a way that does not go with pekfingerreglaget.

But one should not try to move through the full range of lens ring. It requires five, six twists for me with thumb and middle finger on my left hand, but the hand in the fixed position, supported by – the camera.

And to support the camera is needed. It is so heavy that one does not like to hold it with one hand only, even if the grip of his right hand is good.

The inspiration I get from the zoom range would be dampened very quickly if the result is not sharp. With the RX10 is the opposite – it is so sharp that I immediately want to take more pictures. Earlier this year I tested the Panasonic TZ100 along with TZ80. In the comparison stood TZ100 good, but compared with the RX10, the difference is very large.Tz100 is simply too small for it to be» inspiring sharp «.» The question we have to consider is whether the RX10 III is too large to be able to be» inspiring handy «.»


The number of customizable controls are so many that it needed two menu pages for all to fit. Ten is the specifically. For nine of these have all 56 different options to choose from. In addition to the physical buttons and controls, there is a context menu with twelve positions where you can choose from 34 different options.

There are undeniably good possibilities for customization of the camera, but I’ll still do not fully agree with it. It comes to the program selection state of the saved preset sets. I want the camera to be restored to these when I turn it on and off it, but to get to the restore do I need either turning the program selection knob is a step forward and back, or to download the saved settings again using the menu.

Because it so obviously is a matter of taste, the best was to have another choice in the camera for just that – how you want the restore operation to occur. One of the problems that arise now that I’m using MR. mode on the program selection knob is that the camera will remember last used focal length. If it was so telephoto mode so the longest zoom out to this right away when I turn on the camera.

Variable focus distance

Närgränsen is a bit funny on RX10 III. The natural is that it gets further away with increasing focal length, but that is not the case. At 110 mm (300 mm equivalent) turns and longest teleläget get why a much larger image scale than little half zoomed in close.

It can be a bit confusing at first, but as the image stabilizer works great and the lens is excellent sharp even on the longest telephoto mode how it works nicely to go around and photograph such as flowers with equivalent 600 mm., Furthermore, images are usually better looking since the subject highlights the good then the background basically disappear with such a tight slicers.

The width is about seven centimeters at the longest focusing distance at the telephoto position while it is slightly more than 18 centimeters at the equivalent of 300 mm. 100 mm, width 11 cm and at the vidvinkligaste location is the width again about 7 cm. But then the focusing distance calculated from the front element less than two centimeters, which in addition to the angle of view becomes strange to become a great risk that the lens shade that you want to photograph.

Image quality

With that much longer zoom range in the RX10 III compared to previous RX10 models so I had expected that the distortion on vidvinkligaste mode would be greater. This is something that is not visible to the average user, but with a Raw conversion software where one can turn the correction of the image, you can see.

The point for me to look at this is that a correction of the excessive distortion means that the entire sensor is used and that the edges of the image is upscaled. It is common on superzoomar, but the RX10 III keeps the distortion impressive low. Nor do I see any obvious difference in the sharpness towards the former. Even on the longest teleläget the sharpness is really good.


As usual when a camera should be summarized, it is a lot about the price. Sony chooses to let the RX10 III take over the price previously RX10 II. That means 15 500 €, while the RX10 II is reduced to 13 500 SEK; It looks like much when you can get the Panasonic FZ1000 for 5 800 kr and Canons and Nikons models for just over 8 000 and 9 000 kr. While it is clear that the RX10 III is a very capable camera. It has a really sharp lens and is sharp at filming.