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Sony RX10 II Review

RX10 II Summary

Two years after its predecessor invented the large-sensor, long-zoom category, the Sony RX10 II is here to take things to the next level. It aims to replace your bulky interchangeable-lens camera with a veritable Swiss Army knife compendium of photographic features in a beautifully-crafted body. But the RX10 II is no longer in a class of one, and there's no getting around the fact that it is much more expensive than its rivals. Does it have what it takes to justify that extra expense? Find out now in our in-depth Sony RX10 II review!

Pros

Excellent build quality; Superb viewfinder; Excellent image and video quality for its class; Bright and versatile zoom lens; Very fast autofocus; Great burst performance and depth; Incredible slow-motion capabilities; Really intuitive Wi-Fi image transfer; Good battery life.

Cons

Expensive compared to its nearest competitors; Less zoom reach than rivals; Soft in corners wide-open; Slow buffer clearing; Small rear control dial has poor tactile feedback; Long delay to render each high frame-rate movie; No tilt/swivel or touch on the LCD panel.

Price and availability

Available since July 2015 in the US market, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II carries a list price of around US$1,300. Although that's around the same price as the original RX10 at its introduction, it's quite a bit higher than rivals. The Panasonic FZ1000, for example, lists for only $800, a full $500 below the RX10 II. And the Canon G3X has a list price of US$1,000, still some $300 less than the Sony. Of course, while they're all large-sensor long-zooms, all three cameras have quite different feature sets, strengths and weaknesses. There's a lot more to the story than price alone, as you'll find out as you read through our full review!

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Sony RX10 II Review

by Mike Tomkins, Gannon Burgett and William BrawleyPreview posted: 06/11/2015

Updates:07/28/2015: First Shots posted08/05/2015: Real World Gallery Photos added08/17/2015: Performance test results posted08/20/2015: Field Test Part I posted09/11/2015: Field Test Part II posted09/25/2015: Print Quality analysis posted09/26/2015: Image Quality Comparison and Conclusion posted

---Special update: The Sony RX10 II was named Best Enthusiast Zoom camera in our 2015 Camera of the Year awards!---

In late 2013, Sony created a brand-new segment for the digital camera market: The large-sensor, long-zoom camera. In an instant, the Sony RX10 redefined the image quality you could achieve, vaulting past smaller-sensored rivals thanks to its 1"-type image sensor. And for a long eight months, it had the market all to itself. Then the Panasonic FZ1000 hit the scene, offering the same sensor size and an even more powerful lens for a whole lot less money. (And since then, another rival has also gotten in on the game, in the form of the Canon G3X.)

The Sony RX10 II, then, lands in an entirely different and more competitive market to that which its predecessor first created. Yet take a glance at its exterior and you could be forgiven for thinking it was unchanged: Looking only at the body and lens of both RX10 and RX10 II, you'd be hard-pressed to find any difference between the pair. Underneath its skin, though, the Sony RX10 II is a far more powerful and capable camera than was its predecessor.

In much the same way that Sony improved its RX100-series pocket cameras with the Sony RX100 IV, the RX10 II gets most of its new capabilities from the company's brand new 20.2-megapixel 1"-type Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor with integrated DRAM, which allows for much faster performance.

And what a handy increase in performance it is! The RX10 II's top burst rate now hits a maximum of 14 frames per second in Speed Priority Continuous mode, and 5 fps in standard continuous mode, a significant improvement over the earlier model's slower 10 fps and 2.5 fps rates, respectively. And at the same time, the RX10 II's buffer has also increased to accommodate 44 Extra Fine JPEG frames or 29 raw frames in out tests, a big step above the original RX10's 21 JPEG or 10 raw frames. (See our Performance test results for details.)

Autofocus performance is also much improved, now employing Sony's "Fast Intelligent AF" technology to allow manufacturer-claimed AF speeds as fast as just 0.09 seconds.

In addition, the new Sony Exmor RS sensor provides electronic shutter capability up to 1/32,000 second, which comes in very handy when shooting in bright conditions at wide apertures. And Sony claims that the RX10 II shows little to no rolling shutter "jello" effect, thanks to the high-speed readout enabled by the fast, local DRAM.

But perhaps the biggest news is that the RX10 II is now capable of capturing 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixel) video at rates of 30 or 24 fps, and storing it to the in-camera memory card for as long as 29 minutes per clip. The RX10 II's 4K video is encoded using an XAVC S codec at a bit rate of up to 100Mbps, and even more impressively uses full pixel readout without pixel binning. (That translates to excellent video quality with minimal artifacts.)

And that's not all, either. If you drop the video capture resolution to Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) at a rate of 60 fps or lower, you can also capture high-resolution 16.8-megapixel stills using Sony's Dual Rec function. (And if you are worried about shaking the camera or inducing handling noise into your video, the RX10 II can also be programmed to periodically capture stills automatically during the video, without user intervention.)

The RX10 Mark II can also capture very high frame rate, super slow motion video clips at up to a staggering 240, 480 or 960 frames per second in NTSC mode, and then play it back at anywhere from 24 to 60 frames per second, allowing everything from 4x to 40x slow-motion effects. (Capture rates are just slightly higher at 250, 500 or 1,000 fps for PAL mode, but playback rates also differ, meaning that the slow-motion effect is identical.)

There is a catch, in that you can only record two or four seconds of high frame-rate video in each clip, but that's not actually the limitation it might sound to be. (Typically, you only need very short clips to capture the key moment; a longer clip would quickly get boring.)

And where these high frame-rate modes impress most of all is in their relatively high resolution compared to other high frame rate-capable consumer cameras to date. All HFR video from the Sony RX10 II is output at Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) resolution, but that's after upsampling. Even prior to upsampling, though, 240p / 250p video is recorded at a surprisingly high 1,824 x 1,026-pixel resolution.

Stepping up to 480p / 500p capture does degrade the quality quite a bit with a capture resolution of 1,676 x 566 pixels (approximately halving the vertical resolution), but it's actually still pretty usable. And even the highest-rate 960p / 1,000p capture has 1,136 x 384 resolution before upsampling.

Apart from the Mark II badging, nothing has changed from the front to distinguish the Sony RX10 II from its predecessor. As previously mentioned, the optics of the RX10 II remain unchanged from its older sibling, offering the same excellent Zeiss-branded 24 to 200mm-equivalent zoom range, with both an f/2.8 constant aperture and Sony's SteadyShot image stabilization.

The top of the camera is very similar to the RX10 as well, though the mode dial now has an MR position capable of accessing up to 3 sets of custom settings instead of 2 dedicated custom settings. That freed up space to add an HFR mode setting for quick access to High Frame Rate video. Also note the single Custom button on the RX10 is now labeled C1 on the RX10 II -- we'll see why in a moment.

The Sony RX10 II's sensitivity range is similar to that of the original RX10, with the same upper limit of ISO 12,800-equivalent, which can be extended to ISO 25,600-equivalent when using Multi Frame NR. However, the base sensitivity is now ISO 100-equivalent versus ISO 125, and it's expandable down to ISO 64-equivalent versus 80 on the earlier camera.

Of course, all of those pixels need to be processed by something. To handle the workload, Sony packed in its latest BIONZ X-branded image processor. And with all of that updated hardware also comes new firmware functionality. The Sony RX10 II now includes a more robust flexible spot autofocus function, a new self-timer duration of 5 seconds, and a longer shutter speed of 30 seconds when shooting in Program or Aperture Priority modes. Also added are new Picture Profile options for movies that let you precisely adjust black level, black gamma, gamma (including S-Log2), color mode, saturation, color depth, knee and more.

For the RX10 II's electronic viewfinder, Sony has opted to use a new 2.35-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder display, almost doubling the dot count of its predecessor's EVF. Sony claims the updated EVF offers higher contrast and more natural color rendering as well, and although we didn't have a chance to try both old and new versions side-by-side, we'd certainly agree that it's a very impressive finder indeed.

The tilting three-inch, 1.23 million-dot LCD monitor on the rear of the Sony RX10 II remains unchanged from its predecessor, as does the control layout. One change that's visible from the back, though, is that the Delete button has an additional C2 label, indicating it now serves as a second customizable button in capture mode.

The Sony RX10 II uses the same NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery pack as did the RX10, but CIPA-rated battery life differs slightly, gaining in electronic viewfinder mode at the expense of arm's length capture. While the RX10 was rated for 420 shots using the LCD and 340 shots with the EVF, the RX10 II is rated for 400 and 360 shots respectively.

And with that, let's dig into the meat of the review with our real-world field tests, lab test results and plenty more besides!

Back in late 2013, Sony launched the RX10, a camera which promised to do the same thing for the long-zoom camera that its RX100-series had for pocket cameras. With a much larger than average 1"-type sensor, the RX10 could capture really great photos that were packed with detail.

And while it wouldn't rival a DSLR or mirrorless camera in low light, the Sony RX10's bright constant aperture 24-200mm equivalent zoom lens would've required a hefty bag of glass to match with an interchangeable-lens body.

I was a big fan of the original Sony RX10I first got the chance to shoot with the Sony RX10 alongside the Sony A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras, and while their full-frame sensors ensured that the latter duo grabbed all the headlines, the long-zoom RX10 was the sleeper hit for me. Nor was I alone in that assessment: We gave the RX10 our 2013 Camera of the Year award in the Enthusiast Zoom category.

If you've read the first part of my Sony RX10 II field test, you'll know that I've already found a whole lot to like about this camera. (If you've not already read that first Field Test, I'd recommend starting there and then coming back to this one afterwards!)

A quick recap for those who've just tuned in!Just as did its predecessor a couple of years earlier, the Sony RX10 II packs a whole lot of camera into a solid and surprisingly compact body. It would take at least a few lenses to match the RX10 II's capabilities in an interchangeable-lens camera, and it's really quite freeing to shoot with something of not dissimilar size to an entry-level DSLR with kit lens, and yet not feel limited by it.

The RX10 II still has the same quality feel and (for the most part) good ergonomics as did its predecessor. And its now even more of a pleasure than ever to shoot with, thanks to a superb new high-resolution electronic viewfinder, which truly makes manual focusing a snap.

Below are crops from our laboratory Still Life target comparing the Sony RX10 II vs. the original Sony RX10, Canon G3X, Panasonic FZ1000, Olympus Stylus 1 and Nikon J5. These models represent the RX10 II's direct predecessor, both of its closest rivals, an enthusiast-grade long-zoom camera with constant-aperture lens but a smaller sensor size, and a very compact mirrorless camera with the same sensor size.

NOTE: These images are best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera.

Print quality and image quality are similar but not identical, because what you see on a print isn't always the same as what you see on the screen. Our print quality analysis answers the important question: "Just how big can I print my photos at higher ISOs?"

ISO 64/100 prints show impressive detail and pleasing colors all the way up to 24 x 36 inches. Even with larger 30 x 40 prints, there is very little visible pixelation from this 20-megapixel image, making this size just fine for wall display.

ISO 200 images show a hint of shadow noise, but detail and colors are otherwise excellent, making for a great 20 x 30 inch print. We'd be fine with a 24 x 36 print for wall display here, too.

2013's Sony RX10 was a camera that went unrivaled, a fact due in no small part to the fact that it had no direct rivals. The closest alternatives were a long-zoom whose image quality was crippled by its smaller sensor size, or an interchangeable-lens camera which couldn't compete on size and weight -- at least not if you wanted the same focal length range and bright f/2.8 constant aperture.

But time has moved on, and two years later that is no longer the case. Where the original RX10 launched into a market of its own creation, the Sony RX10 II must now do battle with cameras from both Panasonic and Canon.

There's no question about it: The Sony RX10 II is an even better camera than ever before. The same great body, lens, and resolution are retained, but 2015's model focuses faster, shoots faster for longer, has an even more enjoyable viewfinder and -- for those who favor using that finder -- even boasts just slightly better battery life.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Mark II Review

The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark II features the World's first stacked 1.0 inch BSI CMOS sensor with a DRAM memory chip. The camera features 40x Super Slow Motion Capture, 4K Video Shooting, High-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter, and 14fps continuous shooting. The RX10 Mark II updates the RX10 (Mark I), with a new sensor, plus an improved electronic viewfinder (EVF), with a high resolution of 2.36million dots.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Features

The RX10 Mark II's main features remain the same, with a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 8.3x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 24-200mm in 35mm terms, and a constant f/2.8 aperture, however there is now a new sensor, that offers high speed shooting, as well as 4K and high speed video recording.

High speed video has been available on digital cameras previously, such as the Casio Exilim FC100 offering 1000fps however, this has been at a greatly reduced resolution (240x64 pixels), and more recently with the Nikon 1 J5, which offers 1200fps video at a resolution of 416x144. The RX10 II offers 1000fps at an impressive resolution of 1136x384, and this resolution increases if you select 500fps or 250fps video. 

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Stacked CMOS Sensor:

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Mark II stacked CMOS sensor explained - Image Courtesy Sony

World's first 1.0type stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM (Exmor RS) - The stacked sensor enables the following benefits:

  1. Super fast electronic shutter (1/32000s)
  2. Super slow motion up to 1000fps (max 2 or 4 seconds)
  3. 4K movie with full pixel read-out without pixel binning
  4. Simultaneous still image recording up to 17MP during movie recording
  5. 14fps high speed continuous shooting without display blackout
  6. Anti-distortion shutter

4K video recording is available at 25fps with optical zoom and stereo sound available, and you'll also find microphone and headphone sockets on the side. High speed video is available at 250fps (1824 x 1026), 500fps (1676 x 566) and 1000fps (1136 x 384), for a limited amount of time, which can be extended when shooting at a lower resolution.

The camera has a weather-sealed body that resembles a Digital SLR, and a weight to match at 755g (body only). The camera features diffraction-reducing technology, designed to maintain clarity even when using smaller apertures. There is side access to the memory card slot, which accepts either Sony Memory Sticks or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards.

The rear features a 3inch tilting screen, as well as a 2360k dot electronic viewfinder (with eye-detection sensor), and rather uniquely for this style of camera, on top is an LCD screen much like you would find on a mid to professional range Digital SLR.

Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC is included, letting you remotely control the camera, and you can add additional features to the camera using Sony PlayMemories apps, which can be downloaded over Wi-Fi. 

Key Features

  • 20.2 megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.8 24-200mm (35mm equivalent) zoom
  • 8.3x optical zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot
  • 2360k dot OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder
  • 3inch tilting LCD screen, 1229k WhiteMagic
  • BIONZ X image processor 
  • Eye-AF focuses on subjects eyes
  • Top mounted LCD
  • Multi-interface hot-shoe
  • Manual controls
  • 4K Video, High speed Full HD video at 100fps
  • High speed video at 250, 500, and 1000fps
  • All pixel-video readout (for optimum IQ)
  • Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Handling

Physically, very little has changed between the RX10 and RX10 Mark II, with the Mark II featuring an updated mode dial, with one custom mode (instead of two), and the addition of a "HFR" mode, which stands for High Frame Rate (Video). The delete button is now customisable as the second custom button (C2), and the top custom button is now labelled as C1.

Handling is good with the camera featuring a large rubber hand grip surrounding the right hand side where you hold the camera, and on the back this continues all the way round to where there is a shaped area for your thumb to grip. Above the thumb is where you'll find the exposure compensation dial. If you hold the camera with two hands, which is recommended due to the size and weight of the camera, then the left hand side of the camera (viewed from the rear) also features a rubberised grip that goes round to the front of the camera.

On the lens is the zoom ring, plus a manual aperture ring. The zoom ring controls the power zoom lens, and the aperture ring lets you set the aperture between f/2.8 and f/16, making the camera feel like a more traditional camera. In addition the aperture clicks can be switched off, letting you smoothly and silently change aperture during video recording. You can set the shutter speed using the rear scroll wheel, for manual control over exposure.

The top left of the camera features the mode dial, and the camera even features a sensor plane marking so you know where the sensor sits in the camera. The Sony multi-interface hotshoe means the camera is compatible with a number of Sony accessories.

A small pop-up flash is included, as well as a good size LCD screen (with illumination button next to it), which gives shooting information, as well as remaining shots and battery life. The shutter release features a thread for a screw in shutter release cable, and there is a zoom rocker surrounding the shutter release button, with the on/off switch behind. 

On the back, the tilting rear screen has a high resolution, and is clear to see, with a recessed gap to make it easier to pull the screen out when you want to tilt it. The electronic viewfinder features a 2360k dot resolution, dioptre correction, as well as an eye-detection sensor so that when it's held up to your eye it will automatically switch to the viewfinder. The viewfinder is clear and bright and updates smoothly and is of a good size, even when wearing glasses.

The menus are clearly laid out and resemble the menus from other Sony Alpha cameras, making it easy for anyone familiar with another Sony Alpha camera to switch over to this camera. The function button brings up a set of options on screen, that can be quickly changed without having to go into the menu system, and these options can be customised. On top is a custom button that can be customised, and the 4-way direction pad on the rear can also be customised, along with the AEL button, C2, and control wheel on the back. The focus point can be set over a wide area of the screen, almost into the far corners, although this would be made easier if the screen was a touch-screen. 

Wi-Fi features - As will other recent Sony cameras, the body features NFC (Near Field Communication) and built in Wi-Fi so that you can simply touch the camera to a compatible NFC enabled smartphone to setup the connection. The Sony PlayMemories Mobile app will then allow you to remotely control the camera, as well as download and share photos from the device. 

Battery life - Battery life is rated at 400 shots according to Sony / CIPA test results, which is very good for a camera of this type. Although there is on a USB charger provided, so we would recommend a spare battery.

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Sony RX10 II 4K Dijital Fotoğraf Makinesi

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Sony'nin yüksek zum kapasitesine sahip başarılı RX10 II fotoğraf makinesi, fotoğraf ve video çekimi için dikkat çekici bir gelişme içermektedir: Dünyanın ilk dahili bellekli 1,0 tipi yığma yapılı CMOS görüntü sensörü. Bu sensörü kullanarak 40 kat süper ağır çekime kadar etkileyici 4K videolar ve olağanüstü fotoğraflar çekebilirsiniz. Süper gerçekçi fotoğrafçılık dünyasına yepyeni bir kapı açılıyor. İçeriye adım atın.

1/32.000 Enstantane ile Süper hızlı çekim ve Exmor Cmos Sensör

Bir zamanlar sadece profesyonel fotoğraf makinelerine özel olan süper hızlı çekimin yeni ve harika dünyasına hoş geldiniz. Parlak aydınlatma koşullarında her zamankinden daha özgürce çekim yapın. Hayal gücünün 1/32.000 saniyelik gizemli dünyasına girin. Mucizelere hazır olun. Görüntü sensöründeki devrim, eskiden yalnızca profesyonel ekipmanın sunduğu 40 kata kadar ağır çekim ve Bozulmayı Önleyici Deklanşör gibi üst düzey yeni işlevleri kullanımınıza sunuyor.

Çok hassas 4K kaydı ve 960fps kayıt

Süper gerçekçi videolar için görüntü bozulmasını en aza indirerek 4K kayıt yapın. Profesyonel XAVC S codec yüksek bit hızında kayıtla güzel çekimler yapar ve pikselleri gruplamadan tam piksel okuma özelliği yüksek çözünürlüklü sonuçlar verir. Gözle görülemeyen sinematik ayrıntılara ve netliğe sahip süper gerçekçi videolar çekebilirsiniz. En küçük ayrıntıları görün. Eskiden sadece profesyonel fotoğraf makinelerinde bulunan 960 fps'ye kadar olağanüstü yüksek kare hızında (HFR) video kaydı, insan gözünün göremediği saliselik anların süper ağır çekim görüntülerini üretir. Bu özellik aktif nesnelere uygun ayarlarıyla etrafınızdaki "gizli" hareket evrenini görmenizi sağlar.

0,09 saniyeye kadar hızlı Akıllı AF

RX10 II yüksek hızlı, hassas kontrast algılamalı Hızlı Akıllı AF'yi kullanır. Lens ile kumandası arasındaki optimize edilmiş etkili eşleşme, daha hızlı tepki kabiliyeti sağlar.

Rakipsiz hayal gücü

Tüm zum aralığında sabit F2,8 diyafram açıklığına sahip güçlü ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* lensle her sahnede, her çekimde keskin sonuçlar alın. Lensin olağanüstü netliği, fotoğraflarınızı birer sanat eserine dönüştürür.Yüksek kontrastlı OLED Tru-Finder™, 2,359 milyon noktaya eşit etkileyici çözünürlüğe sahiptir. Uçtan uca parlak görünürlük, nesneleri çekmeye kolayca odaklanmanızı sağlar.

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By admin, on May 29th, 2016

We are comparing Sony RX10 III High ISO images with others, take a look and do share your thoughts with us

We have compared the Sony RX10 III images with Sony RX10 II camera, before we begin you know that Sony RX10 III price is approx $300+ compared to Sony RX10 II camera.

The Sony RX10 III camera showing bit more details compared to the Sony RX10 II however the difference is not noticeable according to the press release the Sony RX10 III is using newly developed stacked CMOS sensor and a dedicated DRAM chip on the back of the sensor to facilitate quick image processing for shooting 4K video and 14 fps continuous shooting speed.

We are comparing third generation of Sony RX10 III camera with first generation of Sony RX10 camera and what we found that…

Sony RX10III camera does showing decent improvements over the RX10 camera. The RX10 III camera showing more details and colors where as  the RX10 image quality look bit flat and full of color noise.

The Sony RX10 will cost you approx #700 less than Sony RX10 III.

More comparison coming….

Also see – Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000 || Sony RX10 III vs Canon G3X

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By admin, on September 2nd, 2015

The Score of the RX10 II score is bit better than the RX10 and look very similar to RX100 M4 camera. Sony used same new stacked-type back-illuminated sensor in Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II as well as RX100 M4.

The RX10 II sensor score clearly out-performs the FZ1000 and Canon G3X, however the low-light performance of Canon G3X is noticeably good and better than Sony RX10.

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By admin, on July 24th, 2015

The FZ300 is recently announced by Panasonic, the camera features advance core specification but the only problem is the small sensor inside it, on the other hand Sony RX10 II features large 1″ sensor…. Take a look at the specification comparison review between the Sony RX10 II and FZ300 camera,

Major Difference

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Specification Comparison Table.

Features / Models Panasonic FZ300 Sony RX10 II
Megapixel 12 megapixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size / type 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Low –Pass filter Yes Yes
Optical zoom 24x 8.3x
Aperture Range F2.8 F2.8
Macro 1cm 3cm
Image stabilization 5-axis hybrid IS Optical
AF System Contrast Detect (sensor) Contrast Detect (sensor)
ISO 100-6400 64-25600
Shutter Min/Max 60 sec 1/16000 sec 30 sec 1/32000 sec
Top Continuous Shooting Speed 12fps 14fps
Video 3840 x 2160 (30p, 24p) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p)
Display 3.0″ LCD Rear Touch Screen Swivel (1,040,000 pixels) 3.0″ LCD Rear Screen Tilt (1,229,000 pixels)
Viewfinder EVF EVF
Hot-shoe Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 380 shots 400 shots
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Wireless connectivity Built-In Built-In with NFC
Dimensions 132 x 92 x 117 mm 129 x 88 x 102 mm
Weight 691g 813g

 

Sensors: Sony DSC RX10 II has 20.2 MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor which is based on backside-illuminated technology. While the FZ300 supports 12MP 1/2.3″ high-Sensitivity MOS sensor added with the Venus Engine image processor.

Hence the sensor of RX10 II is larger and superior to FZ300.  The large sensor inside the RX10 II definitely improves the clarity and image as well its performance in low-light condition. Sony RX10 II has two stop more ISO compare to  FZ300 , which makes it more sensitive to low-light environment and hence it captures correctly exposed image even at low-light condition when compared to FZ300.

Sony RX10 II has the integrated DRAM chip into the sensor and its combination with the BINOZ X processor supports 4K recording upto 30 mins and can  capture 20MP files @14fps on the other side FZ300 has the capacity to capture 12MP files @12fps., the Sony RX10 II is really have uncomparable speed.

Sony RX10II sensor will give you better image quality compared to FZ300.

Optical Zoom: FZ300 uses the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 24x Zoom Lens which supports the equivalent focal length of 25-600mm and also supports maximum and fixed aperture of f/2.8.  While Sony RX10 II has uses the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 8.3x Optical Zoom Lens with fixed F2.8 aperture range, the biggest reason behind the coverage of more optical zoom by Panasonic is its small sensor size. However if you want a zoom camera you may go with Nikon P900 that features 83X optical zoom.

Yes the Panasonic FZ300 more zoom compared to RX10 II.

Image Stabilization: Panasonic FZ300 used the advanced 5-Axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization on the other hand the camera Sony RX10 features 3 way image stabilization. The Optical image stabilization used in FZ300 reduces the production of blur due to your shaky hands and also it corrects five types of camera shake during handheld shooting. It also compensates in real time vibration while recording the still  or the action videos while walking. Whereas RX10 II has the Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and reduce the camera shake works dim-light conditions. Its Active 3-Way stabilization maintains the balance between both clockwise and counter-clockwise movements while recording videos.

FZ300 has used the advanced Image stabilization compare to RX10 II.

Shutter Speed: Both Sony and Panasonic camera features built in electronic as well as mechanical shutter, however the RX10 II electronic shutter limit goes upto 1/32000, which is far better than FZ300 on the other hand the FZ300 long exposure mode is better compared to RX10 II.

Video: The FZ300 supports recording 4K UHD at the resolution of 3840 x 2160pixels video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100 Mbps in the MP4 format. Also RX10 II supports 4K UHD video recording and also offers shooting up to 100 Mbps. The biggest advantage of RX10 II is super slow motion recording,it can record super slow-motion full HD video up to 960 fps.

Display: In Sony RX10 II  3.0″ 1228K-dot LCD monitor is integrated into the camera body and features a tilting design to promote easier use from high and low angles, on the other hand the Panasonic FZ300 have bit low resolution vari-angle touch display unit.

Price Difference:  A big price difference present, The Panasonic FZ300 will cost your approx $700 less compared to the RX10 II.

Verdict: We highly recommend you to buy Sony RX10 II if Price doesn’t matter.

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By abhishek, on June 22nd, 2015

 We are doing a specification comparison here take a look at the major difference between both the camera…

Major Difference

Canon PowerShot G3 X vs. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Specification Comparison Table.

Sensor: Both the camera features almost same sensor and same resolution but the technologies inside the sensor is different, the Sony RX10 uses Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and on the other hand the Canon uses CMOS sensor (of RX100 M3 camera).

with the help a new sensor’s design that utilizes a stacked CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip and backside-illuminated technology, the RX10 will sure give you neat image (without noise at higher ISO settings).

Lens: The Canon G3X have 25X Optical zoom and RX10 is limited to 8.3X optical zoom only, the major advtange of the RX10 camera is constant aperture range of the camera, the RX10 offers you fixed F2.8 aperture throught the zoom range on the other hand the Canon 25X optical zoom lens have variable aperture starting from 2.8-5.6, the constant aperture will sure give you more DOF in RX10 images when used at longer focal length compared to Canon.

The Sony RX10 features better close-up range compared to the Canon G3X (5cm vs 3cm), a better macro mode allow you to go more closer to the subject with losing the focus of the camera.

 Auto focus system: Both the camera features same contrast based AF system, however the Canon have more dense AF points compared to Sony.

Continuous shooting speed: Despite of having same resolution as of G3X camera the Sony RX10 features blazing fast continuous shooting speed of 14fps on the other hand the Canon G3X camera is limited to 5.5fps only,

Thanks to the introduction of DRAM chip is integrated into the sensor, and combined with the BINOZ X processor, it allows for fast readout speeds directly from the sensor, with the help of the new technology the burst shooting touched a new height of up to 14 fps, and now you can use maximum physical shutter speed of 1/3200 sec and a maximum electronic shutter speed of 1/32000 sec.

 

The Sony RX10 gives a prefect place for thumb-grip and button layout are more perfectly designed compared to Canon, the other major advantage is the presence of XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder on the rear side of the camera.

 4K Video: The RX10 can shoot 4K (30/24fps) videos Up to 29 Minutes, the Canon G3X is limited to Full HD (60p) video mode only… while recording the videos you can use the full optical zoom and fulltime AF support of both the camera.

Verdict: From specification comparison review it is very clear that Canon G3X is offering us more optical zoom lens on the other hand the Sony RX10 II features bright optical zoom lens with F2.8 aperture, that will give us better color and contrast with more DOF when used at longer focal length, the camera also features newly developed DRAM memory (buffer) Chip on the rear side of the sensor to increase the data transfer speed exponentially that help to to achieve continuous shooting speed of 15fps and also able capture 4K without an issue.

We highly recommend you to go with Sony RX10 II, It’s and all-rounder camera and recommend for still and video shooters and if you are a still shooter and need more zoom lens and DOF / continuous shooting speed isn’t a issue for than you should go with Canon G3X

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By admin, on June 11th, 2015

Take a look at the sample images of the recently announced Sony RX10 camera, we have already posted the announcement of the camera here, In short the camera is now equipped with new sensor and a option to record 4K videos.

M mode, 1/12800 sec., F2.8, ISO 200, Auto white balance

S mode, 1/6400 sec., F2.8, ISO 100, Auto white balance

M mode, 1/8000 sec., F1.8, ISO125, Auto white balance

By admin, on June 11th, 2015

Sony Announced its RX10 successor today, the camera comes with new 20.2 MP, 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS stacked CMOS image sensor with a DRAM chip, with the help of newly developed tech the camera can capture more sharp images with improved color and contrast ratio, when the DRAM chip is integrated into the Bionz X image processor the camera gets a boost in overall speed, now after the additon of the DRAM chip camera can now records UHD 4K video, fast readout speeds, burst shooting up to 14 fps, and a maximum physical shutter speed of 1/3200 sec and a maximum electronic shutter speed of 1/32000 sec.

Take a look at the Major specification of the camera

  • 20.2 MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Carl Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Eq)
  • Slow Motion Video at 960 fps
  • 3.0″ 1228K-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine TFT LCD
  • XGA OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Built-In Wireless and NFC Connectivity
  • Low-Light Sensitivity to ISO 12800
  • Super Sonicwave Motor for Fast Autofocus

The Sony RX10 II can records 4K videos up to five minutes with no line skipping or pixel binning and with minimal moiré or visual aliasing. The XAVC S format is utilized to maximize high-bitrate shooting up to 100 Mbps for professional-quality video, the camera can also record Super Slow Motion High Frame Rate movies at up to 40x slower than real time. These slow motion clips are recorded at 960 fps, 480 fps or 240 fps and can then be played back at 1920 x 1080, in either 60p, 30p or 24p. At resolutions below 4K, including Full HD 1920 x 1080p, movies up to 29 minutes in length can be saved.

Pricing and AvailabilityThe new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV(model DSC-RX100M4) compact and RX10 II (model DSC-RX10M2) high-zoom camera will be available this July for about $1000 and $1300, respectively. Pre-sales for each model will begin on June 17th.

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By admin, on October 26th, 2014

Sony DSC R1 Waiting for Replacement

We have collected the list of Sony rumored camera that may be announced on 2014-2015, take a look and share your thoughts with us…

1. Sony A7000

We have already published a lot of rumored information related to A7000 camera (see here and here),  so finally we do expect that Sony will announce Sony A7000 camera in the month of Jan and Feb, 2015. The camera is rumored to feature newly developed APS-C sensor optimized for low-light performance , the sensor will also feature active phase pixels inside the sensor for fast AF performance, viewfinder similar to the current Sony NEX 6 camera and a Tri nav display … Sony is also rumored to announce a new Zeiss 16-50mm compact zoom lens. Camera body will cost you approx $699 USD, Zeiss lens to retail for $1199.

2. Sony Medium Format Camera Rumor

  • Sony Medium Format Mirrorless camera – Recently published Sony leaked document is showing a newly developed medium format sensor with active phase AF pixels inside with a limited ISO range of 100-6400…
  • Sony Compact Medium Format Camera Rumor – Sony RX2 (Name is not confirmed yet) will feature Sony 50 MP medium format sensor and advance core specification.

3. Sony 8K Camera

According to the recent rumors published few days ago Sony is testing a prototype of 8K Camera that look like Sony A99 with grip, so as we have already said here,  so there are two possibilities,

  • The first one is Sony may announce a new compact cinema line-up as Canon EOS C (cinema) series or
  • It is also possible that upcoming A99 II may have a option to record 8K Videos.

Other camera that do deserve attention

Sony A99 II Camera –  The Sony A99 II update is due and according to latest rumors Sony will add a 36 MP FF sensor in the A99 II body, a option to record 4K / 8K video and will also feature world fastest AF speed due to SLT technology.

Sony RX10 II / Sony RX20 – Sony RX10 was announced on October 2013,  based on the rumors surfaced over the web the RX20 / RX10 will arrive 4K recording option and XAVC-S Codec format support, plus 120fps frame rate option will be added to the HD recording of Sony RX20. Now October 2014 is passed an no update arrived yet, we do believe that Sony will announce the RX20 / RX10 II successor as soon as possible to avoid damage from FZ1000.

Sony RX100M IV – The next Sony RX100 M series camera will arrive on August 2014, we are almost sure that Sony will add 4K Video recording option of Sony RX100M IV camera.

What we are still missing?

A APS-C compact camera from Sony, a true successor of DSC RC1 camera.

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Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX10 II Detailed Comparison

Sony RX10 III features a 24-600 mm F2.4-4.0 25 zoom lens whereas Sony RX10 II features a 24-200 mm F2.8 8.3 zoom lens.

Both cameras have a wide angle coverage of 24mm. On the other hand, with a max aperture of f2.40, Sony RX10 III is faster than Sony RX10 II at this focal length. On the tele end, Sony RX10 III has 400mm longer reach than the Sony RX10 II. However, with a max aperture of f2.80, Sony RX10 II is faster at tele end.

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What types of Photography are Sony RX10 III and Sony RX10 II Good for?

In this section, we rank and compare Sony RX10 III and Sony RX10 II for five different photography types in order to make your decision process easier in case you are specifically interested in one or more of these areas.

Sony RX10 III for Portrait Photography
Sony RX10 II for Portrait Photography
Average sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Image Stabilization RAW shooting capability External Flash Shoe Electronic Built-in Viewfinder Manual Focus Mode Manual Exposure Mode Average Ergonomics&Handling Read the details Average sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Image Stabilization RAW shooting capability External Flash Shoe Electronic Built-in Viewfinder Manual Focus Mode Manual Exposure Mode Average Ergonomics&Handling Read the details
Sony RX10 III for Street Photography
Sony RX10 II for Street Photography
Image Stabilization RAW shooting capability Electronic Built-in Viewfinder Manual Focus Mode Live-view Face-Detection FocusingTilting LCD Screen Fast Lens at Wide: f2.4024 mm - Good Wide Angle Coverage Average sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Medium sized Body Read the details Image Stabilization RAW shooting capability Electronic Built-in Viewfinder Manual Focus Mode Live-view Face-Detection FocusingTilting LCD Screen Fast Lens at Wide: f2.8024 mm - Good Wide Angle Coverage Average sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Medium sized Body Read the details
Sony RX10 III for Sports Photography
Sony RX10 II for Sports Photography
Image Stabilization RAW shooting capability External Flash Shoe Electronic Built-in Viewfinder Manual Focus Mode Manual Exposure Mode Fast Continuous Shooting: 14.0fps Environmental Sealings 25 Focus Points Wireless Connection600 mm Tele Lens Fast Lens at Tele: f4.00 Average Ergonomics&Handling Average Max shutter speed: 1/2000s Read the details Image Stabilization RAW shooting capability External Flash Shoe Electronic Built-in Viewfinder Manual Focus Mode Manual Exposure Mode Fast Continuous Shooting: 14.0fps Environmental Sealings 25 Focus Points Wireless Connection200 mm Tele Lens Fast Lens at Tele: f2.80 Average Ergonomics&Handling Average Max shutter speed: 1/2000s Read the details
Sony RX10 III for Daily Photography
Sony RX10 II for Daily Photography
RAW shooting capability Environmental Sealings 25X Optical ZoomAverage sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Medium size Body 1051g Body Thickness 127mm Read the details RAW shooting capability Environmental Sealings 8X Optical ZoomAverage sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Medium size Body 813g Body Thickness 102mm Read the details
Sony RX10 III for Landscape Photography
Sony RX10 II for Landscape Photography
Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP RAW shooting capability Manual Focus Mode Manual Exposure Mode24 mm - Good Wide Angle Coverage Environmental Sealings Average sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Read the details Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Manual Focus Mode Manual Exposure Mode Environmental Sealings24 mm - Good Wide Angle Coverage Average sized 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor Read the details

Sony RX10 III vs Sony RX10 II: OUR DECISION

You may have already made your decision about which camera suits better for your needs and your budget so far but in case you wonder how we rated Sony RX10 III and Sony RX10 II, below you can find their scores in five different aspects. Our Decision Algorithm dynamically scores cameras using 63 different specs, current price and DxO Mark scores (where possible) in order to make a more objective and consistent comparison.

Here is a summary of how Sony RX10 III and Sony RX10 II scores compare:

Sony RX10 III Ranked #5 out of 107 in SLR-like (bridge) camerasRanked #85 out of 1131 in all Cameras Sony RX10 II Ranked #3 out of 107 in SLR-like (bridge) camerasRanked #77 out of 1131 in all Cameras

Sony RX10 II has a higher Overall Score than the Sony RX10 III and would be our choice if we have to decide between these two cameras.

Sony RX10 II vs Sony RX10 III Specs Table

Detailed comparison of specifications General Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II Sensor Autofocus Lens Screen Viewfinder Photography Features Video Features Connectivity Physical Other Features DxO Sensor Scores
Brand Sony Sony
Announced 2016-03-29 2015-06-10
Body Type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Price $1,298.00 $1,198.00
Type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Size 1 1
Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Area 116.16mm2 116.16mm2
Megapixels 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Max Resolution 5472 x 3648 5472 x 3648
Max Native Light sensitivity 12,800 ISO 12,800 ISO
Max Boosted Light Sensitivity 25600 ISO 25600 ISO
Min Native Light sensitivity 125 ISO 125 ISO
Min Boosted Light Sensitivity 64 ISO 64 ISO
RAW Support
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 25 25
Manual Focus
Lens Mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens Focal Range 24-600 mm (25) 24-200 mm (8.3)
Max Aperture F2.4-4.0 F2.8
Macro Focus Range 3cm 3cm
Type Tilting Tilting
Size 3″ 3″
Resolution 1,229k dots 1,229k dots
Touch Screen
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2,359k dots 2,359k dots
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 0.7
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization Optical Optical
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 10.80 m (at Auto ISO) 10.20 m
External Flash
Continuous Shooting 14.0 fps 14.0 fps
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In
HDMI
Environmental Sealing
Weight 1051g 813g
Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127mm 129 x 88 x 102mm
Battery Life 420 shots 400 shots
Timelapse Recording
GPS None None
DxO Overall Score 70 70
DxO Color Depth 23.1 23.0
DxO Dynamic Range 12.6 12.6
DxO Low Light ISO 472 531
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Sony RX10 III Review

RX10 III Summary

Sony created the large-sensor, long-zoom camera segment, and now it provides its object of desire. The Sony RX10 III is a bright-lensed, beautifully-built DSLR alternative with triple the zoom reach of its sibling, the RX10 II. Jam-packed with features and offering great image quality, there's no question it's a heck of a camera, but it has a pricetag to match. Is it worthy of its considerable cost? Find out in our in-depth Sony RX10 III review!

Pros

Versatile all-in-one replacement for a DSLR or mirrorless camera; Great handling and build; Excellent image quality; Spectacular zoom reach; Swift performance with generous buffer depths; Extremely capable video capture; Comprehensive remote control; Quick-and-easy image sharing

Cons

Extremely expensive for a fixed-lens camera; Fairly heavy for fixed-lens camera; Somewhat soft in the corners at wide-angle or tele; Noise reduction intrudes at higher sensitivities; No built-in ND filter; Not as fast when shooting raws; Slow buffer clearing

Price and availability

Available from May 2016 in the US market, the Sony RX10 III is priced at US$1,500. In Canada, list pricing is in the region of CA$2,000.

Imaging Resource rating

4.5 out of 5.0

Sony RX10 III Review

by Mike TomkinsReview posted: 07/27/2016Last updated: 02/02/2017

With a powerful 24-600mm f/2.4-4 zoom lens and a high-resolution 20.1-megapixel image sensor, the Sony RX10 III takes the large-sensor RX-series into ultrazoom territory for the first time. It comes with a hefty pricetag, but boasts performance, features and image quality to match. But can it compete against its large-sensor, long-zoom rivals which cost barely more than half as much? Find out below in our Sony RX10 III field test! You'll also want to check out our performance test results, and browse our extensive gallery of real-world sample images.

If you're looking for our full Sony RX10 III overview, please click here to jump further down the page.

 

Last summer, I wrote our review of the Sony RX10 II, a followup to the original RX10 which I'd also reviewed a couple of years earlier. I really loved both cameras, and own an RX10 II myself.

Like the RX10 before it, the Sony RX10 II really made for a great all-rounder camera when I didn't want to pack a larger-sensored body and some interchangeable lenses. (In our current era of increasingly expensive baggage fees and stringent weight limits when traveling, that's been rather often in my experience.)

The RX10 III's launch was much earlier than I'd expected, but made a lot of senseWhen I first heard that Sony was preparing to launch the RX10 III a few months back, though, my initial reaction was one of surprise. Not because I couldn't think of anything I'd improve in its predecessor, necessarily, but more because it came so hot on the heels of the much-praised RX10 II.

Below are crops from our laboratory Still Life target comparing the Sony RX10 III's single-shot image quality to its shorter-zoomed sibling, the RX10 II, as well as to its nearest 1"-sensor rivals, the Canon G3X and Panasonic FZ1000. By way of comparison to other sensor sizes, we've also included the Panasonic FZ300 as an example of a smaller-sensored camera based around a 1/2.3" sensor, and the Sony A6300 as an example of an interchangeable-lens camera based around an APS-C sensor.

NOTE: These images are from best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison with the exception of the Sony A6300 have fixed zoom lenses. The A6300 was shot with our very sharp FE 55mm F1.8 ZA reference lens. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera. For those interested in working with the RAW files involved: click these links to visit each camera's respective sample image thumbnail page: Sony RX10 III, Sony RX10 II, Canon G3X, Panasonic FZ1000, Panasonic FZ300 and Sony A6300 -- links to the RAW files appear beneath those for the JPEG images, wherever we have them. And remember, you can always go to our world-renowned Comparometer to compare the Sony RX10 III to any camera we've ever tested!

Print quality and image quality are similar but not identical, because what you see on a print isn't always the same as what you see on the screen. Our print quality analysis answers the important question: "Just how big can I print my photos at higher ISOs?"

The Sony RX10 III delivers print sizes we'd expect based on the performance of both its predecessor and most 1-inch type sensored cameras in general. You can expect high-quality 24 x 36 inch prints at base and extended low settings, and then a typical size reduction occurring predictably after about ISO 800. Even ISO 12,800 allows for a reasonable 4 x 6 inch print, while good 8 x 10 inch prints are possible all the way up to ISO 3200.

Over the last couple of years, we've reviewed both the groundbreaking Sony RX10 and its followup, the RX10 II. And in both cases, we've found them to offer a whole heck of a lot of camera. In many ways, the RX10 II -- which went on sale a year ago this month -- has continued to lead the field in the segment which its predecessor created.

In one respect, though, both cameras trailed their nearest rivals. The original RX10 and its successor both shared the same zoom lens, and while its constant-aperture design was really bright, it had much more limited telephoto reach than cameras like the Panasonic FZ1000 and Canon G3X. The Sony RX10 III aims to resolve that. It doesn't replace the RX10 II, but rather complements it, with the two selling side-by-side in a new, broader RX10-series lineup.

Between both cameras, Sony gives potential owners a choice which its rivals don't offer: Do you want a bright, constant aperture while still retaining a very useful 8.3x zoom range, or would you favor even more telephoto reach at the expense of that constant aperture?

 

Sony RX10 III Review -- Overview

by Mike TomkinsPreview posted 03/29/2016

In July 2015, Sony released its RX10 II digital camera, a follow-up for the original RX10 model which first shipped at the very end of 2013. Now, just eight months after the RX10 II hit the market, the next-generation Sony RX10 III has arrived and sells alongside that camera, offering a whole lot more zoom reach in a slightly bigger package!

The mighty ultrazoom lens is the really big news

The big story here is the Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*-branded lens. Where the Sony RX10 and RX10 II shared the same 24-200mm-equivalent optic, the RX10 III opts for a much more powerful 24-600mm zoom with f/2.4-4 maximum aperture across the zoom range. Actual focal lengths range from 8.8 to 220mm. This much greater reach suggests that rather than being a replacement for the RX10 II, the RX10 III is instead intended to sell alongside the existing camera. (And indeed, we've received confirmation from Sony that this is indeed the case.)

Despite its huge zoom range and wide aperture, the lens has low to very low chromatic distortion, especially towards the wide end of the range. Sony has really pulled out all the stops in lens design for this zoom-monster, and the lens not surprisingly has a very complex formula. Compared to the earlier 14-element, 11-group design with seven aspheric elements, the Sony RX10 III instead opts for a whopping 18-element design with a total of 13 groups. That includes no less than eight ED glass elements, of which there's one super ED glass element, five ED glass elements and two ED aspherical elements. A nine-bladed aperture provides attractive bokeh; Sony didn't provide details on the aperture of earlier models, suggesting this figure is likely upgraded too.

As you'd expect in a lens this far-reaching, image stabilization is included. Sony rates the Optical SteadyShot system in the RX10 III as good for a 4.5-stop corrective strength. Focusing is possible to as close as three centimeters at wide-angle, or 72cm at telephoto. Maximum magnification at the telephoto position is 0.49x.

Aperture, zoom and focus rings are included on the lens barrel, providing an SLR-like shooting experience. There's also a focus hold button on the left side of the lens barrel near its base, making it easy to stop autofocus operation if you want to reframe before image capture. There are also 72mm filter threads on the front of the lens, should you wish to mount creative or protective filters.

A bigger and heavier camera, but not as much as you might expect

Not surprisingly, given its impressive new lens, the Sony RX10 III is both larger and heavier than is the RX10 II, but the change in size is rather less significant than one might expect. With dimensions of 5.2 x 3.7 x 5.0 inches, the RX10 III has grown by about a tenth of an inch in width, two tenths in height, and an inch or so in depth compared to the earlier camera.

With a loaded-and-ready-to-shoot weight of 38.6 ounces, the RX10 III is significantly heavier than its 28.7-ounce sibling, doubtless due in large part to all the glass in its new lens. That makes the RX10 III about one-third heavier than the RX10 II.

Like the RX10 II before it, Sony describes the RX10 III's body as being both dust and moisture-resistant, but provides no information on the number or location of seals. Nor does it provide any specific rating indicating the degree of sealing provided.

A new sensor, but with familiar specifications

The 1"-type, backside-illuminated image sensor itself also looks to be new, although sensor resolution is essentially unchanged from that of the earlier models. With an effective pixel count of 20.1 megapixels, the Sony RX10 III's sensor does differ just fractionally from the 20.2-megapixel chips of its siblings, however. As in the RX10 II, the sensor uses a stacked design with DRAM chip, and its output is handled by a BIONZ X-branded image processor. This provides performance enough to allow for extreme high frame-rate or 4K video capture.

Sensitivity ranges from ISO 64 to 12,800-equivalents, also unchanged from the RX10 II. Continuous burst shooting is possible at a maximum of 14 frames per second with focus locked from the first frame, again unchanged from the RX10 II. Even with AF active between frames, the RX10 III is capable of up to 6.3 frames-per-second burst capture. (Our test target for this is static, yielding this maximum figure; Sony rates the RX10 III as capable of five fps.)

Swift autofocus using contrast detection

Just as in the RX10 II, the Sony RX10 III focuses using a contrast-detection autofocus system, branded by Sony as Fast Intelligent AF. Subject-detection algorithms operate even before a half-press of the shutter button, and are said to be able to determine a focus lock in as little as 0.09 seconds.

The same viewfinder as the RX10 II...

Sony has retained the same excellent electronic viewfinder from the RX10 II for the new Sony RX10 III. Based around an Organic LED panel with a 0.39-inch diagonal and a total resolution of 2,359,296 dots, the finder has 0.7x magnification (35mm-equivalent), and a 21.5mm eyepoint from the eyepiece frame. Manufacturer-rated coverage is 100%, and a dioptric adjustment for eyeglass-wearers spans the range from -4 to +3 diopters. As well as automatic brightness control there is also a five-step manual brightness adjustment provided.

...and the same dual-LCD design

On the rear and top decks of the Sony RX10 III, there are separate LCD displays, just as in the RX10 II. The rear-panel 2.95-inch display has a resolution of 1,228,800 dots, and as well as those specifications being unchanged from the earlier RX10 II, so too is the articulation mechanism. This will allow tilting upwards by 107 degrees, or downwards by 42 degrees. The top-deck LCD, meanwhile, is a small monochrome status display providing basic exposure and operational information, again just as in the RX10 II.

Made with movies in mind

Like the RX10 II before it, the Sony RX10 III was clearly made with movie capture in mind. For one thing, there is no Full HD limit here: The RX10 III can capture 4K video at rates of either 30, 25 or 24 frames per second, and with bitrates as high as 100Mbps using full-pixel readout with no binning. You can, of course, opt for Full HD or HD capture if you don't need this resolution, and here capture rates top out at 120 fps.

And like the RX10 II before it, the Sony RX10 III also allows high frame-rate capture at rates up to 960 fps, although the rather frustrating requirement to have clips upsampled to Full HD resolution in-camera post-capture remains, meaning that you may potentially miss shooting a subsequent clip if the camera has yet to finish rendering the previous one. (We continue to hold out hope that Sony will eventually allow saving at the actual capture resolution, as there's little advantage to upsampling in-camera.)

Wireless connectivity

The Sony RX10 III includes both in-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking and NFC radios, just as did the RX10 II before it. This allows both for remote control and capture, and also for cable-free transfer of photos to your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. We've found Sony's implementation to be one of the more impressively easy to use, with Android users in particular enjoying the ability to send a photo to their phone simply by viewing it in playback mode on the camera, and then bumping the two devices' NFC antennas together.

Wired connectivity

Of course, there's all the wired connectivity you'd expect, too. Just as in the RX10 II, the Sony RX10 III includes a USB 2.0 High-Speed data connection to get photos and movies onto your computer, and a Micro HDMI connector to let you see them on your TV. There's also Sony's proprietary Multi Interface Shoe, which doubles as a hot shoe for Sony strobes and an attachment point for various other accessories. And catering to video capture, there is both external microphone and headphone connectivity, too.

Power

The Sony RX10 III draws power from the exact same 7.2-volt NP-FW50 lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack as did the earlier RX10 and RX10 II. Battery life is rated at 420 shots on a charge when using the LCD monitor, or 370 shots on a charge with the electronic viewfinder. That's 20 frames more with the LCD, or 10 more with the viewfinder, than was possible on the RX10 II. That's pretty impressive given that the RX10 III has triple the zoom range of the earlier cameras, and the CIPA test used requires that the camera rack across the entire zoom range once after every shot.

 

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