Friday, 16 May 2014

Reasons to get excited about Sony"s RX100 III compact camera


Katie Collins

Katie Collins

Junior Staff Writer,

The best camera is always the one you have with you, which for

most people in most situations these days means the camera on their

phone. Cameras on phones like the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5 are so good that pocket-sized point-and-shoot

cameras are becoming increasingly irrelevant, and it’s rare that

I’d get excited about one.

Congratulations then to Sony, which has changed all that with its freshly unveiled Sony RX100 III. An upgrade on last year’s

RX100 model — widely lauded as the best compact of the year –

this camera is the snapper that even the pros will want to carry in

their back pockets.

The key here is a 20.1-megapixel CMOS sensor which, despite the

RX100 III being smaller than its predecessor, has remained the same

size. It’s been paired with a seriously powerful image processor,

the BIONZ X, which is also used in Sony’s high-end, full-frame

dSLRs. There’s every reason to be excited about the crisp, detailed

pictures this combination of tech could potentially produce.

There’s a new, specially developed Zeiss lens on this camera,

which covers the 24-77mm focal length. While it’s shorter at the

telephoto end than the lens on the previous RX100, it also has a

brighter and wider aperture. With an aperture ranging from f/1.8

ranging to f/2.8 at the telephoto end, it will be really exciting

to see what the RX100 is capable of achieving in low light (Sony

claims it can let twice as much light in as the previous model).

Being able to capture wider shots and grab fantastic snaps in low

light seems like a worthwhile tradeoff for those lost 20 or so

millimetres zoom ability at the top end in my opinion.


As if that’s not enough, Sony has managed to squeeze a

high-resolution pop-up electronic viewfinder into the RX100 next to

the retractable flash. Considering this camera is so tiny, this

really does seem like an astonishing feat of engineering.

Previously the only option to add a viewfinder to the RX100 was to

buy an expensive unit to fit on the top, but that’s no longer

necessary and it’s a big boon as a viewfinder is something that

those serious about their photography don’t like to compromise on.

Even though the camera is likely to be more expensive than its

predecessor at around $800 (£476), at least there’s no need to

splash out on a pricey extra module.



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Another reason to be excited is that this is the first of Sony’s

compact cameras able to capture HD-resolution video at a rate of 50

mbps, which should result in high-quality footage. On the back is

an LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees, meaning that there’s no need

to compromise on the quality of your selfies either.

Of course, all this said, I’ve yet to try out the RX100 and

until I do I can’t verify it lives up to all that is promised by

its heritage and specifications. It’s released in June and I have

high expectations that once I get my hands on it I won’t want to

let it out of my sight.

Reasons to get excited about Sony"s RX100 III compact camera

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