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Feeling Disappointed to See Sony RX10 III DXO Score

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Yes I am really disappointed to see the score card of Sony RX10 III camera, However I am Sony RX100 series camera lover and While writing this post I also charging my RX100 IV camera with USB charger.

OLD is GOLD – Sony RX10 III scored 472 ISO low-light score on the other side Sony RX10 II score is 531 ISO. The difference is not so big but why negative? Customer is paying $300 extra for an upgraded version of a camera and they are not getting what they should.

Take a look at the DXOMark Report Card

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Sony RX10 III High ISO TEST

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

Sony RX100 III High ISO TEST

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.

 Sony RX10 III from Amazon | B&H Buy Sony RX10 II from Amazon | B&H

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

Sony RX10 High ISO Test image

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.

Sony RX10 III from Amazon | B&H  Sony RX10 Available at Amazon |

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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Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000

Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-RX10-II-vs.-Panasonic-LUMIX-DMC-FZ1000-1Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000 – Both camera features same resolution and same size however the sensor architecture both the camera completely different, take a look at the specification comparison review below for more details

Features/ Models Sony RX10 III Panasonic FZ1000
Megapixel 20 megapixels 20 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Low pass filter No No
Optical Zoom 25X 16X
Aperture Range F2.8 – 4.0 F2.8 – 4.0
Macro Range 3 cm 3 Cm
Image processor Bionz X  Venus Engine
Image Stabilization Optical IS 5-axis
AF system Contrast Detect Contrast Detect / DFD
AF Points 25 AF points 49 AF points
ISO Auto, 125 – 12800 (expands to 64-25600) Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 80-25600)
Shutter Min/ mix 30-1/32000 30-1/16000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps 12fps
Video 4K @ 30fps 4K @ 30fps
Display 3.0″ 1.228m-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine LCD 3.0″ 921k-Dot Free-Angle LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Electronic (100%)  Electronic (100%)
Hot shoe Yes Yes
Wireless WiFi and NFC WiFi and NFC
Battery life  420 shots 360 shots
Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127 mm 137 x 99 x 131 mm
Weight 1051 g g 831 g

The newly announced Sony RX100 features unique stacked structure with a back-illuminated design for superior low-light performance, the newly designed sensor also incorporates a dedicated DRAM chip on the back of the sensor and this results super fast processng speed as well as enhanced signal capacity for faster readouts.

The Lumix FZ1000 camera doesn’t carry stacked CMOS design or DRAM chip on the back of sensor, but even after that the FZ1000 is capable to give excellent ISO range as well as shooting speed.

Best Low light performer – Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000

The ISO speed of both the camera is same and as well as the aperture range of both the camera is excatly same, so based on specification sheet we are unable to tell you the truth until we see a High ISO test between these two big sensor superzoom camera.

Best Zoom Camera?

Sony RX10 III is undoubtedly is better if we compare the lens of both the camera. The Sony RX10 III offers 25X optical zoom lens on the other side the Panasonic FZ1000 remains limited to 16X only. Despite of having more zoom lens the Sony RX10 III camera features same Aperture range compared to FZ1000 camera (F2.8 – F4.0).

Both camera features excellent image stabilization inside them, Sony claims that RX10 III helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake up to 4.5 stops on the other side we have Hybrid O.I.S that also very effective while shooting handheld telephoto images.

Auto-Focus

Sony RX10 III features 25 AF points and FZ1000 features 49 AF points, Panasonic claims that FZ1000 camera features DFD AF system same as of pro Mirrorless series camera. It’s very clear from the specification of the camera that FZ1000 carry a dedicated hardware system for AutoFocusing and does fast AF compared to traditional contrast based AF systems of the camera. Panasonic FZ1000 covers more AF screen and features fast auto-focusing system compared to RX10 III. Although the RX10 III features fast continuous shooting speed compared to FZ1000.

Video – Sony is better

Both camera offers 4K video recording at 30 fps. 

Sony utilizes full-pixel readout while capturing 4K or Full HD video. No such deatils available form Panasonic about the FZ1000 camera.

Sony RX10 III offers 4K at 30 fps and Full HD at 120 fps. The Sony RX10 III also offers recording in XAVC S format, which is contained within an MP4 wrapper. Gamma controls are also available to increase the dynamic range of the sensor, the camera also offers to use  S-Log2 Gamma Curve that is found on high end Sony Cinema cameras that squeezes up to 1300% more dynamic range.

Panasonic FZ1000 also features 4K video recording at 30fps but the Full HD recording remains limited to 60fps only. The camera does offer 4K video recording MP4 format and Full HD in AVCHD format.

Sony RX10 III vs. Panasonic FZ1000 – HIGH ISO TEST

Take a look between the High ISO test of both the camera

Sony RX10 III High ISO TestBoth camera showing excellent amount of details at base ISO

Sony RX10 III High ISO TestISO 3200 images from both the camera is useless

Sony RX10 III High ISO TestThe ISO 12800 can be only used for test purpose, however Panasonic FZ1000 showing wired images with color bleeding problem.

Verdict:

Sony RX10 III offers Better + More zoom lens compared to FZ1000 as well as bit better video mode, from the ISO test we don’t see any big difference in the image quality of both the camera, however Sony RX10 III is performing bit better.

But price difference too big and you can buy two FZ1000 in price of one RX10 III camera.

Buy Sony RX10 III if you want more zoom lens and bit better video mode otherwise we recommend you to but FZ1000 @ 697 only, Panasonic FZ1000 a prefect balance of price and features.

Price

Sony RX10 III – $ 1498 available at Amazon | B&H

Sony FZ1000 – $697 available  Amazon | B&H

Image Credit – Imagine Resource

Sony RX10 III vs Canon G3X

Sony-RX10-III-VS.-Canon-G3XSony RX10 III and  Canon G3X features same size of 1″ sensor , but the do have some variations in the core specification, let’s find out.

Sony RX10 III vs. Canon G3X – Specification Comparison

Features/ Models Sony RX10 III
Canon G3X
Megapixel 20 megapixels 20 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Optical Zoom 25X 25x
Aperture range F2.4 – F4.0 F2.8 – F5.6
Macro Range 3 cm 5cm
Image processor Bionz X DIGIC 6
Image Stabilization Optical Optical
AF system Contrast Detect Contrast Detect
AF Points 25 AF points 31 AF points
ISO Auto, 125 – 12800 (expands to 64-25600) Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 25600)
Shutter Min/ mix 30-1/32000 30 – 1/2000
Continuous shooting speed 14 fps  5.9 fps
Video 4K @ 30Fps  1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Display 3.0″ 1.228m-Dot Tilting Xtra Fine LCD  3.2 tilting 1620k TFT LCD screen
Viewfinder Electronic  Electronic
Hot shoe Yes  Yes
Wireless WiFi and NFC  with NFC
Battery life  420 Shots  300 shots
Dimensions 133 x 94 x 127 mm  123 x 77 x 105 mm of
Weight 1051 g g  733 g

Sensor

Both camera does feature 20MPO 1″ sensor , but if we look in details we will find the difference from beginning. The Sony RX10 III features a 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which utilizes both back-illuminated and stacked technologies on the other side we have Canon G3X camera that uses a traditional  20 MP CMOS sensor and it is still unconfirmed that it uses BSI back-illuminated technology or not, however the ISO range of both the camera is same and we can’t comment on image quality until we see High ISO test between these two camera.

Sony RX10 III Canon G3X
 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS  1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm) CMOS
Utilizes both back-illuminated and stacked technologies back-illuminated (unconfirmed)
Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD Ver. 2.0, MP4, XAVC S
Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Lens:

The Aperture Range:  We can clearly see that Sony RX10 II lens is 0.04 stop brighter than the G3X, that will sure create a noticeable difference under test environment.

Capture better Macro with Sony RX10 III – The Sony RX10 III allows you to go more closer to ur subject, the Sony RX10 III features macro closeup ramge of 3cm on the other side the Canon G3X is limited to 5cm of macro closeup.

Take a look at the table for lens specification comparison

Sony RX10 III Canon G3X
Optical: 25x Optical: 25x
Clear Image Zoom: 2x Digital: 4x
Digital: 4x
EFL: 8.8-220mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-600mm)   EFL: 8.8-220mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-600mm)
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 18 elements in 13 groups 6 Aspherical, 8 ED No detailed info
Aperture f/2.4 (W) – 4 (T) to f/16 Aperture: f/2.8 (W) – 5.6 (T)

Lot of detailed information available about the Sony RX10 III lens, however we are were unable to drag out the details of Canon G3X at the moment.

Based on Lens specification we the Sony Wins the match.


Video

Sony RX10 III Canon G3X
Video Max Res: 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 24 fpsUp to 4 GB or 29 Minutes Video Max Res: 1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fpsUp to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds

Sony RX10 III does have upper hand when we talk about Video quality, Sony RX10 III features 4K video recording with advance audio controls.

Audio Capture

The Sony RX10 III clear wins in audio capture section since the camera gives more options more users

Sony RX10 III Canon G3X
Audio: AAC LC, AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo) Audio: AAC LC

 


Shutter: Sony features Hybrid shutter and advance image processor and that’s why the continuous shooting speed of RX10 III touches upto 14 fps mark whereas the continuous shooting speed of Canon G3X remains limited to 5.9 fps. The Max shutter range of Sony RX10 III is also high (1/32000) compared to Canon (1/2000).

Battery life: The battery life is also very important thing, Sony RX10 III will allow you to capture 120+ more compared to Canon G3X (420 vs 300).

Verdict: The Sony RX10 III sensor uses back-illuminated + stacked technologies combined with bit bright lens made by Zeiss and another biggest advantage is Sony RX10 III is able to record 4k video whereas the Canon remains limited to Full HD video only and traditional CMOS sensor

For still shooters as well as Videographers we recommend you to buy Sony RX10 III camera..

Buy Sony RX10 III from B&H

Buy Canon G3X from Amazon | B&H

Sony RX10 III Sample Images, First Look Video and More...

Sony RX10 III sample imageBuy Sony RX10 III from B&H and Amazon

Sony RX10 II is announced few days ago and I am surprised to see the quality of images coming stright out of camera, actually you don’t need a DSLR if you have the RX10 II camera with u. The camera actually changes the definition bridge camera for me.

Starting from the best

Before I begin I must tell you I am a big fan of Steve Huff, he just published some samples of RX10 II camera you can check it here

The legendary Amazon owned dpreview  also published some samples, you can check it here.

Imagine resource also published some test samples you can look here

In short

  1. The camera able to capture and crate creamy bokeh, an helping tool for portrait work. (perfect B camera for professional shooter)
  2. Very amount details can be seen at even max focal length.

Stay with us and we will udpoate you soon BTW u cam follow the RX10 II FB page for more details.


Sample Videos of Sony RX10 III

Sony RX10 III First Look Video

Sony RX10 III Arrived with New 25X Lens and Improved Video Mode

Sony RX100 III imageFinally the Sony RX10 III Arrived with New 25X Lens and Improved Video Mode, the camera uses stacked 20 MP sensor and Along with the camera Sony also announced two nee FE lenses.

The Sony RX10 III arrived with a new zoom lens and stacked CMOS sensor of RX100 M4 camera. However the new zoom lens doesn’t feature constant aperture like Sony RX10 II or RX10 camera and according to Sony the camera not replaces RX10 II, the RX10 II will continue in Sony’s lineup.

The steady shot mechanism used inside the RX10 III camera offers up to 4.5 stops and on the rear side we  have a XGA OLED EVF with 2.36 million dots and a flexible display unit.

Sony claims the its RX10 III lens feature a better aperture range than Canon G3X camera and a better sensor (keep in mind that G3x uses RX100 M3 sensor).’

The camera now features 7 video-centric Picture Profile mode and ‘Gamma Display Assist’ which gives a corrected preview when shooting with S-Log2.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III will sell for around $1500, a $200 premium over the existing RX10 II.

On March 11, 2016 we have told you Sony Next Zoom camera coming on end of march, at that time we have thought its HX500, however more or less our information was correct and we were the only website in the world to alert you about the zoom camera arrival.


 

Sony RX10 III Press Release

Sony’s New Cyber-shot RX10 III Camera Brings Extended Zoom Capability to Acclaimed RX Line

SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 29, 2016 – Sony – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – has today announced an exciting new addition to its acclaimed Cyber-shot RX lineup, the high-zoom RX10 III camera.

Featuring a newly-developed 25x super-telephoto zoom lens with an extensive focal range of 24-600mm1, the new RX10 III camera is able to produce high-quality content at a variety of focal lengths and camera settings that would require three or more large, heavy and expensive lenses for an interchangeable lens camera user. It’s an outstanding choice for a shooting anything from landscapes to distant wildlife and everything in between.

The RX10 III high zoom camera is equipped with a 1.0 type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with DRAM chip and advanced signal processing, along with a powerful BIONZ X™ image processor. These components work together to ensure the highest possible image quality throughout the entire zoom range of the 24-600mm lens. Additionally, they are responsible for a variety of standout professional-caliber features including 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960 fps, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high resolution 4K movie shooting and more.

“By pairing the convenience of an ultra-telephoto lens with our innovative stacked CMOS image sensor design, we’ve created a whole new image experience unlike anything else in market today,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “The new RX10 III offers a true ‘all in one’ package that will appeal to a wide range of amateur, hobbyist and professional photographers and videographers.”

New ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm F2.4 – F4 Lens

The impressive 24-600mm ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens on the Cyber-shot RX10 III camera features a large maximum aperture of F2.4 – F4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto. This differentiates it from many other high-zoom lenses that often struggle with light-gathering at longer focal lengths. The aperture unit itself has nine blades that are designed to create a near perfect circle in the F2.4 – F11 range, enabling shooters to create content with beautiful bokeh, where the subject stands out against a softly defocused background.

In total, the extended zoom lens features eight ED glass elements including one super ED glass element, five ED glass elements and two ED aspherical lenses, which all work together to minimize chromatic aberration and deliver high-contrast, ultra-sharp image quality. It also has ZEISS® T* Coating for minimizing flare and ghosting and delivering accurate, faithful color reproduction.

The new lens has built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur, in particular when shooting at longer focal lengths. When active, the OSS is equivalent to shooting at a shutter speed approximately 4.5 stops3 faster than the current setting of the camera.

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm, the new lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.

High Quality Image Detail

The RX10 III features a back-illuminated 20.1 MP 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine that allow the camera to achieves a wide sensitivity range of ISO 644 – ISO 12800 and produce images with exceptionally low noise, even at higher sensitivity settings.

Additionally, the rear of the sensor has a DRAM chip that allows it to read and process large volumes of data exceptionally fast, enabling the camera to shoot super slow motion video at up to 960 fps. The powerful DRAM chip also allows the RX10 III to shoot continuously at up to 14fps with minimal blackout.

With shutter speeds as fast as 1/32000 second, the electronic shutter on the RX10 III minimizes image distortion at faster shutter speeds. It also offers silent shooting at all settings and speeds, ensuring all content can be captured quietly without disrupting the subject, a powerful feature when combined with the wide-ranging zoom lens.

High Quality 4K Movie Recording

The new RX10III model becomes the latest and most versatile Cyber-shot RX camera to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movie recording thanks to its far-reaching 24-600mm lens, which gives videographers the luxury of shooting high quality 4K video from extreme distances.

In 4K video mode, the RX10 III camera utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to enhance image detail and minimize moiré and jaggies. It achieves these high-quality results through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K recording and up to 50 Mbps during full HD recording5.

The new camera also has a variety of other professional caliber video features including Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, Gamma Display Assist, Time Code and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.

Super Slow Motion Video Recording

The new RX10 III also possesses the ability to record super slow-motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, allowing users to capture and replay fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.

In “HFR” (high frame rate) setting, it offers the option to choose among 960fps, 480fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats6,7 with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed.

High Speed Autofocus

The new RX10III camera is equipped with an impressive autofocus system with spatial object detection, allowing the camera to detect and predict motion of a subject before the shutter button is pressed, This helps the camera achieve an incredibly fast and efficient AF response when the shutter is halfway pressed, enabling it to lock on to a subject in as little as 0.09 seconds8. This is a yet another compelling technology, especially when paired with a versatile, highly capable 25x zoom lens with a range up to 600mm.

Ergonomics and Design

Aesthetically, the new RX10 III features a number of upgrades compared to existing RX10 models including triple lens rings for focus, zoom and aperture for direct, precise control. The hand grip shape has also been optimized for the new high-magnification, large-aperture lens to enhance stability when holding the camera at eye level. There is a new focus hold button on the lens barrel as well, allowing the focus to be easily locked on a subject while the shooter reframes the image.

The new model features a high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.35 million dots of resolution, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The camera is also dust and moisture resistant and both Wi-Fi® and NFC™ compatible, with the ability and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca. A dedicated LCJ-RXJ soft carrying case will also be available for the new camera.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III extended zoom camera will be available this May for about $1,500 US and $2,000 CA, respectively. The new cameras and all compatible accessories will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.