SONY unveils RX100 III fixed-lens digital camera

SONY yesterday unveiled two of its latest cameras including the SONY RX100 III.



The third version of its much-admired digital camera line, the SONY RX100 III brings an updated lens, improved image processor and a retractable viewfinder with a 180 degree tilting LCD.

The aluminum-bodied, fixed-lens digital camera now uses a 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens perfect for taking sharp photos from landscape to portraits with nice bokeh. The SONY RX100 III has a built-in 3-stop (1/8) Neutral Density filter for taking long exposure shots. It features a high-contrast retractable OLED Tru-Finder with ZEISS T coating which reduces reflections as well an eye sensor that automatically switches between viewfinder and monitor display.


Under the hood, the SONY RX100 III has a 201.1 megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, larger than most compact cameras. It also uses SONY’s latest generation BIONZ X processing engine three times faster than its predecessor. The RX100 III now supports XAVC S format and can record HD videos at 100 fps. Morevover, its dual video recording feature simultaneously stores MP4 format files alongside AVCHD /XAVC S files. An Intelligent Active Mode helps minimize camera shakes.

Selfie fans will surely love the SONY RX100 III’s articulated 3.0-type Xtra Fine LCD can also now flip up 180 degrees. Same to the previous model, its integrated NFC/WiFi connectivity allows quick transfer, share and posting of photos online and on social media.

The SONY RX100 III has an SRP of Php 44,999 (with free 16GB memory card).

SONY RX100 III (DSC-RX100M3) specs

Image Sensor1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor Râ„¢ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.1 megapixels
Image processorBIONZ X
LensZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspheric elements including AA lens)
f=8.8-25.7mm / 35mm format equivalent (Still Image 3:2) f=24-70mm
Maximum aperture F1.8(W)-2.8(T)
Zoom rangeOptical (still image/movie): 2.9x; Clear Image Zoom approx. 5.8x
Screen7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 180° / down 45° (approx.)
Viewfinder0.39-type electronic viewfinder (OLED), 1,440,000 dots; magnification approx. 0.59x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter) (35mm equiv.), retractable type
Image stabilisation(Still image) Optical SteadyShot
(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling type
Focus modesSingle-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus areaWide / Centre / Flexible spot S/M/L / Lock on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot S/M/L)
Sensitivity (still image)Auto (ISO125-12800, selectable with upper / lower limit), 125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400/8000/10000/12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100), Multi-Frame NR[1]: Auto (ISO125-12800), 200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
Continuous shootingSpeed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 10 fps
Continuous Shooting: approx. 2.9 fps (AF-S)
Shooting modesSuperior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual Exposure, Scene Selection, Movie Mode(Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama
Picture Effect modesToy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration
Other Shooting functionsEye AF, Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Quick Navi, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Single-bracketing, Cont.-bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, MF Assist, Photo Creativity, Peaking, Zebra, Micref Level, Step Zoom, Self-portrait timer
Built-in flashManual pop-up
Still image record[3:2 mode] 20M (5,472×3,648) / 10M (3,888×2,592) / 5M (2,736×1,824) [4:3 mode] 18M (4,864×3,648) / 10M (3,648×2,736) / 5M (2,592×1,944) / VGA [16:9 mode]  17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528), [1:1 mode] 13M (3,648×3,648) / 6.5M (2,544×2,544) / 3.7M (1,920×1,920) [Sweep Panorama] Wide (12,416×1,856 / 5,536×2,160), Standard (8,192×1,856 / 3,872×2,160)
Movie record[AVCHD] 28M PS (1,920×1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/25p)
[XAVC S] 50p 50M (1,920×1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/25p) / 100p 50M (1,280×720/100p)
[MP4]12M (1,440×1,080/25fps) / 3M VGA (640×480/25fps)
Battery life(Still Image) Monitor: Approx. 320 / Approx. 160min., Viewfinder: Approx. 230 / Approx. 115min.
(Movies actual shooting) Monitor: Approx. 50min., Viewfinder: Approx. 50min. (In [MP4 12M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 15 min. and max. file size is 2GB)
Dimensions (WxHxD)Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 41.0 mm (CIPA compliant)
WeightApprox. 290g (Battery and Memory Stick Duo are included)
Approx. 263g (Body Only)
Supplied accessoriesRechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord
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