Sony has announced a follow-up to last year’s Sony RX10 II superzoom camera, the Sony RX10 III.
The new camera is largely similar to last year’s effort – which is no bad thing – but its main improvement relates to that zoom lens.
Sony’s “newly developed Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm f/2.4-4 large-aperture high-magnification zoom lens” (deep breath) found here allows for a 25x zoom, or three times the zoom range of the Sony RX10 II equivalent.
Another new addition, which will be particularly helpful when exploiting the RX10 III’s extreme zoom capabilities, is built-in optical image stabilisation (OIS) covering up to 4.5 stops.
Otherwise, as stated, you’re getting much the same experience as the RX10 II. That includes the same 20.1-megapixel 1-inch image stacked CMOS sensor as can be found in the Sony RX100 IV, as well as a 2.35-million-dot OLED viewfinder and a 3-inch articulated LCD screen.
Also included is the Fast Intelligent AF system that attracted praise in the RX10 II and RX100 IV.
Once again, you’re getting a strong video performer in the RX10 III. It can capture crisp 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning, as well as 1,000fps super slo-mo at 1080p.
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One downer, which you’d have noticed if you were paying attention back there, is the loss of the RX10 II’s constant f/2.8 aperture.
The Sony RX10 III will hit Europe some time in April, and will cost around €1,600 (roughly £1,258).