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Sony CyberShot RX100 III – A Short Hands On Experience

The Sony CyberShot RX100 Mark III was recently announced and it was awesome that I was able to get to see, touch, feel and test the Sony RX100 III for a few hours during an exclusive hands-on session organised by Sony Singapore! I will be sharing details and information along with my short hands-on experiences, thoughts and views with the Sony RX100 III during that time. One of the cameras that I reviewed was the Sony RX100 II, the predecessor for the the Sony RX100 III and it does help me in differentiating between the Mark II and Mark III and the target markets that the Sony RX100 III is targeting. The Sony RX100 III is a lightweight, portable and powerful compact digital camera that can be easily kept in your pocket.

Crafted in tough, travel-friendly aluminium for lightness and looks, the Cyber-shot™ RX100 III builds on the acclaimed reputation of its predecessors. An uprated lens and speedy image processor are complemented by a retractable OLED Tru-Finder™ with ZEISS® T* coating, enhanced movie features and a 180-degree tilting LCD – all in a stylish fixed-lens camera that’s truly pocket-sized.

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Brighter and wider than before, the ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens captures everything from expansive landscapes to soulful portraits. Thanks to a large F2.8 maximum aperture at its telephoto end, subjects stand out crisply against smooth background bokeh. The lens’s impressive light-gathering power also allows faster shutter speeds to freeze fast-moving subjects. A built-in 3-stop (1/8) Neutral Density filter gives even more creative flexibility with sun-drenched exteriors or intentionally-blurred shots of moving water.

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Another eagerly awaited addition to the Cyber-shot™ RX100 III is its high-contrast retractable OLED Tru-Finder™ that offers bright, detailed viewing with the camera held to your eye. The viewfinder’s optical surfaces include a ZEISS® T* coating that dramatically reduces reflections and delivers exceptional corner to corner clarity. There’s also a handy eye sensor that automatically switches between viewfinder and monitor display.

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From detail-packed stills to vibrant Full HD movies – everything’s beautifully clear thanks to the new camera’s 20.1 effective megapixel 1.0-type back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor. Far larger than the sensor in regular compact cameras, it’s the key to breathtaking stills and video with beautiful background defocus effects.

Offering excellent low-light sensitivity and low noise, the sensor is complemented by Sony’s latest-generation BIONZ X processing engine. Three times faster than its predecessor, it powers detail reproduction technology for natural reproduction of fine textures, diffraction reducing technology for enhanced quality at small apertures and area-specific noise reduction that maintains clarity in dimly-lit regions of indoor and night-time shots.

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The speedy BIONZ X processor also powers exciting new video features. In a Cyber-shot™ first, the RX100 III now supports the efficient XAVC S format. Based on the professional XAVC standard, it records stunning Full HD video footage at up to 50 Mbps with minimal artefacts and noise – even with busy, movement-packed scenes. Want to capture every nuance of that golf swing, tennis serve or balletic leap? HD footage can be recorded at 100 fps[1] in XAVC S mode for silky smooth slow motion replays via an application like Sony’s PlayMemories Home application.

[1] 100 fps for PAL models and 120fps for NTSC models. Intelligent Active Mode and Active Mode cannot be used when recording at 100 fps.

Specifications Sheet

Model RX100 III (DSC-RX100M3)
Image Sensor 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.1 megapixels
Image processor BIONZ X
Lens ZEISS 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 apertureF1.8(W)-2.8(T)

Zoom range Optical (still image/movie): 2.9x; Clear Image Zoom approx. 5.8x
Screen 7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 180° / down 45° (approx.)
Viewfinder 0.39-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 modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus area Wide / 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 shooting Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 10 fpsContinuous Shooting: approx. 2.9 fps (AF-S)
Shooting modes Superior 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 modes Toy 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 functions Eye 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 flash Manual pop-up
Still image record [3:2mode] 20M(5,472×3,648) / 10M(3,888×2,592) / 5M(2,736×1,824) [4:3mode] 18M(4,864×3,648) / 10M(3,648×2,736) / 5M(2,592×1,944) / VGA [16:9mode]   17M(5,472×3,080) / 7.5M(3,648×2,056) / 4.2M(2,720×1,528), [1:1mode] 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)
Weight Approx. 290g (Battery and Memory Stick Duo are included)Approx. 263g (Body Only)
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC AdaptorAC-UB10C/UB10D, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual, AC Power Cord

[1] Achieved by overlay burst shooting.

The Cyber-shot™ RX100 III compact digital camera from Sony will be available in Singapore at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from June 2014 for S$ 1,199.00.

The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is still available in the market and the price has changed to $899.00. Both the Sony CyberShot RX100 II and III will still be sold together and consumers have the choices to choose between either one of them if they decide to go for the Sony CyberShot RX100 family series. With the introduction of the Sony CyberShot RX100 III, resulting in the price of the RX100 II to drop, this might just attract the buyers who are contemplating to just go for the RX100 II model instead of the RX100 III model.

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Why you will choose the Sony CyberShot RX100 III @ $1199.00

  • Bright, wide angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens
  • Clear, retractable OLED Tru-Finder™ with ZEISS® T* coating
  • 20.1 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor
  • 50 Mbps high bit-rate Full HD movies with XAVC S support
  • LCD flips for easy selfies
  • 4K still image output
  • Evolved manual controls and new custom button
  • Support for PlayMemories Camera Apps

Why you will choose the Sony CyberShot RX100 II @ $899.00

  • You already have an intention to purchase the Sony CyberShot RX100 family and the Sony RX100 II is still a very good choice.
  • The OLED pop-up viewfinder in the RX100 III is not a must in your photography needs.
  • The longer zoom range is preferred (28-100mm) for your photography needs.
  • The hot-shoe on the RX100 II is part of your photography needs and workflow.
  • Affordable price and value for money compact digital camera.

During my short hands-on experience with the Sony CyberShot RX100 III, the experience was similar to the time when I was reviewing the Sony CyberShot RX100 II review unit. The OLED viewfinder is something that I will really want to have inside a compact digital camera and the Sony CyberShot RX100 III is targeted at photographers who are purists/traditional that compose and shoot through the camera’s viewfinder. Looking through the photographs that I took with the Sony RX100 III during the hands-on session, I do like the quality and output of the photographs taken with the Sony CyberShot RX100 III. Hopefully in the near future, I will be able to review the Sony CyberShot RX100 III and share with my friends and followers.

The Sony CyberShot RX100 III price is on the higher side for the class of compact digital camera, thus it would attract a niche group of photographers. If you a photographer that shoots primarily through the viewfinder and you want a camera that is lightweight and compact, the Sony CyberShot RX100 III is a very good consideration.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Communications *

5ive Foot Way – Days We Met Photography Exhibition

The world of photography is very beautiful, from the art of capturing a moment, to admiring and learning from fellow photographers artworks. This particular collective group of 5ive Foot Way photographers, whom I have known some of them for a few years, Callan and Jing Wen, during street photography outings. As time goes on, chatting and catching up with them, I got to know Aik Beng at a later stage through the Instagram network and their first group exhibition. In their second group exhibition titled “Days We Met”, I got to meet Donna and Adam and was glad to have a chat with them about their wonderful photography artworks too!

The 5 of them are talented photographers in their own rights, with an eye and perspective of photography that is unique, interesting and sometimes abstract. Their photographs will definitely be able to bring you a journey through their eyes, perspectives and how they express their feelings and thoughts through them. At their second group exhibition, “Days We Met”, there will be 30 photographs, in colour, and also black and white. The photographs will share the group members’ exploration in experiencing life through own experiences and journeys.

“Days We Met” will be hosted by Objectifs Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, and open to the public from 10th to 24th January 2014. Admission is free, and exhibited prints are available for sale at $150 each. You might be thinking, who are the photographers that make up 5ive Foot Way and where are they from? 5ive Foot Way is a Singapore-based photography collective consisting of 5 members:

Adam Abd Rahim — http://www.thestreetsamurai.com/

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Aik Beng Chia — http://www.aikbengchia.com/

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Callan Tham — http://www.callantham.com/

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Donna Chiu — http://donnachiu.4ormat.com/

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Tham Jing Wen — http://www.thamjingwen.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/5iveFootWay

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There is an Artists’ Talk – Behind 5ive Foot Way and “Days We Met” on Saturday 18th January 2014, 2pm-4pm at Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Filmmaking. Do drop by and visit the Days We Met photography exhibition and chat with the 5 photographers too!

The folks from 5ive Foot Way have been a great bunch of photographers whom I learned from, encouraging, willing to share and chat everything about photography. They produce their own photography books, that are an inspiration to me, not just in their works, they also shared on how to go about doing it and getting there through their own personal experiences. When the time is ready to produce my own photography book, I will know who to look for guidance and advice!

Photography is not just about photographing and capturing the moment. The elements of friendship, helping, sharing and learning together with other fellow photographers will make your photography adventure/journey so much more interesting and fun, along with encouragement and support to make you strive and excel in what you want in your photography.

 Having photography friends and groups such as 5ive Foot Way, I am sure you will enjoy and appreciate photography even better!


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Sony Reveals New Cyber-Shot Cameras and External Flash

Sony recently announced new Cyber-Shot Cameras and external flash to their line-up of cameras. They are the Sony CyberShot RX 100 II and Sony CyberShot RX 1R, that improved from last year’s impressive releases. There is also the HVL-F43M external flash that is compatible with many of the latest cameras and camcorders from Sony. The Sony RX 100 II and RX 1R builds on their predecessors and they are pretty popular among the compact digital camera users. Let me share with you more on the the new Sony Cyber-Shot cameras and External Flash.

Cyber-shot™ RX100 II

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II builds on the popular Cyber-shot™ RX100, with enhanced picture quality and convenient new features such as Wi-Fi and easy One-touch smartphone connection with NFC. The RX100 II possesses increased sensor sensitivity with 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R™ 1.0-type CMOS sensor, delivering DSLR-style shots regardless of the shooting situation. It is also the first ever camera from Sony with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, enabling One-touch connectivity with Android smartphones and tablets. It even allows you to snap images remotely from your smartphone. The new RX100 II comes with a bright, detail-packed 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD that tilts up and down, giving users even more creativity when composing their shots. The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II digital compact camera from Sony will be available at selected Sony stores and authorised outlets from August 2013.

 RX100 II with accessories

Cyber-shot™ RX1R

Sony is bringing pixel-perfect picture quality to a whole new level with the introduction of the new full-frame compact camera Cyber-shot™ RX1R. The sister version of the image-powerful Cyber-shot™ RX1, the RX1R removes the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) found in front of the RX1’s sensor, enabling flawless capture of fine details without any distortions. This makes it ideal when taking landscape and other high-detail scenes. The camera’s compatibility with TRILUMINOS™ Colour technology ensures richer, more natural colours when viewing stills and video on the latest generation of BRAVIA™ televisions with TRILUMINOS™ Display. The new Cyber-shot™ RX1R full-frame digital compact camera from Sony will be available at selected Sony stores and authorised outlets from August 2013.

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HVL-F43M external flash

Designed for use with the latest Sony A-mount SLT, E-mount cameras, camcorders and Cyber-shot™ models that have the Multi Interface Shoe, the versatile HVL-F43M combines smart, compact design with bright GN43 flash output, Quick Shift Bounce and dust/moisture resistant design. Users of the HVL-F43M can even shoot Full HD videos in the dark with its powerful LED video light, while other smart functions such as Auto White Balance adjustment with colour temperature information ensures consistent natural-looking images under any lighting conditions. The new HVL-F43M external flash from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from mid July 2013.

HVL-F43M (high-res)

Pricing and Availability

The Sony CyberShot RX 1R and RX 100 II will be available at selected Sony stores and authorised outlets from August 2013 onwards.

Model Recommended Retail Price
Cyber-shot™ RX1R S$3,999
Cyber-shot™ RX100 II S$999

 For your information, with effect from 1st July 2013, the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 will retail at a reduced price of S$849 (original price was S$999).

 Information and Photographs Courtesy of Sony Singapore.