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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 *

Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 Review

The Sony QX10 and QX100 were announced earlier in the year 3rd quarter of 2013 and I shared about the press release and information in an earlier post here! Personally, I was intrigued with the 2 lens-style camera designed by Sony and I was wondering with great interest how do I go about using it in my photography adventures? My wish was granted when I was given the opportunity to take the Sony QX100 for 2 weeks to play, test and review this niche segment of photography lens/accessory.

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Just like the Sony QX10 review, I took the Sony QX100 out for different events, wedding lunch, technology events, food photography, daily walkabout and night street photography at Tiong Bahru Estate. It was a fun experience bringing the Sony QX100 out during these two weeks. From the Sony QX100 photographs collection slideshow, let me bring you through my eyes, heart and soul, my photography adventures and events with the Sony QX100.

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The review for the Sony QX10 was completed earlier and you can read my review post here! The Sony QX100 and Sony QX10 is pretty similarly designed lens-style camera, the key differences/comparisons are compiled below for your easy reference and perusal.

Comparisons/Key Differences between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10

Sony QX100 Sony QX10
Optics Carl Zeiss Sony G
Physical Size Approx. 62.5 x 62.5 x 55.5 mm Approx. 62.4 x 61.8 x 33.3 mm
Megapixels Approx. 20.9 Approx. 18.9
Focal Length f=28-100mm f=25-250mm
Price RRP – SGD $649 RRP – SGD $349
Max Aperture F1.8 (Wide angle)- F4.9 (Tele) F3.3 (Wide angle)- F5.9 (Tele)
ISO Sensitivity ISO160-6400 (iAuto), ISO160-25600[3](Superior Auto), ISO160-3200 (Program Auto), ISO160-3200 (Aperture Priority) ISO100-3200 (iAuto), ISO100-12800[4](Superior Auto), ISO100-1600 (Program Auto)
Image Sensor 1.0 type (13.2 x 8.8mm) 1/2.3 type (7.76mm)

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Having the Sony QX100 for review during these two weeks, what are the pros and cons of this lens-style camera besides the key differences/comparisons mentioned above? Overall, the pros and cons are pretty similar to the points that I wrote in my earlier review of the Sony QX10 and you can refer to them for my compilation and write up with reference to the Sony QX100.

Besides the key differences/comparisons between Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, here are my thoughts/views on the Sony QX100 that reinforces the points between those two similar models.

–       Sony QX100 is slightly heavier than Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 has better optics and photo output quality than the Sony QX10

–       Sony QX100 experience more lag when connecting with the smartphone/tablet as compared to the Sony QX10

–       Aperture priority is a pretty nice feature for the Sony QX100

–       Sony QX100 is similar to the Sony RX100 II in terms of the technical specifications based on the optics and image sensor. The Sony QX100 is an accessory style camera lens and Sony RX100ii is a compact digital camera.

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Sony QX10 vs. Sony QX100, how would you choose between these two models?

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~ You would choose Sony QX100 because of the following points

–       Optics

–       Quality of the photos

–       Versatility

–        Portability

Sony QX10

~ You would choose Sony QX10 because of the following points

–       Lightweight

–       Price

–       Versatility

–       Portability

(Based on my humble personal opinions, analysis and comparisons)

The Sony QX100 has similar technical specifications to the Sony RX100 II and there is a review that I did earlier that you are able to visit and read! The review will be helpful for you to compare between the Sony RX100 II, Sony QX10 and Sony QX100. If I have to choose between the Sony QX100 and Sony QX10, I would choose the Sony QX100 for its optics and quality output.

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In my personal opinion, with the entry level photography and leisure photography segments currently fragmented even further and changing a lot over the past few years, especially with the boom and rise of the smartphones with powerful cameras and photography apps available.  With compact digital cameras facing a huge battle on its own, along with mirror-less cameras stealing the market share and making headlines, innovative products such as the Sony QX100 would be able to provide an alternative solution to the smartphone users with a photography lens and accessory for their smartphone.

The Sony QX100 is innovative and revolutionary; it will definitely be suitable for some of you smartphone users/photographers out there! If the lens-style camera suits your needs and usage, whether you are a smartphone user or a photographer, the options of the Sony QX100 and QX10 are both available to you.

* I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 *


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Sony CyberShot RX100 II Review

The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is based on the successful and popular predecessor, Sony CyberShot RX100 with enhanced picture quality and convenient new features such as Wi-Fi and easy One-touch smartphone connection with NFC. The Sony CyberShot RX 100 II was a handy and compact digital camera, I brought it out with me for my daily use, leisure and attending events during a two weeks period with the Sony CyberShot RX 100 II review unit.

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There are a lot of features packed inside the Sony CyberShot RX100 II and one of the key features is TRILUMINOS™ Colour technology that gives the RX100 II even richer, more natural colour reproduction with the new generation of BRAVIA televisions featuring TRILUMINOS™ Display. The technical specifications for the Sony CyberShot RX100 II are attached below for your reference!

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Here is a compilation of my thoughts and views on the Sony CyberShot RX100 II –

Pros

–       Small and compact

–       Light aluminium camera body

–       Hot shoe can be useful for external flash and electronic view finder

–       Material and built of the RX100ii is pretty sturdy and solid

–       Front ring allows the photographer to change the aperture without touching the buttons behind (in manual mode)

–       3.0-type White Magic™ LCD tilts up or down. The tilt screen is useful and allows the photographer to hold it in different positions e.g. waist level or at upper body level when screen is tilted 90 degrees

–       Panoramic function is great function to have and it is very useful

–       Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar glass optics

–       The outputs from the Sony RX100M2 is pretty good in quality and sharpness

–       Auto focus is pretty fast

–       Optical SteadyShot Image Stablisation compensates for camera shake

–       With the Sony PlayMemories Mobile App, the photographs can be viewed and shared with family and friends

–       Full HD 24p/25p movie for rich, cinematic video footage

–       TRILUMINOS™ Colour for richer, more natural colours

Cons

–       LCD User interface has too many features and it can be confusing

–       Buttons and Controls Interface on camera body can be tricky and a bit difficult to remember (it takes a while to get used to it)

–       Tilt screen is not able to flip upright or out to the side if the need arises

–       Photographs shot at ISO at 12,800 and at aperture wide open at f/1.8 is grainy

–       A little big on the heavier side for a compact digital camera

–       Price is a bit on the higher side for a compact digital camera

–       Adding an electronic view finder or optical view finder adds to the overall cost of the camera

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From the various photographs that I took with the Sony CyberShot RX100 II over the 2 weeks, it had been a fun and interesting time with this compact digital camera. The “straight out from camera” jpeg file photographs that I took had been impressive, quite accurate in the photograph output and rich in colours. With the specifications and features packed inside the Sony CyberShot RX100 II, in my personal opinion, the RX100 II belongs to the range of high end powerful specifications compact digital camera at a quite a value for money price tag.

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The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is an ideal compact digital camera for travel and daily camera for leisure usage. For street photography fans, you can consider the Sony CyberShot RX100 II as a street photography camera and you have the option to add the optical viewfinder or electronic viewfinder (at an additional cost). The interface and controls might be a bit tricky to master and might take a while to get use to its interface and controls. With the Sony PlayMemories Mobile App, you can choose to share with your family and friends on the social media channels and platforms!

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If you are planning to look for a compact digital camera, the Sony CyberShot RX100 II is definitely worth your time to look into for your consideration, that you can compare with other similar compact digital camera models, on the technical specifications and pricing. The Sony CyberShot RX100 II is now available, with a retail recommended price of SGD $999.00.

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I would like to thank Sony Singapore and Waggener Edstrom for the opportunity to review the Sony CyberShot RX100 II.


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Specifications Sheet

Model RX100 II (DSC-RX100M2)
Image Sensor 1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with back illumination technology

(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels

(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels

Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) – 4.9 (Tele); focal length = 10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm
Zoom range Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Screen 7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 84° / down 45° (approx.)
Image stabilisation (Still image) Optical SteadyShot

(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)

Focus modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus area Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
Sensitivity (still image) Auto (ISO160-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 160/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800 (Expandable to ISO 100/125)

Multi Frame NR: Auto(ISO160-25600),200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600

NB: ISO25600 is achieved by using overlay burst shooting

Continuous shooting Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fps

Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)

Shooting modes Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep shooting
Picture Effect modes Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Other Shooting functions Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Framing, Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips
Movie record AVCHD: 28M PS (1920×1080, 50p/60p) / 24M FX (1920×1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p) / 17M FH (1920×1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p)

MP4: 12M (1440×1080, 25p/30p) / 3M VGA (640×480 25p/30p) *NTSC formats selectable as Setup menu option

Battery life (Still Image) Approx. 350 / Approx. 175 min. (CIPA standard)

(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)

Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3mm (CIPA compliant)
Accessory terminals Multi Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
Weight Approx. 254g (body only)

Approx. 281g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)

Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual