It’s springtime and you know what that means: Camera refresh season!
Sony’s just announced the RX10 III, its latest super-telephoto camera. The RX10 III’s marquee feature is a new fixed lens, which has an impressive zoom range from 24-600mm (25x) with an f/2.8-4.0 aperture range. That’s three times more zoom than the RX10 II.
The camera will be available this May for $1,500 in the U.S. and $2,000 in Canada.
The RX10 II has a 20.1-megapixel 1.0-inch stacked CMOS sensor, just like the two previous models. It’s a smaller sensor compared to the APS-C and full-frame sensors found in the company’s A6300 and A7R II, but it’s more than capable enough for beginners and intermediate shooters.
Other noteworthy and improved-upon features include 14 frames per second continuous shooting with less buffer, shutter speeds up to 1/32,000 of a second, and better noise reduction for higher ISO ratings (which goes up to12800).
Like all of Sony’s cameras these days, the RX100 III records 4K video at 3,180 x 2,160 resolution. The camera still records super-slow-motion video at up to 960 fps.
On the back is a 3-inch screen that tilts out. It’s still not a touchscreen, though.
The lens now has three rotatable rings — one for focus, one for zoom and one for aperture. There’s a focus- hold button on the lens barrel, which users can customize as they like.
The XGA OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder remains the same with 2.5 million-dot resolution.
As usual, you’ll find Wi-Fi and NFC for connecting the camera to a smartphone or tablet.
Sony’s also made the RX100 III dust- and moisture-resistant. It’s not quite complete weather-sealing, but at least you’ll have more confidence whipping this thing out in a rainstorm.
All of the new updates are welcome, but that 600mm zoom lens (a tripod will be necessary, for sure) is going to come in real handy for taking photos from afar.