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The best com­pact money can buy?

Sony is back again with the third ver­sion of its popular Cy­ber-shot rX100 pro­sumer com­pact. The cam­era hasn’t re­ally changed all that much in terms of looks, but has in­creased about 3mm in thick­ness to ac­com­mo­date the larger lens, though it’s still com­pact enough to slip into a loose pants pocket. The rX100 III has a ro­bust build, but the cam­era also re­tains its slip­pery sur­face and there’s still no fin­ger grip on the rX100 III, mak­ing it much harder for tired hands to hold on to the cam­era after a long day of shoot­ing. Sony does mar­ket an op­tional stick-on grip to im­prove the cam­era’s han­dling, or you could opt for a third-party grip.

The big­gest ad­di­tion to the rX100 III is the 1,440K-dot oLeD evF, which looked su­per sharp. It pro­vides 100% cov­er­age, al­low­ing us to fo­cus and frame the shot more pre­cisely than the rear dis­play. Push­ing the evF back into the rX100’s body will cause the cam­era to shut down, which we found to be rather ir­ri­tat­ing. While it only takes the cam­era two seconds to be ready to shoot, hav­ing to power on the cam­era re­peat­edly after push­ing in the evF is some­thing we can all do with­out.

The rX100 III takes it fur­ther with its dis­play be­ing able to flip up to 180 de­grees (and 45 de­grees down­ward), thus mak­ing it easy to take self­ies. The 3.0-inch, 1,229K-dot, LCD mon­i­tor is sharp, bright, and a boon for live view shoot­ing and re­view­ing of pic­tures af­ter­wards.

The Fn but­ton on the rear brings up to two rows of func­tions. You are able to choose the func­tions to be as­signed to th­ese two rows, and can even ar­range them in a pre­ferred or­der. You can also as­sign func­tions to the C but­ton, the left and right but­tons on the d-pad, and the but­ton in the mid­dle of the d-pad. With a press of the Fn but­ton, you can ac­cess the set­tings that you com­monly use, so we found our­selves rarely need­ing to ac­cess the var­i­ous sub­menus dur­ing shoot­ing.

The rX100 III also comes with a built-in neu­tral den­sity (ND) fil­ter, which lets you shoot at F1.8 dur­ing the day to get blur the back­grounds with­out any worry of over­ex­po­sure.


Ef­fec­tive Pix­els



1” ex­mor r bSI CmoS

Lens 24-70mm (35mm equiv­a­lent)

Aper­ture Range

F1.8 – 11


102 x 58 x 41mm



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