Sony Cy­ber-shot DSC-RX10 III

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Price £1,399

Sony has pro­duced some ex­cel­lent bridge cam­eras in the past few years, with the RX10 III be­ing an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple, sit­ting just above the older RX10 II (£999). The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is that the RX10 II’s 8.3x op­ti­cal zoom pro­vides the 35mm equiv­a­lent of 24-200mm, whereas the RX10 III is equipped with a 25x op­ti­cal zoom that pro­vides 24- 600mm. And while the RX10 II’s zoom is able to main­tain a fast f/2.8 max­i­mum aper­ture through­out its range, the RX10 III is slightly faster wide open at f/2.4, but drops in­cre­men­tally to f/4 by around 100mm. For a bridge cam­era with such a huge fo­cal range, that’s still pretty im­pres­sive. Sony’s SteadyShot im­age-sta­bil­i­sa­tion tech­nol­ogy is also on hand, pro­vid­ing up to 4.5 stops of shut­ter speed com­pen­sa­tion.

The RX10 III is built around a 20.1MP back­side-il­lu­mi­nated Ex­mor RS CMoS sen­sor that em­ploys Sony’s pro­pri­etary stacked- cir­cuit de­sign for en­hanced data through­put. This is com­bined with Sony’s pow­er­ful Bionz X pro­ces­sor and to­gether they en­able the RX10 III to process huge amounts of data at classlead­ing speeds. This re­sults in a max­i­mum burst speed of 14fps.

While the RX10 III packs in a lot of fea­tures, it’s by no means a small cam­era. In­deed, in terms of size, it’s com­pa­ra­ble to a mid-range DSLR. If you’re look­ing for some­thing you can slip in­side a coat pocket, you’re bet­ter off with a travel com­pact. If size isn’t an is­sue, though, and you’re specif­i­cally af­ter a cam­era with a mon­strously pow­er­ful zoom, then the RX10 III is about as good as it gets.

Key fea­tures

Price £1,399 1in, 20.1MP Ex­mor RS CMOS sen­sor 25x op­ti­cal zoom (equiv­a­lent to 24-600mm) ISO 100-12,800 (ex­pand­able to ISO 64-25,600) 2.36-million-dot EVF 3in, 1.23-million-dot tiltable LCD

Bridge com­pact

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