After a couple of great moves from the beginning of this year, which include launching the new G Master (GM) line-up of lenses, promoted through three models, as well as introducing the new MILC Sony a6300, Sony continues with surprises and discloses a new reinforcement - Sony RX10 III.
Only six months after introducing the Sony RX10 II, its successor Sony RX10 III has emerged, and the famous RX series has obtained a new member. Sony is obviously satisfied with the results of the previous generation's sensor, so the new RX10 III kept the 20.1MP 1"-type stacked (Exmor RS) CMOS sensor from the predecessor. The label Exmor RS indicates that the sensor is stacked, which is to say that it features such design that its photosensitive regions are separated into different layers from the supporting circuitry, thus allowing more space for the light sensitive portion of each pixel. Moreover, the rear part of the sensor still features a DRAM memory chip, which in combination with the sensor brings high speed of processing information. This combination of the said sensor and chip, along with a BIONZ X processor (which drives this compact camera), brings astonishing results when shooting fast-moving subjects, thanks to magnificent 14 fps continuous shooting and an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, while the super slow motion video takes place at up to 960 fps (up to 40x slower than the standard rate). Above all, once again there is a super-fast intelligent autofocus, which locks with great accuracy on to a subject in as little as 0.09 seconds.
Like the Sony RX10 II, the new iteration with its sensor and internal structure brings 4K video (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps, also without pixel binning (information is gathered from all pixels), so moire is reduced to a minimum. Video recording takes place through the use of the XAVC S codec, at a bit rate of 100 Mbps during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during Full HD shooting. The video mode offers a number of professional video functions, among which are Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, Gamma Display Assist, Time Code, and there are also an input for external microphone and an output for headphone monitoring.
While the interior of the new Sony DSC-RX10 III (primarily the sensor and what it provides) has remained the same like in the case of the previous generation, the improvement has taken place in terms of optics. The lens is now much stronger than on the predecessor (it is also ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T*) and it boasts an extensive focal range of 24-600mm, which brings superb 25x optical zoom, while the aperture range is f/2.4-4 (the lens on the predecessor is ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm f/2.8); the new lens also sports optical image stabilization with up to 4.5 stops of benefit. This ZEISS lens offers not only speed, but also an opportunity to 'reach' the farthest subjects, bearing in mind its telephoto end of the range (600mm), while the minimum focusing distance is only 72cm.
Images and video are captured via a tilting 3" 1,228,800-dot WhiteMagic TFT LCD screen or a 2,359,296-dot electronic XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with 0.7x magnification. On top of everything, the RX10 III also boasts built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, a pop-up flash, a multi-interface shoe, as well as a sealed housing.
The new Sony RX10 III arrives at the world market in May, priced at $1500.
The news was taken from SONY.