Within the RX series, it is the pair of RX100 cameras that have proved to be the most popular. However, the standout feature of the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is the built-in electronic viewfinder.
Apart from the LCD screen now rotating almost 180° and the repositioning of the flash to accommodate the new pop-up EVF, nothing has changed in the layout of the RX100 III from its predecessor.
Although the buttons on the RX100 III are in the same positions as on previous models, some of them have new functions to take advantage of the new camera’s features. Just above the NFC spot sits the catch to release the pop-up EVF, which then easily slides out horizontally to sit flush with the rear of the camera.
There has been a slight modification to the mounting of the rear 3in, 1.23-million-dot articulated screen from the RX100 II. I must point out that I did shoot with the RX100 III for a long time before remembering that the EVF was there. There is one criticism I have of the EVF, from the position of a left-eye shooter, in that my nose tended to press right up against the screen. When comparing the AF system of the RX100 III with previous RX models, I noticed that the new camera was just a shade faster. Like its predecessors, though, the focusing speed could best be described as fast, but not snappy. With focus tracking and face detection, the RX100 III has all the modern conveniences that you would expect from a compact camera.
Generally, the evaluative metering setting in the RX100 III works well, producing well-exposed images regardless of the lighting conditions. The dynamic range is very good for a compact camera of its size, matching that of many DSLRs.
Overall, there are few compact cameras that can come close to matching the image quality of the RX100 III.
The larger sensor and photosites of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III make a difference when it comes to the dynamic range of the camera. Fortunately, there the individual colour modes can be edited and more saturation and contrast added, or reduced according to your preference.
Both raw and JPEG images taken of our diorama scene are taken at the full range of sensitivity settings.
The images above have a resolution of 300ppi and are shown at 100% magnification, reflecting a full-resolution print size. The grey-card images shown above are JPEG files shot with the RX100 III’s default noise reduction and colour settings applied. At a glance, you would be hard pressed to spot the external differences between the three RX100 cameras. For the majority of users, the larger aperture of the new lens and the shorter 24mm minimum focal length will be more of a benefit than the loss of 30mm, from 100mm to 70mm, at the furthest end of the zoom. As a companion compact camera to take with you everywhere, the RX100 III is ideal and DSLR photographers could consider it as a backup.
This is seated on the camera’s top-plate and allows the shooting mode to be changed quickly. Touching a compatible smartphone or tablet to this spot on the side of the camera allows instant connection between the two devices. Around the barrel of the lens is a dial that can be set to control a number of functions, including manual focus or aperture size. The EVF is released by a catch on the side of the camera and pops up from the camera’s top-plate.
At the time of its launch into the market, the RX100 was revolutionary in the way it managed to squeeze a 1.0inch sensor inside a tough, travel-friendly aluminium body. Ever since, Sony has been working hard to develop the RX100 to ensure it stays one step ahead of its competition, and in true Sony fashion, the Mark II version arrived twelve months later. After consulting consumers about the experience and expectations from the RX100 II, Sony looked to improve its premium compact in three key areas.
Sony’s answer to clipping a viewfinder onto the body has been to produce the first ever premium compact with a pop-up EVF.
Other improvements to note on the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 include the option to record Full HD video footage at up to 50Mbps, or up to 100fps in the XAVC S format.
Working out at just 9 grams heavier than the RX100 II, the RX100 III also features a 3inch Xtra Fine LCD that flips by 180 degrees and down by 45 degrees.
Although the shape and design of the RX100 III is very similar to the models that have been released before in the RX100 series, the removal of the Multi Interface shoe makes it look a little more like the original RX100 than the RX100 II.
In the hand it feels every bit the same as the RX100 II and for those who purchased an RX100 but didn’t feel there was enough on the RX100 II to justify an upgrade, the RX100 III is a tempting proposition for its inbuilt electronic viewfinder alone. The way Sony has engineered the 1,440k-dot OLED Tru-Finder into the body is a great technological achievement considering how small the camera is. Some users will appreciate the improved customisation control, and the customisation that’s been added to the control ring is an advantage over the previous model. Our overall view is that it’s an improvement on an already excellent premium compact. The only question we’d like to know the answer to is how much consumers will have to pay to get their hands on this latest model. The good news for anyone looking at the RX100 or RX100 II, the price of both can be expected to fall in the coming months. March 31, 2016 by Snapshot While your camera phone is a fun and easy way to snap impromptu photos, a digital camera is the best way to capture your special moments.
You’ve likely seen the expensive and complicated DLSRs that photographer use to photograph special events and occasions.
While those are great cameras with a slew of cool features, the amauteur photographer just looking to document their precious moments will find that a point and shoot camera is a happy medium between the informal camera phone and the more formal DLSR pro cameras.
Marrying all of the nice features of a DSLR with the simple shooting of a point and shoot, Nikon has developed a true winner with the Nikon Coolpix L840 Digital Camera. The camera comes equipped with a 38x optical zoom telephoto lens for long-range shots and increased clarity in all photos. This 16MP point and shoot camera, from a company synonymous with point and shoot cameras just has to be good, and it is.
Reviewers have been hailing this camera as the next big thing in point and shoot photography since it was released. The Samsung EC-WB350FBPBUS 16.3 Digital Camera has a 3-inch screen is easy to see even in direct sunlight.
Reviewers on Amazon have also fallen in love with the Samsung EC, with rave reviews pouring in.

Melding the line effortlessly between DSLR and point and shoot sits the category of mirrorless cameras.
While they are relatively new to the market, the mirrorless technology that now exists has made it possible to pack professional grade features and manual controls into the compact housing of a point and shoot camera. The camera comes equipped with an 18-55mm lens, but can adapt to a number of different Sony-compatible lenses for versatile shooting. Other worthy award winners at the event included Sony, who picked up the Enthusiast Compact Camera of the Year award for the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, and Fujifilm who won the Enthusiast Compact System Camera of the Year award for the superb Fujifilm X-Pro 1.
In additional to all the product awards that were handed out to manufacturers, Good Service Awards were also presented to retailers who’d had a successful year offering great sales and after-sales services.
The full list of all nominated products and winning products at the Amateur Photographer awards can be found listed below.
Full-frame DSLRs offer the very best in image quality, but which one is best suited to you?
The past few years have seen the company win plaudits for cameras such as the Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 and RX1R, Alpha 7 and 7R, and Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and RX100 II. Enthusiast photographers have been impressed with not just the size of the cameras, but also the quality of the images they produce. This chip is far faster and more powerful than its predecessor, and as such allows for improvements in how the camera processes in-camera JPEGs.
This will help improve low-light performance when zooming in, and will also offer a slightly shallower depth of field. Sony isn’t the first to add an EVF to a compact camera, with Panasonic having used an EVF in both the Lumix DMC-LF1 and the DMC-TZ60.
As the EVF now takes the position where the pop-up flash used to be, the built-in flash has been moved to sit centrally above the lens. The new lens adds a millimetre or two to the depth of the camera, but otherwise the cameras are almost identical in their dimensions. The Function (Fn) button now offers direct connection to the Wi-Fi transfer function when in Playback mode, and the ‘?’ help button is now a custom button, which makes much more sense given the more advanced audience for this camera. It is easy to change the exposure settings via the rear control dial, and a quick press of the Fn button by default reveals an on-screen menu for the most common shooting, image and exposure settings. The RX100 III is now able to tilt through almost 180° to enable photographers to shoot the notorious selfies. I guess I am so used to using compact cameras without an EVF that it is easy just to hold the camera at arm’s length and get on with it. There is no real hunting back and forth to focus, but neither is the focusing lightning quick. However, I still wish Sony would introduce a touchscreen just to aid the AF-point selection. When the exposure does need tweaking, activating the exposure compensation is straightforward, and spot and centreweighted metering, as well as a number of different scene modes, are also on hand for more awkward lighting conditions. This offers not only a high resolution compared to many compact cameras, but also the larger sensor size allows for larger photosites.
The amount of noise at given sensitivities is also around 2-3EV better than a standard compact. However, the advantage is that the well-controlled noise levels mean that, unlike a compact camera with a standard-sized sensor, the RX100 III can maintain a good resolution even as the sensitivity reaches higher levels.
Those models that better its image quality use larger APS-C-sized sensors, but they also have the compromise of having fixed-focal-length lenses and far larger camera bodies.
At ISO 80 the camera peaks with a dynamic range of 12.42EV, which is actually on a par with many DSLR cameras with APS-C sensors.
As can be seen, it is possible to produce very smooth images from raw files right up to ISO 800, and the in-camera JPEG files aren’t far behind, with just a hint of luminance noise.
The 300ppi images are shown at 100% magnification, so they reflect the noise that would be experienced when printing an image at its maximum size.
At ISO 1600, luminance noise does start to creep in to the image, but by ISO 6400 colour noise is also apparent, although still quite muted. The differences often appear to be modest, yet with each incarnation the actual improvements are enough to make existing users want to upgrade to the new camera. The fact that Sony has been able to fit in such a high-resolution EVF, without increasing the size of the camera, is quite a feat.
As photokina is being held this year, there’s no doubt that many other great cameras will soon hit our shelves, but Sony has set the bar very high with the RX100 III. It is slightly embedded, making it more difficult to press it accidentally and start video capture. Not one for resting on its laurels, Sony understood that to ensure the compact camera had a future it had to improve significantly for the better – something the manufacturer successfully achieved in 2012 by launching the Sony Cyber-Shot RX100. Improvements included a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor that was claimed to be 40% more sensitive to light, a tiltable 3-inch WhiteMagic LCD screen that improved on the fixed variety found on its predecessor and the addition of a Multi Interface Shoe, which opened up the opportunity to attach an external flash, electronic viewfinder or stereo microphone.
When we tested the RX100 II it was hard to see how Sony could make improvements to make it an even better camera. Those familiar with the RX100 II will remember the optional, and very expensive (?309), EV1MK electronic viewfinder that was designed to clip onto the camera via the hotshoe and connect via the accessory port.
This rises ingeniously from the corner of the body and helps to keep the body as streamlined as possible. This manoeuvrability is an improvement on the RX100 II’s screen that could only be tilted up by 84 degrees, meaning the RX100 III is the better option for those who enjoy to shoot arm-length portraits.
Flicking the EVF switch pops up the viewfinder much like a pop-up flash, the only difference is that you’re required to pull the EVF towards you slightly before it can be used. Anyone coming to the RX100 III from a previous model in the RX100 series will be able to pick it up and use it from the word go – very little has changed in the menu other than a few new additions.
The RX100 II picked up numerous accolades and there’s no reason to say the RX100 III will be any different.
Along with its superb range and versatility the camera is equipped with image stabilization technology that ensures all of your photos look like they were taken by a pro. With 4-stars across 228 reviews, reviewers note the LCD screen, the camera’s Wi-Fi, and its ability to take superior videos, even in low-light situations, to be among its best qualities. The Canon Powershot SX600 HS has been hailed by vloggers and on-the-go photographers as a superior camera for impromptu photo shoots and videos.
Coming in five different colors, it is truly camera that allows you to express who you are while you capture special moments with your loved ones and friends. The large screen makes navigating the menu a breeze, and ensures you get every shot perfectly aligned before committing to the shot. No company is doing so better than Sony and the Sony NEX-7 24.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera is a favorite among photography enthusiasts.

The camera’s OLED viewfinder is the first of its kind and makes securing your shot a breeze. The one thing these models have in common is that they offer larger sensors than other cameras in their class.
The latest version, the RX100 III, adds further improvements to what is one of the best digital compact cameras we have tested, but it comes at a cost of around ?700. Yet Sony has bettered the resolution of both of these by using a 1.44-million-dot EVF that pops up from the top left of the camera in much the same way as a flash unit. This is good news for those with an RX100, as the cases from the previous generation will still fit the RX100 III. Also, the addition of a second control ring around the lens barrel gives the camera the sort of dual control that we are more accustomed to seeing on a DSLR or CSC. However, once I flicked the EVF up and started using it, I realised that it isn’t just for shooting in bright conditions, as it also helped early in the morning when the light was low. The improvement in AF speed could be the result of the lens letting more light in at some focal lengths, which will no doubt help a little in low light. It is a small thing, and it would make the camera more expensive, but it would allow for faster selection of the AF point.
In turn, the greater light-capturing properties of the larger photosites offer an improved dynamic range, better low-light performance and reduced levels of noise compared to a compact camera with a standard-sized image sensor. It is an impressive result, which means there is plenty of detail in shadow areas, although you still have to watch that the highlights don’t clip. This chart shows that natural hues are well rendered in the default JPEG colour setting, but some extra ‘pop’ is added to the red, blue and, in particular, purple. Raw images are sharpened, and noise reduction applied, to strike the best balance between resolution and noise. At ISO 6400, the raw file is again slightly better, particularly in the shadow area that can be seen on the right-hand side of the pull-up.  While the image quality at high sensitivities is good, those people wanting the very best image quality should keep to the range of ISO 80-800, only pushing it to ISO 1600-3200 when absolutely necessary. Add to this the built-in ND filter, which will help those who want to take long-exposure images and allow the use of the larger apertures in bright conditions.
Most enthusiast photographers will appreciate having an EVF, not only for bright sunny conditions, but also for adding stability when shooting. A year on and Sony has gone one better by releasing the third member in the RX100 series – the RX100 III. Claimed to operate three times faster than the previous Bionz engine, the RX100 III maintains a maximum ISO sensitivity of ISO 25,600 and is capable of shooting at up to 10fps in its Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode. Added to this, the improved focusing distance of the lens sees it capable of focusing within 30cm of a subject at the long end of the zoom. The accessory port and hotshoe have both been removed from the RX100 III and in its place is a pop-up flash that’s raised using a small switch above the screen. It features a 1,440k-dot resolution and uses a Zeiss T coating to help reduce reflections and deliver excellent edge-to-edge clarity. To help ensure steadier movies are created, the RX100 III also features a 5-axis stabilisation system – a first on the RX100 series.
Now with an inbuilt EVF, it offers the perfect blend of what users want from a premium compact camera.
At just under $200 it is point and shoot camera that really offers a great bang for the buck. Reviewers, across the board, have noted the cameras image stability, and face recognition technology, as well as its zoom and dedicated video buttons to be the most beneficial features of this compact camera. The 21x optical zoom helps to ensure you can capture every moment, regardless of how far from the action you are. Current users note the camera’s ease of use to be its most valuable feature, with its compact and lightweight design coming in second. This is a great camera for the enthusiast who has tired of a traditional point-and-shoot but is not yet ready to plunge into the world of DSLRs. Current owners of this camera note its lens adaptability and its performance in low light situations to be its best features. This shoe allowed the optional EVF accessory, external microphone adapter or a flashgun to be mounted.
The lens dial can be used to change exposure settings, or it can be set to control the zoom or manual focus of the lens. The natural position of holding the camera up to the eye allowed me to steady myself and shoot at slower shutter speeds.
I think this would be a very good idea, and mean that using the RX100 III would almost be like using a mini NEX-7.
At the moment, the quickest way to change the AF point is to select focus tracking, put the subject over the centre AF point and then recompose the scene. Generally, images produced by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III are very good, although perhaps lacking a little contrast in a few of the default colour settings. First and foremost, the shots taken by this 16MP camera are crisp, clear and devoid of all noise. Finally, and perhaps most impressively, the camera shoots in full 1080P HD for videos and has a dedicated button for just that. Overall, this is a solid camera that will serve many purposes, and at just $180 it’s a bargain, too. Given that the EVF is an expensive accessory, and most photographers won’t require the use of a flashgun with such a small compact camera, it was clearly thought that the shoe was surplus to requirements with the addition of the built-in EVF. It is a nice touch that once again will strike a chord with photographers wanting a more manual experience that is akin to using a film camera.
The EVF is good, and although I think most people will only use it to take, say, 50% of their images, combined with the lens-control ring it offers a more traditional experience.
The lithium ion battery makes it easy to charge, and have at the ready for even the most impromptu photo shoot.
I think it is a shame to lose the Multi-Interface Shoe, if only because it did at least give the option to use a flash or an external microphone when shooting video. Given the audience for the RX100 III, though, I don’t see this as being a big loss in practice because the built-in EVF will be far more beneficial.

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