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Sony RX100 MIII
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:18:38 PM »
Since Sony launched the RX100 I have been an interested fan. Seems to be a very useful camera with some great features and it is so compact it can easily fit on your belt.

Now that they are supposed to launch the Mark III (tomorrow - 1 May) I must admit that the improvements they are rumoured to be making are more attractive than ever. It is expected to have a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.

It also seems to have quite a following over at DPR.

Anyone here have an RX100 or interested in the new Sony RX100 Mark III? What are your thoughts and impressions?

One good and bad thing about Sony is that you are always guaranteed a new version within the next 12 months - sometimes just 6.

Added specs supposed to be:

 20MP sensor (same as RX100/M2 models)
 ISO 125-25600
 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens
 Built in View finder (SVGA OLED Tru-Finder 1440k dots)
 Tiltable screen (180 degrees up)
 Record in XAVC S format (Same format of the Sony A7s but with no 4K output option)
 Others same as RX100 II

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-sony-rx100m3-specs-records-in-xavc-s-format-just-like-the-a7s/



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Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 10:36:23 AM »
I've been tempted by the RX100 and MkII, but haven't jumped.  The MkIII looks even more interesting, though.  But what will the rumored lens do to the overall size, which was the RX100's main selling point IMO.?
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 11:32:58 AM »
It does sound like a interesting camera, the downfall for me is the small size, my huge hands and fingers along with severe loss of feeling make it very difficult to operate small cameras.  I have attached a small leather disk to the shutter button on my 5D MK III to help me locate the button by feel of the raised surface, but even that is difficult to feel.
 
I do go into our local camera store and try the new models periodically, I hope this camera is successful and that Sony continues to support the older models.  They have a reputation for dropping support of out of production products long before I think they should.   A $100 camera might only be supported for a couple of years, but a $500 + model needs at least 7 years of support after production ceases.

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Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2014, 09:03:00 PM »
I've been tempted by the RX100 and MkII, but haven't jumped.  The MkIII looks even more interesting, though.  But what will the rumored lens do to the overall size, which was the RX100's main selling point IMO.?

There was very little difference in size between the Mark 1 and Mark II and it is rumoured that the Mark III will also be very similar in size, which makes it an extremely attractive camera with an even better lens (and better video) than either of its predecessors.

I hope they are wrong, but SAR is reporting that the RX100 Mark III announcement won't come until around 15 May, but Sony is still expected to announce the A77 Mark II today (1 May). It does get them better PR to space out such announcements, so I would expect the delay to be true. Pity.

This may be the RX100 that finally wins me over. If only Canon could produce an identical version, then I would not need to learn a new menu system (this always bothered me when I played with previous versions in the shops).
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2014, 09:16:22 PM »
I've been tempted by the RX100 and MkII, but haven't jumped.  The MkIII looks even more interesting, though.  But what will the rumored lens do to the overall size, which was the RX100's main selling point IMO.?

There was very little difference in size between the Mark 1 and Mark II and it is rumoured that the Mark III will also be very similar in size, which makes it an extremely attractive camera with an even better lens (and better video) than either of its predecessors.

I hope they are wrong, but SAR is reporting that the RX100 Mark III announcement won't come until around 15 May, but Sony is still expected to announce the A77 Mark II today (1 May). It does get them better PR to space out such announcements, so I would expect the delay to be true. Pity.

This may be the RX100 that finally wins me over. If only Canon could produce an identical version, then I would not need to learn a new menu system (this always bothered me when I played with previous versions in the shops).

I'd pretty much guarantee that Canon will not produce something similar.  Sales of mirrorless cameras have been and still are very poor in the USA and Europe.  Companies selling mirrorless are backing off, or going under.  Sony has a very broad product line, so no one product will have a huge impact.  However, TV sets and Mobile phone losses have really hurt them, so they may be hoping that they can buck the trend.  Sony got into the tough financial position that they are in today by hoping that the impossible would happen.

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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 01:02:52 PM »
I have a RX100 MI.  I use it primarily for underwater photography.  I prefer the size and being able to use the LCD screen while diving.  It has advantages and disadvantages vs an DSLR.  I have considered putting my 70D in a housing but have decided I don't use it enough to make it worth doing. 

It is a great little camera to throw in your pocket and carry around if you want something small. Its barely bigger than a big wallet.  Picture quality is excellent even at large size.  I blew up a picture of a shark to 24x30 and it looks great.

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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 09:16:36 PM »
I have a RX100 MI.  I use it primarily for underwater photography.  I prefer the size and being able to use the LCD screen while diving.  It has advantages and disadvantages vs an DSLR.  I have considered putting my 70D in a housing but have decided I don't use it enough to make it worth doing. 

It is a great little camera to throw in your pocket and carry around if you want something small. Its barely bigger than a big wallet.  Picture quality is excellent even at large size.  I blew up a picture of a shark to 24x30 and it looks great.

Thanks for your feedback, Chisox2335.

I know the RX100 II is slightly larger than the I, and the III maybe be again but what housing are you using for the underwater photography with your I?

I am not happy taking my 1D X underwater as it is too valuable to me above ground, but it would be great to have something as small as the RX100 III to carry around and also be able to use as an underwater camera as well.

Are you tempted to upgrade to the III now you have seen the likely specs? There are some definite advantages.
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2014, 08:24:33 AM »
The view finder, tilt screen and the sensor has me very tempted in getting one
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2014, 08:26:03 AM »
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2014, 08:35:31 AM »
Sony is really on a roll with some great revolutionary cameras and the EVF on this one has to be one of the best features on any camera released in recent times.
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2014, 09:12:57 AM »
Sweet. 24mm on the wide end, 70mm f/2.8 (ok, f/7.6 equivalent), and only slightly larger than the MkII.  I think I might just have to get one...
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2014, 10:11:53 AM »
Sweet. 24mm on the wide end, 70mm f/2.8 (ok, f/7.6 equivalent), and only slightly larger than the MkII.  I think I might just have to get one...

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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2014, 10:31:43 AM »
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Impressive looking little camera. I'd be sorely tempted to make it a replacement for my old S95, but I've got another priority at the moment.

Today I join the Fuji world -- my new X100S arrives this afternoon. I've been fascinated by the look of images coming from these Fuji X-series cameras since the X100 appeared a couple of years ago. They seem to have gotten over the growing pains with AF and such, so I'm jumping aboard. I'm not at a point where I can see giving up my magnificent 5D3, but I have sold the T2i and the EF-S lenses (except the 60mm which doesn't generate a lot of interest).

Anyway, I'll be interested in seeing how you folks make out with the new RX100. I'll keep you abreast of my Fuji experiences as well.
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2014, 08:27:37 PM »
It does sound great, and I am very pleased that I will not be passing a Sony Store, or even a shop that sells this little beauty, any time soon otherwise I think I would also be getting one.  ;)

Definitely looking forward to the reviews that will come out on this camera.

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