Imagine attaching a 25x optical zoom lens onto the RX10 II. Well, today, Sony launches the RX10 III with a newly-developed extended super-telephoto zoom lens. Where the RX10 II reached only 200mm at its longest tele range (24-200 mm, 8.8x optical zoom), the RX10 III steps into super-tele territory (opening up sports and wildlife photography opportunities) with a 24-600 mm (equiv.) 25x optical zoom lens. The 25x zoom covers wide-angle, portrait to super-tele shooting in one lens.
You can still focus as close as 3 cm (0.10 ft) at wide (0.42x max. magnification) and about 72 cm (2.36 ft) at tele (0.49x max. magnification) for macro photography.
Optical SteadyShot provides image stabilization equivalent to a 4.5-stop-faster shutter speed (CIPA-standard, pitch/yaw directions, at 220 mm focal length).
There are 3 manual rings around that zoom lens: an aperture ring, a zoom ring and a focus ring. There is also a Focus Hold button.
What set the RX10 II apart from its competitors was the constant F2.8 aperture throughout its 24-200 mm zoom range. The RX10 III starts with a slightly wider aperture, F2.4 at wide, but ends up at F4 (F11 equiv.) at full tele.
Consumers seem to be clamoring for even more zoom on a large image sensor camera. Of course, a large sensor + wide aperture = better image quality in low light situations.
The RX10 III is targeted to pros and enthusiasts who value the better image quality the large 1″ sensor delivers and the low-light capability of the fast lens. When they leave their mirrorless at home and still want an all-purpose powerhouse for general photography, Sony wants them to be reaching for the RX10 III.
The following video presents RX10 III – Pro-grade precise 4K movie | Cyber-shot | Sony:
Just one camera achieves ultra-wide range of expression with high image quality – Full pixel readout without pixel binning collects approx.1.7 times as much information as is required for 4K(QFHD: 3840 x 2160)movie output. This oversampling effect enhances image detail as it minimizes moiré and jaggies. A high-speed front-end LSI helps the BIONZ X image processing engine reduce image skew, smear and wobble (resulting from rolling shutter phenomenon) that can otherwise distort how fast-moving subjects look in 4K movies.
Here are some of Sony’s listed highlights:
- Newly developed ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm1 F2.4-4 large-aperture high-magnification zoom lens with built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur, in particular when shooting at longer focal lengths.
- 20.1 MP2 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor with DRAM chip and BIONZ X processor.
- 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movie recording: 4K recording5 with full pixel readout and no pixel binning and extensive video functions including S-Gamut/S-Log2 for compatibility with professional movie editing workflow.
- 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960 fps.
- Ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second.
- 0.09 seconds 8 fast autofocus to capture decisive moments.
- Pop-up flash.
The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III extended zoom camera will be available this May for about $1,500 US and $2,000 CA, respectively.
For specifications of the RX10 III, please visit http://www.sony.com/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-rx10m3/specifications.
Sony’s New Cyber-shot RX10 III Camera Brings Extended Zoom Capability to Acclaimed RX Line
New RX10 III Model Boasts Versatile 24-600mm1 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar F2.4-F4 Lens, 20.1 MP2 1.0-type Stacked CMOS sensor, Internal 4K Video Recording, Super Slow Motion Capabilities and more
SAN FRANCISCO, Mar. 29, 2016 – Sony – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – has today announced an exciting new addition to its acclaimed Cyber-shot RX lineup, the high-zoom RX10 III camera.
Featuring a newly-developed 25x super-telephoto zoom lens with an extensive focal range of 24-600mm 1, the new RX10 III camera is able to produce high-quality content at a variety of focal lengths and camera settings that would require three or more large, heavy and expensive lenses for an interchangeable lens camera user. It’s an outstanding choice for a shooting anything from landscapes to distant wildlife and everything in between.
The RX10 III high zoom camera is equipped with a 1.0 type stacked 20.1 MP Exmor RS™ CMOS sensor with DRAM chip and advanced signal processing, along with a powerful BIONZ X™ image processor. These components work together to ensure the highest possible image quality throughout the entire zoom range of the 24-600mm lens. Additionally, they are responsible for a variety of standout professional-caliber features including 40x super slow motion video capture at up to 960 fps, an ultra-fast Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second, high resolution 4K movie shooting and more.
“By pairing the convenience of an ultra-telephoto lens with our innovative stacked CMOS image sensor design, we’ve created a whole new image experience unlike anything else in market today,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “The new RX10 III offers a true ‘all in one’ package that will appeal to a wide range of amateur, hobbyist and professional photographers and videographers.”
New ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm F2.4 – F4 Lens
The impressive 24-600mm ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens on the Cyber-shot RX10 III camera features a large maximum aperture of F2.4 – F4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto. This differentiates it from many other high-zoom lenses that often struggle with light-gathering at longer focal lengths. The aperture unit itself has nine blades that are designed to create a near perfect circle in the F2.4 – F11 range, enabling shooters to create content with beautiful bokeh, where the subject stands out against a softly defocused background.
In total, the extended zoom lens features eight ED glass elements including one super ED glass element, five ED glass elements and two ED aspherical lenses, which all work together to minimize chromatic aberration and deliver high-contrast, ultra-sharp image quality. It also has ZEISS® T* Coating for minimizing flare and ghosting and delivering accurate, faithful color reproduction.
The new lens has built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur, in particular when shooting at longer focal lengths. When active, the OSS is equivalent to shooting at a shutter speed approximately 4.5 stops3 faster than the current setting of the camera.
Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm, the new lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.
High Quality Image Detail
The RX10 III features a back-illuminated 20.1 MP 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine that allow the camera to achieves a wide sensitivity range of ISO 644 – ISO 12800 and produce images with exceptionally low noise, even at higher sensitivity settings.
Additionally, the rear of the sensor has a DRAM chip that allows it to read and process large volumes of data exceptionally fast, enabling the camera to shoot super slow motion video at up to 960 fps. The powerful DRAM chip also allows the RX10 III to shoot continuously at up to 14fps with minimal blackout.
With shutter speeds as fast as 1/32000 second, the electronic shutter on the RX10 III minimizes image distortion at faster shutter speeds. It also offers silent shooting at all settings and speeds, ensuring all content can be captured quietly without disrupting the subject, a powerful feature when combined with the wide-ranging zoom lens.
High Quality 4K Movie Recording
The new RX10 III model becomes the latest and most versatile Cyber-shot RX camera to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840×2160) movie recording thanks to its far-reaching 24-600mm lens, which gives videographers the luxury of shooting high quality 4K video from extreme distances.
In 4K video mode, the RX10 III camera utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to enhance image detail and minimize moiré and jaggies. It achieves these high-quality results through use of the XAVC S codec, which records video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps during 4K recording and up to 50 Mbps during full HD recording5.
The new camera also has a variety of other professional caliber video features including Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, Gamma Display Assist, Time Code and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.
Super Slow Motion Video Recording
The new RX10 III also possesses the ability to record super slow-motion video at up to 40x slower than the standard rate, allowing users to capture and replay fleeting moments of action with incredible detail, resolution and clarity.
In “HFR” (high frame rate) setting, it offers the option to choose among 960fps, 480fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats4,5 with the option to use the movie record button as a ‘start trigger’ to begin recording once button is pressed or ‘end trigger’ to record footage up until the button is pressed.
High Speed Autofocus
The new RX10 III camera is equipped with an impressive autofocus system with spatial object detection, allowing the camera to detect and predict motion of a subject before the shutter button is pressed, This helps the camera achieve an incredibly fast and efficient AF response when the shutter is halfway pressed, enabling it to lock on to a subject in as little as 0.09 seconds 8. This is a yet another compelling technology, especially when paired with a versatile, highly capable 25x zoom lens with a range up to 600mm.
Ergonomics and Design
Aesthetically, the new RX10 III features a number of upgrades compared to existing RX10 models including triple lens rings for focus, zoom and aperture for direct, precise control. The hand grip shape has also been optimized for the new high-magnification, large-aperture lens to enhance stability when holding the camera at eye level. There is a new focus hold button on the lens barrel as well, allowing the focus to be easily locked on a subject while the shooter reframes the image.
The new model features a high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with approximately 2.35 million dots of resolution, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. The camera is also dust and moisture resistant and both Wi-Fi® and NFC™ compatible, with the ability and can access Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Applications. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca. A dedicated LCJ-RXJ soft carrying case will also be available for the new camera.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III extended zoom camera will be available this May for about $1,500 US and $2,000 CA, respectively.
The new cameras and all compatible accessories will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America. More information can be found here.
A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new RX10 III cameras and other high-end Sony imaging products can also be found at www.alphauniverse.com , Sony’s community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of Sony imaging products.
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- 35mm equivalent focal length
- Approx. effective megapixels
- CIPA standard, pitch/yaw directions, at 600mm (35mm equivalent, Telephoto)
- Both ISO 64 and ISO 80 are expandable ISO range
- A class 10 or higher SDXC/SDHC memory card is required for movie recording in XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps recording
- Sound cannot be recorded when shooting slow motion. An SDXC memory card of Class 10 or higher is required.
- In NTSC
- CIPA standard, internal measurement, at 24mm (35mm equivalent, Wide), EV8.2, Program Auto, AF area: Centre, with NTSC mode
The following video presents: RX10 III – Super Slow Motion with super telephoto- “Tennis” | Cyber-shot | Sony:
Realize the new imaging expression by the combination of Super Slow Motion and Super telephoto lens.
The stacked CMOS sensor enables shooting at an extrahigh frame rate up to 960fps (40x) high-speed shooting of exceptionally clear, smooth close-up action, all the way up the ultra-telephoto range, at sports events, etc. So the camera can capture great close-ups of faraway players on fields in arenas in super slow motion detail.
* Sound cannot be recorded. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.
* In NTSC mode. 1000fps in PAL mode. Switch between NTSC and PAL using the menu.
– Hands-On Preview: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
You can pre-order / buy the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III at B&H:
- Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III Digital Camera – USD $1,498.00 (Item will be available for purchase on Thu, Mar 31 11AM)
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