Sony RX10 III Review

July 7, 2016 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


Sony's RX10 III is the latest in its line of high-end premium bridge cameras. It comes less than 12 months after the RX10 II was announced, but the company has said that both of the cameras will exist at the same time, offering two different options to consumers.

The RX10 III uses an almost identical sensor to the Mark II version, being a 20.1MP CMOS one-inch “stacked” sensor with DRAM chip. The Mark II was a 20.2MP version of the same design. The biggest new feature of the camera, and the biggest talking point, is its new zoom lens, which offers a 24-600mm (25x) equivalent focal length range, and a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.

Previously, the RX10 II offered a more modest 24-200mm (8.3x), so it makes the new camera a much more appealing all-rounder for those looking for a camera to do everything. That said, you pay the price for such a functionality, with the RX10 III having an asking price of £1,249.

Other specifications include an electronic shutter which facilitates shutter speeds of up to 1/32000, a 3-inch tilting 1.23-million dot LCD screen, a 2.36-million dot OLED viewfinder, SD memory card compatibility and a better life of up to 420 shots per charge.

As is becoming the norm, 4K video recording is available on the RX10 III. You can also grab stills from 4K video recording, something which is also starting to become a popular function.

There are quite a few premium bridge cameras currently on the market. The Sony RX10 III competes reasonably closely with the Canon G3X as well as the Panasonic FZ1000.

The Sony RX10 III retails for £1,250 / $1499.

Ease of Use

The Sony RX10 III has increased in size to accommodate the extra zoom of the lens when compared with the Mark II. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it brings it in line with the size of a mid-range DSLR, especially with a large lens attached.

Although the lens is large, it's important to remember that something that would cover the same focal length range with a DSLR would be much, much larger, making it appealing as a travel or holiday camera.

The Sony RX10 III has a large and chunky grip, which has been reworked slightly from the RX10 II to make it more comfortable to hold, especially when holding the camera to your eye when the viewfinder is in use. It is textured and coated, with an indent to help your middle finger sit nicely.

Around the lens you'll find three rings. One of which controls aperture and has a satisfying click when turned. At the base of the lens there's a switch to turn these clicks off if you are shooting video, or perhaps just somewhere very quiet and don't want to draw attention to yourself. A second ring can be used to extend the zoom length of the lens, while a third is used for adjusting focus. If you prefer, you can also use a switch around the shutter release to extend and retract the zoom.

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Front of the Sony RX10 III

There is a customisable button on the side of the lens which can have a number of different functions assigned to it. One which is particularly useful is “Zoom Assist”. If you are zooming in on a subject in the distance, and it moves out of frame, or you move the camera and lose the subject, if you hold this button down, the lens will zoom out, allowing you to find the subject, and zoom back in on release of the button again.

Just underneath the lens is a switch for moving between focusing modes, including single, continuous, manual and DMF (Direct Manual Focus). DMF allows you to make fine manual adjustments to focus after autofocus has locked on.

Moving to the top of the Sony RX10 III, there's an array of dials and buttons here. There's the on/off switch which is placed just behind the shutter release, and the aforementioned zoom rocker. On the left hand side is a mode dial, which allows you to quickly choose between the camera's different exposure modes, including semi-automatic options (aperture priority and shutter priority), Program, Manual, Automatic, Scene Modes, Panorama and so on.

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Rear of the Sony RX10 III

On the right hand side is an exposure compensation dial which is handily placed for your thumb to reach while gripping the camera. There's a button for popping up the inbuilt flash, and two custom buttons which again can be assigned to a variety of different functions depending on what you find you use most often. A small LCD screen can be found on the top of the camera too, this displays a few key settings, such as aperture, shutter speed, number of shots left, battery status and so. To accompany this is a button for illuminating the screen if you're using the camera in low light conditions.

The back of the Sony RX10 III is a relatively minimalist affair. There is a further custom button, which is also doubles as the delete button when in play back. A menu button can be found on the left hand side of the of viewfinder, but otherwise all of the buttons are conveniently placed on the right hand side making quick changes easy.

A Fn button brings up a quick menu which can be used to access many of the most common features that you're likely to want to change frequently. This menu can be customised to add or remove any functions that you want to - it's clear Sony gives a lot of consideration to how photographers actually like to work. The main menu is a little more convoluted and takes some time to navigate and get to know. Some settings seem a little strangely named and can be quite difficult to find at first - it's something that you will get used to the more you use the camera, though.

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Side of the Sony RX10 III

Other buttons on the back of the Sony RX10 III include a playback button, an AEL button, and a dedicated video record button. There's a small scrolling dial which can be used to adjust shutter speed (depending on the shooting mode you're in). Another scrolling dial is used for a couple of functions, such as changing autofocus point, scrolling through menus, or scrolling through images in playback. The dial also doubles up as a four way navipad.

To change the autofocus point, first you need to make sure that autofocus mode is set to flexible spot. From there, you can change the AF point by pressing the central button, then using the directional keys to move to the point that you want to use. The scrolling dial can be used to alter the size of the AF point - you can use a smaller size if you're trying to focus on a fine detail.

The viewfinder has a built in sensor which detects when the Sony RX10 III has been lifted to your eye for a swift transition between using the screen and the viewfinder. The image inside the viewfinder is bright and clear and there's no noticeable image lag. In short, this is a viewfinder you will actually want to use - and not just when bright sunlight prevents the screen from being used. An electronic viewfinder also has some advantages over an optical version, including the ability to preview the effect any changes made to settings will make.

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Pop-up Flash

The three-inch screen can be pulled out from the body of the Sony RX10 III and tilted upwards and downwards. This makes it useful for shooting from some awkward angles, but not quite as flexible as a fully articulating screen which helps when shooting portrait format images from strange angles. Sony has once again resisted making the screen touch-sensitive. Although it would perhaps have been nice to have one for some functionality, with a wide range of buttons and dials, it's not something that is too badly missed.

Although general operational speeds are quick, with good shot-to-shot times, start-up time can be a little slow because the zoom has to extend before you can use it. It makes sense therefore to keep the camera switched on if you can between shots if you're taking several in quick succession.

Focusing speeds are good, but the lens can struggle a little to get things into focus quite quickly when using the telephoto end of the zoom. This isn't particularly surprising given the focal length equivalent, but it's something to watch out for as you can fire the shutter release before the camera has finished focusing - make sure to half press to lock focus before committing to the full press to take the shot.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

Sony's RX series cameras have been consistently good performers since the first RX100, and happily the RX10 III is no different.

Directly from the camera, JPEG images show a crispness and clarity throughout the focal length - softening ever so slightly at the furthest reach of the lens, but not enough to be worrying. You ca also deploy “Clear Zoom”, a type of digital zoom which yields some good results if the 25x optical zoom isn't quite enough reach for you. The standard digital zoom is best avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Colours are also bright and punchy directly from the camera, displaying a good amount of vibrance that doesn't stray too far into unnatural territory. Corresponding raw files are a little more muted, which is to be expected and is useful when working on your images in post production.

Noise performance and detail resolution are good in JPEG images almost entirely throughout the range. Noise starts to become noticeable from around ISO 1600, but not too detrimental to image quality unless you're pixel peeping at 100% or intending to print a very large image. ISO 3200 and ISO 6400 are decent performers, but as with most cameras, the top setting of ISO 12800 is best avoided unless strictly necessary (or you only intend to view or print very small) as there's a significant loss of detail. Looking at the corresponding raw files here it's clear to see that there's a notable amount of noise reduction applied, so if you've photographed something with lots of fine detail, then you can get some of this back by working with the raw files in post production.

All-purpose metering works well to produce accurate exposures in the majority of conditions, and I found myself rarely needing to use the exposure compensation dial. Sony's Dynamic Range Optimiser is a useful tool for helping to bring out detail in shadow in JPEG images that may otherwise be lost - you can set it to different levels in the main menu - choosing automatic or one of the lower values tends to produce the best results, as the highest setting can lead to somewhat of an unnatural look.

Automatic white balance is very good, producing images with very accurate colours under artificial lighting. Other lighting situations, such as overcast or bright sunny days also produced accurate colours.

For some reason, Sony has removed the inbuilt ND filter for the RX10 III. An inbuilt filter is useful when shooting at wide apertures in bright sunlight. That said, with the ability to use a 1/32000 shutter speed, you don't have too much issue with over exposure.


The Sony RX10 III has a standard sensitivity range between ISO 100 and 12800, selectable down to 1/3EV increments. This can be extended down to ISO 64, whilst the Multi Frame NR feature can add an ISO 25600 sensitivity by compiling multiple consecutive exposures into a single image with supposedly reduced noise levels, though this isn't available when shooting RAW or RAW+JPEG.


ISO 64 (100% Crop)

ISO 64 (100% Crop)

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ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Sony RX10 III's 25x zoom lens achieves a focal range of 24-600mm when converted into a 35mm camera format.






Sony quotes a 3cm minimum focussing distance for the Sony RX10 III, and we found this to be accurate. However, at such close range, the large lens inevitable casts a shadow over your subject.




Five flash settings are available: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync and Rear Sync and Wireless. A separate menu option controls whether or not red-eye reduction is active, but even without this enabled, the camera successfully avoided red-eye in our testing. The flash itself is powerful and shows little evidence of vignetting when shooting a white surface from 1.5m with the lens set to its 24mm-equivalent focal length.

Suppressed Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

Forced Flash - Wide Angle (24mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Suppressed Flash - Telephoto (600mm)

Forced Flash - Telephoto (600mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots with the flash off and on.

Flash Off

Flash Off (100% Crop)

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Forced Flash

Forced Flash (100% Crop)
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The Sony RX100 III's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's also a Bulb mode for even longer exposures. The following example as shot at 30 seconds at ISO 100.



Creative Styles

The Sony RX10 III offers 13 different creative styles that you can use to enhance your images in-camera.


Black & White

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Picture Effects

The Sony RX10 III contains 13 Picture Effects, some with additional sub options: Toy camera (normal, cool, warm, green, magenta), Pop color, Posterization (colour, mono), Retro photo, Soft high-key, Partial color (red, green, blue, yellow), High-contrast mono, Soft focus (low, mid, high), HDR painting (low, mid, high), Rich-tone mono, Miniature (top, middle horizontal, bottom, left, middle vertical, right), Watercolor, Illustration (low, mid, high).

Toy Camera

Pop Color

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Soft High-key

Partial Color (Blue)

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High Contrast Mono

Soft Focus

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HDR Painting

Rich-tone Mono

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Sony RX10 III camera, which were all taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Sony RX10 III enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Sony RAW (ARW) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample video from the Sony RX10 III camera at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 21 second movie is 144Mb in size.

This is a sample video from the Sony RX10 III camera at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 18 second movie is 111Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Sony RX10 III

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Front of the Sony RX10 III / Flash Raised

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Side of the Sony RX10 III

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Side of the Sony RX10 III

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Rear of the Sony RX10 III

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Bottom of the Sony RX10 III

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Side of the Sony RX10 III


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Front of the Sony RX10 III

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


There's a lot to like about the Sony RX10 III - but to be fair, for such an asking price, so there should be. That said, to get a body and a lens set which covers the focal range here, would cost you a lot more than the £1,250 asking price that the RX10 III commands - so depending on which way you look at it, it represents good value.

If you're somebody who travels a lot and wants a camera that you can use with minimum fuss (such as the hassle of changing lenses) and stay relatively light, the Sony RX10 III could be a good option for you. Image quality is great from the one-inch sensor, and although perhaps not quite on par with a DSLR or CSC with an even larger sensor, it's capable of producing some fantastically detailed images and even works pretty well in low light.

The zoom range is the main selling point, and having up to 600mm available is a real bonus. The maximum aperture drops from f/2.4 to f/4 at 100mm - while f/4 at that focal range is pretty good, some will be disappointed that the maximum aperture couldn't be maintained for a little longer.

When it comes to the competition, Sony manages to go above what its closest rivals can offer. While it's true that the Canon G3X also has a one-inch sensor and a 25x optical zoom lens, it doesn't have a viewfinder, something which many, if not most, enthusiasts require. The viewfinder is also excellent, making it something you actually want to use, not something which is resorted to in desperation.

The Panasonic FZ1000 is an excellent camera, but doesn't have quite the same reach (going to 400mm) as the RX10 III, so if you're after something which is a more complete all-rounder, then it's the Sony which is the obvious choice - if you're on a budget the Panasonic is a lot cheaper though.

Offering 4K video recording is also great news for those photographers who also like to capture video footage. The ability to grab stills from a video is useful for capturing fast moving action or spontaneous moments.

Overall, Sony has produced an extremely capable camera once again in the RX10 III, and although arguably a niche product, it shows exactly what the electronics giant is capable of. There's not an awful lot that could be done to improve on this model, so it will be interesting to see where Sony goes next with this series (a touchscreen at last, perhaps?).

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Sony RX10 III.

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX530 HS is a bridge super-zoom camera with a massive 50x zoom lens. The Canon SX530 also offers 16 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, full manual controls and 1080p HD movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX530 HS review now...

Fujifilm FinePix S1

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a new weather-proof bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S1 also offers built-in wi-fi, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor with RAW support. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S1 review to find out if this is this the only camera you'll ever need...

Fujifilm Finepix S9900W

The Fujifilm FinePix S9900W is a bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9900W also offers built-in wi-fi, full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9900W review now...

Nikon Coolpix P900

The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a new super-zoom bridge camera with an astonishing 83x zoom lens, providing a focal range of 24-2000mm! The Nikon P900 also has a back illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD screen, full 1080p high-definition movies with stereo sound, built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, an electronic viewfinder and 7fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix P900 review now...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

The Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is Panasonic's new flagship super-zoom compact camera, offering a large 1-inch image sensor with 20 megapixels, 4K video recording and a 16x zoom lens with a 25-400mm focal range. Priced at £749 / $899, read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 review to find out if it can justify its price-tag...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Sony RX10 III from around the web. »

With the introduction of the new Sony RX10 III a month ago today, Sony surprised us all with yet another upgrade to their successful 1” sensor size, built-in zoom lens camera line. It is alway fascinating to see how a particular camera model evolves over time and the RX10 is no exception. When I first tested the original Sony RX10, I was impressed by the HD video quality and relative ease of use. In many ways, it felt like a potential “dream come true” camera for the many video journalists out there. Then came version II. In a way, I didn’t like working with it as much as with the original model, so I decided to give priority and review the Sony RX100 IV first, which was announced at the same time.
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The RX10 III's 24-600mm Zeiss lens, coupled with Sony's excellent 1-inch sensor, deliver class-leading image quality. Its 4K and HD video functionality is also superb. It's a large, relatively heavy and pricey camera though, and is let down by its autofocus performance in some situations.
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Sensor Type
1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Number of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 20.1 megapixels
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 20.1 megapixels


Lens type
ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 18 elements in 13 groups (6 aspheric elements including AA lens)
F-number (Maximum Aperture)
Iris diaphragm
9 blades
Focal length (f=)
Focal Length (f=) 35mm format equivalent
[Still image 3:2] f=24-600mm [Still image 16:9] f=26-630mm [Still image 1:1] f=31-760mm [Still image 4:3] f=27-650mm [Movie 16:9] f=26-630mm (SteadyShot Standard), f=27-890mm (SteadyShot Active), f=30-910mm(SteadyShot Inteligent Active), [Movie 4K 16:9] f=28-680mm (SteadyShot Standard), [HFR 960fps] f=42-990mm (Quality Priority), f=60-1390mm (Shoot Time Priority), [HFR 480 fps] f=28-680mm (Quality Priority), f=42-990mm (Shoot Time Priority), [HFR 240 fps] f=26-630mm (Quality Priority), f=28-680mm (Shoot Time Priority)
Focus Range (From the Front of the Lens)
AF (W: Approx. 3cm to infinity, T: Approx.72cm to infinity, f=250mm (35mm format equivalent): Approx. 140cm to infinity)
Optical Zoom
Clear Image Zoom
Approx. 50x (including Optical Zoom)
Digital Zoom
Approx. 100x (including Optical Zoom)
Filter Diameter


Screen Type
7.5cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Brightness Control
Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather mode
Adjustable Angle
Up by approx. 107degrees, down by approx. 42degrees
Display Selector (Finder/Lcd)
Auto / EVF / Monitor
MF Assist Magnification


Screen Type/Number of Dots
0.39-type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED), 2,359,296 dots
Brightness Control
Auto, Manual (5 steps)
Field Coverage
Approx. 0.70x with 50mm lens. at infinity, -1m-1(diopter) (35mm equiv.)
Eye Point
Approx. 23mm from the eyepiece lens, 21.5mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1(CIPA standard)
Dioptre Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0m-1


[Still Image] Optical, [Movie] Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti Rolling type)
Focus Mode
Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot / Lock-on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot)
Light Metering Mode
Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation
+/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)
ISO 100-12800 (1/3 step) (expandable to ISO 64/80), Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit) , Multi-Frame NR: ISO100-25600 (1 EV step), Auto (ISO 100-128000)
ISO Sensitivity (Movie)
ISO 100-12800 equivalent (1/3step), AUTO (ISO 100-12800 equivalent, selectable lower limit and upper limit)
White Balance Modes
Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor.: Warm White / Fluor.: Cool White / Fluor.: Day White / Fluor.: Daylight / Flash / C.Temp. / Filter / Custom
WB Micro Adjustment
Yes (G7 to M7 (57 steps), A7 to B7 (29 steps))
Shutter Speed
iAuto(4"-1/2000*) / Program Auto(30"-1/2000*) / Manual Exposure(Bulb, 30"-1/2000*) / Aperture Priority(30"-1/2000*) / Shutter Priority(30"-1/2000*). *At F8 or greater aperture value. Fastest limit at F2.4 is 1/1000.
Electronic Shutter
iAuto (4” - 1/32000) / Program Auto (30” - 1/32000) / Manual (30” - 1/32000) / Aperture Priority (30” - 1/32000) / Shutter Priority (30” - 1/32000)
Image Control
Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Creative Style, Color Space (sRGB/Adobe RGB), Quality (RAW/RAW & JPEG/Extra fine/Fine/Standard)
Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: On / Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1/3 sec. , high ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off , Multi Frame NR: Auto, ISO100-25600
Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step))
Shooting Mode
AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall) 1,2,3, Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), HFR Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene Selection
Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur
Continuous Shooting Speed (Maximum) (Maximum Number of Recording Pixels)
Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 14 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 5 fps 4
10 sec. / 5 sec. / 2 sec. / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10 sec. 5 sec. or 2 sec. delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10 sec. 5 sec. or 2 sec. delay selectable
Drive Modes
Single, Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (cont.), Cont.-bracketing, Single-bracketing, White balance bracketing, DRO bracketing
Picture Effect
[Still Image] Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration, [Movie] Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono.
Flash Range
ISO Auto: Approx.1.0m to 10.8m (3.28 ft. to 35.43 ft.) (W) / Approx. 1.0m to 6.5m (3.28 ft. to 21.33 ft.) (T), ISO12800: up to Approx. 20.8m (68.24 ft.) (W) / Approx. 12.8m (41.99 ft.) (T)
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
Picture Profile
off/PP1-PP7(Black Level, Gamma(Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Saturation, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
Number of Recognised Scenes
[Still Image] Superior Auto: 44, Intelligent Auto: 33, [Movie] 44
Flash Mode
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Sync. / Flash Off / Wireless (with optional compatible flash)


Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card
Recording Format
[Still Image]: JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), [Movie]: XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4
Recording Format (Movie Audio)
XAVC S: LPCM 2ch / AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch (Dolby Digital Stereo Creator) / MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Colour Space (Still)
sRGB / Adobe RGB
File Format
sRGB / Adobe RGB
Number of Recorded pixels (Image Size) during Movie
16:9 mode: 17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528)
Movie Recording Mode (NTSC)
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX (1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i) / 24M FX (1,920x1,080/24p) / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/24p), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M (3,840x2,160/30p) / 30p 60M (3,840x2,160/30p) / 24p 100M (3,840x2,160/24p) / 24p 60M (3,840x2,160/24p), XAVC S HD: 60p 50M (1,920x1,080/60p) / 30p 50M (1,920x1,080/30p) / 24p 50M (1,920x1,080/24p) / 120p 100M (1,920x1,080/120p) / 120p 60M (1,920x1,080/120p), MP4: 28M (1,920x1,080/60p) / 16M (1,920x1,080/30p) / 6M (1,280x720/30p)
Number of Recording Pixels (Image Size)
3:2 mode: 20M (5,472×3,648) / 10M (3,888×2,592) / 5M (2,736×1824), 4:3 mode: 18M (4,864×3,648) / 10M (3,648×2,736) / 5M (2,592×1,944) / VGA, 16:9 mode: 17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528), 1:1 mode: 13M (3,648×3,648) / 6.5M (2,544×2,544) / 3.7M (1,920×1,920), Sweep Panorama: Wide (12,416×1,856/5,536×2,160), Standard (8,192×1,856/3,872×2,160)
Movie Recording Mode (PAL)
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920x1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920x1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920x1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/25p), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M (3,840x2,160/25p) / 25p 60M (3,840x2,160/25p), XAVC S HD: 50p 50M (1,920x1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920x1,080/25p) / 100p 100M (1,920x1,080/100p) / 100p 60M (1,920x1,080/100p), MP4: 28M (1,920x1,080/50p) / 16M (1,920x1,080/25p) / 6M (1,280x720/25p),
NTSC: XAVC S HD: 60p 50M (1,920x1,080/240fps), 60p 50M (1,920x1,080/480fps), 60p 50M (1,920x1,080/960fps) / 30p 50M (1,920x1,080/240fps), 30p 50M (1,920x1,080/480fps), 30p 50M (1,920x1,080/960fps) / 24p 50M (1,920x1,080/240fps), 24p 50M (1,920x1,080/480fps), 24p 50M (1,920x1,080/960fps) Sensor Readout Number of Effective Pixels Quality Priority: 240fps / 250fps (1,824x1,026), 480fps / 500fps (1,676x566), 960fps / 1000fps (1,136x384) / Shoot Time Priority: 240fps / 250fps (1,676x566), 480fps / 500fps (1,136x384), 960fps / 1000fps (800x270), PAL: XAVC S HD: 50p 50M (1,920x1,080/250fps), 50p 50M (1,920x1,080/500fps), 50p 50M (1,920x1,080/1000fps) / 25p 50M (1,920x1,080/250fps), 25p 50M (1,920x1,080/500fps), 25p 50M (1,920x1,080/1000fps)


Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)


Input and Output Terminals
Multi / Micro USB Terminal, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI,Microphone (3.5 mm Stereo minijack), Multi Interface Shoe, Headphones
NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Yes (IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band))


Power Source
DC7.2V (supplied battely) / DC5.0V (supplied AC adaptor)
Battery System
Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Power Consumption (Camera Mode)
Approx. 2.3W with LCD monitor and approx. 2.6W with viewfinder (CIPA standard)
USB Charge/USB Power Supply
Yes (Shooting, Playback)
Battery Life
Still Images< Monitor: Approx. 420 shots / Approx. 210min., Viewfinder: Approx. 370 shots / Approx. 185min. Movies (actual shooting Monitor: Approx. 65 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 70 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB.) Movies (continuous shooting)< Monitor: Approx. 120 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 130 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB.)
Supplied Battery


Playmemories Camera Apps
Shooting Functions
Eye AF / Face Detection / Face Registration / Still Image Recording (during movie recording) / Smile shutter / Grid Line / Quick Navi / Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll) / WB Bracket / DRO Bracketing / MF Assist / Peaking / Zebra / Marker Display / Audio Level Display / Audio Out Timing / Step Zoom/Quick Zoom / TC / UB / Photographer Name & Copyright / Set File Name/ ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed / PC Remote Control / Zoom Assist / Focus Hold
Playback Functions
BRAVIA Sync (Control for HDMI) / 9/25-frame index view / Auto Orientation / Slide Show / Forward / Rewind (Movie) / Delete / Protect / Motion Shot Video / Photo Capture
Operating Temprature
Approx. 0°C to 40°C (32F° to 104F°)

Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
132.5 x 94.0 x 127.4mm, (5 1/4" x 3 3/4" x 5 1/8")
Approx. 1051g (Body Only) / Approx. 1095g (Battery and Memory Stick Duo are included), Approx. 2lb 5.1oz. (Body Only) / Approx. 2lb 6.7oz. (Battery and Memory Stick Duo are included)

What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
  • Micro USB cable
  • Shoulder strap
  • Lens cap
  • Shoe cap
  • Lens hood
  • Eyepiece Cup
  • Instruction Manual

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