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This Sony Cyber-Shot RX100M III digital camera's 20.1-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens enable you to capture sharp, detailed photos and high-definition video footage. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization promotes image clarity.

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    What's Included


    • Battery charger
    • Cyber-Shot RX100M III 20.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
    • Micro USB cable, AC adapter
    • Owner's manual
    • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NPBX1)

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (234 out of 241)

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    Features


    20.1-megapixel, 1" (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor

    Captures high-resolution images up to 5472 x 3648 pixels.

    2.9x optical/11x digital/31.9x total zoom

    Through a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 10 elements in 9 groups, including 9 aspheric elements, for precise zooming and accuracy. Built-in ND filter allows wide-range photographic expression.

    3" multi-angle Xtra Fine LCD

    Helps you capture self portraits and makes it easy to review stored footage. A 0.39-type XGA OLED electronic viewfinder with Zeiss T* coating and 1,440,000 dots lets you easily set up shots.

    High-definition movie mode

    Enables you to shoot crisp, clear video footage in XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 formats. An HDMI output allows you to capture uncompressed video recordings.

    Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

    Helps compensate for camera shake and vibration to minimize blurring in your shots.

    Scene modes

    Include portrait, sports action, macro, landscape, sunset, night scene, handheld twilight, night portrait, antimotion blur, pet mode, gourmet, fireworks and high-sensitivity for versatility.

    Speed-priority continuous shooting

    Lets you capture shots in rapid succession at up to 10 fps (frames per second). Also offer continuous shooting up to 2.9 fps.

    P/A/S/M operating modes

    With a smooth, precise control ring simplify operation.

    White balance modes

    Include auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent warm white, fluorescent cool white, fluorescent day white, fluorescent daylight, flash, color temperature, filter and custom to suit various light conditions.

    Flash

    With auto, on, slow synchro, rear sync and off modes allows you to add light to scenes when necessary.

    Special effects

    Include toy camera, pop color, posterization, retro photo, soft high-key, partial color, high-contrast mono, soft focus, HDR painting, richtone monochrome, miniature, watercolor and illustration to enhance your creativity.

    Autofocus

    Helps bring subjects and scenes into clear view.

    Memory card slot

    Supports Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, High-Speed Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro and Mark 2 Memory Stick Micro formats (cards not included).

    Also supports Secure Digital, Secure Digital High Capacity UHS-I, SDXC UHS-I, microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC formats (cards not included).

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 241 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 26 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      All the hype is true. It's an amazing camera.

      Posted
      English
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I'm a very keen landscape photographer. I usually use digital SLR cameras with all the associated paraphernalia, lenses and filters. Some time back, I started looking into using smaller cameras as carrying about all the DSLR gear was getting old. For a few years, I have been using a Canon G11, which is a great camera, but not quite up to the quality attainable from my DSLR. When the RX100M2 came out, I was very interested because the reviews were so good. Sadly, it had no kind of viewfinder which, for me, is a requirement. I really don't like holding the camera out in front of me, trying to compose with a washed-out monitor in the sunlight. When the RX100M3 came out, I was excited to see that they had added an electronic viewfinder, so, after much research, decided to give it a go. I figured that I could always return it within the return period if I didn't like it. It is, after all, a very expensive camera for a compact. From the very first shot taken with this, I was amazed at the quality, and I remain amazed having taken 1,110 shots with it so far. As an example, yesterday I took this camera, and my Nikon D7000 DSLR to the same location, and shot with both side-by-side. Loading the files onto my computer when I got home, I really could see no discernible difference between the quality of the shots from the Nikon, and this little Sony. In fact, all the shots that I ultimately used turned out to be from the Sony! Of course, everybody's requirements in a camera differ, but I will outline some of the facets of this camera, and what makes it such an ideal camera for me: Lens: As stated before, the quality of this camera is superb, and the lens has to take quite a large amount of credit for this. For some, they may find that it only going out to is a problem. Being a landscape photographer, I was more interested in the wide end, and was very pleased to see that Sony had widened it from 28mm in the previous models to 24mm in this model. This end of the range is far more important to me than telephoto. Of course, 70mm at the wide end may not be enough for some people -- possibly if you are intending to shoot wildlife or sports. In that case, you may be better served by one of the long-zoom bridge cameras. They will, of course, not have the image quality that this little Sony has. It is a fast lens, being F1.8 to F2.8, although be aware that the F1.8 is only really available at the widest end. Still, F2.8 at 70mm is fine for me. Handling: Make no mistake, this is a very small camera. This is, of course, a great asset, but it may seem a little "fiddly" if you are used to bigger DSLRs. I personally don't find it too "fiddly" to use, although you will have to get used to the fact that there are limited dedicated buttons so, for things like exposure compensation and other common adjustments, you will have to delve into the menus. This is actually made easier because there is a user-assignable bank of twelve settings that are easily reached from the dedicated function button. This makes on-the-fly adjustments quite easy to achieve with the minimum of fuss. Viewfinder: For me, this is the real high-point of this camera. It is small, but bright and easy to see. I find it more than acceptable to use it to fully compose my shots. Indeed, it is my preferred method of using this camera. I did, incidentally, find that this camera solved a real problem for me that I didn't anticipate. Being a relatively new eyeglass wearer, I always struggle with how to use my glassed when shooting. Do I adjust the dioptre for clear viewing with my glasses on? The trouble with that is that it means I can't shut out enough light at the viewfinder because my glasses are in between. Also, because you can't get your eye near enough to the viewfinder, you have trouble seeing the whole image and have to shift around to see all parts in the viewfinder. Alternatively, do I adjust the dioptre to be able to see clearly without my glasses? The trouble with that is that I can then not "chimp", or look at the shot on the monitor without putting my glasses back on. It's a real pain. It turns out that this little Sony solves that problem for me. Because the viewfinder gives you exactly the same information that is available on the monitor, I adjust the dioptre so that I can see clearly without glasses, and just use the viewfinder to see the last shot, check on the histogram, adjust settings. In essence, I don't use my glasses with this camera. This works out perfectly for me, and is something that is not possible to do with a DSLR without EVF. The built-in neutral density filter is a very welcome addition that I use very frequently, and I have added a filter adaptor from LensBaby which allows me to use a 52mm polarising filter. There are lots of extra gadgets and features on this camera -- most of which I don't use. Mostly in the automatic modes and HDR, etc. Most of these don't interest me. I hear the video is supposed to be class-leading although video is also something that doesn't concern me. If I search for some negatives about this camera, they are slight and well worth the compromise in my opinion. I find it tends to blowing out the highlights. It is quite rare for me to take a shot where I haven't dialled in -.3 to -1.5 exposure compensation. I think that's just the price you pay for a camera which has to cater to the casual user. They lean towards a more brightly exposed shot overall at the risk of blowing highlights. No big deal. There is no facility for remote shutter release, so I use the two-second timer most of the time when I have the camera on a tripod. I was quite disappointed to find that it was impossible to use the self-timer on most of the automatic modes or, more crucially, when using exposure bracketing. There is no point in exposure bracketing if you're going to be shaking the camera around when pressing the shutter manually! Oh well. Can't have it all. Overall, as you can tell, I love this little camera. I really feel now that I can carry this camera around (especially as I do most of my photography travel on a motorcycle), and not feel as if I'm compromising on image quality for the sake of portability. There's an old saying in photography that the best camera is the one that you have with you. Never has this been more true. It's always with me, plus it really is the best camera!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      I would not recommend this camera

      Posted
      ENX0
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was excited when I bought the new Sony RX100M3 Camera brand new from Amazon about 3 months ago. I used it for a week on vacation and took about two thousand pictures. I have also used it for a couple day trips since then with no issue. I turned it on last week and to prepare it for my Christmas trip, format the SD cards, and set some of the presets. The camera powered on, the lens extended, but the rear screen would not display text or images. Also, all the buttons stopped working and it seemed to be stuck in movie mode, regardless of the dial settings, any button I pressed turned on and off record mode. At that point, I checked Amazon online to see what the service policy was and where to go for support. Amazon's site said to contact the manufacturer for questions and/or repair, fair enough. So I called Sony support. The Sony tech asked me to try a couple things, power off and on, take the battery out, and finally said it sounded like a firmware issue and told me to send the camera back. He said that Sony would fix it under warranty. I sent the camera in. A few days went by and Sony called me. They told me that the camera has some corrosion inside on the circuit boards, and said it was probably due to the humidity or moisture that may have entered the camera while in my use. I explained that I take very good care of tech gadgets and know for a fact that this camera was never exposed to any water or moisture. Apparently, corrosion is conveniently excluded from coverage under their warranty. Anyway, they told me that the repair of my camera is going to cost $225. I could either accept the fee or they would send the broken camera back to me. What was I going to do with an $800 paperweight and I really wanted this camera for Christmas photos. After trying to negotiate a more amicable solution, with no success, I agreed to the repair. This was an $800, "TOP OF THE LINE" Sony camera (plus case, batteries, and other accessories) that I used for one trip, owned it for a total of 90 days, and now I have to spend another $225 to have it fixed. I checked online and found a lot of similar complaints about this corrosion issue with this camera and others are in same situation having to pay out of pocket for repair. In my opinion, here are the reasons this camera failed: inferior parts; poor construction; lack of quality control; and the body is not sealed from humidity. I have gone back and forth with Sony customer support and keep hearing, "this is our policy" and "while we would like to help, there is nothing we can do". I asked them to send me pictures of the corrosion, which I have not received. I can see me being charged if this was negligence on my part or if I had dropped the camera in the pool or ocean, but this camera has been dry since day 1. I don't expect every product to be perfect, if Sony would just acknowledged the camera was faulty and fix it under warranty, I would be happy. I have several other cameras, Panasonic, Canon, and Nikon as well and iPhone, iPad, etc. Most are less expensive than the RX100M3 and some more than 10 years old. They are all still in top working condition, except for the Sony RX100M3. Needless to say, I am very disappointed in Sony! The product quality and customer service are horrible! At one time, Sony was the go to company for high quality equipment and you didn't mind paying a little extra for it. It's just not that high quality company anymore. If Sony won’t stand behind the products they sell, who will? There are far too many quality products on the market to waste your money on this overpriced junk. It takes great pictures and has lots of features, but in my opinion the costs are not worth the risks of getting one with a corrosion issue. This will definitely be my last Sony product!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi, we are sorry to hear about your experience. Please send us an email with your contact information to socialsupport@am.sony.com so we can discuss this with you. Thanks, LindaSonystyle

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Pocket size camera

      Posted
      BiGGiE
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I was looking for something that would be easy to carry around, especially in a pocket and take great photos. The price is steep but if you look around you will find a reasonable price for such a great camera. To preface, I used to own the QX100 that is also made from Sony and I thought upgrading to the RX100 would be a minimal upgrade at best. I was wrong. The features and control over different functions blows away the QX100. This camera is great in automatic mode but has enough tools and features to play around with if you are a professional photographer as well. The speed and ease of use is quick and easy enough for me to use it over my cell phone. Funnest features 1) The camera is already great in low light but if needed it has a flash that articulates up that doesn't wash out your subject and allows just enough light to make a great photo out of something that wouldn't have shown up otherwise 2) Electronic viewfinder - Something I didn't think I would use that much but using it has helped to stabilize and frame my photos better. 3) NFC transfer - One of the things i loved about my previous camera was the pictures could be stored directly onto my phone to instantly share. While this feature isn't evident in the RX100, it does provide quick NFC file transfer to phones that support it (android mostly) allowing you to quickly share the file via the internet. 4) Smart remote - One thing I enjoyed from my QX100 is that i could use the phone as a remote to the camera. That is not lost on the RX100 either as the smart remote feature is built in and allows you to use your phone (via the playmemories app) to remotely snap your photo while viewing what the camera can see. Cons 1) coming from a cell phone might take some time to get used to the RX100 as there is no touch to focus feature. Facial recognition and positioning your focus take precedence here. 2) Tad bulkier than the previous generations but fits nicely into large pockets and jacket pockets. A little tight for your straight fit jeans but still somewhat comfortable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      No Up To My Expectations !

      Posted
      Techmaster

      The reviews on this camera are excellent. The actual use of this camera did not live up to the hype....for me. One big complaint I have is when trying to do a selfie and the screen is in position so you can see yourself..you have to hit the shutter and then a countdown ...3 -2-1 and the shutter fires. I don't want this. I want to hit the shutter to take the photo. When I take a selfie with my young grandson I need to be in control. Maybe you can change this. I don't know. Another downside is the blown out highlights. For a camera in this price category and caliber that is not acceptable to me. The overall image was not as sharp as I anticipated. The exposure was not what it should been too. On playback on my computer, as you started to zoom in the image became overly pixelated. The camera had many manual controls but I feel I should get acceptable results without having to tweak every shot. Then I used my friends Canon g 7x Mark 2 and the images were spectacular on the Canon. The exposure, color, saturation, highlights, etc on the Sony was lacking compared to the Canon. Yes, you have to decide what features are important to you as each camera offers something the other doesn't. I wanted a EVF that the Sony has, I like the touch screen of the Canon. The Canon also has a bigger zoom ratio. The bottom line for me is IMAGE QUALITY. I think the Canon is much superior to the Sony. I guess with somethings maybe you will sacrifice quality for other features, such as portability, EVF etc. I think about the special mementos in my life, my daughters' upcoming wedding, the birth of a grandchild, first steps, birthdays, once in a lifetime vacations , etc I will choose the best image quality anytime. My choice is Canon.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi Techmaster, thanks for sharing your experience with us. Your feedback is important to us. We will take note of your concerns and pass them along to the right people for future developments. Thanks_Mitch sony_US

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Even Better Than I Expected

      Posted
      Diverbrian
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I will be completely honest here. I bought this thinking I would try it out and return it after my trip. I went to France for two weeks with this camera and my Nikon D750. I wound up using my Nikon 3 times for astrophotography and every other time I used the Sony. I decided to keep the camera and sell my A6000 which is what I was previously using as a travel camera. When using the kit lens on the A6000 I couldn't tell the difference in the quality between the A6000 and the RX100 III. Sony has yet to make any good lenses for that camera without going to the full-frame E mount lenses. The only improvements for my photography for this camera would be to add more magnification to the viewfinder and to not have the camera shut off when closing the viewfinder. (The latter has been corrected with the Mark V version for 500$ more.) I did add the handgrip which really made the camera handling so much better than the smooth front. I think the M5 version also has this built in now. I picked up two extra Sony batteries a charger and a screen cover and this is now my go to camera for holidays and day to day shooting. A fantastic addition to a DSLR or the perfect camera for someone who just wants to take really nice travel pictures. PS. Since I said I was going to be completely honest I will admit to you that after the first day of shooting in full manual in constantly changing light as I went in and out of chateaus I wound up switching to full auto and with VERY few exception of tough lighting all the pictures came out amazing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Camera, but Avoid Humidity

      Posted
      OffTrekkin
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this camera for a long-term backpacking trip, and loved the quality and features, especially the manual features for long exposure and the timelapse app that you can buy for $9.99. However, my camera died after 2 months in Central America from humidity. I took all of the precautions necessary, including dessicant packs and a dry bag. However, the moment you take the camera out in 90% humidity, you risk damage. Now imagine trying to do a timelapse for 15 minutes on a pier on the barrier reef in Belize, and imagine how much humidity the camera is being exposed to. Sony does not cover "water damage" and will not repair or replace this camera. Many searches online find people with the same problem. So if you are going to buy this camera, which is a fantastic camera, make sure you get a warranty that will cover water damage and corrosion, or you will be out $800 like me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi, We're saddened to hear that the camera failed to meet your expectations. Thanks for posting a review though, we appreciate this. Regards, Zander

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      GREAT CAMERA - DSLR in point & shoot clothing

      Posted
      edbird32
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Amateur or professional, this camera will help you correct a mistake BEFORE you make it.. I've only owned it for about 2 months, and honestly that's not enough time to learn what this little camera can do! 1) the BEST camera is the one you have with you, and while I would stop short of calling it "pocketable", it is small enough to take with you nearly everywhere without a big hassle. 2) Image quality is SUPURB! At 24 megapixels, there is more than enough room to crop photos to your hearts content and still have plenty of detail left to print nice 8 x 10's or larger with no worries. 3) Beginning photographers will appreciate the well-laid out and detailed menu system. Not only can the camera "walk you through" the different shooting modes, it explains when you should use them and why. There is a shooting modes for nearly ANY possible situation, yet more advanced shooters can still take manual control over all camera functions. 4) This. Lens. Is. SPECTACULAR!!! The low light performance of this camera has to been seen to believe it!! This Zeiss 1.8 glass delivers amazingly crisp pictures WITHOUT a flash when most other cameras (including some DSLR's) would be hard pressed to capture a respectable image with one! I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it's TRUE! Simply second to none in my opinion and I've been behind a camera since LONG before "digital" was even a thought. Yes....it's a little more expensive in the opinion of some people. But if you want to capture great images, instead of coming up with excuses and explaining the pictures you SHOULD have snapped, THS IS THE CAMERA TO BUY! PERIOD.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best point & shoot...period!

      Posted
      alanbike
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      After owining 9 point and shoots since 2001, from Pana, Sony, and Nikon, this is indisputably the finest. I shopped long and hard among all the major brands. While $800 seems high for a mirrorless SLR, I am now convinced it's a good investment. I don't fully understand how the mirrorless feature works, but believe me---this camera produces fotos that are superior to those from the under $1000 mirror SLR's. My only small complaint is that deleting photos is a one foto at a time ordeal. There should be a multiple foto view display with the ability to click multiples to create a batch delete. This process is especially tortuous for numerous burst mode duplicate fotos. Maybe I'm doing something wrong because it's hard to believe that Sony could be this stupid. One more important point: I purchased this at a Best Buy store where it was a customer return. Everything was included, in perfect condition. The salesman said it was out for just one day and showed no signs of trouble. Price only $400--- Half Off!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 26 reviews

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