Sony RX100 III Shooter’s Report III: SteadyShot, video, flash and more—you asked, we answer!
posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM EDT
Parting, they say, is such sweet sorrow -- and yet part with the Sony RX100 III is what I must do. I've just posted the third and final part of my Sony RX100 III Shooter's Report blog, and it's time for opinions rendered and perhaps a few tears shed. Some cameras are easier than others to give back; suffice to say that the RX100 III is a camera that's hard to let go. But let go I did, if only for long enough to put fingers to keyboard and answer some of your remaining questions -- as well as a few of my own.
First and foremost, I wanted to take a closer look at image stabilization. Just how does the RX100 III's SteadyShot system perform in comparison to those of the RX100 and RX100 II? To get to the answer, I took literally hundreds of handheld photos side-by-side at low shutter speeds, crunched the numbers in Excel, and rendered a verdict on this crucial area of the camera's design.
I also took a look at the RX100 III's flash capabilities, and spent quite some time shooting and comparing high-definition video from the RX-series siblings to determine whether the RX100 III's new video feature set is all it's cracked up to be. And finally, I dove deep into Sony's PlayMemories Camera Apps, as well -- and especially the RX100 III's Smart Remote Control app.
All of which should go quite some way to helping you decide whether the Sony RX100 III deserves a place in your camera bag -- something I've actually been trying to decide for myself. (I'm a proud owner of the original Sony RX100, but its newer sibling seems to have been crafted with me in mind, so I've been mulling an upgrade.)
But now it's time to pack my review unit away, and bit it fond farewell. Can I live without this pocket-friendly beauty, or does the crystal ball show a shiny new Sony RX100 III in my near future? (And should your crystal ball be a mirror of my own?) Read Part III of my Sony RX100 III Shooter's Report, and find out!