Sony RX100 III sample gallery images: Small in the pocket, Big on the trail
posted Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM EDT
I think you could say Sony's on a roll. The A6000 has been all the rage on our site this year, and there is no shortage of other Sony models vying for attention in their respective categories. But the RX100 line has become the dominant force in premium compact cameras since the launch of the line in the late summer of 2012.
If the numbers of you who have visited our Sony RX100 III First Shots news post or Samples Page is a good indication, the RX100 III is on the short shopping list of many a hungry photographic eye these days, ranging from those of you wanting to trade up in the RX100 line, nab a second camera as a smaller option to your primary camera, or by those of you who have yet to take the plunge into the premium compact world and are still shooting with a smaller-sensored point-and-shoot (or are simply frustrated by the limitations of your smartphone).
Whatever your background or experience level, we'll do our best to arm you with as much information as possible in making your own decision, and today's offering is our first set of real-world gallery images.
I was fortunate enough to have a nice Saturday to take my kids to the Appalachian Trail for a morning summer stroll, and we'd just received the RX100 III - a natural fit. I knew that I'd eventually be carrying not only my backpack but also my 4-year-old son as well, so I certainly wanted to travel light. Below are a few shots from the trail, as well as additional examples such as higher ISO shots and special filter modes, re-sized to fit this page and not otherwise altered unless noted. You can access all of the images on our RX100 III Gallery Page, and by clickling any of the thumbnail images you can access the full resolution image, EXIF data and more.
Once back from our mountain excursion I set out to find a few more interesting subjects for the gallery. Once I got used to the RX100 III it certainly was an enjoyable little camera to have along. I miss the additional zoom range of the previous models (100mm eq. for them vs 70mm eq. for this model) but understand that sacrifices are required in outfitting this model with the larger aperture across the available focal range.
Our Sony RX100 III sample unit ships out today to the competent and experienced hands of Mike Tomkins, one of our senior and most respected reviewers. Stay tuned for much more to come in his RX100 III shooter's reports!