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Sony RX100M3 hands on review

Sony RX100M3 hands on review

| On 15, Aug 2014

In 2012, we took the Sony RX100 on vacation to Europe – we loved it and came back with fabulous pictures. In 2013, we took the RX100M2 to Prince Edward Island, not so much – primarily because I was also shooting with the RX1r.So this summer, the RX100M3 made it into our carryon along with the A6000.

We spent several days in Vienna, took the train to Passau and then bicycled back to Vienna over eight days. We flew to Lisbon and also spent a few days in Beja. Comment if you want more details on the trip.

We returned with about 6,000 images, about 2/3 taken with the RX100M3. After the first few days, we used it nearly exclusively for food pictures and for night pictures. It was the camera that always came along.

If you are trying to decide between the three versions of the RX100, as all three are still available, I don’t believe that any are a bad choice. The original model was very impressive, and although there are substantial improvements to compensate for the higher price, the original is still and excellent camera, and at current discounts, a relative bargain.

The images used in the video, and their EXIF data, are available on Flickr. The images were not manipulated or modified in Lightroom, which I used to convert RAW files to JPEG and add the watermark. If you need more information, please comment. Images have been scaled to fit the 1920×1080 output resolution of the video at 95%.

Camera menu screen captures have been edited, condensed and sometimes accelerated. I’d been adding the camera shutter sound at video transitions in previous reviews. I’ve decided now they’re distracting, so there are only a few so you can hear the shutter. Note that on the RX100 it is artificial, you can turn it off which makes it (nearly) silent.

As always, my thanks to Sony Canada and their very helpful staff. They loaned me the camera for this trip, but did not compensate me nor review the video before I posted it.

Images and video were recorded on the RX100M3, mostly RAW images, mostly XAVC-S 60p50M. Camera menu scenes were recorded on the Atomos Ninja Star using the HDMI out. Additional video scenes, those which include the RX100M3 were recorded using the Sony a6000. As it doesn’t have an audio in, I recorded my on camera lines to a ZoomH2N, synced in post. All edited in FCP 10.1.2.

As always, if there are any details I’ve overlooked, I welcome (and reply to) your comments and questions.

Comments

  1. Calle Bergman

    Hi,

    Superb review of the Rx100m3!! In your oppinion, which one of the RX100m3 and the A6000 has the best video quality?

    Many thanks,
    Calle

    • Maarten

      Thanks for the kind words. The RX100M3 with XAVC-S and a data rate of 50Mbps is the superior recorder in my view. However, the larger sensor and the capability to exchange lenses gives the A6000 an edge in terms of composition and creating a defocussed background. If you are recording to an external recorder (I’m currently using the Atomos Ninja Star), the A6000 also has the edge as it outputs audio on the HDMI while recording – there is no audio on the RX100M3 HDMI output until playback. Hope this helps.

      • Calle

        Hi again,

        Thank you for your advice. I probably buy the RX100M3 due to the size when traveling.

        Calle

  2. Stephanie

    Hi Maarten – I am new to using my Sony RX100m3 (a couple years behind, I know they have an m4 now!) I am wondering if there is a way to record uncompressed video directly to the internal memory chip, or if that is only possible with the HDMI out like you used. Do you happen to know?

    Thanks for the great reviews!

    • Maarten

      And they’ve announced the M5! I’m here to help, but sadly, no good news for this one. There is no uncompressed option (not in the RX100, RX10, A6xxx, A7x series cameras). And it’s only 8 bit, and the bandwidth is low (max 100Mbits) which to me anyway is severely limiting the SLog capability. Even the HDMI out is compromised – the only difference is that the Shogun records directly to ProRes, eliminating some of the compression introduced by XAVC-S. Although I will say that even at the Shogun’s highest setting, the difference is barely noticeable. Hope this helps.

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