First Impression of Using Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III
Undoubtedly, Sony is one of the leading camera companies nowadays. There are always pros and cons about Sony cameras that we can discuss all day long, but what Sony has always impressed me is their innovation and how they continue to challenge technical limitations.
My experience with Sony
I owned a Sony RX10, and it was one of the most used cameras I had. Even though the image quality of an 1" sensor may not impress many professional photographers, it is entirely sufficient for most of the everyday users. Yes, you won't be able to change lenses on Sony RX10, but it is instead a benefit for the camera. It has a big range coverage, and the whole camera is well calibrated. The weight of the camera could put off some people, but from someone who came from using a Canon 5D MK II, it didn't bother me much. It was a perfect camera for a short trip, a getaway, or when I went explore the town with my photographer peers.
Lately, I traded in much of my gear and the Sony RX10 MK III is one of the two cameras I got. I also picked up a Panasonic LX10 which I will discuss in another post. Since Precision Camera didn't have a display model, it was my trust in Sony that led my purchase of Sony RX10 MK III.
First impression of Sony RX10 MK III
The first impression out of the box, it is huge, and it is heavy! I wouldn't recommend it if you are not able to handle some weight! Compared to Panasonic FZ2500's fixed lens extension, the lens on Sony RX10 MK III continues to extend as you zoom in! It is literally like a DSLR camera!
The first thing I did was taking it out to the backyard with my dog, Mimi, for a test run. Mimi is a black color, brindle French Bulldog; often times it is hard to photograph her even outdoors, and she is a pro in turning away from a camera! She was excited to get out and run around. I stayed at a distance and took some pictures of her using the excellent zoom range on my Sony RX10 MK III. To my surprise, the stabilizer in this camera is obviously more advanced than the first Sony RX10! I was able to get sharp pictures of her with the 600mm zoom, and I don't think Mimi was aware of how capable the reach of the new Sony RX10 MK III was!
How about when it is at higher ISO? To be honest, I don't own the camera long enough to shoot at extremely high ISO. The lens and the stabilizer are good enough that I haven't shot anything at ISO 3200. Here is a still life image that I shot through a glass window at the Sternewirth Bar at Hotel Emma in San Antonio. With ISO 1600, it still retains high detail and sharpness. Noise is, of course present, but the noise pattern is pleasing, and it doesn't bother me at all. Unless I am sending it to stock images websites, I don't feel the need to make noise reduction.
Excellent first impression of Sony RX10 MK III
To conclude, my first impression of Sony RX10 MK III is good except the size and the weight. However, it is also important for me to remind myself that the size and the weight of the camera are what helps to give us good image quality. If you are interested to see what kind of images this camera is capable of making, check back soon since I brought it along to San Antonio to hangout with my photographer buddies on Wednesday.