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A fantastic point-and-shoot, but it'll cost you

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When Sony launched its first RX100 back in 2012, we were very impressed. The camera offered tremendous functionality in a pocketable package. Then, when the RX100 II came around last year, Sony added WiFi along with a full-size hot shoe (which can accommodate high-end audio gear, among other accessories), besting the original model. This year's iteration is by far the most capable yet, with a superior lens, XAVC S encoding and a unique pop-up EVF. At $800, it's a significant investment, particularly within the point-and-shoot category, but if you need a ton of power in your pocket and you don't mind paying for it, you can't do any better than this.

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9.0
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    10
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    10
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    8.0
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Engadget Jul 11, 2014

At $800, Sony's RX100 III is a very expensive point-and-shoot, but it's an excellent buy if you have the cash to spare.

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9.0
PC Mag Jul 18, 2014

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III compact camera earns Editors' Choice accolades because of its image quality and excellent EVF, even despite its high price.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Jun 30, 2014

We'd like a more enjoyable shooting experience from an $800 camera. Ultimately, though, the additions to what were already the strongest cameras in their class leave the RX100 III literally peerless. At which point it has to go one better than its predecessors, and receive our highest award.

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Pocket-Lint Jun 27, 2014

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III adds key features that were absent in its predecessors and is the camera to shake up the high-end compact market one again. It's the benchmark pocketable camera to beat.

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Digital Versus Jul 8, 2014

A great upgrade of the firm's high-end compact camera, bringing a wide-aperture lens and a pop-up viewfinder that's both practical and downright irresistible. And with excellent picture quality to boot, the RX100 Mark III is the cream of the crop among current pocket cameras.

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9.0
TechRadar May 16, 2014

Unlike most pocket-sized compact cameras the RX100 III has a viewfinder. That, and the high-quality sensor and processing engine combination, should make it a popular choice with enthusiast photographers.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Jun 18, 2014

If you're looking for a compact to compliment your DSLR, or simply a take-everywhere camera that delivers excellent results without weighing you down, it's fair to say that Sony has made the best even better with the RX100 III.

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ePHOTOzine Jul 3, 2014

The RX100 III takes the already impressive RX100 II image quality and gives an impressive new 24-70mm lens ... and for those that want an electronic viewfinder, the EVF in the RX100 III is excellent, larger than most, and very neatly tucks away keeping the camera compact and pocketable.

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First Looks

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CNET May 15, 2014

Most notably, it's got a new 24-70 f1.8-2.8 lens, with a faster aperture than the lens on the other two RX100 models, and which uses the Zeiss T* coatings. Of course, it's all about trade-offs: you lose a bit of the zoom range in exchange. I think it's worth it, however.

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PC Mag May 16, 2014

The camera's pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder is something that's not only new to the RX family, it's an innovation that hasn't been seen in other cameras. There's a release switch on the left side of the camera that causes the EVF to pop up from the top plate.

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Tom's Guide May 15, 2014

The RX100 III should take better pictures than traditional point-and-shoots, due to its high-end components. It carries a relatively large 1-inch CMOS sensor, Sony's latest Bionz X processor and a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar 8.8-25.7mm (24-69mm, full-frame equivalent) lens.

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Pocket-Lint May 16, 2014

We think Sony is on to a real winner with the Cyber-shot RX100 III, albeit one that you'll need to save up for. But if there's a camera that could be tipped to be king of the compacts then this is it. There might be larger sensor offerings out there, but none are as small and truly pocketable.

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TrustedReviews May 16, 2014

Overall, our first impressions of the Sony RX100 III are that Sony has once again upped the ante, creating the standout premium compact camera. The new inbuilt EVF is excellent and a very useful addition, while the revised lens range should make this model even more versatile.

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T3 May 16, 2014

We gave the RX100 II five stars when we reviewed it and the new model looks set to be equally impressive. Sony has looked at all the feedback from the previous two models and addressed all the niggles to product a fantastic all-rounder.

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ePHOTOzine May 16, 2014

Sony's new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 III is designed for those that want better landscapes and portraits, and is only 9g heavier than RX100 Mark II. The Mark III features a new 24-70mm equivalent wide-angle lens, and built-in pop-up viewfinder.

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Stuff May 17, 2014

What we can say is that there's absolutely no reason why it won't rival the RX100 and RX100 II in the quality stakes, and in fact we'd expect it to surpass them based on its hopefully superior low-light skills and just general newness.

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9.0
PostModernHuman PostModernHuman

Purchased the RX100M3 as a secondary camera to my Canon 7D. I'm really happy with my 7D but sometimes I don't want to carry around all that gear. The RX100M3 is a great little camera with all the controls I want. I can feel confident that I can take this camera with me and not regret leaving my...

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