Sony RX10 III vs RX10 II Review

Sony love a surprise product announcement - so two days ago when the RX10 III was announced, all here at Park Cameras HQ were wondering what the differences between this shock new model and the Sony RX10 II could be - especially as the latter was first announced just nine months ago!

Go straight to our specifications comparison table.

It is worth starting off with the fact that the RX10 III is a more of an alternative to the RX10 II as opposed to a replacement item - meaning that when comparing the two, the differences won’t be as standout as a totally new model - but there are certainly contrasts to be made between the two.

This is made apparent by the most visible and most obvious difference between the two cameras - being the focal length range in the lens. Whereas the previous RX10 models have shared the same Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm equivalent lens, the Sony RX10 III packs a superzoom 24-600mm equivalent (or 25x optical zoom).

Also, we should point out that this fixed lens is a Zeiss, who are renowned - and rightly so - for building premium quality lenses, so whereas the focal range may be shorter than competitor cameras (such as the Nikon P900), the optics are going to be of greater quality.

This lens also differs in the sense that it has a variable maximum aperture range of f/2.4-f/4 rather than the constant f/2.8 adopted in last year’s addition to the market. This is understandable given the effective 400mm extra focal length and is still an impressive maximum aperture at the far scale of the focal range.

A physical addition to this whopping lens is a triple lens ring, enabling you to adjust zoom, aperture and focus with the twist of the dial - a nice improvement on the single focusing ring found on the other RX10 models. Another new button is the focus hold button, ensuring that focus distance is kept when pressed - alternatively you can choose to use this as a custom function button and assign it to do something else.

Battery life for the last version of this camera was lauded with a more than capable 400 shots per charge, so Sony have built upon that to enable up to 420 with this newer version. Better battery performance in any scale is a welcome change, and whilst it won’t set the world alight you will be thankful for the extra shots when needed!

As previously mentioned, the similarities in the two models are a sign of sitting alongside as a familial offering rather than an overhaul - the sensor is the same 1.0 inch stacked CMOS toting 20.1 megapixels. The ability to capture amazing 40x super slow motion, 4K movie recording, 14fps continuous shooting and many more features are all present in both models - and a testament to how either are a great choice for a variety of shooting environments.

Greater testament to the ability of the RX10 II which have made it to this newer version is that the SteadyShot, anti-distortion and slow motion functionality are still fully operable when the zoom is fully extended.

This camera is the perfect choice for somebody who wants to take shots or capture video across the spectrum of focal lengths.

Sony RX10 II vs Sony RX10 III specs comparison

Sony RX10 II
Sony RX10 III
Sensor Type
1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS
1.0-type Exmor RS CMOS
Focal Range (35mm equivalent)
Optical Zoom
F2.8 Constant
F2.4 - F4
Video Resolution
Battery Life
400 images
420 images
Dimensions (W x H x D)
129.0 x 88.1 x 102.2 mm
132.5 x 94.0 x 127.4mm

If you would like more information on the Sony RX10 III, please contact our expert staff on 01444 23 70 70 or send an email to sales@parkcameras.com and they will be happy to help you.

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