Sony has announced the latest addition to its Cyber-shot RX camera lineup, the high-zoom RX10 III.
Featuring a newly-developed Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T25x F2.4 – F4.0 super-telephoto zoom lens with an extensive focal range of 24-600mm, the new RX10 III is also equipped with a 20.1 MP sensor and BIONZ X image processor. Additionally, the RX10 111 can shoot 40x super slow motion video at up to 960 fps, has 4K recording capability and an Anti-Distortion Shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 second.
The zoom lens' aperture unit has nine blades that are designed to create a near perfect circle in the F2.4 – F11 range to produce pleasing bokeh effects. In total, the extended zoom lens features eight ED glass elements including one super ED glass element, five ED glass elements and two ED aspherical lenses. It features Zeiss T Coating for minimising flare and ghosting and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation to reduce camera shake and image blur. Minimum focusing distance is 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm.
The RX10 III features a wide sensitivity range of ISO 644 - ISO 12800 and the rear of its sensor has a DRAM chip that aids the reading and processing of large volumes of data faster, while also allowing continuous shooting at up to 14fps.
Sony says high quality 4K movie recording (QFHD 3840x2160) with the XAVC S codec is achieved without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to enhance image detail and minimise moiré and jaggies. The RX10 III also has familiar Sony features such as Picture Profile, S-Log2/S-Gamut, Gamma Display Assist, Time Code and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring. In "HFR" (high frame rate) setting, it offers the option to choose 960fps, 480fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats.
The new RX10 III camera's autofocus system features spatial object detection to allow the camera to detect and predict motion of a subject before the shutter button is pressed.
Aesthetically, the new RX10 III features a number of upgrades compared to existing RX10 models including triple lens rings for focus, zoom and aperture for direct, precise control. The hand grip shape has also been optimised to enhance stability when holding the camera at eye level.
The new model features a high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder with approximately 2.35 million dots of resolution. The camera is also dust and moisture resistant and Wi-Fi and NFC compatible.
The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III will be available in May. Pricing is expected to be around $1,500 (US).