Sony RX10 M3 - First Impressions

Some First Comments by Me | It's all there! | Some of My Settings | Weight and Size | The Lens | The Viewfinder | What Is Missing or Could Be Improved (in My Opinion)? | Conclusions

On this page, I would like to give away my first impressions of using the Sony RX10 M3 camera. At the end of March 2019, I replaced my RX10 M3 with its successor RX10 M4, but the comments on the RX10 M3 on this page also apply to the new camera, because both cameras are very similar. Therefore, this page covers both models.

 

Some First Comments by Me

So what can I say about the Sony RX10 M3 after a few months of use? First of all, I had to get used to it! Second, here are some first observations:

    

Photos: My Sony RX10 M3, about 1100 g heavy (left), and my Sony RX10 M4, which replaced it, about 1140 g heavy with lens cap that is not shown (right)

At the end of March 2019, I replaced my RX10 M3 with its successor RX10 M4, but the above comments also apply to the new camera, because both cameras are very similar.

 

It's all there!

When using the Sony RX10 M3 and M4, I have to say that "it's all there" what I need:

Much more I (usually) do not need. My main issue is that I do not look at the camera when I start shooting... And I also do not care for the displays in the viewfinder...

    

Front view with lens hood RX10 M3

 

Rear view RX10 M3

 

Front view with lens hood RX10 M4

 

Rear view RX10 M4

Photos: Views of the Sony RX10 M3 from the front and rear (top) and of the Sony RX10 M4 from the front and rear (bottom)

 

Some of My Settings

Favorite camera settings vary from photographer to photographer and also depend on the situation at hand. Therefore, it is difficult to recommend camera settings to other people. Nevertheless, I list some settings that I typically used on the RX10 M3 and now use on the RX10 M4 - maybe, they offer one or the other inspiration for others:

For details see page Configuration.

Photo: Top view of the Sony RX10 M3

 

Weight and Size

The Sony RX10 M3 is indeed heavy (about 1100 g). The camera hanging over my shoulder is too heavy for me after an hour or so. All in all, weight-wise, the Sony RX10 M3 is not my "ideal" camera... The Sony RX10 M4, which replaced my RX10 M3 after three months, has the same dimensions and weights on paper. In practice, however, I measured a weight of 1140g, that is, a little more...

The RX10 M3/4 is not at all a pocketable camera (and it is expensive, too). That is why I bought the Sony RX100 M4 and later the Panasonic TZ202 before I decided to buy this camera.

Size and weight comparisons can be found here.

 

The Lens

After all, the lens is definitely the most important ingredient of this camera, no matter whether RX10 M3 or M4 (it is identical in both models). With a focal length ranging from 24 mm to 600 mm (equiv.), it offers the largest range for a 1" sensor camera to date (April 2019). Given the issues with camera shake that I have at a focal length of 600 mm, I think that the zoom range suffices for me. If not, Clear Image Zoom might be a solution in some cases...

For me, the close-up behavior of the lens is also important. For me, this mostly means that I want to achieve high magnifications from a distance (1 m and more). And that means using long focal lengths. So the closest focusing distance must be short enough to still achieve sufficient magnification. This is unfortunately not the case with the Sony RX10 M3/4 in the focal length range between 100 mm and almost 400 mm. Above that (400 mm - 600 mm) it is good, and it is best at 600 mm, that is at the long end of the focal length range!

Of course, high magnifications at the wide end are also welcome, if the objects are close enough and do not run away or fly away (shading can be a problem, though). Magnification is highest at 50 mm, where shading is less of a problem than with 24 mm or 28 mm.

Details can be found here.

 

The Viewfinder

Here are the technical data for the viewfinder of three of my cameras:

So, the viewfinders all have the same resolution, but offer a different magnification.

I do not like the Panasonic TZ202's viewfinder very much. It has the lowest magnification, and often the view looks of pale and blurred.

I like the viewfinder of the Sony RX100 M4 better. It has a slightly higher magnification, shows no pixels yet, has nice colors, but sometimes I have problems with the sharpness.

I like the Sony RX10 M3/4 viewfinder best. It has the highest magnification and the view almost looks like that from a DSLR camera. It has nice, but different colors than the RX100 M4, and because of the size of the viewfinder image I can recognize pixels. But that is no problem for me. With this viewfinder, I like to photograph the most - it is amazing what this factor means to me!

 

What Is Missing or Could Be Improved (in My Opinion)?

In progress

 

Conclusions

These are just a few preliminary ideas, comment, habits, opinions, and so on. This page will therefore change and perhaps also grow a little over time...

 

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