Sony RX10 M3: Technical Data

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On this page, I present a selection of technical data for the Sony RX10 M3. Please note that technical data are just one side of the coin, the way you use a camera and its possibilities are the other side...


Technical Data

Below I present selected technical data for the Sony RX10 M3 that I collected from various sources. I cannot guarantee that this data is correct.

Data Sony RX10 M3 Comment

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* 8.8-220 mm (24-600 mm equiv.) f/2.4-f/4
18 elements in 13 groups (6 aspheric elements, including AA lens)

The same lens is used in the RX10 model 4.
Zoom Optical Zoom: 25 x
Clear (Image) Zoom: 20 MP approx. 50 x / 10 MP approx. 70 x / 5 MP approx. 100 x / VGA approx. 380 x
Digital Zoom: up to 100 x
There are two types of digital zoom: Clear (Image) Zoom (higher quality, lower range), and Digital Zoom (lower quality, wider range)
Filter diameter 72 mm  
Sensor EXMOR RS CMOS Sensor, size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm); effective/total pixels (total pixels): 20.1 / 21 Megapixels; aspect ratio 3:2 Stacked CMOS sensor
Max. pixels 5472 × 3648 (20 Megapixels, 3:2 format)  
Aperture range From 2.4 to 16 in 1/3 EV increments Maximum aperture depends on focal length.
ISO Range ISO 100-12800 (1/3 step) (expandable to ISO 64/80), Auto (ISO 100-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), Multi-frame NR: ISO100-25600 5 (1 EV step), Auto (ISO 100-128000) The Sony RX10 M3 can be used up to ISO 800-1600 without much image degradation.
Autofocus system Contrast detection AF (sensor)  
Focus modes Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus  
Distance setting range (from front lens) AF (W: Approx. 3 cm to infinity, T: Approx. 72 cm (28.35") to infinity; at fl = 250 mm (equiv.): 140 cm (55.12") to infinity Distances are measured from the lens (as advertised by Sony); the camera provides larger values (measured from the focal plane).
Macro is practically usable only at the wide end (up to 50 mm) and at the long end (500-600 mm).
Smallest object field Approx. 72 x 48 millimeters at wide angle and long end (my own measurement) > 0.18 = 1:5.5 Magnification: 1:5.5 (without close-up lens)
Focus metering methods Wide / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot / Lock-on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot) AF lock possible with button
Exposure modes Auto advanced (Superior automatic), Auto (Intelligent automatic), Program Auto, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Memory Recall, Tele Zoom Hi Speed, 3D Sweep Panorama, Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene selection I use only the P and A modes (and rarely M and Panorama)
Exposure metering Multi pattern, center-weighted, spot AE lock available
Exposure compensation ±3 EV in 1/3 EV increments has a button on the top right of the camera
Automatic bracketing Exposure bracketing: 3/5/9 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1.0 steps and 3/5 frames at 2.0/3.0 steps (both single or continous); White balance bracketing; DRO bracketing Selftimer during bracketing can be set, as well as the bracketing order.
Continuous picture
Speed priority continuous shooting: about 14fps, continuous shooting: approx. 5fps Only a few frames at this speed...
Shooting modes AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall) 1, 2, 3; Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure); HFR Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure); Panorama; Scene Selection This is what the mode dial shows. I use only the P and A modes (and rarely Panorama and Video)
Shutter speed range iAuto (4" – 1/2000*) / Program Auto (30" – 1/2000*) / Manual Exposure (Bulb, 30"-1/2000*) / Aperture Priority (30" – 1/2000*) / Shutter Priority (30" – 1/2000*). * At F8 or higher aperture value. Fastest limit at F2.4 is 1/1000. Mechanical shutter; the electronic shutter goes up to 1/32,000
Self timer delay time/Interval timer 10 s/5 s/2 s/3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10 s, 5 s, or 2 s delay selectable/Bracketing shots with 10 s, 5 s, or 2 s delay selectable Self-portrait timer option with countdown available.
Picture Effect(s) Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration (all for still photos) I never use picture effects.
Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti-Motion Blur I never use scene modes.
LCD monitor 7.5 cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Adjustable angle: Up: approx. 107 degrees, down: approx. 42 degrees
Tiltable, can be used for selfies.
Electronic viewfinder 0.39-type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED) / 2,359,296 dots / 0.7 x magnification  
Optical viewfinder None There is a hot shoe.
Video resolution/
frame rate (NTSC/PAL)
4K, 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
4K, 1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Video recording format XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4  
Dimensions 132.5 x 94.0 x 145.0 mm, 132.5 x 94.0 x 127.4 (from front of lens to monitor) / 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/4", 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/8" (from front of lens to monitor) (W x H x D) See page Size Comparisons.
Weight Approx. 1051 g (2 lb 5.1 US oz.), with accessories approx. 1095 g (2 lb 6.7 US oz.)  
Connections Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI, Multi / Micro USB Terminal, NFC  
Power supply Lithium-ion battery NP-FW50, capacity 1020 mAh, approx. 420 pictures (LCD screen) Battery is loaded in the camera (USB charger); a separate charger is available as an option (see page My Equipment).
Storage media

SD/SDHC/SDXC (also micro versions of these), Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo/Micro and more


For further data (for example, flash modes and data, white balance settings, file formats and sizes), please consult the instruction manuals or see the technical data online (see references)




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