I recently received a Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 M3 for review. This is an extremely expensive point and shoot camera that fits in your pocket. However, calling it a point and shoot is really an insult. The RX100 can go toe to toe with a much larger DSLR.
Since it was lunch time, I figured the best way to test the camera would be taking some food photos at Eureka! This was followed by dessert photos at Stax Cookie Bar. Stax is Sally’s favorite place for custom made ice cream sandwiches, and Eureka! serves some really good lollipop corn dogs. Overall, it was a great daddy daughter time.
For such a small camera, the RX100 M3 packs a lot of power. It uses a sensor that’s more than ten times bigger than the sensor found in a typical point and shoot, or the camera in your smartphone. There is also a popup electronic viewfinder, and a selfie-friendly 180-degree tilting LCD.
In addition to taking amazing 20.2 Megapixel photos, the RX100 M3 can do videos at full 1920×1080 (at 50Mbps!). The new 24-70mm Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens is bright across the zoom range, starting from f/1.8 at wide angle, and remaining at f/2.8 by the telephoto position. This is great for doing narrow depth of field shots. Something that normally can not be done with a point and shot camera.
At nearly $800, the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 M3 is among the most expensive point and shoot camera money can buy. However, you do get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a take anywhere camera that offers near DSLR quality, the RX100 M3 is pretty hard to beat. At least until the RX100 M4 comes out next month.