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Sony RX100 Mark III - the best compact camera just got better

Published on May 26, 2014 3:20 PM

SINGAPORE - The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II won the DL Editor's Choice for Best Prosumer Compact Camera this year for its superb image quality, fast operation and excellent handling. On Tuesday, May 27, Sony launched its successor, the RX100 Mark III.

This Mark III version shares the same 20-megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor as its predecessor. But it comes with a faster 28-70mm f/1.8-f/2.8 lens. The RX100 III's lens has a slightly shorter focal range, compared to Mark II's 28-100mm f/1.8-f/4.9 lens. However, it has a bigger aperture at f/2.8 at 70mm than RX100 II's f/4.9 at 100mm.

In addition, RX100 III now has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is hidden and can be popped up when needed. An external EVF is optional for its predecessor.

Another nice upgrade is RX100 III's rear LCD screen, which can now be tilted to a selfie-friendly 180 degrees. Its predecessor's display could only be flipped 84 degrees upward and 45 degrees downwards.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III will be available next month at a price of $1,199. Stay tuned for Digital Life's full review once we pry one unit from Sony's hands.