Why would you spend the best part of £1500 for a bridge camera when you could get a full-frame DSLR with the ability to use interchangeable lenses for the same kind of money? And why would you buy a camera that’s almost as big and as heavy as a conventional DSLR camera? Well you probably wouldn’t… unless the camera you were considering happened to be the Sony RX10 III.
On the face of it this is a camera that defies all the odds. It’s much more expensive than its competitors from Panasonic Lumix and Canon. It’s not especially light and neither is it sleek or pretty. To be honest you probably wouldn’t give it a second glance if you were browsing around a camera store. However, that would be a huge mistake because, as bridge cameras go, this monster from Sony is probably one of the best out there at the moment.
Instead of employing a conventional APS-C size sensor that you find in most DSLRs, the Sony RX10 III has been fitted with a smaller 1-inch CMOS chip with 20.1 megapixels.On paper a smaller sensor like really should struggle to compete with a conventional DSLR image sensor, but the Sony RX10 III is no normal camera.
This camera’s secret weapon is its lens which ’s a Zeiss T* zoom that goes from a 24mm wide-angle all the way up to a stunning 600mm telephoto. At its widest opening it offers an aperture of f2.4, which is really good for this kind of camera. A wider aperture lets more light through the lens, and that means you can shoot at higher shutter speeds or at lower sensitivity levels. Even at the long end of the lens the aperture is still a really wide impressive F4. That’s quite a feat and it makes all the difference when you’re shooting at the long-end of the lens. Couple the wider aperture with Sony’s SteadyShot image-stabilisation technology and you stand a far better chance of getting sharp telephoto shots. The 1-inch sensor also helps to reduce the magnification of any camera shake. All in all, it makes for an excellent all-in-one camera for wildlife photographers who want to get up close to their prey without carting around a case full of lenses, some of which would need to be the size of a sewer pipe.
As well as offering very high-resolution images, with great image quality, all the way to the top of the ISO scale, there’s a super fast shutter on this camera that goes up to 1/32,000th of a second. This is a camera that can freeze action no matter how fast the subject is moving. And when it comes to video, it’s no slouch either; the Sony RX10 III offers 4K video resolution and full HD 1080. There’s even a slow-motion function of up to 1000 frames per second which makes it perfect for all kinds of sports photography or simply analysing your golf swing.